Name: Alice Pye
Occupation: Dental Nurse (self-taught aspiring travel writer/photographer)
Thank you for your time Alice,
Please get us started with a quick introduction about yourself?
My name’s Alice, I’m 23 and my absolute passion lies in travel, writing and photography. Oh, and making people laugh along the way.
I’ve come to realise that there’s so much to see and do in this world and I want to be a part of showing everyone what that is!
Where are you in the world currently?
I’m currently living in Brisbane which is located in Queensland, Australia.
Where do you plan to get to this year?
Along with a few domestic trips I will be jetting off to Dubai for one week and then a few months later I’m off to Canada and the US!
What has been your all time favorite place?
Everywhere I’ve travelled to has honestly left a passport stamp on my heart!
But, if I HAVE to choose, I’m going to say I was a massive fan of Peru in South America. The deep culture along with it’s scrumptious food and insanely beautiful land left me in absolute awe. I’ve never seen somewhere so picturesque. I certainly went camera crazy.
Could you share us your all time favorite photo you have taken travelling?
Street photography and landscape are probably my favourite styles when it comes to taking photos, so this is a hard one!
But I’ll share one photo that I captured when I visited an orphanage in Bali called ‘Jodie O’Shea Orphanage’. Upon my visit these small children barely spoke a word of English but a smile and a hug was something they definitely did understand. Their uplifting, free spirited personalities really warmed my heart as some of them had endured a lot to get to the orphanage.
This young boy was following me around, but for one moment he looked up at me as I gestured to take his photo and in that moment his face displayed an array of emotions. Curiosity, innocence and a desperate look of approval and love. I immediately fell in love with this photograph and small boy and to this day call it my favorite.
What is your top backpacking tip?
Less is more. It’s easy to go overboard with packing and taking things you don’t really need. Remember that everywhere you go will most likely have something readily available for purchase if you desperately need it.
I also love this quote, “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
Which thing should every backpacker carry with them?
– Saying mobile phones isn’t allowed, be creative 😉
A smile. Happiness attracts happiness. You’re more likely to meet like-minded, fellow travellers if you seem friendly and approachable.
Do you have any words of advice or inspiration for anyone undecided about travelling?
Some people choose to never leave the country in their lifetime. Some people who do it once, never want to stop.
Personally, I say take the leap and travel. I can’t imagine living my life not having had seen what lies on the other side of the world. It’s the biggest eye-opener you could ever have and every time you go away you learn things about different countries and about yourself. They don’t lie when they say travel makes you richer.
What has been your favorite food whilst away?
Every country offers something slightly irresistible…for me, Banana and condensed milk crepes in Thailand, Churros with hot chocolate in Peru, Bagels with cream cheese in America, and Pho (a type of soup made from beef stock and spices with noodles and beef/chicken) in Vietnam to name a few!
On the food note, have you eaten any interesting food/delicacies while traveling?
I have (and I hope I don’t disgust you!) but I’ve eaten, frog legs, snails, raw snake heart and cooked snake, guinea pig, alpaca and duck. And no, I didn’t enjoy all of them, haha.
What has been your favorite activity whilst away?
I’m going to list three because I feel like one is way too hard. I still couldn’t happily give you just three but I will.
Okay, so, Paragliding in Austria, shooting an AK47/Climbing through the Chu Chu Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and climbing Montana Mountain in Machu Picchu Peru.
Thank you Alice! That was a brilliant interview, eating raw snake heart is crazy! We also wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of you with your AK47 experience 😉
We hope you have a great time in Canada and the US in the coming months, please do keep us updated! 🙂
If you would like to follow Alice on her travels then make sure to check her out on the links below.