Each month, we’ll introduce you to a member of our Female Travel Bloggers Facebook community so you can learn about who they are, why they became a blogger and what their favorite travel moments have been so far.

Meet Rhiannon from “Rhiannon Travels.”

What inspired you to start blogging?

I have always loved to write, and travel has been my dream and passion for most of my life before I even started to travel. I had been thinking about creating a blog for a while. But whether it was out of fear or uncertainty, it never happened. One day, after wishing I had something to work on during a day off work, I decided to go for it!

How did you come to name your blog?

There’s no exciting story here, really. I knew I wanted my name on my blog, so I simply added the word ‘travels’ to the end and Rhiannon Travels was born!

Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto

The beautiful Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto in Japan.

If I could go back, I might have put more thought into it, but I still love the name of my blog to this day!

What makes you unique compared to all other bloggers out there?

I think what makes me unique compared to other bloggers, is the level of depth I put into my blog posts. By this, I mean I always try to share as much information as possible, including lots of personal anecdotes and informative tips and tricks. Most of my posts are guides and generally created for first-time travelers. I have an entire section on my blog created for people traveling internationally for the first time, which I think is really useful!

What do you love most about being part of the FTB group?

What I love most about being part of the Female Travel Bloggers group, is the sense of community and support. I love having a place to go to share my blog wins, ask any questions I have about travel or blogging and ask for support when I need it.

I love the fact that there’s a platform with so many incredible women, all willing to help each other grow, improve and find success through travel blogging!

What advice do you have for people wanting to start a blog or those who are struggling to continue with it?

If you are wanting to start your own blog… I say just go for it. If you love to write but can’t find an outlet to share your knowledge and stories, I truly believe having a blog is the perfect way to do so. Don’t worry about becoming stuck or needing help, that’s what everyone at Female Travel Bloggers are here for!

If you’re struggling to continue with your blog, try to remember why you started in the first place. Taking some time off to regroup and remember why you love doing it can help. I’ve had this happen a few times when other parts of my life got in the way and I became overwhelmed.

But I love to write and of course, I love to travel. So I kept going with it! If blogging is what you love to do, even if you’ve hit a rough patch, I truly believe it’s worth it to keep going.

Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan

The stunning Fushimi Inari shine in Kyoto, Japan

What are your blogging goals?

My ultimate blogging goal is for it to become my full-time job. I would love to travel the world and be paid to do so. That is always what I’m working towards, and I will never give up on that, no matter how many times I might fail.

That being said, I have also loved helping people with their own travels this past year. So if at the very least I can continue doing that, I will be more than happy!

What has been your biggest blogging win?

So far, my biggest blogging win is having quite a few posts on the first page of Google search, and organic searches being my second highest source of traffic (after Pinterest).

Where do you live?

I live in Adelaide, South Australia!

What do you do for your career?

This isn’t a career by any means, but I currently work part-time at a liquor store.

What is your favorite film?

I’m going to say the entire Harry Potter series. I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd (our cat is called Hermione and I have the Deathly Hallows symbol tattooed on my ankle). So yep, definitely Harry Potter!

What song is your life anthem?

I’ve been sitting here trying to come up with one specific song, with no luck.

But basically, anything that’s super catchy or a classic gets me in the mood for almost anything! I like to listen to a playlist of ‘throwback’ songs while I am blogging.

What quote sums up where you are right now?

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – JK Rowling.

This sums up my feelings about 2018 very well! I have a lot of plans regarding travel, my blog and other aspects of my life. I’m always afraid to fail, but I’m more afraid of letting fear stop me from having incredible experiences!

Do you have an embarrassing travel story?

Of course! I remember being in Dotonbori in Osaka (during winter) and I had lost my scarf. We were wandering around trying to find me another one and ended up in H&M. I was trying to get from the top floor of H&M to the next level down. After much frustration and almost silent giggles from my partner, I eventually realized I was trying to use the up escalators to get down. Hence why it wasn’t working!

Luckily there were only a handful of people who saw this happen! Oops!

What has been your most memorable travel experience so far and what made it so unforgettable?

I have two favorite and most memorable travel experiences so far. My first is stepping into Times Square for the very first time, back in 2015. I had dreamt of visiting New York City my entire life, ever since I was a child. So finally making it there, stepping out of the Subway and seeing the bright lights and all of the people, was unforgettable.

Living my dream in Times Square, NYC

Living my dream in Times Square, New York City for the first time

My second most memorable travel experience was seeing snow for the first time, back in March 2017 when my partner and I spent the month in Japan. Along with visiting NYC, seeing snow had been second on my bucket list for my entire life. So being able to cross that off, with the love of my life, was pretty special.

Ski Resort in Hakuba, Japan

My very first time seeing snow in Hakuba, Japan

What is your favorite city and country and why?

Other than my hometown of Adelaide, my favorite city is probably Hiroshima, Japan. Despite its devastating history, it’s one of the most beautiful, peaceful and relaxing places I have ever been. The people are some of the kindest I’ve ever met, and I felt so happy and relaxed the entire time we were there. To this day, I still wish we stayed for longer than just two days!

What one destination did not impress you and why?

I would have to say Nagoya, Japan. Maybe it’s because we didn’t plan our visit very well, and everything we wanted to see or do was closed on our only full day in the city. But Nagoya just didn’t impress me. I was pretty upset about it too since we decided to only spend two days in Hiroshima, to be able to visit Nagoya.

What has been your favorite meal?

I’ll be totally honest here, I’m a super picky eater. With a background of eating and mental issues, I still haven’t broadened my horizons very much. So there aren’t many meals that stand out to me!

But I do remember my very first slice of New York pizza. That was one of the best slices of pizza I’ve ever had, and to this day, I still wish I had a second!

Where are you traveling to next?

Nothing has been booked as of yet, but my partner and I are spending a few weeks in China and Japan in May 2018!

What/who inspired you to travel?

I think I caught the travel bug when I became obsessed with New York City. I can’t remember when this obsession began, but it was definitely from a young age.

I’m lucky that my family is very supportive of my travels, and are always encouraging me to continue doing so. My partner loves to travel just as much as I do. We have inspired each other to visit new places, that we wouldn’t necessarily visit if we didn’t travel together!

What’s your travel style and why do you like it? (Budget, Luxury, slow, sustainable, family, solo etc)

It’s a bit hard explaining our style of travel! We definitely like to travel on a budget when it comes to most things. But at the same time, we are happy to splurge on some things. Accommodation is one area we are happy to pay a little bit extra to have that added comfort, safety and convenience.

Since both my partner and I work part time and full time (he’s an assistant manager), we aren’t able to travel as often as we would like. We generally only take one or two international trips per year.

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Rhiannon Flatman

Rhiannon Flatman

FTB Member

“Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia who loves coffee, cats and cookies and cream ice cream. She shares lots of super helpful travel tips and first-time traveler guides on her blog, Rhiannon Travels and hopes to one day live somewhere in Japan!” 

You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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