Travelling around the world on a one year honeymoon with your husband sounds like a dream to me and to most people, very unattainable. Skye from The Fit Traveller made this dream come true last year and shared her travel stories along the way. She is a journalist, a former personal trainer, a freelance writer, photographer, intrepid traveller as well as a passionate wellness warrior. So pretty much an all-round inspiration which is why I reached out to her to interview her for the INSPIRE section of the blog.
She loves to keep fit no matter where she is in the world, showcasing to her readers that it is possible to stay in shape when enjoying your holidays. We caught up via email to dive a little bit deeper into the life of The Fit Traveller.
The seed was planted when I was running a personal training business many years ago. I used to hand out notes for my clients to give them additional support outside of our one-on-one time and then took that online a bit later. I love being able to give clients something that they could take with them on holiday or share with family members who weren’t able to access their own personal trainer. When I jumped into the world of journalism I closed the site down, knowing that I wanted to develop that idea into something much bigger, later in my career. While working as a journalist, I spent a lot of time in the digital space. It was such an exciting and dynamic space with so much scope to reach people from all walks of life all over the world. I wanted to create something unique in that space; a website that was now only beautiful but beneficial to others and also a business that would enable me to combine my passions for travel, wellness and storytelling. That vision is how now come to life in The Fit Traveller.
My academic and work background is broad, but complimentary in many ways. I have a few University degrees in International Relations, International Law and Journalism, no doubt inspired by my incurable case of wanderlust and a love of learning. Whilst studying, I ran a personal training business which fed my love of fitness, wellness and sports. I then went on to become a journalist and have been privileged to work on some of the most prestigious programs in the Australian media, for the better part of a decade. I now get to focus all of that experience on The Fit Traveller.
The original idea came from my own personal love of wellness and travel. The Fit Traveller really is my baby and when you are building something of your own particularly in such a competitive space, you really have to authentically love what you are creating as well as ensuring other people want what you are offering too. Thankfully, it appears my passions are shared by many and the market is exploding when it comes to combining wellness, adventure and luxury travel.
When I took to leap and cut back from full time to freelance work so I could give The Fit Traveller more attention. I found myself bounding out of bed in the morning and staying up late at night, exploding with ideas. Everything about the website began to make me excited, fearful, nervous. I knew I really cared about what I was creating and I was truly invested in making it a success. That’s when I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do.
I too have been working since I was 14, mostly to fund my travels! As newlyweds, I think our friends and family were expecting us to announce that we were having a baby but instead, we told them we had quit our jobs and we were hitting the road for a year. We used our savings to fund the trip and I took on freelance work as well. Neither of us regret the investment. I have actually never regretted spending money on travel. An expensive dress perhaps, but a life changing trip? Never.
I’ve always been a runner so for me personally, I love an exploratory run. Usually, I’ll find a cafe, a landmark, parkland or a town that I want to see and I’ll work out the general direction I need to run in to get there and go for it. It sometimes leads to a few awkward conversations with the locals when I take a wrong turn; I’ll be standing sweaty in my training gear speaking a broken version of their language with lots of animated hand gestures to get me back on the right track. I like to throw in a little HIIT training. It’s the fastest and most efficient way to burn off some of the calories that inevitably come with training the local cuisine in each new country.
The technical side of the business drives me a bit nuts. I am more of a creative than a technical person, so if something goes wrong on the site, it takes a while for me to figure out how to fix it or call for help. That’s something I’m working on now; arming myself with more technical skills.
I have coffee with my husband each morning. It doesn’t matter where in the world we are or how busy the day is set to be, we just get up a little earlier and check in with each other. He really keeps me grounded and reminds me to focus solely on what I am doing. That’s something that is really important in this space.
As a journalist, I am proud that we deliver quality, in-depth coverage of places, people and events in a very beautiful and accessible space. My storytelling style has always been longer format; I like to get down to the intimate detail of a story; whether it’s a profile piece or a review on a resort or retreat. I like to transport people to a place so they know what it really feels like to be there or share someone’s story in a way that readers can really appreciate their point of view.
Start small. Despite appearances, travelling for a living is not for everyone. Life can be uncertain and it can be tough at times. So don’t quit your day job just yet. Instead, build the dream on the side. Once you’ve done a few trips and you know for sure you are comfortable committing to a substantial stint on the road, then dive in.
I have just returned from almost a year of full time travel so I am showing the website and our readers a little love. I am giving the site a facelift and working on lots of new content. There will be some exciting new projects on the horizon too, so stay tuned for that. Of course, I am also in the process of planning my travel for the rest of the year. I’m enjoying a little time with the family, cooking up a storm in the kitchen and doing some much needed training as well before jetting off.
Beach or mountains – both. Years ago I would have said beach but I’ve fallen in love with the mountains.
Bikini or ball gown – both. I love the beach but I jump at any chance to dress up!
Flip flops or stilettos – stilettos.
NYC or Paris – Paris, always.
Hiking or sailing – Hiking
Carry on or check in luggage – Check in.
Green smoothie or mojito – Both! It’s all about balance.
What travel bloggers have inspired you to travel? Let me know in the comments below.
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