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Happy Monday all! I’m back – it’s been a while! About a month to be precise, and I’ve missed writing so much. I’ve just returned from five days away in Jamaica, and I’ve come back more inspired than ever. Before I get round to posting about my recent travels, and there have been a few, I recently asked on Instagram for questions that people had about me, my blog, my travels…I thought it would be a good way to get me back into the swing of things. So here goes, five questions on everything Sarah.
1. Why Dukes Avenue?
Dukes Avenue is the name of my blog – it is actually the street in London that I was on when I first came up with the idea that I wanted to start documenting my travels, my interests and my life. I quite liked the idea of ‘taking a walk down my street’ to get to know me a little better. I also wanted to be able to document the life of myself and my family, so that future family members will be able to look back and know what we got up to, the places we visited and the thoughts we had at the time. If anyone else wants to follow along that’s just a bonus. I hope I can add value through my posts to others who want to see the world, and inspire people to live their best lives.
2. What is your favourite holiday destination?
My absolute favourite holiday destination ever, hands down, was Tobago. It’s a little obscure but it was the most incredible, beautiful place I have ever been too. The food was amazing – I don’t eat meat anymore for health reasons but think curried goat, curried crab, doubles (little chick pea pancakes), calaloo soup, and oh so much more. The food is enough to make you want to visit, but the scenery and adventures to be had just make it such an incredible holiday destination. I cannot praise it enough, and if you ever get the opportunity to visit, please reach out to me here as I can make a few recommendations. At some point, I’ll get round to writing a blog post on it…
3. Where does your dog live when you travel?
When I told people I was getting a dog, particularly people I worked with at the time, I was warned against it. My colleagues knew the hours I put in and how much I enjoyed travelling, and people wondered how I would be able to look after a little puppy. I’m happy to say that when you want to make something work, you can make it work. Luna, my Frenchie, goes to a doggy day care which both her and I love. She has been going almost every day since the third day we brought her home and I know they look after her so well. In fact, they were the first to spot her spinal problems before any vet did. I also have a lot of friends who are willing to act as dog sitters, as they have fallen for Luna as much as we have. If you are reading this… thank you!!
4. How do you decide on holiday destinations?
More often than not it’s actually quite spontaneous! I try to pick places that are off the beaten path. I often feel like countries to visit almost ‘trend’ – there was a time a few years ago where almost everyone I was speaking to went to Thailand. So many pictures all over social media that I felt I had actually been. That’s not what I look for. That’s not to say that I will never visit Thailand, but I try to find places that are undiscovered – at least within my social network. Take Trinidad and Tobago, or Jamaica or Azerbaijan last year – which I loved. I feel that I add value to my readers by visiting, and writing about, places which are a little more obscure. Places that people will not necessarily visit as so little is known about them!
5. Do you have a full-time job?
Yes! My “real job” is actually in finance, working at a London-based hedge fund. Blogging, at least for now, is just a passion project that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I like to share info on my travels, and it is actually something that I wanted to do for a while – I just didn’t know how it could be done. It was only when I came across Inthefrow that I realised you could actually make something out of this. I realise I’m probably a little bit late to the party, and that’s ok. I do this for me before anyone else, so if I do get readers (other than my family) then that’s great.
I’ll try to do another round of questions over the coming weeks but if there is something you would like to read, itineraries you would like to have or just any travel tips in general, please let me know either here or DM me on Instagram and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible! xxx