Meet Isadora Koller of Worldbyisa.com!
Isadora Koller is the blogger behind Wolrdbyisa.com. She was born in Brazil and still currently living in Brazil. She is very passionate about history and culture. She loves to travel the world to look for new experiences and discover different cultures. She already visited 11 countries and more than 30 cities in the past 3 years.
Learn more about Isadora “Isa” Koller by reading her answers to few of our travel related questions below:
When did you start blogging, Why do you blog?
I always loved to read and write, I used to write texts for fun back in school and even received a prize for one of the texts I wrote. When I enrolled at the university, I was invited to be part of a research group for a Canadian university, during the three years I was working on the project, I had to write several reports and help the professor in writing some articles. When I finally left the job, I was feeling kind of useless as I no longer have reasons to write, so I started writing random texts on my phone’s note just to keep myself busy sometimes.
As I started traveling, many of my friends and colleagues started asking me about my trips, asking for tips and advice. Unfortunately, here in Brazil people are not really used to this idea of traveling abroad, as it used to be too expensive some years ago, although it already changed a lot, however, only few people realized that, and that’s the reason why a lot of people are still hesitant on traveling abroad.
When I started giving travel advice to a friend who was about to travel to Italy, he asked “hey, why don’t you start writing? This way you could help more people and have some fun along the way, you would share experience and practice writing at the same time!”. At first, I was really reluctant, I didn’t know anything about blogging, had no idea where to start and, to be honest, I was kind of shy of having people I know reading my texts. However, after thinking for a while errr months, I decided to finally give it a try.
In the beginning, it felt completely lonely. But then I found a whole online community of travel blogger girls too, it completely cheered me up! Later I started receiving emails from my own readers and it made me realize how useful a blog can be, and how fun!
Tell us something about yourself.
Since I was a kid I have always been very curious and interested in so many things. I used to spend hours watching documentaries, two things that I love: animals and other countries. Maybe that’s why when I was about to enroll at the university I couldn’t choose between International Commerce and Veterinary.
Turned out I went for International Commerce, with the expectation that I would travel a lot, in the end, things didn’t go exactly as I was planning, and my job was basically to sit all day in an office doing boring things.
I always enjoyed traveling around with my family and get to know new places and more people, when I was a kid, I used to be the first one to befriend new kids in my classroom, so I would be able to guide them around the school, showing the places and hear new stories from them.
After quitting my corporate job, I decided that I needed something that would give me more in return (monetarily) and that would let me socialize more, that’s when I decided to start working in shops until I raised money and could open my own.
That’s how I pay for my trips and have the flexibility to travel.
Tell us more about your hometown.
I was born is a town called Laguna, in Santa Catarina State in the southern part of Brazil. It is a really small town, where nothing really happens. Although it is a historic town, preserving part of the history of Brazil’s colonization, with beautiful nature, it is not really touristy.
Another thing that brought Laguna to the spotlight some years ago is the fact that this is the only place in the world were completely wild, non-trained dolphins help fishermen to fish.
Later on, I moved to another city in the same State called Balneário Camboriú, where I currently live. A much more crowded city.
When did you start traveling, inspirations?
I started traveling right after I finished university. Exactly a week after I presented my thesis, didn’t even know if it would be accepted but independent of the result, my tickets were guaranteed! Haha
I always dreamed about traveling, since I was a kid, however, the economic situation of Brazil was never friendly. When I was a kid, traveling abroad was something so rare that you could live your whole life without ever meeting someone who has traveled abroad. Globalization was just beginning, and we didn’t have much information, so we didn’t know how to buy tickets or even what we needed to travel, in fact.
I love to watch documentaries on TV about other countries and cultures, I used to dream about talking to people who have completely different cultures and lives than mine, would love to visit ancient sites to see it with my own eyes. Places and things that I used to just see on the screen.
So I decided that even if it was too hard or too impossible, that’s what I wanted to do in the future. When I was old enough to start working, I began to save part of my money with this idea of traveling in mind, and finally, when I was 19 it became a reality!
Top 5 Destinations on your Bucket List?
