Talking with travel blogger and author Nadine Pungs.
My sweeties, after the first interview in this series was already so successful among some of you, today comes the second interview in this cooperation with TRIANGLE*, where I’m meeting so many interesting women. This time, it’s a travel blogger!
For me, personally, meeting travel blogger and author Nadine Pungs was super exciting. I have a huge respect for people that have the power and courage to see the world and make it a little more understandable for readers like me.
Nadine has got so much to tell, so many small stories, memories and anecdotes that is was a true pleasure to meet her. If course, we talked a lot about travelling, but also about fashion and TRIANGLE.
So, my sweeties, take a cup or coffee or tea and lean back, relax and enjoy the following interview. And again, if you made it through the whole thing, there will be a giveaway hint waiting for you at the end.
Interview with Nadine Pungs:
Ricarda: Dear Nadine, please explain your job – if possible, in one sentence.
Nadine: I travel, collect stories and write them down.
R: Describe yourself in three words.
N: Interested in the world, self-doubting, helpless.
R: What do you think other people like most about you?
N: Other people may like my direct ways and my independence. Other than that, there are a thousand faults and ideas that other people would like to get out of me – and they might even be right about that.
R: What is the last special “thing” that you brought home from a journey?
N: I’m bringing a little souvenir from every trip which I put up on my bookshelf at home and always look at. This can be Russian Matrjoshkas, a lucky charm from a Japanese temple or an oil lamp from Sarajevo. I love these little souvenirs, they make me happy – even though a friend is always making fun of me for always bringing these little things back home.
More precious than souvenirs are experiences, though. And I’m never making a difference between the good and the bad memories. Ever experience teaches me something and I’m very thankful for that.
„More precious than souvenirs are experiences.“
R: Du you always travel alone or do you have a travel companion?
N: I’m always travelling alone. In this way, the journey becomes more intense, there is no comfort-cuddle-zone. I easier get into contact with the locals. Of course, there are also lonely moments, but at least I am free.
R: For many, the job travel blogger is a true dream – how did you become what you are today?
N: I wanted to keep my memories, so I wrote them down. First for myself, then for the internet. Blogging sounded so fancy.
R: But how do you become so successful with a travel blog?
N: Not with advertisement, I guess I’m an unusual blogger. In fact, I was lucky. I took part in a writing competition and won. In spring 2018, my first book will come out. It’s a report on my journey to Iran. In the end, this was only luck. But I’m still so excited about it and can’t wait. For ambitious travel blogging beginners, let me just say: keep at it, stay interested and write good texts!
„In spring 2018, my first book is coming out. It’s a report on my trip to Iran.“
R: I’m packing my suitcase: which three current TRIANGLE favourites would you pick for a trip?
N: From the current TRIANGLE collection, I prefer the easy jogging pants which are comfy and stylish to fly. Furthermore, a comfy knit piece and denim blouse are great to combine for a trip. For colder destinations, the TRIANGLE jacket is also a great option, as it can be stored in a small space and doesn’t weigh anything.
R: How do you pack your luggage for a trip? Do you have some hints on how to pack in the best way?
N: I’m mostly travelling only with hand luggage. This is a way to save time at the airport and I won’t have to carry so much. Light luggage, light travelling. And I can’t buy so many souvenirs, either which is important as I tend to buy too much in other countries.
Before leaving, I’m always checking every piece I’m taking along to see if I really need it. All clothes need to be combineable. I’m also reducing make-up and the likes to a minimum. But some special things always need to come along with me.
„On the train or on the plane, jogging pants are a comfy and stylish option at the same time. Furthermore, cozy knits and denim blouses are a great thing to combine while travelling.“
R: Does fashion play a big part in your life at all?
N: I love fashion. This can be a used denim or a chic evening dress. But the older I become, the more I make sure I’m wearing good quality pieces. That’s why I love TRIANGLE, the quality is perfect.
R: How important is personal fashion style for you as a travel blogger?
N: Of course, style is important. It is part of our personality. But while travelling, sometimes, the country itself dictates the dress code. In Teheran, I’m wearing different clothes than in Tokyo. In some countries, a certain kind of fashion is part of the culture and wearing something suitable is a question of respect. But not always. In Iran, for example, there are strict rules on what to wear. As a woman – even as a tourist woman – you have to wear the Hejab, which means a headscarf and coat, even when it’s 40 degrees Celcius. These are the rules since the Islamic Revolution. And if you break these rules, you have to face punishment. But from the Irani women, I’ve learned so much about fashion and how to live with such strict rules, it’s impressive.
„While travelling, the country itself sometimes dictates your dress code.“
R: How do you calm down after a stressful week? Do you have rituals?
N: There aren’t many things that calm me down. Only reading, travelling and writing.
R: Where is your personal Happy Place?
N: In the mountains. I’m always returning there. The air, the majestic presence of nature – all that opens my heart. But I’m also super happy in Paris or in the middle of nowhere.
„Style is important. It is part of our personalities.“
R: Have you got a life motto?
N: “If we can’t prolong our lives, at least we can make it a poem.” (Roger Willemsen)
For this interview, TRIANGLE is giving away a bag of great goodies again. This time, it’s all about the topic travel, of course. Like last time, you’ll find the giveaway on the Instagram-account of TRIANGLE*, so do have a look! And of course, I wish you good luck!