Inspiration, Interviews

The Inspired Traveler # 7 – David Billa

April 8, 2011 • By

Today, we continue our series where we sit down to interview fellow Travel Bloggers and (hopefully) get them to give up some of their best travel tips for you, dear reader.  Next up, the multi-tasking, David Billa who runs a French and English version of Ogijima.

David Billa

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1)What is it about traveling that makes you smile?

I don’t know. Does it make me smile? (I’m smiling as I’m typing this) I guess, the thing that I like the most about travelling is discovering new cultures, different people, different ways of life, different histories, and different aspects of what human kind is. I think this is why my favorite way of travelling is simply to move for a few years to the place I’m interested in. I’m not always sure if it still qualifies as “travelling” and it sure doesn’t allow for that many different destinations –although I haven’t done it nearly as often as I would like– but this is the way that allows me to really understand those other cultures.  Of course, I don’t exclude “normal” travelling.

2) What is your favorite place in the world?

Ogijima, the tiny Japanese island after which I named my blog.  Well, to be honest, I don’t know it that well yet, and it is not actually my favorite place in the world (although, it could become it one day). However, the area where it is located –the Seto Inland Sea in Japan- is one of the most beautiful and interesting places I’ve been to. Sure, it’s not as stunningly beautiful as many other places in the world; its charm is more subtle. It’s not just about being there and being in awe of the scenery, it’s really about many different factors, the people and their culture not being the least important ones.

I should also mention three spots that may not have anything special about them, but when I’m there, for some reason, I just feel good, I’m just happy, no matter what. They are the city of York in England, Paynes Prairie in Florida (a mini Everglades type of prairie/swamp in northern Florida) and my “secret” beach on the French South West Atlantic Coast (It’s not actually secret, but it is one of the lesser known ones in the area, which is otherwise a quite popular destination with European tourists).READ MORE