Angie Silver is the blogger behind luxury travel blog, SilverSpoon London. A girl of many phobias, she has used her travel adventures to face her fears and have some extraordinary travel experiences.
For more inspiring travel ideas, check out the Adventure Inspiration section of the blog.
What’s your definition of adventure?
Everyone has a different definition of adventure because everyone has different boundaries. For me adventure while travelling has been about pushing those boundaries and facing my fears. I think when you face your fears and move out of your comfort zone your adventures can really begin!
For me it’s been conquering my fear of heights, creepy-crawlies, and what scary things may lie beneath the water…
What advice would you give to someone who is looking for adventure, but isn’t sure where to start?
Think about what you’re passionate about and what would mean the most to you to achieve. If you’re not sure yet, do some research, I love reading other blogs for inspiration.
What’s the most dangerous thing that’s ever happened to you on the road?
While I was on safari in Africa we were driven to see a pride of lions. Our guide told us these lions hadn’t eaten for days, we watched them go on their hunt whilst sitting in an open vehicle as the it got darker and darker… of course our guides were so experienced that they’d never expose us to any real danger. I did feel pretty scared when I saw this male lion bear his teeth though!
Do you draw inspiration from other travellers or adventurers? If so, who?
I’m definitely inspired by other travel bloggers. For advice and adventure I read the Travel Hack by Monica Stott. For luxury travel Mrs O Around the World, The Travelista, Holy Smithereens and The Londoner all offer great tips and visit gorgeous hotels.
For truly stunning photography, I love A Lady in London, Urban Pixxels and Posh, Broke and Bored. Some of my other favourites that I highly recommend are Lux Life, Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, The Luxury Columnist, Angloyankophile and Follow Your Sunshine.
What’s the one piece of gear you always travel with?
It’s got to be my camera…and at least one pair of killer heels 😉
What’s your biggest achievement?
I’m absolutely terrified of heights. I’m not scared of being in tall buildings or on mountains but I’m frightened of being in precarious situations where my feet aren’t on solid ground.
Three years ago I faced that fear in Sydney and took a seaplane to Whale Beach, where my now husband proposed to me! I faced my fear again when I took a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. It may not sound like a big deal to most people but I was really terrified! OK, so I’m not ready for bungee jumping or sky diving yet, but it’s definitely a start.
Can you tell me about a time when things didn’t go to plan?
Nothing seriously disastrous; recently we did a five hour road trip from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay it rained for three days straight so we couldn’t see anything and had to drive the five hours back! Apart from that we’ve nearly missed flights, I’ve been bitten all over by mosquitoes and my husband’s had a few sun burns, apart from those small things we’ve been pretty lucky.
Tell me something about you that no one else knows
I am secretly scared that I won’t get to see everything that I want to see before I have less freedom to travel.
What do you have planned for the future?
In August this year I’ll be heading to Singapore and Bali and then in November I’ll be going to St Lucia. Next year the only plan at the moment is my best friend’s wedding in Florence and I’m thinking of exploring the Amalfi Coast after that. If there are any Love Puffin readers with hints and tips for any of these places I’d love to hear them!
Do you have a favourite destination?
The best trip I’ve ever taken was our extended holiday in Australia. I think it’s the most incredible country as it features so many different types of terrain; we saw the city, mountains, countryside, rainforest beach and desert. I recently went on a trip to South Africa which was also fantastic I love the food and city life but going on Safari was easily the best thing that I’ve ever done while travelling.
What are some examples of adventure travel that don’t need strength, high skill levels or years of experience?
Trying new and exciting food is always an adventure for me and sampling local cuisine really helps me understand the culture of a place. Another adventure that I enjoyed was driving Highway One in California, at places like Big Sur you’re around 1,500 metres above sea levels and driving along twisting road with hair pin bends. But all you need is a driving license to coast along the road and see those amazing views.
Thanks to Angie for giving us her insights into ‘Adventure for the Unadventurous’! You can find her on twitter at @SilverSpoonLDN too. Stay tuned for more interviews with travellers, coming very soon!
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