Danielle Desir fell in love when she first went to Europe.
Her love affair with traveling started when she first set foot in Paris. Paris was the catalyst that inspired many of the journeys that she had taken since.
From Paris, she traveled to Brussels or Belgium. She said: “Paris has always been one of my favourite places to go to. So a year after I started my full-time job, I saved up enough money and I took my first solo trip to Paris. I also ended up taking a solo trip to Brussels after traveling to Paris alone, which was a huge thing for me back then. Once I felt like I could just continually challenge myself and be in new places, I really felt like it could just open me up to be in more places.”
As a travel blogger, podcaster and author, Danielle has since traveled to many places across the world. However, one of her favorite places was Iceland.
Iceland with its volcanic landscapes, lava caves, marshlands and mountains immediately captured her imagination and consequently her first book Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure was all about how to make the most of your trip to Iceland.
She explained: “Iceland is one of my favourite countries, because the nature is so prevalent and untapped. One of my favorite experiences was exploring an 8,000 year-old lava cave. The most profound moment was when we took out all the lights, and we made no noise and it was just still and silent. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that in my lifetime and that is something that was really interesting to me.
“Iceland is the most unusual place I’ve been because it really feels like another planet. There’s so much volcanic activity, it just looks different. The air is fresh and clean and it really is just a special place.”
Danielle is no stranger to traveling. In her younger years, she traveled regularly to Haiti where her family is originally from. Her childhood journeys and natural curiosity instilled a love of adventure travel in her which she still retains until this very day.
Other countries she has been to include UK Portugal, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Iceland, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Montenegro and Ireland.
Another country that stood out to Danielle is Austria due to the beautiful landscapes and friendliness of the locals there.
She explained: “Austria is fantastic. The food is amazing and the people are so friendly. I went to Graz, the second largest city. I spent a few days in the wine region of Austria and they have really good wine. I also became obsessed with pumpkin seed oil because it is big over there.
“They are also focussed on eating clean and making sure that the animals are treated correctly. There are also not a lot of American tourists that go to Austria or the Graz region. So it was a really refreshing experience for me when I went.”
However, in addition to embarking upon exciting overseas adventures, Danielle helps others to have their own dream vacations abroad by offering savvy financial tips and advice.
She said: “Save for it in a separate bank account that you can call your travel fund and give it a special name that you can be inspired by. Set up for flight deal programmes and newsletters that will alert you when there is a good flight deal so that you can spend that money on travel. However, you would be spending way less on travel because you are doing things in a financially savvy way.”
One of the biggest barriers to traveling for Danielle was getting her family onboard. But once they saw it as part of her lifestyle, they became much more accepting.
She said: “My biggest challenge while traveling is getting my family on board, particularly my mum. But since I’ve made it a part of my lifestyle, they are used to me traveling. traveling has become synonymous with who I am, so now, all my family really want to know is where I’m going and whether I have access to the internet so I can call them every day.”
To learn more about Danielle and her adventures, visit her blog https://thoughtcard.com/ and her podcast.
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Janine is a copywriter and marketing manager from England, with a background in journalism. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and a Youtube blog where she shares her top tips and travel advice with other travelers. As a digital nomad, Janine spends most of her time exploring new places, creating dynamic marketing campaigns on behalf of other companies, and producing inspiring content about travel and photography. She represents a number of different entrepreneurs and startups. She also has a passion for helping people to reach their full potential.