Welcome back to our Weekend Travel Inspiration traveler interview! This week we’re interviewing Barbara from Jet-Settera who is a master at combining fashion and luxury with travel all around the world.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Barbara, I m behind the luxury travel and lifestyle blog www.jet-settera.com. I’m Hungarian-American and I live in London. I started blogging about 3 years ago, because I felt like I had a lot of travel experiences that I wanted to share with people around me. As of now, I have lived in 7 countries and visited 76.
What inspires you to travel?
I travel once or twice a month for short trips within Europe and I travel overseas about 3 times a year on average. I visited 18 countries in 2017 and 23 in 2016. I love nature and beaches. National parks and deserts are my favorite places to visit.
Describe your travel philosophy.
I would say I’m somewhere in between luxury and backpacking. I pack very lightly. I don’t spend a long time in one city. I stay for one or two days and then I move onto the next destination. I stay in medium range hotels, which are not too expensive but also not the cheapest.
What types of things are you interested in while you are traveling?
I love adventure travel and I love visiting beautiful national parks. I also love being on the beach. I easily get bored, so I get into water activities like scuba diving and surfing. I also love history and I always join a free historical walking tour in every city I visit. This allows me to learn about the history of the city/country from a local guide.
The most popular photo on my Instagram profile is a photo of us in Seoul, Korea, where we dressed up in a traditional Korean hanbok and posed in front of the royal palace.
Another popular photo was a photo of me glacier hiking in Patagonia in Northern-Argentina. I was standing in front of the beautiful crystal clear blue glacier.
What is one funny, embarrassing, cute, or even frustrating anecdote from your travels?
Once I took a flight to the wrong airport on the island of Crete and we realized we were 3 hours away from the town we had to be. It was after midnight and we had to take a taxi for €150 to arrive to the destination. We got there around 2:30am.
What is your next destination and what are you looking forward to doing there?
We are going to Luxembourg and Strasbourg this weekend to explore these cities/countries. It is supposed to be snowing this weekend, so we might be up for a cold surprise. We will be sightseeing there and learn about the local history. The weekend after, I am heading to Budapest to visit family and friends. Next month, I will be in India, I am riding a luxury train across the country for a week.
When did you start travel blogging and what was your motivation? And what is one piece of advice you would give a budding travel blogger?
I started my blog 3 years ago. I felt like I had a lot of valuable travel experiences that I could share with my followers. I think blogging should be a hobby; it should be a fun activity. If you take it too seriously, you will lose the enthusiasm and the followers can sense that you are not authentic. So just have fun along the journey.
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