Today's interview features Alexandra who runs Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler since 2011.
How, why and when did you get started to blog your thoughts on travel?
I started blogging in September 2010 thanks to my insomnia. One day at 4am I realized I did not want to spend any more nights bored or watching movies but doing something worth it. I have no idea why but I Googled ''travel blog'', read a few blogs, saw some bloggers making living out of it and the same morning bought a domain and and starting working on my blog.
Are you a full-time blogger? If so do you live a rich lifestyle? 🙂
Yes, I am. Been living just out of my blog since March 2011. Well, now I have 3 blogs, not just one. And if I live a rich lifestyle? Hell yeah! Rich in experiences, jaw-dropping landmarks, awesome sunsets, white sand beaches, warm-hearted people, never-ending knowledge and millions of great memories.
What's your favorite country you have traveled to and why?
Definitely Mexico. I studied everything about it since I was a teenager before I even visited, and also my University thesis was about the Aztecs, their religion, pyramids and rituals. However, I went to Mexico for the first time in march 2011 and then again in May 2013 and spent almost 4 months traveling around. I've visited 19 out of 32 Mexican states and love every one of them. Mexico has it all, archaeological sites I admire, great food (even though now I am raw vegan which makes it pretty difficult with all the delicious Mexican meals around), smiling and always helpful people, funny accent, stunning beaches, beautiful sink holes for snorkeling etc. I could spend days talking about Mexico and already wrote more than 90 posts about it. The main one explains 26 reasons why I love Mexico.
Where would you always go back to?
For sure Barcelona. It's my favorite city in the world, the first place that made me realize all I wanted in life was traveling. It went from initial disgust to my fave place ever … the architecture, 7 different beaches, great local markets with fresh fruit, veggies and juices, amazing atmosphere and much more. I made a habit of returning to Barcelona every year at least once. Been more than 15 – 20 times now and still have not seen everything there the city has to offer.
What is your favorite hotel you stayed at?
Hm the first one that comes to my mind would be Balneari Prats in a little town in Catalonia called Caldes de Malavella. I stayed there twice and I hardly ever go back to the same place except Mexico, Barcelona, London and Central Europe which means it must be special. I was treated there like a Queen, the atmosphere is very familiar and friendly, I got there the best strange healing massages ever and tasted yummy dinners. Aw, and let's not forget my inner jacuzzi I blogged from at 3am 🙂
Where would you want to live if you need to settle?
I have not found that place yet which means I'm still nomadic. But always wanted to live on a tropical island with great weather all year long, beautiful beaches and no stress.
How many countries have you been to?
Around 45 – I can really say I've seen something there, plus another maybe 15 I only passed through and yet need to discover much more so I don't count them.
If I would be looking for beaches, mountains, city life, nightlife – where would you send me?
Hm I could spend a month talking about beaches 😀 For me for sure the Quintana Roo in Mexico or Bohol in the Philippines. Mountains I think the Andes in Patagonia – El Chalten, El Calafate, Torres del Paine. City life in Barcelona, Prague, New York and Bratislava … but I have friends there so that might be the reason. And nightlife? 5 years with no alcohol means not many parties so can't help with that one.
What is the (most) famous person you have met while traveling?
I met the actors Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley in Barcelona, then DJ/singer Taboo from Black Eyed Peas in Rimini, models Hideo Muraoka and Daniel Matsunaga in Manila, and Sophia Loren in Genoa. At least, they are all famous in my opinion 🙂