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The FTB Community is run by a team of women from all around the world. We want you to get to know us better so have posed some probing questions to each of the team!

In this post we get to know Sophie Clapton from Travels of Sophie.

What inspired you to start blogging?

My journey into blogging actually developed from a love of travel and photography. After sharing my travel photography on Instagram for over 3 years, I finally took the leap into travel blogging. I already loved sharing content that helped inspire others to travel and so it felt like a natural progression to allow me to share more detailed travel guides and information.

How did you come to name your blog?

Honestly, it’s probably not the most inspired of names! I wanted to include my name and something about travelling… after trying out lots of available handles on Instagram, this one worked. And that was that!

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

As a photographer first, I focus a lot on providing content with stunning, inspirational imagery. The guides I write are also aimed at other photographers or those seeking beautiful photos. I’ll detail the best places for sunrise and sunset, and how to capture those perfect moments.

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

The support. Beyond everything else, I absolutely love how supportive all the women are in FTB. It’s a safe space to ask any question, no matter how silly it might seem. I think this is so important for both new bloggers and more experienced bloggers as we all need help sometimes.

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

Keep at it! By being a blogger you are wearing so many hats. You have likely designed a website, learned some coding, become a photographer, learned SEO strategy, learned social media marketing AND are a writer. Even if you’re struggling with one, or more, of these components, just remember how far you’ve already come and how much you’ve already had to learn. Be proud of what you’ve created already and ask for support from the community on areas that you need it. We’re all learning together 🙂

What are your blogging goals?

On a personal level, I’d love to be able to grow my blog to the point where it provides a sustainable income (like most people!). However, beyond that, I want to inspire others to travel and share the joy that I derive from travelling.

What has been your biggest blogging win?

My blog is still so new that everything feels like a win at the moment. I get super excited every time I get a comment that has come from an organic search to say I’ve helped them, I get excited to see my page views going up, I get excited every time I get a new post up… basically, I’m a bit of an excitable puppy when it comes to every little blog win!

Where do you live?

Kind of nowhere. I’m originally from Surrey, just outside London, however, I’ve been travelling more or less full time for 4 years now. I am currently back in the UK but have plans to explore more of the USA soon.

What do you do for your career?

For the past 2 years, my primary source of income has been through Instagram and photography. However, my background is in healthcare working primarily with children and young adults with disabilities. I am also a qualified midwife but left to go travelling before ever working as a midwife.

More recently, I have had a few temporary nannying jobs to supplement my otherwise meagre Insta-income!

What is your favorite film?

Ooh this may be the toughest question on here. I am an absolute Disney fanatic and LOVE the Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo as I also love the ocean.

What song is your life anthem?

I have absolutely no idea whatsoever… can I get back to you on this one?!

What quote sums up where you are right now?

“Being a sleepy girl with a busy life is hard”

Ok maybe not the most profound or famous of quotes but I’ve been up for sunrise hikes every morning this week and I’m far too tired to think of anything else, so this seemed appropriate.

Do you have an embarrassing travel story?

I’m sure I must, but nothing much springs to mind. I don’t get embarrassed particularly easily and make a fool of myself at least once a day, usually falling over or walking into stuff. To the point that my boyfriend’s nickname for me is “Mountain Penguin”. Imagine a penguin trying to walk up a mountain – If you’ve ever seen any video montages of penguins walking then you should be able to imagine what I look like!

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

There’s two that always come to mind, but really,I have so many favourite memories for different reasons. The first is Antarctica because, well, it’s Antarctica and there are penguins EVERYWHERE. I was surrounded by my spirit animals. And the ice and the whales and the sunsets and the EVERYTHING. It’s just AMAZING.

The second was hiking to Everest Base Camp. I’d not hiked much before and had in no way trained for it. It was tough but it was incredible. Throughout every day the views would change, and I was utterly blown away by the sheer size and beauty of the mountains. I’d never seen anything like it. I was also lucky to have a wonderful group that I hiked with and made a lifetime friend.

What is your favorite city and country and why?

City: London or NYC. London is home but it still impresses me every time I’m back and visit. I love how eclectic the architecture is, along with the rich history and diversity of the population. NYC is a close second though, there’s something I love about the buzz of the city and all the bright lights.

Country: Probably Brazil. I absolutely loved the diversity of the country both in terms of culture and landscapes.

What one destination did not impress you and why?

Angel’s Billabong on Nusa Penida island, Indonesia. The photos of it are stunning but in person, I found it truly underwhelming. I hadn’t expected there to be concrete paths around it. I had expected it to be a completely natural feature.

What has been your favorite meal?

Anything in Thailand!

Where are you traveling to next?

Hopefully to the US to explore more of Oregon, where my boyfriend is from.

What/who inspired you to travel?

I’ve always had a love for nature, partly instilled in me by my grandparents who used to take me on long walks around the English countryside at the weekends when I was a kid! I also grew up watching David Attenborough and similar nature documentaries and just knew I had to try and see as much of the world as possible.

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

My travel style varies from budget to attainable luxury depending on the location. I absolutely love to travel by campervan whenever possible as this allows me to be on location for sunrise photos! However, I’ve also backpacked and stayed in hostels, and equally stayed in luxury 5-star accommodations. Diversity is the spice of life, right?! I prefer to travel slowly whenever possible, but photography is always the main focus of any trips. This means my travels are usually planned around which locations I want to be at during particular times of the day.

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Over 4 years ago, Sophie booked a one-way ticket to South America. Having just qualified as a midwife, she turned down a job offer at a local hospital in London to embark on what led to be a much longer and more exciting adventure than she could ever have imagined.

A passion for photography led to Sophie documenting her travels through Instagram. When she started it back in Feb 2016, she had no idea that it would eventually create an opportunity to transform her lifestyle into her livelihood.

Despite years of success on the Instagram platform, Sophie recognised its limitations. She wanted to have a platform where her photos and stories had more than a 24-hour lifecycle, and where she could post photos she loved that wouldn’t “fit” into her feed. In 2019, she began the Travels of Sophie travel blog!

While she is still relatively new to this, she has already found far greater fulfilment in the content she is able to share. What’s more, the amount of support she has received from the female travel blogger community has been humbling. It is a community that understands that this is a cooperation, not a competition, and everyone benefits by growing together.

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