Hi folks. Today it’s interview time again, and today I’m excited to introduce you to American travel blogger Ayla Boswell, whose blog I’ve been following for a couple of years now. She’s a traveller and a bit of a foodie, and of course has a fantastic blog that you must check out! Enjoy!
- Hi Ayla. Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Would you mind starting by telling us who you are and where you’re from, and of course the name of your blog?
Firstly, I would like to say thank you for interviewing me for your blog. This is the first interview I’ve done as a Travel Blogger. It’s exciting to share my story with fellow Travel Bloggers.
My name is Ayla Boswell and I am from the United States. My blog name is my first and last name, www.aylaboswell.com. Easy to find and allows me the freedom to explore not only traveling, but also other passions if I decide to do so.
When I’m not working on my blog, I like to try out new restaurants with my friends, cook, bake sweets, watch films, read and study. Since the pandemic, I have picked up a few other hobbies, such as gardening. Gardening was never something I had time to do in the past because I was always working or traveling. It’s not really a hobby you can start doing unless you are able to dedicate time to it everyday.
At the moment, I am in my hometown in California.
- When did you start your blog and why did you decide to start a travel blog?
I started my travel blog back in the Spring of 2018 while I was studying at University. I was spending most of my time on campus, but I was dreaming of traveling around the world. I decided to begin blogging because sharing my experiences and knowledge seemed like a lot of fun. I’d also travelled more than the average person, so I had many stories and photos that I felt I needed to share with people who were just as interested in exploring the world as I am.
- What do you like to write about and why?
I mostly like to write travel diaries where I tell my experience throughout a trip. However, I also enjoy writing travel guides for places I have the most knowledge of. No matter what I’m writing about, I like to sprinkle in some advice and humour. Helping people and making them laugh is the most enjoyable part about sharing my writing online.
- What have been some of your favourite destinations?
London is the first place that comes to mind. British culture was something I’d obsessed over for years and I got to experience everything I’d dreamed about when I went to London. It’s definitely a city I could see myself living in. Another favourite of mine is Hawaii because it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve had more family vacations there than anywhere else and family is important to me. I cherish the memories I’ve made there, but besides that, it’s absolutely gorgeous and the most relaxed place I’ve ever been too.
- Who do you see as the audience for your blog?
I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing readers from all over the world and of different ages follow my blogging journey. I wouldn’t want to limit myself to one specific audience but I’d say world travellers and photographers I could see as a majority of my audience.
- What advice would give to someone just starting out blogging?
Make sure you’re writing about something you’re truly passionate about and have knowledge of. Also, marketing is important if you are writing a blog in hopes of gaining loyal readers. Do some research and dedicate at least 30 minutes everyday to marketing your website/blog.
- What is the hardest thing about running a travel blog?
The hardest thing is probably time and cost. Not only am I visiting the places, but I am also editing photos, researching, writing, marketing and doing the normal upkeep that goes into a website. As far as cost, having a blog isn’t always free and traveling isn’t cheap. It’s an expensive hobby.
- How has your world changed due to Covid-19? What restrictions are in place where you are right now?
How hasn’t it changed? Haha. As a travel blogger who writes about my own experience and uses my photographs, it’s probably the worst thing to happen. I feel frozen in time and all I can do it hope we all stay healthy and this passes as soon as possible.
The restrictions in my state of California are slowly lifting, but things aren’t back to normal. Masks are still required in most places, some individuals are still working/studying at home, social distancing is in place and air travel is restricted. There are many countries we still aren’t flying to or from.
- How do you think travel will change due to the pandemic?
For me to think nothing will change is a bit naive. I think cleanliness and hygiene will be in the back of more minds so more people may begin to wear masks regularity when they are on planes. I hope planes will be cleaned more often, but I have some doubt airlines will make that a regular thing. The price of tickets will probably go up due to less people filling seats. Now that our daily work life has been forced to adapt, business travel may be lower for years to come. We’ve learned that Zoom and web chats can easily replace in person meetings–saving some companies millions in travel costs.
- What place would you really like to visit and why?
Tokyo and New Zealand! Tokyo is so unique and I love how they make everything look cute (or kawaii). I also love Japanese food! New Zealand is so vast and epic. I’m a Lord of the Rings fan too so it’s been on my list ever since I watched the films.
- You’ve been to countries in North America, Europe and Turkey – what part of the world is your favourite and why?
I gravitate to Europe a majority of the time. I feel comfortable there and would love to live in Europe and travel around to all the countries. Every country is so unique in culture and architecture yet they are all close together. It’s beautiful and I love that there’s history behind every corner.
- You hail from the USA – for those (Like me) who are not, how is the country coping with the pandemic at the moment? How are you feeling about the upcoming election?
I’ve been trying to disconnect all feelings about the elections. I’m definitely not looking forward to all the hissy fits after the election results are in. As far as how the USA is coping with the pandemic, I think we’re in the same boat as Australia. Australia seems a bit stricter and the covid-19 cases aren’t as high, but the reaction and way of life now is quite similar. There’s a divide between people who want to live life as normal and those who express great concern for everyone’s health.
- What hidden secrets does the USA hold for the traveller – places that are off the beaten path a little, places that would surprise the visitor?
There are many places on the beaten path that I still need to visit. Therefore I haven’t gone off the path much. I do know places that people outside the USA may have never heard of simple because they aren’t international travel destinations. Carmel-By-The-Sea and around Monterey in California is stunning. The Aztec Ruins in New Mexico is a cool spot to visit to learn about some of the Native Americans.
- Please recommend three posts from your blog you’d like people to read (and why!)
London: https://www.aylaboswell.com/london/ –aka my favourite city! I tell some fun experiences and a story that is every traveller’s worst nightmare.
Carmel-By-The-Sea: https://www.aylaboswell.com/carmel-by-the-sea/ — Simple because of how beautiful this beachside town is.
Florence, Italy: https://www.aylaboswell.com/florence/ –Florence is a place I stayed for three months and absolutely fell in love with. This is probably the most detailed blog post I’ve ever done and perfect for those wanting to read up on Florence as they are planning a trip.
- Finally, how can people find you on the net and social media? Please include blog address, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and any other channels you use.
My blog: https://www.aylaboswell.com/
Travel & lifestyle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aylaboswell/
Instagram for foodies: https://www.instagram.com/foodwithayla/
- Finally (again!) what are you hoping or dreaming for in 2021?
I am dreaming of traveling again! It’s going to be such a relief when we no longer are restricted by a pandemic. I can only hope it will be over soon and I can begin sharing all the amazing memories I made in 2021 on my blog.
I think we all are dreaming of travel and hoping that 2021 can bring us travel memories and experiences! Thanks so much to Ayla, and thanks for reading too. Please check out her blog and posts – and as always – May the Journey Never End!