Hello! I’m incredibly excited to share my newest feature with you.
You see, I have this dream where I can use my blog as a resource for all things inspirational and positive. Part of this plan is to talk to inspirational people and share their stories on here. My blog’s become a bit of a mix in recent years: fashion, feminism, baking, dating, beauty, lifestyle, food, travel. Why not throw interviews into the mix?
There are so many brilliant people I’d like to introduce to you. Although you might have to bear with me to begin with, asking for interviews can be a little bit daunting – especially when most people scoff at the very notion they might be inspirational.
She wanted to see the world, so she did
My very first interview simply had to go to my good friend Queenie. You’ve probably met her before – like last year, when we visited Paris together, and when I wrote about dealing with long distance friendships.
Three and a half years ago, Queenie moved to Hong Kong to start fulfilling her ambition to see the world. In that relatively short space, she’s travelled all over Asia, sampling more culture, cuisine and creativity than I could imagine. Luckily, she’s documented them all on her blog, Peanut Butter and Mussels, so I can live vicariously through her adventures.
I’ve always been in awe of her bravery (I mean, how scary does it sound to uproot yourself and move thousands of miles away!?), unfailingly positive attitude and unstoppable tenacity. So, despite the fact that she’s currently travelling across Vietnam without her laptop, I managed to bag an interview.
Have you always been set on travelling the globe?
What made you decide to move to Hong Kong?
Was making the move scary? I’d be terrified!
What’s your favourite thing about living there?
What do you miss the most about the UK?
What are your top 5 travel tips?
I’m by no means a pro and I guess this depends on what kind of travelling you’re doing!
- If you’re backpacking, staying in hostel dorms is a great way to meet like-minded people and get some tips on where to go next. I’d recommend going for highly rated ones on sites like hostelworld or booking.com. However, if there’s a big group of you, or you want to feel a bit more like a local, book an airbnb. I’ve had such great experiences with these in Korea, Bali and Japan!
- Try to learn a few key phrases in the local language. Although English is used in most countries around the world, don’t rely on locals to speak your language. Plus, it’s always good to learn a new skill 😉
- Try all the local delicacies. I know it can be tempting to stick to what you know, especially since so many restaurants around the world cater to Western tourists, but make the most of the food that the country is known for, not something that you can get at home.
- Take lots of photos and take notes on where you’ve been so that you’ll have lots of great memories to look back on. It can also be fun to take videos. We used a Go Pro to film our time in Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Borneo and Tokyo – you can check out our videos on YouTube 😉
- Send postcards to friends and family. In the digital age, everyone just sends photos and messages online but I personally love writing and receiving something tangible through the post.
What’s your biggest inspiration?
Tell me about your favourite trip:
The best trip I’ve ever taken was last month’s visit to Tokyo with Ry. It was my favourite trip because we stayed in an airbnb near the Shibuya Crossing, which was a really good location for getting around the city and made us feel like locals. Also, as this was our second visit to Tokyo, we had quite a good idea of what we wanted to do. Having 11 days there meant we didn’t have to rush around trying to fit everything in.
We did a spot of vintage shopping around Shibuya, Omotesando and Harajuku, ran around the Tokyo Imperial Palace, walked around the beautiful Ueno Park and Yoyogi park, visited the Ghibli Museum, the old town of Yanesen and Tsukiji Fish Market. We checked out the anime stores in Akihabara, visited a cool comic book exhibition about Le Louvre at Mori Museum, and took a trip to Asakusa and the Tokyo National Museum. We also had the best ramen at a restaurant in Harajuku called Kyusu Jangara and an awesome seafood restaurant in Shibuya called Kaikaya.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Tokyo to everyone! Everyone I know who’s been has loved it! 😉
And your five favourite blogs?
Last question! What have you got planned next?
I’m currently travelling around Vietnam with my friends from school for a month. I’ll be heading back to Hong Kong to end my flat contract at the beginning of September and then I’ve got a single ticket to Australia for mid-September – I’m really excited about it! I may stay to work and live there if I like it enough 😉
Thanks for interviewing me, these questions were lots of fun to answer xxx
Keep updated with her travels
If you’ve fallen for Queenie a little bit – and who wouldn’t – you might want to follow her on social media. Here’s her Twitter, Instagram and Bloglovin. And don’t forget to read about her adventures on Peanut Butter and Mussels.
All images courtesy of Queenie Lee.