SeekingSammy – Travel Blogger | Friendship Interview
The wonderful thing about the online world is that you can easily reach and chat to lots of new people and that is exactly how I recently connected with the lovely Sammy. With a blog tagline of ‘seeking adventure everyday’ I instantly loved her blog and what she stands for. I now live vicariously through her and her blog posts which contain lots of fun advice from her days out, stories from her travels and of course (my favourite) lots of photos of food! In this friendship interview Sammy talks about how she manages her friendships while travelling, some great friendship breakup advice & what she loves about her best friend.
Hi Sammy, I love your blog Seeking Sammy, when did you start it and how did you come up with the idea?
I started my blog in March this year, I had been travelling a lot and using Instagram to share my photos. My best friend from school actually suggested that I start writing a blog to share more photos and my travel stories.
Have you ever travelled alone and/or with friends and how did you find it?
I travelled alone a few years ago. Before I lived in Scotland, I came up to visit Edinburgh to see whether I wanted to do my Masters at the University (I did and loved it!). I decided to take a solo trip around Scotland. I had never crossed the border before and had a great experience. I took a week long trip and saw lots of castles, the Edinburgh Fringe and the beautiful scenery. Now I always travel with my partner Jamie, we’ve been on lots of trips and I love getting to explore places with him.
How do you manage friendships when travelling and do you think it’s important to make new friends while travelling?
Normally if i’m travelling for a few weeks I will occasionally message my family and closest friends when I have connection. I went to the USA for 3 months and made sure I dropped my friends a message every so often to keep in touch. Generally i’m quite an outgoing person so I tend to speak to people and make friends when going on holiday. I don’t keep in contact with most but I love getting to meet new people. It’s great if the people you meet are locals too so they can take you to the best bars!
Tell me about your current friend circle and how have your friendships formed and changed throughout your life?
I’ve been through phases where i’ve had huge groups of friends and much smaller ones. I have to say that i’m the happiest I have ever been with my friendships. I don’t maintain as many friendships as I did at university but I feel like all of my friendships are close and genuine. My current friendship circle consists of friends from school, friends from university and friends from work. I recently moved to a new area and everyone that has stayed in contact with me I would consider a good friend.
Have you been through a friend breakup and why did it happen?
I haven’t been through many friendship breakups, most have ended because i’ve moved a lot over the past few years. Not being able to see each other and dealing with studying for a masters and full time work can definitely put pressure on a friendship. But if you both want it to work you can do it.
When was the last time you made a new friend and how?
I actually think that my newest friends have been a handful of bloggers I have met over the past few months. Through twitter and blogger events I have been able to meet a couple of people who I really connect with.
What qualities do you think make a good friend?
I think friends can offer lots of different qualities, but I think all of my friends have this in common: trustworthy, empathic, good listeners, advice givers, kind and fun
What is your best piece of advice when it comes to friendship?
Don’t shed tears over broken friendships, your best friends will always be there for you no matter what. If you drift apart, it’s not just your fault!
Tell a friendship story…
I think here I have to talk about my closest friend, my bestie since my teenage years who has been there for me through thick and thin. We’ve never fallen out and are always there for each other. I used to go to her house and she would make me lasagne, she sobered me up when I was drunk and we would see each other nearly every day. After going to uni, we drifted apart slightly but she would come to visit me and we would have the best nights out. Now that we are both working we stay in touch and i’m so excited because she is getting married soon. When I got accepted into medical school she send me some beautiful flowers and celebrates all of my achievements with me…I couldn’t have a better best friend!
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