This week in my guest blogger series, I’m chatting to Sophie Cliff, who runs her travel and lifestyle blog SophieCliff.com. Hopefully you’ve caught up with my blogger Q&A with Hadas of The Fashion Matters and Alex of Gingey Bites. If not, check them out!
But for now, it’s over to Sophie.
Tell us about yourself and your blog
Hi! My name is Sophie Cliff and I write a travel and lifestyle blog of the same name. My blog is an online destination for your average 20 something girl who wants to get the most out of life. It’s a place for me to document my own adventures, big and small, but also to encourage others to live their best lives too. I cover everything from travel destination guides to outfit posts and career tips.
Why did you set up your blog?
I started my blog two and a half years ago. I had recently moved jobs and while I loved my new role, it was a lot more corporate and numbers focussed. I was spending a lot of time reading blogs so decided to start one myself and it turned out to be the perfect creative outlet to balance with my new job.
Tell me about your typical week…
I live in Leeds and I blog part time around my 9-5 job as a commercial manager, which means I don’t spend that much time away from my computer screen! I always try and get up an hour earlier than I need to, and I use that time to write, schedule posts and update my social media feeds. I usually attend one or two blog events throughout the week and will spend my other midweek evenings getting posts written and edited. I like to leave the weekends free to have adventures so that I always have something to write about!
What do you love most about blogging?
Ooooooh, so much! I love that it challenges me and has forced me to develop a whole new skill set – from photo editing to SEO. I love that I now have a little online scrapbook of the last few years of my life to look back on. But most of all I love that it has introduced me to so many fantastic new people, some of which I am now lucky enough to call close friends.
What kind of content can readers expect from the Sophie Cliff blog?
A whole mash up of everything! I try to focus on travel and lifestyle and as I go on a lot of city breaks, that drives my content. Some of my favourite posts to write though are about important topics I know my readers will relate to, such as mental health and the challenges that come with growing up.
What are your 3 favourite travel posts of all time?
The first one contains two of my favourite things – Berlin and food!
The next one I love because Disneyland just makes me feel like a big kid and I think every adult should visit.
Finally, I like this post on planning a city break on a budget as it’s one that everyone always finds so helpful.
What are your favourite travel blogs you most like to read?
Oooooh, it’s hard to pick just a couple as I read so many! I’m a big fan of The Travel Hack – all of their posts are so informative and useful.
I love The Travelista – Jess visits some incredibly glamorous destinations and always gets my wanderlust going.
Finally, I will read anything written by Pack Your Passport – Beverley has such a way with words and her photography is stunning.
What’s the best food you’ve tasted while travelling?
That’s another hard question! I’m a huge foodie so indulging in some local cuisine is always at the top of my to do list wherever I am, but I’m not sure you can beat the steak frites at Le Relais in Paris.
What have been your top highlights or achievements in blogging?
I’m really proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve with my little blog, from meeting some ace people to getting to travel to some incredible places. I also recently reached the final of the UK Blog Awards and went on to win highly commended in the lifestyle category which was such a proud moment for me.
Where are your travels taking you next in 2017?
I’ve got a few things lined up! In May I’m off to Amsterdam for a girly weekend with a couple of other travel bloggers and then I’ll be jetting off to NYC in June for my minimoon – we got engaged in the city so I’m looking forward to heading back. Then in August we’re visiting Toulouse for a friend’s wedding and have tagged on a city break to Madrid at the end of the trip. I’d like to try and visit Tokyo later in the year – it’s at the top of my city break bucket list at the moment!
Thanks Sophie for taking part in this Q&A. You can follow Sophie Cliff on instagram, Pinterest and twitter and of course via her blog. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to feature in the Q&A series, please get in touch.