Uencounter.me has partnered with a number of travel bloggers who share our core values of integrity, honesty, and transparency. Over the next several months, we are highlighting them in our Partner Series. We hope this allows you to get to know them better and remember, you can follow all of their travel and blog posts via their personal pin map on uencounter.me!
The eighth in our series introduces Janet Camsell owner of the World Travel Warehouse; we asked her a series of questions and her answers follow:
Please tell us a little bit about you personally:
I started travelling at a young age (maybe 6 with my parents), and the travel bug never left me. Through “the jigs & the reels” (it’s a Newfoundland saying) of growing up, life got in the way and I had to work ‘for the man’ and do what society expected of me. That is, until I couldn’t handle it any longer and just started travelling regularly again. The bug was in me so badly that I retired from Corporate Finance so I could travel on a regular basis. We started a travel company & never really looked back since.
How long have you been blogging and why do you do it?
I’ve been blogging since around 2007 when we did a 75-day trip all across Europe and the Middle East. It has continued since then with a number of stories and tales of delight or terror or just plain funny things that are bound to happen as you travel the world and meet interesting people and see and experience life in different cultures. Our most recent trip was a round-the-world blitz in 2011 that started with us flying over the Pacific in First Class Comfort (BEAUTY!) aboard Cathay Pacific to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, then down to New Zealand for 5 weeks, Australia for a week, and working our way back to Singapore and Bangkok, ending with a flight from Istanbul back to Canada in the space of 60+ days. I’ve yet to write the stories for that but they’re in the works. Lots of pictures posted though both on uencounter.me and http://community.webshots.com/user/WorldTravelWarehouse?vhost=community
How did you decide upon the title and direction of your blog?
I hate to say this but I don’t blog much, aside from when I am travelling. The name just stemmed from our company name, simple is best!
What is your favorite blogging experience?
Interacting on a one on one level with people who like/dislike things we’ve written about or who share similar stories.
What has been your most treasured travel experience?
Istanbul and Turkey – without a doubt! I specialize in Turkey itineraries and travel planning and honestly, I would give it ALL up to focus JUST on Turkey itineraries, I absolutely love the people from Turkey for their friendliness and down-home feeling they present. One of my tour guides told me, “Turkish people consider it a challenge to make sure you have THE BEST time in their country. If they feel you are not happy, they will go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and content.” This is beyond true and has been my experience on every subsequent journey to Istanbul and Turkey (I’ve been there now over 20 times and within the next 5 years plan to try living there, even for 3-6 months of the year). As well Turkey is the place that people are as friendly and genuinely kind as in my home province of Newfoundland, Canada so I feel quite “at home” in Turkey.
If you could return to any one of the locations you have visited, where would it be and why?
So many! Israel, there is so much history. Petra, it’s truly fascinating and again so much to see. Egypt because I didn’t get to visit Abu Simbel and Khan El-Khalili market in Cairo. Vietnam, because I want to go up the Northern coastline from Ho Chi Minh….. this list is endless. I’ m returning to India this Fall which will be great as I lost MOST of my pictures (hard drive failure) when I visited in 2009!
What location is at the top of your bucket list today?
Easter Island! It has always been a priority on my bucket list but I promised myself I would do that and Machu Picchu for ‘latest’ my 50th birthday. It’s looking like I will do Machu Picchu in Feb 2013 though along with a trip that takes me from Chile around the southern-most tip of South America, and up into !!