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“A continuing cycle of learning and experimentation” – Interview with Amar Hussein of Gap Year Escape

Today’s feature interview is with Amar Hussein, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Gap Year Escape. On his Instagram profile, Amar describes himself as a “7 Continent World Traveller, Editor, Author, Pug Lover and M&M Connoisseur” and today he shares about his irrational fear, three amazing adventures crossed off the bucket list, and the best advice he’s ever received.

Skydiving over the Alps - Photo provided by and used with permission from Amar Hussain at GapYearEscape.com for TheGoalList.com

Skydiving over the Alps – Photo provided by and used with permission from Amar Hussain

Name and blog:
Amar Hussain at Gap Year Escape

Fun fact about you:
I have an irrational fear of tomato ketchup but will eat tomatoes or have tomato sauce on pizza.

Funner fact:
I quite frequently get stuck in toilets [stalls], normally when the handles break off. This has happened more times than I’d care to admit.

Funnest fact:
I once went in a submarine to 2000ft to explore a petrified ice age coral reef. The best part about it… the submarine was yellow.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a travel blogger?
Being adaptable and always willing to learn and try new things. It’s been a long time since blogging was purely about the writing. If content is king then marketing is certainly queen. You have to constantly stay on top of what is happening in internet marketing to ensure you stay in touch and can get your content and blog in front of people.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
When I started I never thought about how many doors it would open, the skills I would acquire and most importantly the connections I have made. I wouldn’t have half the friends I do now if it wasn’t for blogging and the world it introduced me to. Blogging has afforded me so many opportunities and been a definitive part of my 20’s.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
The best thing I’ve ever done.

Who or what inspires you?
Cheesy answer but my parents do for how hard they worked in raising me. Outside of that, I know a lot of entrepreneurs who are doing great things and I look up to them and the work they are doing in creating great businesses.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Tough one, but I would have to say my top three would be going to Antarctica, experiencing zero gravity and cage diving with Great White Sharks. Blessed to say that I have done all three and all were incredible experiences to tick off the bucket list.

The list is never ending and I am constantly adding to it. Despite a trip to the Arctic Circle last year I am still yet to see the Northern Lights. I’m also keen to go on safari in Botswana and also try ice climbing!

If you aren’t doing anything related to travel, what are you doing in your free time?
I don’t travel full-time anymore and use London as a base to do shorter trips. I just got back from snowboarding in France and a entrepreneurs meetup in Portugal. When I’m not working on my travel blog I work on developing my new venture, Suave Grooming, which is a grooming and skin care company for men.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve always been partial to the saying that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Life, business, blogging, and even travel is a continuing cycle of learning and experimentation and the best way to do this is to surround yourself who you can learn from.

Readers: Join me in thanking Amar for sharing his time, stories, and advice with us! If you want to learn more about him and the rest of the team, check out Gap Year Escape (links to the usual social media sites are located there).

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Interview with Jessica from Turquoise Compass

Photo courtesy of Jessica from Turquoise Compass - Used with permission

Photo courtesy of Jessica from Turquoise Compass – Used with permission

When Jessica sent me her interview responses, she was kind enough to also send a bio, so I’ll let her introduce herself in her own words:

Jessica from Turquoise Compass is a teacher at heart, but her true passion is traveling (especially to turquoise beaches), adventure, and trying new things. She has been to 32 countries and she is ready to see more. She has completed hundreds of items on her bucket list and encourages others to live life to the fullest, while taking advantage of every opportunity that comes.

Name and blog:
Jessica from Turquoise Compass

Fun fact about you:
My mother raised me and my two brothers all on her own.

Funner fact:
I went skydiving for my 31st birthday.

Funnest fact:
I once hitch hiked in Mexico with some Mexican truck drivers—the longest 12 hours of my life…that’s another story.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a bucket list blogger?
Believing that it is never too late to dream a new dream and that anything is possible.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
The amazing blogging community—I never imagined being welcomed and supported (especially in the beginning) by a group of strangers.

Who or what inspires you?
My mother inspires me, along with my own personal drive to achieve more out of life.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Completed—Skydiving!

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Travel, Teach, Take, Try, Transmit, Turquoise

If you weren’t doing anything related to your bucket list, what would you be doing in your free time?
Teaching and learning.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“When diverse worlds come together, beauty is inevitable”
-Erin Gruwell from the Freedom Writers

Thanks, Jessica, for sharing your time and thoughts with us!
Want to keep reading? You can read more about Jessica and her adventures on her blog Turquoise Compass, which also has links to all of her social media accounts.

Who else do you want to see interviewed? If you have an inspiring person in mind, please let me know using the contact form or comments below.

Interview with Lyndsay Cabildo from Discount Travel Blogger

Lyndsay Cabildo (discounttravelblogger.com) - Photo used with permission

Lyndsay Cabildo – Photo used with permission

Lynday Cabildo is a travel blogger specializing in budget travel and solo female travel. On her blog, Discount Travel Blogger, she inspires people “not to delay the dream of seeing the world” by sharing tips on saving money while travelling. Today she shares her travel inspiration, bucket list philosophy, and the best advice she’s ever received.

Name and blog:
Lyndsay Cabildo from Discount Travel Blogger

Fun fact about you:
I am was a timid girl growing up, but I become my different self when I’m on the stage singing.

Funner fact:
I love reading about metaphysics, philosophy, and universal mysteries.

Funnest fact:
I understand more languages than I can speak. ( I speak 3 languages fluently, 4 others in beginners level.)

What do you think has been essential to your success as a travel blogger?
Connections are good, but watch out for people who are not getting the best out of you. Avoid politics, just do your own thing.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
It surprised me how many people were inspired by it, and how my goal of encouraging my friends not to delay the dream of seeing the world is slowly happening. It is a very powerful tool that we bloggers should know how to use it responsibly.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Journal. Budget Travel Tips. Easy Going.

Who or what inspires you?
You mean, to travel? I don’t know, maybe my father. I used to asked him questions how is it like out there at the places he went to for work? How is it like riding an airplane? But I remember, every time I watch TV or movies from the other side of the world, I always think “how is it like to be out there?” or “How do they live there?”. I think it’s natural for us to be curious, it’s just that, I know we are all different and I wanted to understand how and why we are different.

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
Well, I don’t really have a bucket list. I just wanted to see beautiful places and if time permits me, I go where I feel like going at that time. I just want to live like life is worth living without money’s worth.

If you weren’t doing anything related to travel, what would you be doing in your free time?
I should be singing. That is really what I wanted to do.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My grandfather once said to me after returning from a failed mission in Italy, “Next time you do something again, make sure that you really want to do it…” because at that time, I did what I did because I have to do it and that made me fail.

Thanks, Lyndsay, for sharing your time and thoughts with us!
Want to keep reading? You can read more about Lyndsay and her tips for budget travel on her blog, Discount Travel Blogger.

Who else do you want to see interviewed? If you have an inspiring person in mind, please let me know using the contact form or comments below.