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Travellers’ Tales – Meet Julie from “ More than Main Street “ – In Africa and Beyond

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I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Julie , a travel blogger based in North Carolina, USA . She blogs at “ More than Main Street ”.

I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.

Read about Julie’s travels here,

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Julie. I’m a stay at home mom and blogger from North Carolina. I started my blog a few years ago as a way to keep up with our adventures and to share my tips with friends. I love to travel for food, street art, and music!

I truly believe in choosing experiences over things and want to encourage others to do the same. I’m also a firm believer in creating adventures everyday whether you are traveling the world or exploring your own backyard.

2. What is your earliest travel memory?

My parents worked a lot while I was growing up, so we didn’t travel a lot as a family. I did, however, spend about a month with my Aunt every summer in Washington state. This is one of my favorite childhood memories. We did all sorts of things I didn’t do in my normal everyday life like picking wild blackberries, riding horses, and digging up clams on the beach. Big days out included trips to Seattle!

3. Where was the last place you travelled to?

We went to Aruba this past Christmas. We originally planned to surprise our kids with a trip to Hawaii, but just couldn’t bear to spend so much money during the peak holiday season.Julie More than Main Street

4. What was the best thing you did there?

Aruba turned out to be an amazing family vacation. We had the best time relaxing on the beach. But we also mixed in some adventures like riding in a submarine, snorkelling, and exploring the island.

5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?

I just love a road trip. We did a big California loop starting with a few days in San Francisco, down to Monterey and Big Sur, out to Yosemite, Napa, and back to San Francisco. We got to visit some family in the area and do our own thing. Road trips just allow you to see so much more at your own pace. We were able to do the big touristy things in San Francisco like the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and Alcatraz. Then a few days later we did an eight-mile hike through Yosemite National Park. This was one of the first trips that our kids were old enough to really enjoy a lot of activities that my husband and I enjoy.

6. What is your favourite travel destination?

Wilmington, NC. My husband and I both went to university in Wilmington and were married there, so going back is always good for my soul. We love to visit our favorite restaurants, the riverfront, and our old hangouts.

7. What must one do there?

The beach! North Carolina has some of the most beautiful and underrated beaches! There is also a beautiful downtown riverfront area that is a must and the food scene is on point!

8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?

My husband is definitely my number one travel buddy. We started traveling together with a three-week trip through Europe straight out of college and haven’t stopped since! We also love to bring the kids along as we feel that traveling is one of the best forms of education and opportunities to bond as a family.Julie from More than Main Street

9. Name one item you must have when travelling.

Sunglasses and lip balm- sorry that’s two, but these two things are must haves besides my phone of course!

10. Your best travel advice?

Go with the flow. Not everything will ever go exactly as planned even with the best planning! If things don’t go your way, make the best of it!

11. The one place you want to visit before you die?

Choosing just one place is hard! Greece!

12. Your favourite place in South Africa?

Never been but it’s certainly on my list!

13. Any embarrassing travel moments?

Getting lost on the subway in New York City. I don’t know why but I still can’t figure it out!

14. Worst travel experience?

We’ve had quite a few, but on another California road trip Google Maps suggested we take a “quicker alternate route”. I thought perfect! We can avoid all this traffic. Google Maps proceeded to take us through the mountains on roads that were literally crumbling into the mountain. There were times when the road was literally down to one lane. My husband was driving super slow and I could barely stand to look out my window. We made it out and back to the normal roads, but we will never forget “the road of death”.

15. How can people connect with you?

Blog: More than Main Street

Instagram

Pinterest

Facebook

Thank you, Julie , for sharing your fascinating adventures with us!

I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.

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