My quest on becoming an outstanding travel blogger forced me into doing a lot of terrific things, chief of which was consuming contents (esp. blog posts) from fellow bloggers in the same niche home and abroad. While I would later let go of some for lack of depth and quality, I stuck with a few for the consistent accumulation of same and that’s exactly where Amarachi falls.
Aside her amazing personality which permeates via my computer or phone’s screen whenever I follow her chronicles, her unique method of narrating her adventures too is another trait of hers which won me over.
Being a huge fan, I reached out to Amarachi, inquiring if she could share with me and my audience a few things I’ve always wanted to know about her, her blog and lifestyle. To my amazement, she wasn’t just prompt with her response, she also took her time in doing justice to even questions I thought she’d stylishly dodge.
1. What prompted you into travel blogging?
Travel blogging started as a medium to document my travels for friends and family. I wanted them to be able to follow my adventures somehow. Slowly, the blog began to grow and I saw how I could contribute to shaping the mindset of the average Nigerian and hopefully inspire them to travel and explore differently.
2. You’ve done almost all continents here on earth, how on earth did you
find the time and money to do this?
I’ve hardly scratched the surface of the earth but I hope to visit all someday. As for money: I have a day job and I am able to save up over time for trips I need to take. I also cut down costs here and there and take multiple destination trips. As for time, we all make out time for what’s important to us. I have a fixed set of vacation days a year and I try to take them around public holidays. This gives me longer time to enjoy my travels.
3. You take really good pictures also, what would you say is responsible
Constant practice and lots of patience. I also own a fairly good camera, so that helps as well
4. Where are those 3 places you’d want to revisit and why?
5. What do you think is responsible for Nigerians lackluster attitude towards traveling?
When it comes to travelling within Nigeria, let’s face it, it’s a tough terrain to explore. From lack of information to bad roads, transport services and lackluster sites, there’s very little motivation to explore Nigeria. I also think that a lot of people are fixed on certain destinations and believe that travel is always expensive. Part of what my blog does is to dispel this myth and encourage Nigerians to explore more places on a budget.
6. You once slept in a (male) stranger’s house during one of your travels. What were you thinking? Why did you take such a risk?
Nigeria isn’t ready for tourism. Other African countries have put in some level of infrastructure in place to promote tourism within their respective countries, Nigeria hasn’t and doesn’t seem to be interested in doing so. And unlike Nigeria, other countries also have a good backing from their government.
8. If you were to remain in a country till death comes calling, which would it be?
That’s a bit difficult to choose. Off the top of my head, I might say South Africa (Cape Town), Italy or Nigeria.
9. The weirdest food you’ve eaten in a foreign land.
I haven’t tried that many weird things. I’d say the strangest is Octopus (in France).
10. What’s your Most memorable and regrettable journey since choosing
11. Advice to aspiring travel bloggers