Meet the Gypsies: Angela of Angela Travels

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Meet the Gypsies : Angela of Angela Travels

Angela is a small town girl with a travel bug to explore the world. Trying to make the most of her vacation days, she is a travel blogger sharing her local and world travel adventures. From local weekend hiking to full vacations, her blog shares how she gets out of the city.

1. Who are you?  Where are you from?  Where are you now?

I am Angela of Angela Travels. I am from a rural town in Pennsylvania that loves the outdoors. I currently live in Seattle and am exploring the PNW when I am not traveling.

2. What’s your packing strategy?  Heavy or light packer?  Suitcase or backpacker?

I try to be a lightweight as possible and pack a backpack. Since most of my trips include overnight backpacking and camping, weight and a suitcase wouldn’t cut it.

Torres Del Paine

Backpacking the “W” in Torres del Paine

3. How do you afford your travels?  Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?

I am very frugal in general. I started off as a very budget oriented traveler since I was in college and didn’t have much money. This included camping instead of paying for accommodations. However, now that I have a full time job, I can afford more perks when traveling. I definitely still research and spend time trying to use miles or deals while traveling. The more time and effort you make to save money; the more trips you can take. Check out some of my travel tips.

4. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

I worked in a Thai restaurant through college. I just adored the kindness I received from my Thai coworkers, so I would definitely want to learn more about where they came from by visiting their beautiful country.

5. Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?

I try to be as open as possible. I guess I would have to say either some remote places in Africa since I have a hard time saying no to people. It would probably scar my heart to see the corruption. Some people thrive on traveling to places like that, but I like to be as helpful and considerate to the places I visit. You still can be, but I feel I would lose lots of money by trying to “help.”

6. You love photography and are a fellow Canon user (yay!).  What would you say are the must have camera items for travelers?

I could do a whole blog post on this! If I had to chose one, then I would definitely pick an extra battery. I find that everyone always has extra memory cards or can delete some access pictures, but you are done if you don’t have more battery life. Another must have would be a tripod to help with low lighting. Intervalometers serve two purposes: long exposures and time lapse settings. If I have time, I love to take time lapses, so this piece of equipment is very useful!

7. I also lived in the PNW.  What are some of your favorite areas out there?

The mountains! The North Cascades can be a drive, but they are totally worth the beauty. However, if you are short on time, Rainier is a great option as well. The Olympic Peninsula is great and has mountains, rainforest, and beaches, but it can be hard to get to and time consuming. If you want to check out the city of Seattle, then Pike Place Market and the Museum of Flight are high on my list.

the enchantments, backpacking

Backpacking the Enchantments

8. You have a bucket list.  Of the items you’ve crossed off, what has been your favorite?  Will you be crossing anymore off this year?

I get asked what my favorite place I have been to was all the time. The answer is always the same: New Zealand. I didn’t have a bucket list at that time or do much research on the trip (my boyfriend did most of the planning). I was mesmerized by the natural beauty of the South Island and had a blast.

Since I do not have any major trips planned yet, I am not sure I will be crossing off anything yet. The list could be WAY longer after reading more travel blogs, but I try to keep it short and realistic.

hiking milford sound

Hiking in Milford Sound

9. Do you find it difficult to balance a life of working full time and traveling often?  What things do you do to make it easier?

Saying it is extremely hard is an understatement. Having a full time job in the States is hard. My prior job had more flexibility and ways to earn more time off. However, my current company has decent time off for being a private firm. I cope by focusing my time and effort on my blog and planning future trips and how to best use my vacation days. I try to use federal holidays when possible to stretch my vacation. To tame my wanderlust, I take weekend trips and do lots of outdoor exploring around the PNW.

10. You seem to love the outdoors–moving to the PNW couldn’t have been better.  What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?

I enjoy backpacking–the kind that you are not moving city to city but are hiking the whole time. Since I work at a desk, it is a great way to refresh my body from being stagnant and gives my mind a break. I recently started to ski and really love it. I have two ski trips planned next month: one to Whistler and one to Colorado.

crystal mountain resort, mt rainier, washington

Skiing @ Crystal Mountain Resort with Mt. Rainier in background

11. Most importantly, where to next?

I am flying down to San Francisco and driving back to Seattle with my boyfriend over President’s Day weekend. We plan on seeing Redwood trees, Crater Lake, and drinking some microbrews.

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Traveler. Freelance Writer. Blogger. Vegan. Risk Taker. Voice for the Voiceless.

13 Comments

  1. Chris Boothman

    March 20, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Great interview! Angela, how did the drive from San Francisco to Seattle go? We are thinking about doing something similar to this over Labor Day and I figured it was about a 12 hour drive through Oregon.

    • Angela Travels

      March 20, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      It went great. However, we cut the drive short because it was raining a lot in the Redwoods area. September should be beautiful though! Also, the mountain passes were calling for TONS of snow, and we were not willing to risk driving them in a rental. Do you know where you want to go in Oregon? I hear the sand dunes are amazing. I enjoyed the coast and the microbreweries around Portland. Bend is also beautiful, but is more inland.

  2. Linda Brendle

    March 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Great photos! We certainly don’t see anything like that in Texas.
    Happy first day of Spring.
    Blessings,
    Linda

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 21, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      Angela does have great photos! Happy 1st Day of Spring to you too! 🙂

  3. Sammi

    March 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Great interview 🙂 guys

  4. sandy

    March 22, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Look forward to visiting back and forth as we gear up and go through the a-z challenge. When we were younger we did lots of camping, hiking, and back packing; but those days are behind me now. I tell hubby, my cards punched on that. Sleeping on the ground no longer sounds fun to me…age does that I think; plus the arthritis wouldn’t do well with the hiking and sleeping on the ground. Still, I do love to explore and we travel about 7-8 weeks a year. Looking forward to increasing that as we near retirement. We used to give ourselves $5.00 a day not counting what we had to spend for a camp site. Lots of cheese, hunk of bread and trail bologna, lol.

  5. sandy

    March 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Wanted to say, I clicked follow you on blogloving also. Wanted to friends connect, but you only have the google+ Last year during the challenge so many people had trouble with google+ that I’m staying clear of that.

  6. Gabor Kovacs

    March 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    It was nice to learn a little bit more about Angela, and to read that New Zealand is her number one place in the world just like mine!

    • Angela Travels

      April 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      New Zealand is such a beautiful country! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. Samantha @mytanfeet

    March 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Lovely interview! Makes me more excited for my visit back home 😀

    • Angela Travels

      April 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Enjoy your time in Seattle! I am sure it will be nice to see friends and family. Though, I think I should go down to Costa Rica to switch places with you for a week 😛

  8. NZ Muse

    March 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Ohhh batteries! Yes, I’ve been caught out on that a few times. Sigh.

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