For this week's SF Spotlight we talked travel with fashion blogger extraordinaire Sam Sidney. Based in Melbourne, this 25 year old cutie not only runs her own successful blog Style Paws
but also works for the cool cats over at Pedestrian.tv
's online editor. In between writing about threads and fawning over cats, Sam travels the world and has just returned from a holiday in Europe. Jealous from every angle, we asked Sam to share some of her highlights with us.
How many countries have you travelled to?
I think it's 12. I've mainly travelled through Europe and have started to touch on Asia.
If you could narrow it down, what would be your favourite?
I would have to say, despite loving every single one of my trips, I have a massive soft spot for Japan. The crazy contrast of high-tech city meets glorious history is really inspiring and I love all of the funny "Japanisms". Visiting there is like going to another planet and it is so much ridiculous fun!
Craziest travel experience?
Maybe canoeing in Halong Bay in Vietnam. It was one of those surreal "pinch me" moments. Or travelling up to the arctic circle in the middle of winter, where it was basically pitch black for 24 hours a day. I have no idea how people there live like that, I was exhausted the whole time!
You recently travelled to England, Norway and France, what was the highlight of your trip?
There were so many highlights but one day that was particularly awesome was going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
(oh my God!) and then capping the day off by eating at Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-star restaurant overlooking Hyde Park. I had made that reservation a hundred years ago and the whole day was somewhat of a dream!
Any favourite purchases?
I had a very good time in the flagship Diptyque candle store in St German Boulevard, Paris. It's probably the one time of my life I won't feel guilty about spending 50 euros on a candle!
Norway snapped by Sam
Why did you choose to add Norway to your itinerary?
When I was 17 I was an exchange student and lived in Norway for a year. I picked it back then because I had, had a Norwegian penpal growing up and thought it seemed like a cool place. Cool is an understatement though, Norway is sensational! It's this incredibly untouched country with a quality of life you can't really comprehend until you've visited Scandinavia. Not to mention the landscapes. It's all mountains, snow, greenery, rocks and big blue fjords. Heavenly. I miss it so much so I had to have a short stop there again on this trip to catch up with my host families and friends - a whole eight years later.
How would you describe your travel style?
I am a pretty relaxed traveller, but I like to make plans too. I feel like you should always have a plan but never worry too much if it falls through. I think I'm quite adaptable, but this probably comes with experience. I started travelling around the world alone at 17, which I think teaches you a lot.
Favourite overseas discovery?
My friends recently took me to a really great little restaurant called 'Da Polpa' in Covent Garden, London - amazing food (sharing plates, a bit like tapas) and a very cool vibe. And although they're not secrets, the London Fields and Brick Lane areas of London are amazing.
Where are you planning to travel next?
Actually just last night I started googling South America. I would like to see the sights of Peru like Macchu Picchu and the Inca trail. My dad was a backpacker for 8 years throughout the 70s (this is probably where I get my wanderlust from) and he has been to every continent. Still to this day he says South America was his favourite place, so I think I need to see it. Maybe 2013 will be the year!