Name: Margaux Piret
Thank you for your time Margaux!
Could you get us started with a quick introduction about yourself?
Hello ! My name is Margaux, I come from Belgium. I’m a student in Cinema and photography in Brussels, I really love both of these things. But I also love to travel, so like to combine them all.
I have travelled since I was 5 years old. I have been to so many countries like United States, Mexico, some islands in the Caribbean, Africa and of course Europe. I decided in December to start sharing my experience and my travel pictures in Instagram.
Where are you in the world currently?
I’m in my country, in Belgium for my study.
Where do you plan to get to this year?
For this year, I’ll plan so many things. ( I love planning everything to do with travel…. I can explain how much I like planning all my trips and imagining what I can do there).
I’m going to Amsterdam, France, Santorini, Italy, Marrakech, Luxembourg and Hungary ( Maybe London ! ). So many countries near to my own country but all so different.
What has been your all time favorite place?
Very hard question! I will say Oahu ( Hawaii ). I went there with friends after living six months in Los angeles after my high school. This Island is really like everyone think…. THE dream ! Landscapes, beaches, the city, everything is amazing and all the people are so kind and very relaxed in Hawaii. If I could, I will live there!
What is your top backpacking tip?
For me, the best thing to do when you travel is to take your time, don’t be so rush. Take the time to appreciate the moment, see the city. Don’t be all the time focus on your map, you can miss so many things that there are not in your travel guide. A good advice is also doing what the local do. I think it’s the best way to discover a culture.
Which thing should every backpacker carry with them? – Saying mobile phones isn’t allowed, be creative 😉
I won’t be very original… but Camera. Even when I don’t travel, I’ll take my camera for taking pictures and try to discover things in my own country when I have some time. So when I travel …. it’s obviously that object I use to have with me.
My answer is not creative but if I can give an advice for people who like taking pictures during a trip, I’ll say :
Don’t take 1000 photos in one day… its too much and you will probably only look at all of them one time. But If you take the time to watch and think about what can be good for a good photo and taking it, its better. It’s my advice.. the quality is more important that the quantity!
Do you have any words of advice or inspiration for anyone undecided about travelling?
If you are undecided it’s maybe because the travel that we propose to you is very far or very different from your comfort zone. Travelling doesn’t mean to go far far far away. But you can go to a country or city near to your own city for beginning, to get you started. You will probably see that travelling is very exciting and interesting and you will continue to travel, I hope it!
What is the one destination that you dream of visiting?
I want to go to New Orleans. I know it’s not the number one of the city in United States that Europeans
want to visit, but it’s mine.
I like jazz music and I have heard so many things about this city, I really want to go there and see this culture. Especially in February for the “Mardi Gras” in New Orleans.
Thank you for your time Margaux, especially sharing your tips and photos with us. We hope you get to New Orleans one day soon!
You can follow Margaux, and see her amazing photography skills, over on her instagram: @margauxpiret