Trust People Trust the Situation – Interview with Samantha Coronado of “Follow Your Road”

Jacaranda Travel interview

I want to introduce you to Samantha Coronado. She’s a full time Digital Media Manager for 2 years now and she still makes time for her adventures and travels.

To know more about here, follow her on social media and on her blog:

Facebook: Follow Your Road
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Hi Sam, Thanks again for the opportunity in doing this (email) interview.

Here are the questions. Some may be a quick answer, and some you may want to tell your adventures 🙂

About the blog?

JacTravs: You have a gorgeous blog.. is it WordPress and did you design it yourself?

The theme was bought. But I customized it and DIY’d the WordPress development.

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Traveling Full Time?

Are you traveling full time now and you bringing your work/projects with you?

Nope. I have a full time job. On the side, I do freelance writing, digital marketing consultant work, operate an Online business, and invest in the Stock market.

Work and Play?

Does being a Digital Media manager able to help you to travel?

Yes! Digital marketing is my line of work. And the know-how allows me to strike up exclusive deals with brands to sponsor stays and gears.

Favorite Post?

From your blog, I see there’s a Top Post but what’s your favorite post you’ve published so far?

My post on Panay Island.

When we booked a flight to Aklan, we actually wanted to go to Boracay. It would have been my first time there. But getting to Boracay was so expensive that, on a whim, we chose to go around Panay Island instead.

The adventure around Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Capiz was a great story. Lots of people asked for our itinerary.

Memorable Experience?

What’s your most favorite or most memorable travel? What makes it the best or why is it the best?

My first time Couchsurfing.

I was barely 21 when I left for a 6-week internship in Penang, Malaysia. On my last days, I looked for a host in KL.

I didn’t have credit card, and I was bringing all my belongings in a luggage.

There was a risk to lose absolutely everything. But I had complete trust in the situation. I ended up being welcomed (and fed) warmly, and exploring the city on my own.

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Travel Community?

Are you an active member of any travel blogger community (fb group, forums etc)?

Pinoy Travel Bloggers.

Able to learn new words?

From all those travels, Were are you able to learn new language/dialects?

Not fluently. But I’m naturally curious about culture (Sociology major from UP here), so I try to absorb as many local nuances.

Funniest Incident?

What is the funniest incident you’ve had while traveling?

Stepping on a birthday cake-sized Carabao shit in Catanduanes. Talk about leaving my mark!

Scariest Moment?

Do you have a scary experience in one of your travels? What was the moment that happens that almost stopped your from traveling again?

Being held my immigration officers because my VISA apparently was not properly stamped upon my arrival. I literally had no money anymore or credit card in a foreign land.

Also, climbing Mt. Pico de Loro after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda. The trails were erased. Half of our fellow climbers got lost until 8 PM, and there was no cellular signal.

Tasted local food?

Were you able to taste their local food? Any strange thing you ate that’s memorable? Which one did you like?

Eating hand-sized fried spiders in Cambodia – hairs, legs, and all.

But my favorite food trip was in Vietnam. After barhopping, our hosts took us to a seafood street food joint.

We were wearing party dresses but soon all the poise went away and we ate with our bare hands.

Place felt at home?

Is there any particular place you’ve visited that you feel so at home that you were open in moving to that place?

Baguio!

I went there for a sponsored event, and ended up staying behind alone. Its culture, arts, cold weather, and iconic landmarks captivated me. Plus, it’s very close to mountains of the North! I seriously considered relocating.

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Place on top of Bucket List?

What place is still on the top of your bucket list? Why would you want to go there?

Definitely Batanes. But it’s last on my bucket list — lest it outshines everything I will ever see!

What keeps Sam busy?

If you are not traveling, what would you be doing now? What keeps you busy nowadays?

On most days, I’ll be at my full time job or doing freelance work. On weekends (when) I’m not traveling, I play Ultimate Frisbee, read, volunteer, or spend time with my family.

Blog monetizing?

Have you tried monetizing your blog? If yes, how? Advertising? Adsense? Affiliate?

I’m a contributing writer for the Manila Bulletin (travel niche) — but that’s about it.

I only have Nuffnang now, out of curiosity. But the rest (even most sponsored posting) is too much work.

Favorite Philippine Beach?

Do you keep a list of the Philippine beaches that you’ve visited? What’s your favorite? 

Frankly, I’m not a “beach” person. I haven’t even been to Boracay! But I really loved GuimarasAlubijod Beach because of the white sands and less crowd. I also like LU and Baler for surfing.

Travel’s lesson in life?

What has travel taught you?

Trust people. Trust the situation. On weekdays, I’m your average paranoid female commuter. But I loosen up whenever I travel. I become more interested in other people, and look forward to serendipitous meetings.

Social media tip

You have a nice Facebook followers, how do you market yourself/your blog?

It’s still a surprise to me that people actually read Followyouroad. There are times when I get messages from readers. Or I meet people for the first time who say they’ve heard about my blog.

There are hundreds of travel blogs out there and I don’t claim to be anywhere near being the best. But I always aim to inspire wanderlust through my personal stories while on the road. That’s my marketing trick, I guess.

Advice to aspiring travel blogger?

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travel bloggers?

Don’t focus too much on being a blogger or even being a traveler. Focus on being in the moment.

Sometimes, (1) you’ll be frustrated at how the camera doesn’t accurately capture the sight (2), your experiences are so awesome you can’t even begin to write about them, and (3) you retell your stories but nobody seems to completely comprehend what it’s like.

It’s okay to keep the great stuff to yourself.

 

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