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Monday, 24 July 2017

Let's have a chat... Enjoy the Adventures

On the blog today, I'm going to be having a chat with the lovely Jessica (obvs the best name ever) from Enjoy the Adventures, a travel blog which features travel guides to places such as Croatia and the beautiful city of Bath. Jessica's photos are also on point, pulling you in, making you want to visit the destination straight away. 

The lovely Jessica trekking in Sapa in Vietnam

Jessica blogs at and is currently based in Surrey when she is not travelling the world, seeking out the best places to visit. 

First things first, how would you describe your blog?
My blog is a collection of travel tips across the world and fun days out in the UK.

Full time or spare time blogger?
Spare time blogger. I work full time in a hospital. I would love to be a full time blogger!

So, how have you been blogging for long?

Nearly a year, although there have been gaps in posting when I first started.

Yeah it's sometimes hard to keep up the consistency of posting. What was your reason for starting a blog?
When I was travelling around certain places in Europe such as Slovenia, Luxembourg and Bosnia I couldn’t find that much information about how to get around; what buses to get and how much they’d cost, so thought I’d start writing a travel blog.

Sounds like a pretty good reason to me. Do you have a blogging schedule or do you write what you fancy at the time?
I don’t normally have a schedule although I need to create one to get more organised.

Yeah, me too. Do you blog in an office or on the sofa?On the sofa or in bed, anywhere comfy really.

Being comfortable is a necessity when blogging, I agree. So, where would your ideal place to blog be?
Somewhere comfy where I can listen to music and have a hot drink.

And what's your blogging daily routine? How do you manage your time?
I’ll try to complete or start a blog post first and then spend time posting on social media. 

I think it's time for a drink! A coffee, a brew or a herbal tea? 
I'd love a Jasmine herbal tea.

Hmm, I do love a good herbal tea as well. So let's talk about the serious stuff - future plans. Where do you see your blog in the next year? And the next 10 years?
Ideally I’d love to grow my blog, create a lot more travel posts and work with more brands and other bloggers.

And if you could develop your blog in anyway, what would you do? 
A brand ambassador role with a travel company would be ideal.

That sounds like a good plan! So where do you get your inspiration for a post? 
I love checking out other travel guides and looking on Instagram for pretty places to go.

And do you find it easy coming up with ideas?
At the moment I do, as I have quite a lot of places I’ve been to that I haven’t blogged about yet.

Any advice for those who find it difficult?
Write about what you love. If you have certain types of places you love to visit e.g museums, then write a museum guide. Write about products or places that you would recommend.

Thanks for the tip! How do you interact with other bloggers? Does this help grow your blog?
Commenting on Twitter, Instagram and blog posts are great ways to interact. I think it does help grow your blog; it’s great to engage with your audience and other bloggers.

So, have you ever collaborated with another blogger? And how would you approach them to collab? 

I’ve had a blogger guest post on my website and I’ve done a small guest post on a blog before. I was looking on twitter for #bloggerswanted and came across people looking for this. I think it’s a good way to connect to a different audience and get to know other bloggers.

An interview Jessica did for Life at 139a

A guest post on Jessica's blog

Gmunden Lake in Austria. Austria is one of Jessica's fave places.

Have you got a blogging idol who you follow for inspiration?
I really love World of Wanderlust, her photos and travel tips are amazing!

Omg me too! Now, do you think it's better to blog about many things, or to have a niche?
I think you should blog about whatever you’re passionate about. At the moment I don’t have a particular niche in travel as I like going on budget trips sometimes, but occasionally want to go somewhere more fancy like a nice restaurant.

Totally agree with you. Now let's talk money. What do you think is the biggest cost in blogging?
Paying for a web domain. Blogging is also very time consuming - it can be hard to fit it in around work.

Yeah I don't think people realise how long it takes to organise a blog post. Have you been able to attend any blogging events? 
The only one I’ve attended so far is Traverse. I also really want to go to World Travel Market.

I think I will have to look into those! Do you feel it's difficult to be in the know about events? If not, how do you find out about them?
I found out about the events from reading blogs about what events are worth going to.

So what's your main goal when going to a blogging event? 
Learning how to improve your blog - if there’s workshops, write down some notes. It’s also a great way to network with bloggers and companies.

Good tips. Do you feel that there should be more acknowledgement and promotion of bloggers in the press?
Yes blogging is a great way to market brands and a lot of the time bloggers are expected to do it for free. It takes a lot of time to take and edit photos and write reviews. I’ve already started to see a lot of bloggers in fashion campaigns or magazines, which is great.

Blogs are used a lot these days to raise awareness on contemporary issues such as mental health. If you could use your blog as a platform to talk about something taboo, what would talk about and why?I’d probably talk about mental health as that’s the area I work in. I think it’s great there are so many blogs about it and that people suffering can read about people going through similar situations.

Yeah, it's great people are raising awareness on this. Any tips for a novice blogger starting out?
Stick with it. At times you might feel like giving up because you aren’t getting many views. If you are passionate then it’ll be worth it.

Okay, now the fun stuff. What was the best place you have reviewed on your blog?
My first ever press trip was with Visit Wiltshire. It was such a fun trip. Me and my boyfriend stayed in a cute house in the countryside and went to Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park.

So what's your top travel tip? 
Research a lot before you go so you know which places you definitely want to check out.

Fave place that you have visited?
I did a 4 month internship in Austria (see photo above). It’s such a beautiful place; one of my favourite places was Salzburg.

And lastly, if you had to live in one place forever, where would that be?
At the moment I’m happy with the UK as there’s still a lot of places up North that I haven’t visited. London’s also great; there’s so much going on there.

Thank you for the lovely chat, Jessica. 

If you want to check out Enjoy the Adventures visit / Jessica tweets at: @enjoyadventures

Come back next week when I'll be sitting down with another amazing blogger. If you want to take part, drop me a tweet with your email address: @fessjarmer


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