You know that I love the Arctic (duh!) so Alaska is on top of my bucket list! Therefore I'm so glad to be able to present Tricia from The Adventure List to you today! Tricia quit her job with the aim to go back to uni but eventually she ended up living in Alaska and travelling the world!
I absolutely admire her courage to just quit her job and do what she loves and I'm absolutely jealous of everything she gets to see and do in Alaska! I mean, I haven't even seen a moose in Norway so far!! Anyway, Tricia is here today to talk about her life in Alaska, her favourite places in the US and how she can afford to travel!
1.) A couple of years ago, you left your job to go back to college and eventually ended up travelling and moving to Alaska. Tell us more!
In my 8-5 job, I was always searching for the next best position and never fully satisfied with where I was so eventually I reached what I considered the top of where I wanted to go. At that point, it was time to find something completely different. I'd always wanted to be a teacher so I went back to college. I got sidetracked and fell into my life of seasonal traveling instead which is ultimately what I wanted to do anyways. Yayyee for me. Going to Alaska was my dream from the time I quit my 8-5. I accomplished it.
2.) What's the best about life in Alaska? What are some downsides?
The best part is the incredible beauty of the place. It is simply stunning. I will go on walks and stop and stare at the gorgeousness of the mountains. I don't know if I will ever get used to seeing them. I also love the randomness of wildlife appearances. You never know what you will see when you open your front door.
Downsides: I live two hours from the closest grocery store and other city conveniences. It takes some getting used to as you have to really plan especially if you don't have a car. Hitching rides adds an additional inconvenience but makes for interesting times.
3.) I've seen pictures of moose, bears and glaciers on your blog. Tell me, is life in Alaska really as adventurous as it sounds like?
It is really what you make of it. You can be as sedate as you want and never venture out but why would you want to do that all the time. Most people I've met are outdoorsy. They walk, hike, hunt, fish, travel, kayak, dog sled or have some outdoor passion.
4.) Alaska is on top of my bucket list so tell me, which places do I need to put on my itinerary when planning a trip to this state?
Denali! Of course. The entrance to the Denali National Park is located here. Camp in the park or go sightseeing. Go to Kenai Peninsula to visit Seward and Homer. There are glaciers to hike and fjord wildlife cruises. These places are all connected by the road system. Drive the Denali or Dalton Highway. Cruise or fly over to Kodiak Island for some great bear watching.
If you have the option, take an Inside Passage cruise to Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and other small towns. Fly up to the Arctic circle area. In Barrow, you can take a polar bear excursion. Fly over to Nome, the ending point of the Iditarod. Urgh, there are too many places.
5.) You've also travelled a lot around the US. What are your favourite places there and why (apart from Alaska obviously)?
I recently visited Boston and completely fell in love. The history and architecture are stunning. There is so much to see and do. My short 3 day visit was not enough. I also have a love affair with Portland, Oregon and Chicago.
Portland is a quirky city with a vibe like no other city I've encountered. Very laid back, down to earth, do what you want kind of place. If you are a foodie, Chicago is the place to go. You can eat at a different restaurant every day and never duplicate. Plus it has a wonderful beach along Lake Michigan.
6.) You mention on your blog that you prefer slow-travelling. How do you define slow travel and what makes it so good?
Slow travel to me means spending more than two weeks in one place. I don't think you can really get a feel for a location without spending a longer period of time there. My 2 1/2 week trip across the US via Amtrak was too quick. It definitely solidified my desire to spend at least a month in one place at a time. It will take me forever to travel the world this way but in the end I think I will see more.
7.) What have you gained from travelling so far?
Insight into cultures, for sure. You take for granted your way of life and the material possessions available. Traveling has taught me to consider other ways of life.
8.) What tips do you have for people who also want to quit their jobs and start travelling?
Just do it. Leap and there will be a safety net. But if you don't leap, you will never know. Don't live with the regret of not doing something.
9.) Where are you headed to next? Any bucket list items to cross off?
I am heading to Poland next to do a little English instruction plus absorb as much history of the Polish people as possible.
10.) Is there anything else my readers need to know about you or anything else you'd like to share?
If you don't travel because you think you can't afford it, try thinking outside the box. I can't afford to travel without a job so seasonal work and other volunteer opportunities support my travels.
You don't have to be a digital nomad to live the traveling lifestyle. I explore various ways to work and travel on my blog. Check it out.
Can you imagine to live in Alaska? And what do you think about slow travel?