Guest Interview | Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, Tamlyn Ryan

Tamlyn is a content writer by day and blogger by night. From her home base in Cape Town, South Africa, She passionately runs her own travel blog, Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism - in her free time, her preferred niche remains travel writing.

She is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors. 

1.     Which country and city do you call home?

I live in Cape Town, South Africa, but originally hail from Kwa-Zulu Natal.

2.     What made you fall in love with travelling? Why did you start travelling?

I can't remember the exact moment when I fell in love with travel - but it was probably when I was old enough to appreciate the beauty of South Africa and the wild (which was as a tween when I started amateur photography). 

I think it all traces back to my parents... They used to take my older brothers and me on a lot road trips when we were young, or we'd camp and head out on our boat. I think that, from a young age, it really exposed me to travel... even though I really hated travelling anywhere far in a car back then!

I think that combination, and the first holiday I can actually remember (an amazing trip to Zululand) kick-started my love of travel... and since then, it has just kept growing and evolving with every new, seen place or trip! 

The way my parents taught me to appreciate and respect nature, the world and all its beauty is probably the greatest gift they could have ever given me; it's a lifelong reward and blessing to me.

3.     Are you a backpacker/long-term traveler/business traveler/ live and work abroad?

I think I am a long-term traveller in the sense that I always have and will travel. I love it too much to give it up for longer than a week or two - even if it only means a weekend away outside (or even in) the Mother City (Cape Town)... for me, it still counts as travelling.

4.     What is your most memorable travel experience? 

I have two actually. (I hope you don't mind...)

The first was the month or so during late 2014 that I spent travelling around the Western Cape with my oldest brother and his Belgian girlfriend (who is also a part-time travel blogger of a blog called Non Stop Destination). 

We saw and experienced so many amazing experiences together - and for him and me, it was a unique chance to see the country and our province with fresh eyes. He'd been living in London for a while at that stage and I had just moved to Cape Town a few months earlier, so it was like finding new things together. While, at the same time, everything was new to his girlfriend so we had her perspective too. We went everywhere from Hermanus to Cape Point, and we really had a wonderful time, travelling every weekend, all weekend.

The second was heading to the West Coast last winter with my boyfriend. We travelled there twice, first exploring Yzerfontein and then Langebaan and both trips were restful, special and oh-so-memorable. We saw, ate and did so much together; as such, those trips are deeply rooted in my travel memory banks.

5.     What is your worst travel experience (optional)?

Driving from Kwa-Zulu Natal to Montagu with my parents when we first relocated to the Cape... The whole trip was one nightmare scenario to the next - but the worst was when we were travelling Van Reenen's Pass and we encountered the most horrifying thunderstorm I've ever experienced. A truck jacknifed in front of us and I just remember the lightning striking and shattering these huge boulders as heavy rain lashed; it was terrifying all round!

I think we all thought we would die that night - but, by God's grace, we made it through unscathed (albeit a little traumatised for the remainder of the trip).

6.     What is your favourite local place to travel to? Why? 

Cape Point... It's honestly one of the most fiercely beautiful and life-changing places you will find on this earth. It's where terrifying forces of nature and breathtaking natural beauty combine.

7.     If you travel constantly, do you feel burnt out? Yes, then how do you deal with it? No, then how do you go about it?

I don't travel as much as I would like to because of real life that happens in between now - but even when I am physically tired from travelling a lot, I honestly never tire of it... It brings me to life and restores my soul in the best way possible.

8.     Share your top travelling hack.

Explore every inch of a place - you never know what lies around the next corner. Don't always flock to all the touristy spots or blindly follow the crowds like sheep do... But, at the same time, don't be reckless. Sensible travel is the best kind of travel. 

Know your limits - and respect the rules and regulations in place wherever you go, as far as possible.

9.     Honestly, how do you manage travelling expenses?

All my trips are planned far in advance (even when they lead to spontaneous experiences or restaurant meals) and, when I know I have a big trip or getaway ahead on a local level (because I haven't flown anywhere yet), I try to budget and plan for our costs. 

There are always unplanned expenses with any trip or holiday - but if you roughly work out how much petrol you could use or what each activity/accommodation stay will cost you, it helps hugely.

10.  If you could go anywhere right now, no strings attached, where would you go?  

Probably Ireland and County Wicklow for a start... I have a long-standing desire to go there someday because of my ancestral Irish roots and surname. I'm not even sure why, to be honest - it just speaks to me on a certain level.


You can follow her blog for local restaurant and accommodation reviews, travel ideas and fun ways to experience South Africa's Western Cape province! You will also find Tamlyn's journey and experiences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

*Thank you Tamlyn for appearing in this guest interview.


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