Welcome to another edition of our Traveler Interview Series. Today we are featuring Family Travel Blogger Hayley Stainton of Life As A Butterfly. I am excited to share this special treat with you all. Hayley has extensively traveled the world, met a famous soccer star, dodged rockets in Israel, and witnessed a wild lion eat its prey. That’s only the beginning guys. Continue reading her story below.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. NAMES, CHILDREN’S AGES, OCCUPATION/S. WHERE IS HOME?
I’m Hayley, author of the website www.lifeasabutterfly.com. I am a university lecturer based in the UK. I have two children- a 2-year-old and a newborn. Both are girls.
WHEN DID YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL BEGIN?
My passion for travel started when I was a teenager. I studied languages and travel and tourism to help kick start my travel career then as soon as I was old enough I started traveling whenever I could.
WHAT IS THE FIRST TRIP YOU REMEMBER TAKING BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A FAMILY?
My first trip as an adult was an 18-30 holiday to Ibiza with my girlfriends. I traveled a lot to the Balearics and Spain as a child, but I can’t remember my very first trip as I was very young!
HOW MANY COUNTRIES HAVE YOU VISITED THUS FAR?
I’ve traveled extensively throughout the world- too many countries to list!
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION YOU HAVE BEEN TO SO FAR? WHY?
I’ll always love Thailand and South East Asia. I love the peaceful culture, the food, and the weather!
ANY UNIQUE EXPERIENCES OR CHALLENGES DURING YOUR TRAVELS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?
I once ate pigeon pie, thinking it was chicken in Morocco…
I have been traveling so many years that I have many stories! We got stuck in the mud with our baby in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, my husband left me to get eaten by a hammerhead shark during our honeymoon to the Galapagos, we were the highest people in Africa when we summited Mount Kilimanjaro, I was almost bitten by a bullet ant in the Amazon Jungle, we had rockets fired above our heads whilst traveling in Israel and I saw a wild lion take down its prey just feet away from me…. to name a few!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BLOG? HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING? WHY DID YOU START A BLOG?
I started my blog back in 2011 as a means of communicating my travels with my family back home. 2 promotions, a Ph.D., 2 babies and countless destinations later I have finally decided to turn my blog into a business!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH TRAVEL?
I’ve learned a lot about different cultures, histories, traditions, and ways of life. I’ve also learned a lot about myself (as cliché as that sounds). Travel is the best education and I am now enjoying showing the world to my two baby girls!
CAN YOU GIVE FAMILIES A FEW TIPS, TRICKS, AND HACKS WHEN TRAVELING.
I have many tips, tricks and hacks on the blog! A few examples are:
-Don’t pack too much
-Breastfeed if you can
-Co-sleep if you are comfortable to do so
-Muslins can be used for many purposes
-Travel to less popular destinations to save money
-Hiring a car makes travelling in country easier and more flexible
-Airbnb accommodations are often perfect for families allowing flexibility for sleeping arrangements, meal times etc
Ziplining or bungee jumping? Zipline
Tea or Coffee? Tea (but only green!)
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met so far? David Beckham
Disney World or the real world? Real world
What’s been the best street food you’ve had? Mango sticky rice
Please tell our readers how they can follow your family travels on social media.
Thank You, Hayley, for taking time out to share some of your travel experiences and valuable family travel tips.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Life As A Butterfly as much as we did, and that you’ve been inspired to go On Travel Mode more often!
If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed for one of our future editions, please comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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