Writer Wednesday – Meet Hannah Romig
Sometimes I stumble upon new travel writers in the strangest of places, like last month I started following Hannah Romig on Instagram for her eclectic feed and soon learn she’d just finished writing her eBook of short stories from her travels curiously named The Weird Side of Travel. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more!
Writer Wednesday would like to introduce you to Hannah Romig
My name is Hannah, I’m 22, and I live in Denver, Colorado. I seriously think I attract weird situations in general and especially when I’m traveling. That is why I decided to write The Weird Side of Travel, I had all these weird funny little stories and I wanted to share them. Some of them are a little not so G rated but I didn’t want to sensor my experiences. I’m in a long distance relationship, my boyfriend lives in the Netherlands. An American and a dutch-morrocan who met in Bali, definitely not your normal couple. I’m currently finishing my degree in Finance and I hope to be making money online so I can travel continuously. I have worked on two animal conservations, elephants and turtles, and just applied for a lion/tiger sanctuary.
I stumbled upon you through your Instagram account Fernweh Phoenix, where did that name come from?
I love the idea of a traveling bird. The phoenix also represents, for me, the goals I have. To a lot of people they seem unrealistic or imaginary like the phoenix. To me they are very real and I get closer every day.
How many countries have you visited?
What is your favourite place and why?
Ubud, Bali. It is seriously the most relaxing and beautiful little town. I had an amazing volunteer experience there. I was there for a month and spent about 10 hours a week at the spa for dirt cheap.. Treat yo’ self!
If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?
Chaos. In the best way possible
What is your must have travel accessory?
A sari. It can be used for pretty much anything. A blanket, a towel, a face cover, a skirt, a makeshift bra?! It is also required that you wear a sari in a lot of temples so it’s nice to have on hand.
What is your most memorable travel moment?
Street dancing in Cambodia. You can read about it in the story “Cheesy Coke Commercial.”
What is your dream destination?
There are too many to choose from so I will give you four. Falkland Islands, Zhangjiajie (China), Zanzibar, Harry Potter World UK
Do you have any upcoming trips? If so, to where?
My boyfriend is coming to visit so we will be going to San Francisco, Moab, the Grand Canyon, and maybe a few other places.
How has travel changed you?
It has redirected my whole life. I never understood what it was like to be really passionate about something until I started traveling. Everything I do is motivated by it now. I also think I have become more conscientious and compassionate.
Your book is called The Weird Side of Travel, what’s one of the weirdest things you’ve seen on your travels?
A ping pong show in Bangkok… and I don’t recommend this unless you want to be scarred for life.
I started writing in March 2015. I definitely took my sweet time but I also spent the summer in Europe so I kept adding things.
Do you have any new books on the horizon?
Yes, The Weird Side of Travel: Part 2 which will have stories from other people as well as some of my own, release date TBA, and the Cheap-ass Travel Pocketbook will hopefully be out by Christmas.
What is your favourite travel book?
Flight Route Hacking for the Adventurous Traveler by Becky Crouch, The Lifestyle Ninja
What is your favourite travel quote?
My favorite quote is always changing but I really love this one. It is very real to me.
“Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is “Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.” ~ Nick Miller
I’d like to send a big thank you to Hannah Romig for sharing her thoughts on travel, writing and bringing The Weird Side of Travel to life! If you’d like to learn more about Hannah you can follow her on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest and purchase The Weird Side of Travel here.