When I was little, my dream job was to be a writer for the Lonely Planet. The little blue bible was my guide around the world on my first forays into solo travel aged 18. It’s always retained a soft spot in my heart, a token of my seeds of wanderlust. So when I found myself with a press pass to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and I saw Tony Wheeler, founder of the Lonely Planet’s, name upon the program, I knew I had to get an interview. Read more
Last week, Jorge Selarón, a Chilean artist most famous for his tile-covered steps in Rio, died next to his masterpiece. Back in March, we were lucky enough to see Selarón painting on his steps, and he agreed to take part in our superpower interview series. The 215 steps were one of our favourite art pieces we came across in South America. Selarón continually changed the design and invited visitors to contribute tiles from their country, which he eventually added to the steps. He also painted his own tiles, most often with the image of a pregnant woman who sometimes had his head or the head of a fish. Read more
Janice blogs at Solo Traveler, writing wonderfully honest stories about her journeys around the world. She’s even written a book on the subject called The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. I was lucky to meet her at some blogging conferences in Europe, and of course jumped at the chance to ask her some superpower questions. Read more
Kash Bhattacharya, 33, was born in England, grew up in Calcutta, and has spent the last 14 years in Scotland. He’s the king of budget travel in Europe and has an awesome series on luxury hostels. He’s also a born ringleader and made a fine job of herding bloggers to parties at TBU and TBEX this summer. Find him at The Budget Traveller. Read more
When I first met Marcello at TBEX, I was a little taken aback by the smooth-talking travel blogging stock trader, but he quickly became one of my favourite people. He blogs at Wandering Trader, and I’d definitely recommend watching his videos – he’s bloody hilarious. Marcello, 28, was born in Venzuela, is half-Spanish and half-Italian, and he grew up in Italy, Venezuela and the US. Read more
Dan and Audrey are the creators of one of my favourite blogs, Uncornered Market. I was delighted to hang out with them on a trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal, and couldn’t resist interviewing them for If I had a Superpower. Read more
If you had a superpower, what would it be? We’ve been asking this and other revealing questions to people around the world since we started our journey back in March. We’ve spoken to a chocolate seller, a horse whisperer, the owner of a restaurant in Rio’s favelas, and many, many more. We used to post the interviews on our other blog, If I had a Superpower, but we’ve decided to start putting them on Bridges and Balloons instead. It’s such an important part of our journey – talking to the people we meet – that it doesn’t make sense to keep the projects separate.
We’ll post our first interview soon, but for now, here are some of our favourite answers from the past seven months. Read more
This is the second part of our interviews with the teens of Barrio Solidaridad. We met them while volunteering with Cloudhead in Salta. They gave us hope in teenagekind. Read their inspiring interviews on If I Had A Superpower.
In this second part, we have interviews with Angel, Carla, Malena, Abigail, Facundo, Jonatan and their teacher Gloria.
This week’s superpower interviews are with the teens who inspired us while volunteering with Cloudhead in Salta. Their answers to these questions were just as inspiring as the exercise we did with them and Cloudhead. This is the first of a two part series.
This week, read interviews with Fernando, Marcos, Gabriel, Romina, Alejandra and Julieta.
Erin joined us on our mission for a Welsh tea in Patagonia and gawped with us in awe as we went whale watching in Puerto Madryn. She is a fellow couchsurfer and blogger from Australia, and speaks Spanish like a native. We crossed paths again for some wine tasting in Cafayate, and a tour of the salt flats in Bolivia. Read her full interview on If I had a Superpower. Erin also blogs at Souls of My Shoes.