Meet the Blogger is a new series, where I’ll bring amazing travel bloggers from all over the world to you! Every month I’ll be introducing you to a new blogger and sharing some great insights into them and their awesome travel adventures!
This month I’d like to introduce you to my fellow travel blogger Joanna from The Moment Keepers. Joanna and her husband Jeremiah have been living as expats in Dubai for the last six years, IT professionals by day and bloggers by night! Meet Jo….
Jo give us a quick introduction:
I’m Joanna Villanueva from the land of over 7000 islands…The Philippines. My day job includes graphics, web designing and digital marketing.
How long have you been travel blogging and what makes you do it?
I initially created a personal blog (thelittlemrsblog.com) – Where I could write about anything under the sun – My designs, celebrations and more descriptive stories about my photos than on Facebook. It served as a digital journal of important life events that I could look back on as time goes by. Over the years as we’ve decided to visit more countries, I discovered a happiness in writing about our travels and in sharing the great photos captured by my husband. We soon had a lot of our friends and colleagues asking about our itineraries, tips, expenses and experiences, so we decided to create a professional platform – One that’s worth sharing, easy to navigate, detailed and clear. Then our blog was born…themomentkeepers.com
What type of traveller are you and what does that entail?
We’re part-time travellers and try to squeeze in as much travel and photography as we can during holidays and make the most of our 30 days annual leave. As we travel part-time we make sure our travel experiences are worth keeping for the rest of our lives.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? Jo’s a bit of a romantic, actually so am I, so her answer here is quite fitting 🙂
As long as my husband is with me, I can live anywhere. If I had to choose for us, I would only want to live only in our hometown in the Philippines, where rice fields and mountains are abundant, the place where we grew up and built our dreams.
Besides the obvious, what is one item you can’t travel without?
Apart from my phone, I guess a hat to protect from the sun or my neck pillow if it’s a long flight journey.
What has been your best culinary experience while travelling?
It would be the food in Greece. We ate gyros and souvlaki almost everyday when we were there!
What’s the best place you’ve travelled to so far and why?
So far, Greece is our favourite place – Aside from the beautiful attractions and beaches, it has out of this world panoramic views, charming whitewashed houses, delicious food, friendly locals and we had perfect weather during our stay here! After exploring many countries, we have realised how the weather can greatly affect ones experience when travelling. I would love to return here one day.
If you had one superpower what would it be and what would you do with it?
The power to teleport from one location to another in split seconds! I’d love visit all the places/countries on our bucket list.
Favourite quote? I’m a big fan of this quote too!…
We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutual weirdness and call it love. – Dr. Seuss
If you had the opportunity to travel with someone just once, who would it be and why?
I would love to travel with any Hollywood celebrity, fly with them in a chopper and stay in the most luxurious hotel 😉
Funniest travel moment?
We have a lot! Our misadventures always turn out to be fun but if I have to choose one, it would when we got lost in the Balat neighbourhood in Istanbul and got “scammed” by two kids. They’d been very helpful to us while we were trying to make our way back home and tagged along for the walk. To say thanks, we asked them if we could buy them something to eat or drink to eat but they declined. As we were bidding them goodbye they made their move and signalled for us to give them cash and in broken English said “money, money!”
Best piece of advice you have for aspiring travellers?
Going to different places doesn’t need to be expensive. You can choose to explore local places first then go to nearby countries. If your desire to travel is big enough, you can skip those expensive coffees and parties and save up for your dream destination instead, work out what’s most important to you and prioritise.
Quick Fire 10
Favourite food? Spicy fries, salted egg
Morning, noon or night? Noon
Somewhere you are desperate to travel to? Iceland
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Do you snore?! My husband says a bit, when I’m dead tired.
If you could choose a nickname for yourself, what would it be? No nickname, I’m happy with my name.
Summer or winter? Summer
The last item you purchased? A dress
What kind of car do you drive? I don’t drive, I’m always on the passenger seat!
The person you admire the most? My husband.
I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly learnt a lot more about Joanna and her adventures! Take a look at her blog and also check out some of Jeremiah’s amazing photography skills over on Instagram!
I have another awesome blogger lined up for you next month, stay tuned and as always….
Happy Travels, Priti X