Beach or Mountain?
I prefer the mountain and forest. Perhaps because I live just a few steps from the beach!
How often do you travel by air/land?
I try traveling as often as possible, however, I have a full-time job so I can’t just leave whenever I feel like doing it, but I try to keep my annual routine of at least one international trip per year, that normally includes more than one country and one or two local trips.
What’s your favorite airport?
I like Ataturk Airport. It is so beautiful and the shops are so cool selling those exotic traditional Turkish goods. I just love to wander around. It also has beautiful areas where you can rest. Unfortunately, Ataturk Airport is closed now and all the flights are landing in the new Istanbul International Airport now, I haven’t gone there yet, but I hope it will be as beautiful as the Ataturk Airport.
What is your favorite Hotel?
Well, it is hard to pick one, so I will have to list two! The first one is called Hotel Luz in Foz do Iguaçu, a city in Brazil where the Iguaçu falls are located, I stayed in this hotel for the first time during my first ever trip, and since then, I just can’t change, I have been to Foz do Iguaçu a couple of time after that, tried other hotels, but Hotel Luz is still my favorite, their service is great, the breakfast is super complete and it is so well located!
The second in my list is the Golden City Hotel in Athens. I just love this hotel so much, the service is also great, everybody working there is so kind and sweet, the breakfast is also amazing especially if you are looking for an authentic Greek breakfast. The hotel is well localized, close to museums and the metro.
How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness?
I do not! It is hard to beat the jet lag, to be honest, it is inevitable that you will feel tired, however, most of the times you only have one chance to visit one specific place, so I get so excited that I simply take one cup of coffee and don’t even think about the tiredness. I will have plenty of time to rest when I come back.
What are your favorite travel gadgets?
Basically my phone, I can travel without my laptop, even without my camera, but not without my phone. I prefer editing photos and writing on the phone instead of using my laptop, it is very versatile.
Any Tips on how to travel light?
Trust me, there is no need to bring too many clothes with you, this advice goes especially to girls, I know how it feels like, you want to bring as much clothes as possible, because you never know what you will feel like wearing that day, so in result, we just pack half the wardrobe. If you can, try to bring as less as you can.
In my first international travel, without experience, I tried to pack everything I could possibly need during the trip, turned out my bag was so full that I couldn’t barely carry it. To make things better, I booked all my hotels so far away that it would be impossible getting there without having to walk many blocks, even if taking the metro or bus.
My bag tore in the middle of my trip, I was in a neighborhood of Brussels trying to climb some stairs and I just saw my bag tearing apart. I had to grab everything, try to put them back in my bag and carry it till my hotel that was located some meters ahead.
To avoid these unnecessary situations, pack only the necessary one or two pairs of jeans will be fine for two weeks, for example, just like one or two coats. You don’t need more than that. If it gets dirt along the way, you can always find a laundry, and if, at some point, you feel the need of having one more piece, you can simply buy one in a local store.
Top 3 International Destinations?
From those I have visited, I would say Peru is top on my recommendations, it is definitely a place everybody must go at least once in a lifetime, Definitely Peru is much more than Machu Picchu, there are some amazing cities that are not so touristy but worth visiting, like Arequipa or Puno, however, the city of Cusco is a must, it is a unique city full of history.
Paris too, I know it sounds cliche, but it is one of my favorite cities in the world, it was my first international destination and I couldn’t have chosen better.
I would also include Athens, it is a perfect destination if you want to see ancient sites and learn about history but also wishes to have a vacation on the beach and there are many beautiful beaches near Athens.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travel bloggers?
If you are thinking about starting a travel blog, just do it! Don’t wait for tomorrow, don’t be afraid of being criticized, the truth is that you will always be criticized, no matter what you do, at least you are criticized doing something that you like doing! Having a blog is fun and gives you a lot of opportunities, you are able to meet lots of like-minded people and learn new things every day!
If you are thinking of making a career out of it, bear in mind you will have to be persistent, and have patience, everything in the blogging world takes time, you will not see overnight results. It may take months, maybe years, but it all worth it.