Interview – Anastasia Sofia (Gallivant Girl)

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Today featuring in our series of ‘Travel Blogger Interviews’ is Anastasia Sofia from Gallivant Girl as we continue our SUNDAY SOCIAL theme!

Please feel free to comment, ask questions and connect with Anastasia using her various social media fronts listed below.

We would like to give a special THANK YOU to Anastasia for taking time to interview with us!


Name: Anastasia Sofia

Hometown: Sheffield, Yorkshire (United Kingdom)

Website: Gallivant Girl

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What is your favorite aspect of traveling and if you are a travel blogger, why did you decide to create your website? 

I just love a good old adventure, new experiences, and never knowing what each day will bring! Travelling is an immersive way of learning; it inspires and teaches you things about life, and yourself that you can’t read in books. I started the blog, as I wanted to write, and record my stories in the hope they might help out some other poor sod, like so many wonderful blogs out there have informed and inspired me.

How many continents have you visited? 


How many countries have you visited? 


What is your favorite destination in the world and why? 

This is by far the question I am asked the most, which is frustrating because it is impossible to answer it… Trying to compare Macedonia to Morocco would be like comparing chalk and cheese!

If you want my favourite place for adventure sports? I would probably answer New Zealand.

If you wanted the place I found to be the most emotive? I would probably answer Bosnia & Herzegovina.

If you wanted the most livable? I would probably tell you Australia!

If you wanted the most peaceful, I’d probably tell you the Sahara Desert!

The most vibrant? India!

I definitely liked some places more than others, but I appreciate every place I have visited; each place has its own qualities.

If money/time was no object and you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why? 

If time/money was no object I think you would have a hard time trying to stop me travel and save the world! I’m also a medical student so I would (and hope to) work abroad, seeing the world, while supporting humanitarian organisations, global health initiatives, and medical education.

Which of the following gadgets do you take on your travels? 

Camera, Phone and Tablet. 

Like everyone else, I can’t live without a camera and phone. I like to travel light so I resist the urge to take a laptop, but recently bought an iPad and now can’t imagine being without it.

What is your preferred method of transport? 


I LOVE to walk and will walk anywhere if possible. If I’m travelling long distance, I’ll look for the cheapest option, but I don’t mind paying an extra few dollars for a flight if the cost-benefit is worth it… I’d rather pay $30 for a short flight than $20 for a 12-hour night bus.

Complete the following, “Everywhere I go, I visit….” 

The local dive spots, the highest point to watch the sunset, and a pub to sample the local beer!

Here is your chance to sell yourself and your website! Tell us some more information about yourself, what your travel philosophies & future plans are and anything else that people may find interesting to read about… 

Just have a blast, and do a little good in each place along the way. I’m a big advocate for solo travel and think it’s important to do your own thing. I’ve independently travelled to over 30 countries, volunteered in India and Thailand, studied in Australia and I’ve just finished up 4 months in the Balkans. I love extreme sports, and I always try to stop by all the adrenaline junkie activities on my way. I’m hoping to show people that work/study AND travel is totally possible.

Right now I’m studying, learning Spanish, and working all the hours I can to save up for next year’s big trip. I’m thinking about heading to Central or South America… but really, I’m terrible at planning, so who knows where I will actually end up!

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Chris Boothman
Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]


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