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My name is Angelica, and I’m obsessed with travel and food.
Do you want to know more? Read my blog’s full story below or scroll to the TLDR if you’re a millenial or younger and have a short attention span. For actual about me the blogger, head to the end-ish to read through my kind of made up FAQ.
In 2015, I started a blog.
I called it Good Trip, Bad Memory, because, perhaps like you, my trips abroad are “good trips”. They’re adventure-filled, spontaneous, fun. They’re full of delicious food, beautiful scenery, memories with amazing people. And yeah, they also have a ton of fail, cringe-y, or terrible experiences too.
But perhaps unlike you, I had a “bad memory.” I used to not remember what I did on my trips at all. When people asked me for recommendations, I couldn’t remember enough to give them on the spot. I couldn’t sneakily find my favorite things on Google because I don’t usually find things to do based on like Trip Advisor’s top lists. Instead, I just like to do whatever feels interesting or go off recommendations from like-minded old/new friends who live there.
So my blog was my diary. I took notes of stuff during the trip to turn into full blown posts after the trip. I wanted to help my friends plan fun trips with tons of activities, delicious food, and pretty nature experiences. I wanted to remember all my travels.
But then, I changed.
Like many Americans, I started working full time, paying exorbitant amounts in healthcare bills and student loans, taking care of family members at home, etc. I didn’t take multiple budget trips abroad every year like I did when I was in school and had lots of free time- instead, responsibilities and little social mobility kept me at home, with maybe a local weekend trip or two each month and one big trip each year. So I started writing more about food, making the most of short trips, and places I know really well.
And then, my blog grew.
People looking for travel information were finding my blog useful but always asked things like “wtf does your blog name mean? what is this blog about? your pictures are terrible and not inspirational, are you really a travel blogger?” Others found it by googling “good LSD trip”, “bad LSD trip”, “bad memory from LSD trip” (since I have good/bad/trip/memory in the name – and I guess Google thinks that means I use LSD?). I wasn’t helping those people. They were also confused.
These are very long paragraphs to say if you found me via something that says “Good Trip, Bad Memory” hello, hi, it’s me, not a weird scammy site. And if you found me through this site, hello, hi, read my blog for unique travel and local food tips occasionally with bad travel stories mixed in and little to no ads.
Do you travel full-time?
No, I work a full-time desk job.
How do you travel so much?
I have a passport that makes it easy to see many countries without a visa, a US income, a flexible job, and no health issues.
Okay, only being a little sassy. To answer what most people probably mean with this question: my paltry “fun” budget is my “travel” budget. Budgeting is great for travel, but only if the above paragraph is true for you.
What kind of traveler are you?
I love new cultures, and they say food is the best way to understand a culture sooooo. I also like nature. I’m usually on a budget because of the whole $100k in debt thing but will splurge for rare food experiences (putting 3/4ths of your salary towards loans every single month isn’t as fun as r/finance pretends).
What’s your favorite country?
This is so hard, I don’t know why I added this here! All of my top 20 favorite countries are so unique and special in their own way. You should ask for my least favorite country. That would be a shorter but equally hard to determine list.
How are you different from other travel bloggers?
✔ I only write guides if it’s a place I know really well, a place I’ve been to and did a lot of research on before going, or a place where I really connected with the people. It is my absolute pet peeve when people share bad info on a place, but people believe them because their pictures are cute.
❌ Instagrammable pictures. Pictures are a great way to share art, build confidence, etc, but here you’ll only see pictures that look as much as they can as the real thing. Unless I’m being ironic hipster or I sourced them from someone else (namely Pexels and Flickr CC). Like, you’ll see on my super official Instagram that I always include what the picture looked like pre-edit (disclaimer: good lighting and a fancy camera do a lot already).
❌ Pictures of brown people without their permission or without kicking them back some of the profits that I am gaining from their picture. If you’re trying to decolonize, you probably don’t want to follow anyone who does this. The only poor brown person you’ll see on this site is moi.
✔ I talk about politics too much. Not like as a replacement for the news, but side comments like “hey, do you want to see the glaciers in this picture? they won’t exist in 20 years because your uncle voted for Trump”. You can’t truly understand a place, or take care of a place, if you don’t follow politics. Politics affects every aspect of your life, and the lives of the people you meet when you travel, and whether or not you can travel, and whether or not glaciers in Alaska will still exist for you to Instagram.
✔ Things to do with an outdoorsy focus. I like bring active. I like mountains, lakes, deserts, forests, canyons, etc. The climate is dying largely because of 100 companies who are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions. So the outdoors are overly represented in my lists. Also road trips because #america
✔ Things to eat that are local to that place and maybe lesser known. Have you ever read those posts that are like “what to eat in Thailand RIGHT NOW CLICK ON ME PLEASE” and it’s like pad thai and fucking hamburgers? Yeah… no… I get it, not everyone is food obsessed, but food can be a great way to understand a culture. But mostly, I’m going to die from high cholesterol and it’s not genetic for me.