Inspiring Interviews: Kelly from Blue Eyed View

Recently we have started a new series called “Inspiring Interviews”. Here we find some of the most intrepid, inspiring and motivating travellers and bloggers out there who will show you just how possible travel, both long and short term is! We hear their stories about how they managed to visit so many incredible places, how they budget and some of their favourite memories from their amazing travels! Prepare to be inspired!

Our fourth instalment comes from the adventurer and all around inspiring explorer Kelly, from Blue Eyed View. She has travelled to some of the most breath taking places in the world, camping, climbing and cycling through some amazing and challenging terrain! Kelly also travels on a tight budget proving anyone can afford to get out there and have some amazing adventures!

The mind is such a powerful thing and yes the unknown is scary, but it is also incredibly exhilarating so switch your mind off and jump – what’s the worst that could happen? Kelly from Blue Eyed View

Kelly Diggle, Blue Eyed View, Traveller, Traveler, adventure, explore, wild camping, Italian Dolomites, Africa,


Biography – Blue Eyed View

In 2012 Kelly left behind a life of conformity in England and went in search of adventure. So much has happened since then and amongst many incredible experiences Kelly has found her 3 main passions; blogging, photography and travel. So far she is not sure where she will be this time next year but that’s okay, she is in it for the ride! In September 2015 she is heading off to Iceland to solo cycle around the island for 4 weeks, cooking and wild camping as she goes. As well as setting a maximum spend of £1000 for the entire trip; she hopes to raise a minimum of £500 for TREEAID and their pledge to plant 1 million trees in Africa.

Kelly Diggle, Blue Eyed View, Traveller, Traveler, adventure, explore, wild camping, Italian Dolomites, Africa,

Background:

Where are you from and can you give us a little background to your blog?

I’m currently based in Essex in the UK but I have to admit that it hasn’t felt like home for a long time. For me, it’s a house I come back to to see my family and friends in-between trips. My blog came about when I started a job in the Italian Dolomites as a Walk Organiser – I spent the summer leading walks in the mountains whilst doing my best to deliver memorable holidays. When I thought life couldn’t get better than that, I was offered a position to become their Resort Diarist, writing 2 blogs a week and supplying photographs for their website! That is when I decided to take both my writing and photography more seriously.

Kelly Diggle, Blue Eyed View, Traveller, Traveler, adventure, explore, wild camping, Italian Dolomites, Africa,

How long have you been travelling for and where did your journey begin if you travel full time, if not how do you fit so much travel into your schedule and do you plan on travelling full time eventually?

My travels began at 17 when I signed up for 6 weeks conservation work in Botswana as part of my college course. Ever since I returned I have had itchy feet to get out there and see as much of the world as possible. I would love travel to become full time as part of a lifestyle, but right now I plan my everyday life around the next trip. So far my long term trips, the longest of which was spent in Italy, has been as part of paid work which has enabled to me stay there for so long. It is a great way to really get to know a place inside out and there isn’t the worry of running out of money too quickly!

Why do think it is that you travel, what inspired you or made it become more of a lifestyle for you?

I’d love to say it is in the family genes – my Mum spent a few years all over the world when she was younger and more recently walked the Camino de Santiago on her own. My Uncle also had this sudden urge to travel when he hit 50 and now there’s nothing that he hasn’t done. But I really think it boils down to my environment, especially whilst growing up. We moved around a lot when I was a kid which I think has helped me learn to adapt quickly and this rapidly built up my self confidence. Leaving home at 16 must have had something to do with it – I’m more than happy pleasing myself and very much enjoy my own company.

Kelly Diggle, Blue Eyed View, Traveller, Traveler, adventure, explore, wild camping, Italian Dolomites, Africa,

Your Advice:

Many people feel they cannot travel, whether that be short or long term because of money, how do you finance your travels?

When I am not travelling or working abroad, I adapt my lifestyle at home so that I have very few outgoings. Driving is a big love of mine but I decided to sell my car a few years ago and now I cycle to work and walk reasonable distances instead of taking the bus. I limit my weekly food shopping budget to £20 a week. Luckily for me I don’t have an addictive personality so I don’t spend a fortune on cigarettes and rarely drink unless there is a get-together with my friends. I also hate shopping and my time in countries such as Zimbabwe has taught me that material things really do not matter and the need to have 5 or 6 pairs of shoes has become a westernised necessity that I just do not adhere to. I really don’t think it should come down to a lack of money that prevents people from travelling; the UK especially has become an expensive place to live – go abroad and I bet your money will go a lot further!

Many would be travellers out there are unsure or scared to travel or to make travel a lifestyle, what would your best piece of advice for them be?

One point I always find myself talking about when discussing travelling with people is fear. It seems to me that a lot of people spend so much time worrying about an outcome to something they have not yet begun. Of course bad things can happen and we’d like to do everything to avoid it, but to let this slight possibility prevent dreams from becoming reality is such a shame. I’d advise anyone out there considering taking the leap into adventure/travel to eliminate all negative outcomes and focus on the positive – unless you try you will never know and nothing ventured nothing gained. The mind is such a powerful thing and yes the unknown is scary, but it is also incredibly exhilarating so switch your mind off and jump – what’s the worst that could happen? After you get over the initial fear and do it once, you will never look back.

Kelly Diggle, Blue Eyed View, Traveller, Traveler, adventure, explore, wild camping, Italian Dolomites, Africa,

Your Travels:

What is the most important lesson travel has taught you?

In my experiences so far, I have learnt that the general media and people’s opinions of a place (usually from those that have travelled very little) exaggerates negatives that either don’t exist or are no way near as bad as made out. For example, when I told people I was headed off to Zimbabwe people looked at me in fear and warned me that it is a really dangerous country. I spent 10 weeks there and never met a nasty person, never felt vulnerable as a white woman or walking the streets alone – my experience could not have been a more positive one. Sure, bad things happen but they can and will happen anywhere, even in your own town. As long as you are travel safe and take precautions then 99% of the time everything will be fine.

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What is the greatest memory travel has left you with?

Driving out in the pitch black to this little wooden shack on stilts in the African bush, we set up camp for the night; a mattress and sleeping bag under the stars. In turns we’d watch over the watering hole and listen for any wildlife coming down to drink. Not much turned up on my shift so I lay there staring at the billions of bright stars staring back at me – with no light pollution and shooting stars every few minutes it almost felt like I was floating through space.

What is your favourite place to travel and where would you most like to visit?

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Oh that’s a tough question! It has to be Africa – the continent never fails to entice me back. After spending time in Southern Africa I took a trip to Morocco last year and experienced a completely different way of life. I can see myself going back time and time again.. it’s a huge continent so it could take a lifetime to see it all! I would also love to visit Vietnam, mostly for the culture but there is some fantastic trekking to be had there.

Final question:

What is your life motto?

Try everything once and don’t leave until tomorrow what can be done today!

Be sure to check out: www.blueyedview.com
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Also check out her upcoming Iceland Cycle here: blueyedview.com/barking-bicyclist

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.