Interview with Miriam Risager

 

Fulltime travel writer and blogger, Miriam has been traveling since 2006. She created Adventurous Miriam website as an inspirational place for anyone who needs travel ideas or tips. There you’ll find articles about Miriam's adventures and the experiences she’s had, like how she defeated her fear of sharks by swimming with them, or boarded down an active volcano.

Q: So, Miriam. Where are you now, at home or abroad?

A: Hey Josip, I’m at home at the moment. After a lot of traveling this summer, I needed to pause and take a break.

Q: How long have you been travelling and how did you start?

A: I’ve been traveling for 10 years, often 2-6 months at a time. These days I’m mostly taking 3-week trips, though.

Q: What country was the first one you visited and why did you choose it?

A: The first country I visited as an independent traveler was Thailand. I’d heard that it was a good place to start and it turned out to be fantastic! It quickly became my favorite country.

Q: Did you travel a lot when you were a child?

A: I did. I’d been to most of Europe before I started backpacking in 2006.

Q: What do you prefer; hotels, hostels or private accommodation and why?

A: It depends. Nowadays I prefer hotels because I mostly travel solo, but when my husband joins me, we usually stay at hostels. Hostels are the best place to meet other travelers, but as a solo traveler I feel safer at hotels where everything is organized and taken care of.

Q: How do you fund your trips?

A: I work as a copywriter and that funds my trips.

Q: How many countries have you visited?

A: 49 so far.

Q: Where are you going next and what will your activities be there?

A: I hope to return to Thailand and Malaysia in a few months and also visit Myanmar.

Q: If you can choose one country and one city (doesn’t have to be in the same country) which you would recommend visiting and why?

A: Thailand, because it’s an amazing country with great food, beautiful beaches and warm-hearted people. And, Uyuni in Bolivia. This is seriously the most STUNNING place on the planet.

Q: Are there any places you don’t want to visit and why?

A: Yes. I love traveling off the beaten track, but I avoid dangerous places like Afghanistan, Syria and war-torn African countries.

Q: What’s your favourite gadget you take with you on your every journey?

A: My Canon! I never go anywhere without my camera.

Q: What is your favourite travel app for your smartphone or tablet?

A: That would be Instagram.

Q: What camera and lens you use?

A: I use a Canon EOS 750D and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.

Q: What did you learn on your travels, and how has travelling changed you?

A: I’ve learned so many life-lessons from traveling, but above all I’ve learned to trust in my intuition and myself. It has given me more perspective in life.

Q: I see some really interested things already crossed on your bucket list. What do you plan to do next?

A: Hopefully sleep under the stars in Utah.

 

Now a few questions about your visit to Croatia.

Q: What attracted you to visit Croatia?

A: I was invited by the Croatian tourism board and before that I hadn’t really thought about visiting. I’m really glad I went, because Croatia turned out to be amazing.

Q: How long were you in Croatia?

A: I was there for 2 weeks.

Q: What places did you visit?

A: I spent a week in Istria and the rest of the time in Plitvice, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.

Q: What was your favourite moment?

A: That would be watching the sunset in Zadar. There’s a really cool art installation at the harbor (sun salutation and sea organ) which made the experience super unique.

Q: Would you like to come back, and if so what would you like to see and do?

A: Oh yeah! I loved Croatia and would love to visit the islands next time.

Q: Did anything bad happened to you while you were here?

A: Aside from a minor case of food poisoning, I had an amazing trip.

Q: What did you not like in Croatia?

A: Nothing really. It’s a bit touristy, especially Dubrovnik, but that’s about it.

Q: What do you think about Croatian people?

A: They’re very open and nice. I felt safe and welcome in Croatia.

Q: And what about the sea and the beach? Would you recommend it?

A: Sure, although the beaches are pebbled, not sandy. It’s nothing bad, just a different experience and the water is super blue and gorgeous.

Q: How was the food?

A: AMAZING! I would go back just for the food.

Q: Do you have any tips for travellers thinking of visiting Croatia?

A: Yes. Visit Istria for the food, Plitvice for nature, Zadar for romance, Split for party and Dubrovnik for history.

Q: Do you wish to add anything else that’s not covered by my questions but it’s worth mentioning?

A: Nope, you’ve covered it well.

Q: Where can we find you online?

A: You can find me also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.