Everyone welcome Alice, from AlicevstheWorld; could you start us off with a quick intro about yourself and what your blog is about?
Hey I’m Alice, an offbeat traveller hailing from the East of England! My blog AlicevstheWorld is dedicated to unearthing and sharing the most surprising and unusual locations out there. From weird cafes to haunted places and bizarre museums, it’s quickly becoming a catalogue of the strangest things to do around the UK and beyond!
Thanks Alice, so without further ado here is our interview 🙂 – Enjoy
So you love to travel where have you travelled to so far?
I’ve always been fascinated by odd or spooky places, and have visited different parts of the UK throughout my childhood. But due to financial constraints it wasn’t until last year that I finally made it abroad, where I spent two incredible weeks in Japan as a solo female traveller. This was a truly magical and liberating experience that’s paved the way for me as a traveller! I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, and have an only greater desire to discover even more awesome attractions and destinations!
You’re into the weird and wacky so what would you say has been the weirdest place you’ve been to and why?
Uncovering weird places is kind of the driving force behind my blog, but I think my weirdest experience has got to be dining in a Japanese maid café. These places tend to get a sleazy reputation in the West that really isn’t deserved, but eating in one of these cafes is still undeniably surreal! It remains the only time I’ve ever eaten lunch surrounded by video-game décor, adorable young women in maid outfits, all while wearing obligatory cat-ears. Though hopefully not the last!
Which destination stands out to you the most, and what made it so special?
It will probably surprise no-one who reads my blog to learn that is answer is (drumroll please); Japan! I am – I have to admit – a total Japanophile, and have been for some years. But beyond being besotted with Japanese pop-culture, the country itself is an amazing place for any kind of traveller! The food’s amazing, the scenery is gorgeous, and the people there are just so kind. And the games arcades are pretty neat too. You shouldn’t miss them either!
So where to next?
Moneys a tad short at the moment, but if I still have enough stashed away by the end of the year I’d love to spend a few weeks travelling around the UK! There’s so many spots I’ve never got round to visiting, and as a book lover there’s a ton of literary homes/museums I’d love to pay pilgrimage to. Consider it a kind of literary road-trip! And I’m desperate to spend a week or two in Edinburgh at some point too. It’s a beautiful city with so many dark tales and haunted places, so it’s a destination that’s right up my (oddly niche) street!
Many crazy things happen when someone travels; what’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on the road?
Oh goodness, crazy stuff happens in London all the time! Although it tends to involve strangers who are either a) homelessness, b) inebriated or a mix of the two, so those stories don’t really seem appropriate to laugh about. But I think the craziest thing that’s ever happened to me was being asked to be a movie extra out of the blue while wandering Kyoto. Which was more surprising than crazy really!
Any major regrets from your times travelling?
My only real regret is rushing my travels in the past. I’d always try to pack as much as possible in to my intinary, the result being that I rushed through activities and made travelling unnecessarily stressful. You can never do everything, and accepting that fact and slowing down actually makes for a much more relaxing, fulfilling travel experience. And as it turns out, will leave you with much more money to spend on future adventures!
What is it about travelling that has a hold over you?
I’ve always been a restless person, and growing up was always tremendously curious about the strange and mysterious places I read about or saw on TV. Travelling made me realise that it’s actually within my power to visit and explore these places for myself, and to achieve things I never believed were possible! And also – on the less poetic side of things – I love finding cool shit. I know it’s a cliché, but life is short, so I’d love to collect as many awesome experiences as possible before I reach my expiry date.
Can you give us a sneak peak into your plans for 2017 that we can look forward to reading about?
I’d love to spend time travelling to different parts on the UK if possible. But even if I don’t make it further afield I’m always in and out of London, and there’s plenty of attractions there I’d love to see this year! I’m desperate to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum and would love to get to the Harry Potter Studios at some point too! Then there’s some gaming cafés I’ve heard about, seasonal events that pop up for Halloween and Christmas – the list goes on and on.
What prompted you to start a blog?
The weird thing is that I can’t remember exactly what went through my head when I started this blog. Only that I loved discovering strange places, and I wanted to create a place to share my adventures with others! I’ve loved writing since I was a kid, and blogging seemed like a perfect platform on which to do so. And as many of the places I feature on my blog are less well known than bigger, more mainstream attractions, I wanted to be able to bring them to the attention of my readers. There are many weird and wonderful things out there to enjoy in the world, and it would be marvellous to introduce them to a wider audience!
What are you most proud of about your blog and which post is your favourite?
There’s a lot of quirky and spooky posts that I’m particularly fond of, but I think my favourite one has actually got to be my Hostels FAQ. There’s other posts I’ve written that hold a lot more entertainment value, but this is the first post I’ve written that’s made me think ‘this is really gonna help people out’. Which at the end of the day is the purpose of blogging!
Where would you like to see your blog in 3 years time?
If in three years time this blog is being read and enjoyed by many different people, then that would be a dream come true for me! I’m always working to improve my writing, and I’m constantly searching for more weird and wonderful experiences, locations and attractions to share with my readers. I hope they’ll stick around for the ride, and I look forward to bringing them more great stuff in the future!
That was Alice from AlicevstheWorld! Click that link to see what it is she’s up to. I recommend you check out her blog for her helpful advice, and take on the quirky, weird and downright spooky.
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You can also read my interview on her page here: Guest Post