From a beautiful series of Portuguese windows to a tour of Rhodes that wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson movie, travel blog The Voyageur is the perfect place for a travel voyeur. The editor, Pauline, invites you on an adventure around the world through her eyes; we sat down with her to find out more about her adventures.
Tell us a little bit about The Voyageur and why you started it?
The Voyageur was born with the desire to share what inspires me in my travels and therefore what makes me want to travel again! I guess I’ve found myself wondering ‘where do I want to go next?’ more than once, so I wanted a website that might light a travel ‘spark’, to give you a glimpse of a place that makes you fantasise about it and eventually go there.
My husband and I have travelled quite a bit those last few years, which means I have a lot of pictures to share. That allows me to jump from one destination to another in my daily posts, which I believe helps keeping things a little surprising. It’s also a nice way for me way to revisit my travel memories and to put them in perspective with one another.
Tell us a little bit about your background and your day job as a fashion designer
I work in fashion design, but I have a broader art background that includes art history, architecture, graphic and industrial design. I have a job that requires you to be curious about everything and be inspired all the time. Sometimes the internet and the Parisian cafés aren’t just enough to keep me in that state, so I have to travel!
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I’ve yet to find it! The thing is, the more you travel, the more you refine your idea of paradise and you realise that it will be very hard to get everything in one single place. I have this childhood fantasy about Provence though, but it’s not really tied to a specific place.
What is your favourite food in the world?
That’s a tough question, good food is definitely part of the voyage for me! Since I can’t completely choose, I’d say Italian, Indian and French for the desserts.
What are your top five travel essentials?
1. If we’re leaving for at least a week, I generally buy a few new garments especially for the trip, it gets me in the mood and I like the fact that I’m associating them with this special trip afterwards. I’m like ‘oh this is my Kerala green dress, lots of good memories with that one!’
2. A sketch pad, watercolours and crayons. I only manage to draw (for myself) when on vacation.
3. My Sigma DP2 Merrill camera. I love that it’s slightly old school yet impressively powerful.
4. This one will make me look like a crazy person: a travel steamer. We never stay in stuffy hotels where cocktail attire is required, but I just love to wear fancy silk dress in the middle of the jungle; if they’re all crumpled that kind of ruins it!
5. A good selection of Criterion movies. Seeing The Four Feathers under the stars in the Egyptian desert is simply grand.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
We’re going to Sicily for the first time in a few weeks and I’m starting to think about a trip to Japan in the spring. Italy was pretty easy to plan, but Japan will be a big thing, the more I read about it the harder it is to decide where to go!
For more information and to read about Pauline’s adventures, click here.
Words by Clare Potts. Images courtesy of The Voyageur.