Stirring up some adventure Inside the Travel Lab

2013-10-01 10:41
Cape Town tourism is currently hosting three international travel bloggers for the latest installment of the #lovecapetown campaign. We caught up with Abigail King, the traveller behind Inside the Travel Lab to find out more about the what it takes to be a successful travel blogger.

Tell us about Inside the Travel Lab

Inside the Travel Lab is a blog about thoughtful luxury travel. It began as my home for people and places that couldn’t find attention in mainstream media and it hopes to make you think, make you smile and inspire you to find out more.

Your most vivid memory from your first visit to South Africa?

Seeing the waves tumble and crash all over each other at Cape Point. It’s such a legendary place in the history of travel and exploration, and once you’ve seen it it’s easy to understand why sailors used to fear it so much.

One thing you are really looking forward to experiencing while in Cape Town?

Riding horses along the beach – and meeting local bloggers who can show me the more unusual parts of the city.

Tell us about your most recent trip, before coming to South Africa?

I went to Kyushu in Japan, home to its biggest active volcano, lots of hiking routes and some very poignant memorials in Nagasaki.

If you could do one thing differently since starting Inside the Travel Lab, what would it be?

Hired some assistants earlier on!

What do you think the next biggest travel trend is?

Destination-wise, I think that South Africa is going to be big next year and that travel into Burma/Myanmar will continue to increase.

Camera phone or DSLR Camera and why?

Both! DSLR still gives better pics but the camera phone lets you play around and have more fun. It’s also less intimidating for people when you take their portraits. You can start with the camera phone and then build up if needs be. It’s also better when you’re travelling somewhere and don’t want to advertise that you’re a tourist with a great big hulking camera…

Travel rule that must be broken?

Travel light. Travel with the right equipment, I say! Why shiver when you can be warm? Why get sunburnt when you can carry sunscreen?

What do you think distinguishes a traveller from a tourist?

Someone who doesn’t worry about definitions like that ;-)

What’s been the most useful travel innovation for you?

The iPhone. It’s amazing. You can carry all your travel documents, language dictionaries, maps, contact details, music, books, everything all in the palm of your hand. Then if you can get online you can reach almost anyone in the world, connect with locals and keep in touch with folk back home. It would have been impossible to imagine that 15 years ago.

Who would you most like to sit next to on a plane and why?

A pilot. Just in case.

Best piece of advice you’d give to aspiring travel bloggers?

Do it for the love of writing and photography (or video.) Don’t do it for the chance to travel the world – there are far easier ways to accomplish that than by blogging!

What or who springs to mind when we mention the following:

YouTube – Gangnam Style
Vimeo – for the cool kids
Instagram – dreamy pics
Vine – bad dancing
Google+ - great photos
Twitter – time to chat
Facebook – privacy issues
Pinterest – where I’d spend all my days if I could


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