Hi all! Today I have another travel blogger interview for you. This time around I’m interviewing Juliette from ‘Sunny Days with Juliette’. As the name of her blog suggests she is a brilliantly positive travel blogger with a great outlook on life. I’ve no doubt you will LOVE this interview! Enjoy!
- Hi Juliette! 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? What do you do when you’re not blogging (doesn’t have to be work, could be hobbies or interests etc) Where are you based at the moment?
Thanks a lot, I am thrilled to answer to your questions! I am a French-Italian twenty-something year old. I grew up in Italy, then went to study in France, but I am currently living and working in Belgium! My blog is called Sunny Days with Juliette, because I wanted something that represented my view on life and one of the things that I like the most: sunny days – which are another way of saying: optimism, seeing the beauty and magic in everything, being enthusiastic and full of love for life!
When I am not blogging, I like to learn things (Russian or astronomy) and I recently rediscovered my passion for more creative hobbies, such as music or painting. I am not great at any of these but I love the variety and how each of them makes me feel! Of course, I also love to travel and meet my friends and discover new places, though these activities are a bit limited at the moment!
- When did you start your blog and why you decide to start a travel blog?
I started my blog almost two years ago now. I decided to write a travel blog because I love traveling and was traveling a lot at the time. I also wanted to focus a bit more on the “discovering” and “exploring” side of travel, and not necessarily on the fact that you have to be far away from home – that’s how the “local adventures” idea came to my mind!
- What do you like to write about and why?
I like to write about traveling and adventures in general. I started the blog because I wanted to keep a record of my trips for myself, to be able to look at the pictures and read my experience and impression about a certain place. With my Local adventures, I also want to show how a simple afternoon can feel like an adventure, by discovering a new town, museum or park: not everyone can travel, especially now, and it is always good to discover new places and change your perspective a bit – even when you stay in the same country or city.
I also started to post my Monthly Reviews, where I talk about the highlights of the month that just ended, how I feel and the adventures I have been on. I really like to write about this as well as they are a bit easier to write but are so useful to close off the month and feel grateful for everything I have done!
- What have been some of your favourite destinations?
It is a tough question because I loved basically every place I have been to, but if I have to mention only a few I would say:
– Tokyo because it was an incredible experience, where I marvelled at everything and every single thing was so completely different and wonderful.
– Brazil (Fortaleza) for a relaxing holiday, far from the chaos of the city life, for the delicious and fresh fruit and all the sunshine.
– Budapest because it was one of my very first “solo” trips, and I discovered a gorgeous and vibrant city where I felt I could live.
– Sevilla because I think this city simply stole my heart!
- Who do you see as the audience for your blog?
The blog was really intended for everyone. It was not meant specifically for people who are looking for information when planning a trip, but really to whoever is interested in traveling in general – as I mainly talk about my own experience in every place I go. I also would like to reach people who want to travel and discover new places, and create a spark in them to go outside and explore!
- What advice would give to someone just starting out blogging?
I think I would say two things: the first one is to write about what they are passionate about and do whatever they want to do, regardless of “what others will like”. And the second thing, which is a sentence I often have to remind myself is to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good: ditch the perfectionism and enjoy the process!
- What is the hardest thing about running a travel blog?
I guess it depends what type of travel blog it is, but for sure research is a big part of it. Even if I don’t give a lot of travel information regarding my trips, I still spend a certain amount of time to do some research to make sure the few historical facts or names I quote are correct.
However, I think the hardest thing, at least for me, is to be consistent with it and publish blog posts regularly, without putting too much pressure on myself for it!
- We’ve survived over a year now of Covid-19. How do you see 2021 shaping up?
I would say that I am pretty optimistic, as we are now actively working towards the end of the pandemic with the vaccines (some countries better than others), so I really hope that by the end of the year most of us will have recovered.
Personally, I can’t wait for things to get back to normal, to be able to see my friends and family without worrying too much, quarantining or wearing a mask. I hope most of these worries will be gone by the end of the year!
- Juliette you appear to have a very positive outlook on life! For example – your blog is titled ‘Sunny Days with Juliette’. What do you look for to inspire yourself in both travel and in life in general?
In life in general or when traveling I usually get inspired by “ordinary” things, and I like to look for magic in the ordinary: sunshine, pretty flowers, a beautiful sunset, a stunning piece of work or detail of architecture, etc. When I travel, it is everything that seems “foreign” (in the positive sense) that inspires me, from a traditional ritual, the sounds of a language or the smell of a local delicacy!
Here are a few things that inspired me lately: reading blog posts from passionate people, Youtube playlists that put me in a an “ambiance” from a movie or series (more recently from Anastasia), the sun that comes through my window in the mornings and the light that shines through the leaves of the trees, the smell of freshly washed clothes, the sound of my candle that is very similar to a fire crackling in the fireplace, and pretty much everything (music and images) from the Ghibli animated movies!
- What place would you really like to visit and why (that you haven’t visited yet)?
I would love to visit Portugal and do a proper road trip there because it just sounds like a wonderful country: the sun, the weather, the beach, the sea, the food, the language, the cities… everything appeals to me there!
A bit further away, I would love to go back to Japan and to explore Iceland and Chile, mainly to have a more “nature-oriented” trip, rather than to stay in cities as I usually do!
- What are your favourite places to visit locally?
Very locally, I would say that I love to visit new neighbourhoods and discover new cafés. But I usually like to visit new cities, I find it much easier to do and plan than hikes for instance, and there will always be something to do or someone to ask the directions to!
- Please recommend three posts from your blog you’d like people to read (and why!)
For a glimpse into a beautiful garden, straight out of a Ghibli movie: The Rikugien gardens in Tokyo
To discover a fabulous experience that you will want to experience once the pandemic is over: Going to a ball in Vienna
To add to your list a book that will make you travel through time and space: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – Book Review
- 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 is Sunny Days with Juliette.
I don’t use social media a lot, but I am the most active on Instagram, even though I haven’t been very active there lately.
- Finally (again!) what are you hoping or dreaming for in 2021 and into 2022?
For 2021 and into 2022 I hope for the world to go back to a better normal: a better health situation obviously, but also more respect and care for one another, as it is what we ultimately need.
Personally, I am working towards feeling more present and intentional, more grounded into who I am, though I am pretty sure this will be a long progress!
For my blog, I hope to keep going and to inspire more people to see beauty everywhere!
Thank you so much for this interview, Andrew, it has been a pleasure answering to your questions and reflecting on all of this!
And thank YOU Juliette for a great interview and insight! Please do check out Juliette’s blog everyone, take care – and May the Journey Never End!