- How do you afford to travel so much?
I've grown up traveling and would much rather spend my money on that than on anything else! I put as much money as possible into my savings account and I value experiences over materialistic objects.
I worked during uni and full-time after graduation to save up for travel, taking my vacation days to go on shorter trips. In December 2018, I quit my job in Canada and have been traveling pretty much non-stop since. Most recently, I had a year-long working holiday visa in New Zealand and worked full time for nearly seven months. I also offer social media management and website development on the side.
- What camera do you use to take all your photos?
The majority of the photos on this blog were taken with my Canon Elph 330 HS PowerShot, a tiny point and shoot that impresses me every time. In February 2020, we bought a Fujifilm X-T1 with an 18-55mm lens and are very excited about it.
- Did you go to university?
Yes, I graduated in 2016 from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
- Who takes your photos?
Many of my solo travel shots are with a self-timer or I will ask others around me to take a picture. If I'm traveling with someone (like my boyfriend!), they're behind the lens. TIP: when asking someone to take a photo of you, don't be afraid to tell them what kind of photo and angles you want and encourage them to take multiple photos! Don't ask, don't get 😉
- How long have you been blogging?
JanaMeerman.com was born in April 2014 just before my four-month summer trip to Europe. I back-dated a couple of my blog posts from before that time because they're an important part of my travels.
- How do you edit your photos?
All the photos on my Instagram and on my blog are edited with Adobe Lightroom.
- Where are you from?
Technically, I'm British-Canadian. Actually, I am half-German, half-Dutch, but was born in the UK where I lived for eight years. I also spent two years living in the USA before twelve years in Canada. I have been non-stop traveling since January 2019 and am currently based out of New Zealand! (So to answer your question: everywhere?)
- What's your favourite country you've visited so far?
It's hard to compare where I've been since everywhere is so different. Usually, my favourite country is the one I am exploring at that moment as I like to live in the moment and enjoy the experiences and opportunities that come my way. I do have soft spots for New Zealand and Canada; they're naturally gorgeous places.
- Can you make me an awesome website too?
Yes, I can! (For any topic, not just travel). Get in touch with me over on my collaboration page.
- I own a hostel / restaurant / tour company / hotel / brand / clothing line / anything else super cool; can you promote it?
Get in touch with me from my collaboration page and let's get talking.
- You still didn't answer my question...
I love hearing from readers with any questions or comments they have about anything travel-related or stuff I get up to. Head over to my contact page and I look forward to hearing from you!