If you’re looking for an inspiration about travel and working at home then this blog is for you. Amanda Williams is the author and owner of A Dangerous Business where she shares a lot of helpful tips about traveling, managing a travel blog and working at home. What I love the most about Amanda’s blog is when she shares her personal thoughts about certain things that a lot of us go through such as when you try to swim against the status quo, how travel has changed her, etc (you can see more related articles here). The honesty of the post and the way it’s written really connected to me as part of her audience.
If you want to read more about her adventures, follow Amanda’s blog at A Dangerous Business.
But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Amanda.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“That’s a tough one, and I’m not sure that I know the answer! My first big trip abroad was back in 2005, right after I finished high school. I went to New Zealand with my mom to tour around “Lord of the Rings” filming locations (yes, I was that geeky in high school), and I guess that kind of got the ball rolling. Afterwards, I took any opportunity to travel that came my way.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“I’ve been pretty lucky so far in that I haven’t had any true horror stories on my travels. But I suppose the worst was the week-long trip I took in Belize and Guatemala where I was suffering from a really rotten flu the whole time. I lost my voice, was constantly coughing, and could not breathe well enough to do a lot of the adventure activities that were on our itinerary. Being sick when you’re traveling is never fun!”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“That is, quite literally, impossible to say! Seeing the Northern Lights last year in Manitoba was incredible. As was going to the 2012 Olympics in London. I also have great memories from volunteering with elephants in Thailand.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“That people all around the world – regardless of language, religion, skin color, etc. – are all essentially they same. We are a lot more alike than we are different when it comes down to it.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“You know, I haven’t been able to put my finger on it yet. But it definitely has something to do with an innate curiosity about the world “out there” – the one that is different from the one I grew up in. I love learning – about history, culture, traditions, etc. – and that definitely motivates me to travel more and broaden my horizons.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“That’s a tough one! I would say either Jennifer Lawrence (because, really, who doesn’t want to be BFFs with J-Law?), or Michael Palin (because he’s just awesome).”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“My favorite country (so far) is New Zealand. It was the first country I visited outside of North America, and with roughly 30 other countries visited after it, it still stands out for me. I love the stunning landscapes and the laid-back attitudes of the friendly kiwis!”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“To not let fear or uncertainty hold you back. If you keep an open mind (and a flexible itinerary), you can have some truly unforgettable experiences.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“Haha, oh I’ve done my fair share. The craziest was definitely jumping into a freezing river in a bikini and a cow hat on New Year’s Day in Scotland in 2013. It’s a tradition called the Loony Dook and it certainly was both fun and silly!”
How do you fund your travels?
“I fund them a few different ways these days. I make some money off my website, and I also do quite a bit of freelance work (writing, consulting, website management, etc.). From time to time I also partner up with tourism boards and travel companies to sponsor portions of my trips – but I certainly don’t rely on that!”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“Common sense, to be honest. I don’t do anything abroad that I wouldn’t do at home.”
What do you think about yourself?
“Hmm. I think I still have a lot to learn – about blogging, about running a business, about the world, about human nature. There’s always something to learn, and I certainly don’t know everything!”
Amanda is just a small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a “normal” life with a desire to discover the world beyond her Midwest bubble. Through A Dangerous Business, she hopes to prove to people that traveling (and especially traveling as a woman) doesn’t have to be scary, lonely, or out of anybody’s reach, whether you work in a cubicle or on a mountaintop.
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Amanda.