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I met Hannah last month in a serendipitous travel blogger’s meet-up in Patnem, Goa.  I immediately connected with Hannah’s story – and thought you would, too – partly because it’s incredibly honest.  She’s learned to write that way, the hard way, and shares stories of past deceit, debts, and do-overs.  Plus, I just love her style!  A  graphic designer as well as writer, Hannah’s branded herself beautiful and practical with her more-than-just travel blog, Further Bound.

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Hannah of Further Bound

“[Further Bound contains] tales of my personal journey dealing with issues such as debt, love, health scares, fear and chasing your dreams. I try to live honestly and wholeheartedly, and I think my blog reflects that.

” ~ Hannah

Do you prefer…

Sushi or pork roast?  I don’t eat either of them

Coffee or Red Bull? Coffee

Wine or beer? I love them both

Suitcase or backpack? Backpack

Night train or night bus? Train

Sleeping bag or bedding? Sleeping bag

Window or aisle? Window

Malarone or malaria? Malaria

FB: “I had been reading other travel blogs for about a year when I finally plucked up the courage to give it a go myself back in November 2011. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I fumbled my way through, and over a period of months I gradually began to find my feet and fall in love with the whole process.

“I had always aspired to be a writer, but blogging goes beyond that for me. My blog is an extension of who I am; it is a place to share my stories openly and honestly, and I hope to encourage other people to live their own truth. Launching Further Bound is truly one of the best things I have ever done.

”

tw: Why is traveling so important to you and how would you define ‘real travel?’

“I don’t think there is such a thing as ‘real travel’. I think as long as you are doing what makes you happy, and are respectful of other people and cultures, that’s all that really matters. Travel is important to me personally because I feel most myself when I am out in the world, experiencing new things and pushing my own boundaries.”



Do you plan to travel indefinitely?

“The plan is to stay on the road as long as possible. We travel slowly, spending between 3-6 months ‘living’ in each place, renting a house and really getting to know the area and the people. I work as a freelance writer and graphic designer, and my partner is a web developer and part-time canyoning guide, so we are able to fund some of our travels through this, but we spent two years building savings and selling everything we own before we left, so this is how we fund most of it.”


Do you have a story to share about plans gone awry?

“So far the worst thing that has happened was having our MacBook Pro stolen from our house in Goa. I’m terrible at backing-up files so lost a lot of work, and our camera memory card was in it at the time so we also lost all our photos. We bought a new laptop in Thailand a month later, but then our external hard drive died, taking with it every digital photo I have ever taken, and all my design work. It has been a very painful (and expensive) lesson to learn!

”

Is there anything that you dislike about life on the road?

“The only part of life on the road that I have really struggled with so far is being away from my family and friends. Things like Skype and FaceTime are great, but time differences and busy schedules can make that tough as well. We plan to return back to England for a few weeks once every year to help make the separation a little easier.

”

What was the strangest food you’ve ever eaten, and what was the best?

“I haven’t really eaten anything strange to be honest, but the best food is definitely Indian. I developed a major addiction to cheese and garlic naan bread whilst living in Goa, and ate it almost every day!

”

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were truly afraid during traveling?

“In January I drove an auto-rickshaw over 3,000km across India with two other travel bloggers, and there were certainly a few scary moments as we drove along the highways surrounded by huge trucks and goods carriers. Indian drivers are crazy, and we were actually run off the road by a bus in Kerala, but survived to tell the tale!”
Which three items do you not leave home without?

MacBook Pro, Canon S100 camera and photos of my family.

Do you have favorite travel blogs that you read regularly?

“I love reading other travel blogs. A few favorites are Almost Fearless, Bridges and Balloons, So Many Places, and The Beautiful Occupation.”

Do you prefer….

Mountains, beach or city? Beach

Couch-surfing or guesthouse? Couch-surfing

Cockroaches or rats? Rats

Skiing or surfing? Skiing

iPhone or Android? iPhone

Travel tool you find most useful: MacBook Pro

Postcard or emails? Email

How do you inform yourself about your next destination, and how do you prepare for the trip?

“Due to our preferred style of slow travel we generally book a few nights in a cheap guesthouse online, then look for a place to rent long-term once we actually arrive in each new destination. We have found that you can get a much better price this way, and it’s always nice to deal with your prospective landlord in person.”
Your latest discovery on the Internet?

“It’s not a new discovery, but I am obsessed with reading Brain Pickings.  I love starting my morning off with a coffee and a browse through this, there is always something interesting and inspiring to get the day started off right.

”

The best breakfast in the world is…

“Fresh fruit with yogurt and granola, served with an ocean view.

”

What is on your bucket list and where you will your next trip take you?

“I could never refine it to a single list; I want to go everywhere! We are living in Koh Tao, Thailand for the next couple of months, then heading to Bali and the Gili Islands.”
If you could recommend three places our readers must visit in their lifetimes:
Patnem, Goa
Matapalo, Costa Rica
Antigua, Guatemala

Blog name: Further Bound

Blogger name(s): Hannah Loaring



twitter: @FurtherBound



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8 Comments

  1. KimNo Gravatar
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Great interview Hannah!!

  2. VanessaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 2, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    Great interview! I’ve loved reading Further Bound and appreciating slow travel!

  3. SudheerNo Gravatar
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    I just read further bound. why a blog with no travel can be a travel blog? this is boring. same comments everymonth from same ‘friends’, rubbish and only has sad and boring thoughts from a nontraveling story ‘teller’.

  4. adenaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Further Bound’s stories are steeped in travel! I’m sorry that you feel that way, but thank you for reading and expressing your opinion. /Adena

  5. Gerald EnglebretsenNo Gravatar
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hannah’s blog made me fall in love with the concept of slow travel; her stories always reveal below the surface or

  6. Gerald EnglebretsenNo Gravatar
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Could you add the word ‘more’ to conclude please

  7. PamelaNo Gravatar
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I am sorry but how this won ‘travel blogger of the month’ is beyond me. Hanna is a good writer but she is most certainly not a good blogger.

    If I want to hear how someone feels when they touch a coconut or listen to waves then I shall go to my local library and grab a copy of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. If I want to hear how someone feels when they look at a rainbow, sit on a cushion or listen to a cat purring, I shall grab my niece’s diary.

    Hanna you can write wonderfully poetically darling but get over yourself girl. Why must you use 20 adjectives to describe a rickshaw wheel when clearly one will do. Round. And I agree with Sudeer. For a travel blog you really must do some travelling. I would love to read more (but less) of your trip.

    You are clearly talented.

    But it is clearly evident that you are just as lost as your travel itinerary.

    Do something no one else has done. Otherwise why should we as readers care? That is unless of course all you are trying to do is get a job as a lonely planet writer. But you must keep in mind darling, there is a word quota in those little books.

  8. Miranda RobertsonbNo Gravatar
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Pamela I think you are being a bit cruel. You don’t have to read it if you don’t like it. Travel does not need to be done at a ridiculous rate of 1 country each week. What would anyone take from going everywhere but experiencing nothing. I enjoy the slow pace of this blog.

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