Interview with Kelly Mazur of kellyellamaz.com

PlayaDelCarmen_5thAveShopping    Let’s start off by telling a bit about yourself, where did you grow up, do you remember your main life Goals when you were young and has that changed?

I’m Kelly Mazur, owner of www.kellyellamaz.com. I was born and raised in Canada, and I’ve had a passion for travel since I was a kid. The idea of going on vacation has always excited me, and I’ve always obsessed over the planning and research for months before any given trip! That passion grew into an obsession when I started travelling as a young adult.

What were the key factors that persuaded you to leave the comfort of your home?

Honestly one of the biggest factors was the harsh Canadian winters I was living through. I live for summer weather and beaches, so I’ve always been inclined to leave Canada for warmer weather! I also love the feeling of being in a new place. Everything is exciting when it’s new and fresh – like the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower or swam in the Mediterranean Sea!

How long have you been traveling?

I’ve been travelling frequently for the past three years, and my obsession just continues to grow.I’m currently planning an 18-month adventure that will be my longest yet!

Where are you now?

Right now I’m at home in Canada, about an hour outside of Toronto. Other than a trip to Quebec City I’ll be home until I move to Europe in July!

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

I just bought a one-way ticket to Barcelona! After spending some time in SpainMarrakech_Camel, I’ll be heading to Australia for a while too!

What countries do you consider you felt the safest? And did you feel safer than in your home country?

Spain for sure! After being in Barcelona for less than 24 hours I split with my boyfriend for the day and went shopping by myself while he went to museums! I felt completely at home there. I guess that’s why I decided to move there!

What countries do you feel the most on edge (in Danger) ?

I didn’t always feel safe in Morocco. Women aren’t treated equally in Morocco, and I found it to be a harsh adjustment. I was viewed as my boyfriend’s property and the men at the hotel wouldn’t even talk to me! If I asked a question, they directed the answer to my boyfriend.

Any memorable dealings with government officials, Police or Border Guards?

I was accused of having a fake passport at the USA border! After about a hundred questions the border official finally let me through.

Do you do any work while you travel, such as digital nomad, consulting, or odd jRome_SpanishStepsobs?

I have about 4 different sources of income off my website that help pay for travel. Advertisements, product sales, freelance writing, and travel planning services all contribute to my income. None of it’s substantial, but it allows me to stretch my travel budget!

Any major life targets, that you are working on?

My goal this year is to turn those various sources of income into a full-time job. Like most travel bloggers, I want to quit my day job and work from my laptop from anywhere my heart desires! It’s a bit of a long shot right now, but I’m enjoying my small successes along the way!

Tell us some of the experiences that made your jaw drop, left you in Awe, or were incredibly touching?Sorrento

The view I had of the bay of Naples from my hotel room balcony in Sorrento (Italy) is something I’ll never forget. I had a glass of champagne in one hand, and my boyfriend’s hand in the other. I felt incredibly lucky to have experienced that beautiful city.

How has your traveling affected your relationships with your friends and family?

Travelling has definitely affected a few friendships. I’m not home as often as I used to be so I miss out on a lot of things. When I am home, I’m saving money and working non-stop on my website in order to be able to afford my next trip. It’s a huge sacrifice, but it’s a choice I’m comfortable with.

Any Regrets?, Anything you would like a shot at a do-over?

The only travel regret I have is not travelling longer! Once it’s time to fly home I always wonder why I booked such a short trip…

Do you see an end to this journey, or do you expect to continue to be on the move, exploring most of your life?

I’m sure 20 years from now I won’t be travelling as frequently, but my passion for travel will never change.

Any words of encouragement for our readers to get them to leave the couch and hit the road?

Commit to saving money, then buy a ticket! Money is the biggest roadblock for most of us, but if you make sacrifices in other areas of your life then you can find ways to afford travel.

Do you have any tips for others who are trying to get a successful blog up and going?Marrakech_RooftopPool

Set clear goals for yourself and your blog. What do you want to accomplish? How will you measure your success? If you just buy a domain name and write aimlessly you won’t get very far. Don’t be afraid to aim high, as long as you’re aiming at something.

Have you written any books or have a blog, that you would like to plug?

My blog can be found at www.kellyellamaz.com, and my first e-book is being released on March 4th! It’s titled “101 Tips for Luxury Travel… on a Budget” and it’s really my personal collection of travel tips. I’ve gathered these tips through a few years of travelling as a ‘broke student with high standards’! I’m really proud of this book and I think anyone who struggles to afford travel will really value this information.

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