Here’s a random assortment of the questions I’m frequently asked. If you still have a burning question after reading through these then please get in touch.
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Nicole! I’m a frequent flying (sometimes) freelance writer and Australian travel blogger who works in digital marketing.
I began travel blogging in 2009 when I was preparing to leave Australia to work at an American summer camp and live in the UK for two years, but the travel bug bit me long before that.I was lucky my parents enjoyed travelled. We had trips to cities around Australia, mostly Melbourne where
I was lucky my parents enjoyed travelled. We had trips to cities around Australia, mostly Melbourne where my family has work, and overseas to Hong Kong and the USA.
I’m now based in Melbourne, Australia and travel as much as I can. Sometimes within this great southern land, a hop to Asia, or beyond to Europe or the United States. (Update: I’m currently based between Adelaide, South Australia but will be back and forward between Adelaide and Melbourne until the end of 2018!)
Bitten by the Travel Bug is all about experiential culture and luxury travel. Luxury isn’t simply a price-tag though; it’s all about the experience. Bitten by the Travel Bug also explores adventure travel, airlines, and unique experiences at home and around the world. Oh, and did I mention I love collecting frequent flyer points?
What is Bitten by the Travel Bug
Bitten by the Travel Bug is a travel blog for those looking for tips and inspiration on how to get the very best from their travels. It’s not a niche site. I firmly believe we don’t travel for one reason but many. Here you’ll find adventure, culture and travel lifestyle stories. There’ll also be a healthy dose of information on flying and collecting and using frequent flyer points (or air miles, as North Americans call them!)
Bitten by the Travel Bug is also somewhat of a therapeutic outlet for me. While I will be mainly talking travel, I will also talk about TV & movies, beauty, and a few of my other favourite things from time to time.
How did you come up with your blogs name?
I wrote about 20 names on a piece of paper and began searching for available domains. While there were plenty of good options, it was later that night when I was having a conversation with a friend who remarked that I had been ‘Bitten by the Travel Bug’. Low and behold, the .net version was available and three years later I managed to secure the .com version.
While I sometimes wonder if I should change the name and make it a little bit more ‘mature’, at the end of the day it’s easy to remember and I have a giggle every time I say it – it’s a little fun and childish, just like me.
Where have you been?
I’ve been to 33 countries so far! This includes;
How can you afford to travel so much?
I work and blog, both of these pay the bills! Currently, I’m the Digital Coordinator for the Adelaide Football Club (Australian Football League). I also work as a freelance writer for magazines and digital publications, and digital content producer for small businesses.
In the past, I’ve worked at a Not-For-Profit in Melbourne in their digital marketing team and in an advertising agency; but I’ve also worked in TV, radio, a cafe, a store focused on Beatles and Rock ‘n Roll memorabilia and as a receptionist!
Right now blogging and freelance writing is my side hustle, and as such, I am paid to travel around the world and create content for various jobs I am working on. I am sometimes in front of the camera, sometimes behind the camera, always behind my laptop, and always having the time of my life doing what I love and loving what I do.
I’m also a huge fan of travel hacking – collecting frequent flyer points – and taking advantage of amazing sales with some of my favourite airlines, and taking advantage of discounted rates for hotels through sales or third-party apps.
Do you have elite status with any airlines?
Yes, I am currently working towards returning to Qantas Platinum (OneWorld Emerald). I’m currently Qantas Gold (OneWorld Sapphire).
I have previously held elite status with Cathay’s Marco Polo Club, Virgin Australia, Delta, US Airways, and Agean.
What is your favourite airline?
While I may be an passionate collector of Qantas Frequent Flyer points, Cathay Pacific holds a dear spot in my heart. Their service is second to none, food is (almost) always excellent, and Hong Kong International Airport is such a great airport!
I’ve also had exceptional experiences on THAI Airways, Icelandair, WOW Air, Virgin America (RIP!), and Alaskan Airlines.
Which is your favourite country/city?
This is such a hard one because I love different places for different things.
It always comes back to four countries: Hong Kong, Denmark, Taiwan and – of course – Australia!
As for cities, my three favourites are Melbourne, Hong Kong, and New York City all for very personal reasons.
How often do you travel?
It does depend a lot on work and life commitments, but 2018 is all about exploring Melbourne and surrounding Victoria.
That being said, I’ve already booked my next two trips… whoops!
Where do you want to travel next?
I have this never-ending list of places I’d like to travel to and return to! I’d love to visit more of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South America (particularly Chile). Basically, I want to experience places that aren’t aren’t full of tourists.
I’d also like to return to many countries to explore other regions or stay longer. Places like Russia, New York (state), Washington (state), China, South Korea, and more.
Who do you travel with?
This varies, but most commonly I travel solo.
On work trips, I often travel in a small group of three – six people and a guide, weekend road trips around Victoria I am usually with one of my good friends, and around once a year I travel with my family (Mum, Dad, and little sister) for the holidays.
What camera do you use?
I use a couple of different cameras depending on what I’m doing.
I use a Nikon D750 when I want to get the best photos possible. I travel with between 3-5 lenses to get the right shot in every situation.
I also have an Olympus EPL-5. This is pretty old now but I still love it. It’s small but takes great photos and has interchangeable lenses. It’s the perfect handbag camera.
I travel with a Panasonic Lumix when I’m taking on an adventure or water-based activities.
Also, I LOVE my iPhone X!
How did you begin blogging?
I started blogging in 2009, just a few months before I went overseas to work at an American summer camp. The blog stemmed from my studies. The head of the Journalism faculty stood in front of the class on orientation day and said that to be a Journalist today you had to be able to everything. I’d worked in TV and radio previously, but I knew my writing skills were average at best. A few months later, Bitten by the Travel Bug was born.
I’d like to start a blog, do you have any tips?
My number one tip is to just start blogging! Lots of people get hung up on the technicalities around blogging but you really just need to start writing and taking photos and sharing them with the world.
I’m a brand and I’d like to work with you. How can I get in touch?
Feel free to email me: email@example.com
I really want to travel, do you think I should?
In a word, YES!!!
I get asked this question all the time from people looking for a bit of reassurance. My answer is always yes. I’m a firm believer that you regret the things you don’t do the most.
Make sure you always have enough money in your bank account so if you aren’t enjoying yourself you can jump straight on the first flight home. I can guarantee that you won’t want to do this, but it feels better to have the option.
What’s your number 1 travel tip?
Travel isn’t nearly as scary as you think. People are the same all over the world and even if you don’t speak the same language someone will always help you when you’re in need. If confronted with any difficult circumstances, ask yourself “what would I do if I was at home?”
I still have some questions, can I send you an email?
Of course. Please email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org