Girl Travellers: An Interview with Rachel from Hippie In Heels.
As part of a new series on Dirty paws, I thought it would be fun to chat with girl travellers and pick their brains on everything travel, beauty and adventure related. So grab a coffee/chai/po cha and read on.
When I stumbled open Rachel’s Blog “Hippie In heels” I knew that I had found a kindred spirit. Rachel’s ethos is that it is possible to quit your job, travel the world and look cute doing it. Finally a girl that understands that you really don’t have to transform into a grubby backpacker as soon as you hit the trail. Throw out those beige zip-off pants immediately and get out that mascara!
Rachel, who hails from a small town in Ohio, now calls India home after realising that the normal life working as a nurse just wasn’t for her. Her blog is full of entertaining, informative and interesting posts, like the time she cooked an entire thanksgiving dinner in a toaster oven to losing luggage in Athens, and even online shopping tips.
1. As a new blogger (like myself) to the scene, what made you decide to start a travel blog?
Rachel: I’ve always had travel blogging in the back of my head. I would get facebook messages and e-mails from people I didn’t know or acquaintances asking for help on a trip and I even once planned some guys’ entire Europe trip in college. After I backpacked India solo, I got a lot of e-mails asking “how did you do that? weren’t you scared? did you get health insurance? do I need to take shots?”. Now that I live permanently in India and have quit my job as a nurse, I finally have the time to blog and help inspire girls to go for it- it’s not scary once you get out there!
8. Now you live in Goa near the beach, so what are your beach bag essentials?
I need a book (or my kindle). I usually take something to study as well which now is Thai Yoga Massage (I got certified last year but need to refresh), Chapstick, eye drops, face wipes (Nivea ones are great) because I hate having a salty face and an iPod and speakers. I love the music being out loud instead of through headphones. If I’m going to a local beach then I take a big beach blanket and my dog! If I’m travelling I take my sarong as a cover-up and also to lay on so I have less to carry.
Read the whole interview at Dirty Paws and please check out Hippie In Heels !