Pathfinder highlight: Charlotte Kona, Blue Coach Travels

Charlotte doing some yoga poses on a rock coastal outcrop Charlotte’s weblog neatly balances difficult herself and provoking others © Blue Coach Travels

This month we flip the highlight on Pathfinder Charlotte Kona from Not solely is Charlotte a wonderful author and storyteller, however we love the way in which she makes use of journey and her weblog as a option to face her fears (tackling heights and swimming challenges) and to encourage others.

Inform us about your weblog!

Blue Coach Travels began as a journey diary while I used to be ending my college diploma. It was my companion on my solo travels and a option to share my adventures with my household and associates. As I’ve continued travelling, principally with my companion, the principle objective of my weblog has not modified: to inform tales, and to encourage people who come throughout it to go and encounter the identical.

Who’s behind your weblog?

A social butterfly who can’t cease speaking or taking footage! I’m certified as a Community Engineer and that’s what I spend most of my time doing, supporting my firm and our purchasers to make sure that our companies can be found. It may well get demanding, however I find it irresistible as a result of there’s at all times one thing completely different that’s taking place so I’m by no means bored.

Charlotte's blue trainers dangling over Venice's Grand Canal Charlotte discovering her ft once more in Venice after a break up! © Blue Coach Travels

Inform us about your most unforgettable journey reminiscence…

It must be Venice in 2016. I had simply been strolling round, sulking over a failed relationship after I determined to take a seat down by the steps of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. At that second, as I appeared out to this stunning metropolis earlier than me, I realised that it didn’t matter that the connection didn’t work out. What mattered is that I liked myself and liked myself absolutely. Simply from that little fact that I spoke to myself, I felt loads lighter and allowed myself to take pleasure in my time away. That second stayed with me as a result of it made me realise that travelling does have the ability to alter us as people for the higher. It additionally made me realise that in terms of romance, Venice wins over Paris for me.

Describe your journey model in three phrases?

Open, experiential, real.

Which locations are in your journey record for 2018?

I’m about to go to Croatia for a two-week journey that I’ve been wanting ahead to for the higher a part of the 12 months. I additionally get to name Zimbabwe residence, and can be heading there for a number of weeks. I hope to go to both Cape City or Victoria Falls while I’m there. My boyfriend goes to be doing the Half Iron Man in Austria in order that’s one other place on the playing cards. I might additionally like to go to Strasbourg to expertise the Christmas magic that I’ve heard a lot about.

Pesto plants and mortars overlooking Italy's colourful Cinque Terre A pesto-making class in Italy’s Cinque Terre © Blue Coach Travels

Why do you’re keen on journey running a blog?

I really like writing about my travels as a result of it offers me a chance to share the tales from the locations I have been. As an alternative of specializing in journey ideas, lists or that Instagram-worthy image, I deal with having fun with what locations actually have to supply – becoming a member of museum excursions, going for glass-making workshops and even pesto cooking lessons – and studying different individuals’s tales.

That’s what I really like about running a blog: having the ability to exit, have all these experiences, then come again and share all of it. Most significantly, I’ve an outlet to indicate that whenever you journey, whereas your fears do not simply miraculously disappear, it gives you with alternatives to problem your self in an effort to attempt to face them.

In the event you’re a member of our Pathfinders group and want to share your story, hold your eye on the Lonely Planet Pathfinders discussion board for our month-to-month highlight call-out.

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