Meet the Bloggers: Introducing Isabel Clift

Isabel Clift

Hello hello, I started writing for the HB Blog in January, but have been lucky enough to have been in travel writing and blogging since I graduated (so nearly four years now). I’ll never stop getting stupidly over-excited about going somewhere new. Twitter me: @Isabel_Clift

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Favourite photo of me?

This is me ‘aving it, as they say, in Ibiza. The club was on the main strip in San Antonio, which as anyone who’s been there will know is a cross between Booze Britain and Blade Runner. You make your choice pretty quickly: embrace it or go home, slightly traumatised! I find that kind of clubbing a bit mad normally, but ended up having one of my favourite nights on the island – oops.

Best travel time?

Both times I’ve been to New York have been really special – the first time in ’09 was basic childhood wish-fulfilment: when I got to the top of the Empire State Building I felt like MaCauley Culkin in a Christmas movie. I also went last year and stayed in Brooklyn, where the feel’s more natural and local – it was fun to pretend I lived there for a few days.

Best hostel experience?

Design Hostel DDR in Berlin is done up like an East German youth holiday camp, which means lots of excellent wallpaper. It’s also round the corner from Berghain/Panorama Bar: a boon if you get in, a constant and bitter reminder of your fundamental uncoolness if you don’t.

Top tip for travelling?

I take a fiendish kind of pleasure in seeing how little I can live on, so packing light is my number one tip for travelling. Budget airlines have conditioned me to never bring hold luggage, so I can now happily get by for up to a week on stuff out of my trusty leather backpack. Try it! It’ll set you free!

Favourite bloggers/travel sites?

I love reading BootsnallIntelligent Travel and Now. Here. This. (ok, it’s about where I live but it’s still inspiring!) for dreaming purposes and Travel Blather or T5 for industry nerdery.

Dream trip?

Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing. Hop on a plane to Tokyo. Little shimmy down to Melbourne. Skip south for a Lord of the Rings-style quest through New Zealand. Zip over to LA, then hop in a car (magicking up driving licence in the process) for road trip via the Deep South and New Orleans to New York. Cheap, easy and eco-friendly, I think you’ll agree.

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