1. Where are you from in the world?
I’m from a small town in Texas called Florence. It’s less than an hour away from a pretty cool city called Austin that many more people are likely to know. Actually, sometimes I’m even surprised by how many people I’ve met from other countries know Austin.
2. Have you been overseas? When/Where?
My first trip overseas was to Cancun, Mexico in 2012 after my college graduation. It wasn’t my most adventurous trip as me and my friends stayed at a resort almost the entire time. But, I just happy to finally get a chance to use a passport. The next year I moved to SEoul, Korea where I stayed and taught English for about two and a half years. While living there I traveled to Thailand, Vietnam and China. After leaving Korea and taking a short month break in America, I moved to Shanghai, China (where I currently live). Since living here I’ve traveled to Taiwan, to the Philippines, back to Korea once more, and recently to Japan.
3. Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
I most definitely prefer summer. I am from central Texas so I didn’t know what a true winter was like until I moved to Seoul. Nor a fan of winter.
4. Summer or winter fashion?
Summer fashion because anything related to summer just makes me happy. Light summer clothes remind me that the sun is out and I just feel positive and excited. I love spending time in the water whether it be a lake, ocean or river. And summer always makes me think of break time or vacation time. Fall fashion and spring fashion are also nice, but winter fashion just makes me feel giant and poofy.
.5. Where is somewhere you would love to travel to?
Europe! Anywhere and everywhere in Europe! I’ve been lucky enough to visit a lot of cool places in Asia so now I really want to visit another continent. I have a tentative plan to do a two to three month trip there, but that is still a couple years away. Then, when I move back to the U.S.A I’d love to do more traveling around South America.
6. Name your essential makeup items for the beach
That would be sunscreen because I easily turn into a lobster.
7. Are you currently saving up for a trip?
Yes, I am currently trying to save up for about three trips, haha. I’m still on a tourist visa in China (I’m changing to a student visa next semester) so I have to leave the country every 60 months and do some “forced” traveling. So, at then end of July I will need to take a trip. I’m still undecided, but I might go to Hong Kong. Then in August, I have plans with a friend to travel to Cambodia and Indonesia. And, in September I get to see Carolynn when we explore Beijing together.
8. Do you like/dislike travelling?
II 100 percent love it and would even say I’m a bit addicted to it. I feel like I’m always ready to plan my next trip and even get a bit of travel envy when I see people going places I haven’t been yet. Of course I am excited for them! I just want to go with them. Take me with you please.
9. Name a place in the world you would love to shop.
I’m not a huge shopper but do love exploring markets that sell food, random souvenirs or various knick-knacks. I can’t immediately think of one special place I’d like to shop so I guess just wherever I’m lucky enough to get the opportunity to go. I would like to throw in that shopping in Tokyo was so fun. They have such a random array of cool and fun things.
10. Who is your favourite beauty guru and where do they live?
I don’t really watch any. You can tell in all of my pictures that I rarely wear makeup, and I honestly don’t have a very elaborate skin care routine. I love watching YouTube videos, but I don’t often watch beauty gurus. I do enjoy watching the occasional makeup tutorial or skin care routine to see how lacking mine really is.
11. What accent in the world is your favourite to hear?
Irish or Scottish. It just sounds so darn nice to me.
12. How many countries have you visited?
This is where I always feel underwhelmed by how small the number is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so grateful for the traveling I have been able to do! But, when I add it up sometimes the number seems smaller than I realize. I have a major travel bug so I just want to keep traveling more and more. Anyway, the number is…8.
13. Why do you travel
Honestly, there’s just too much to see for me to allow myself to stay in one place. I have a hard time committing to one location.
14. Favourite city or country?
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was hands down the best city I’ve ever been to.
15. Most memorable experience abroad?
Crossing into North Korea. You can feel the tension at the border. Everything was eerily quiet and we weren’t allowed to make hand gestures or rapid movements, and there were strict rules regarding how we were allowed to take photographs.
16. Best item purchased abroad?
Makeup from Korea.
17. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?
Don’t let finances prevent you from traveling. This is coming from a person who has to work and budget things just right to be able to save enough money for a trip. Trust me – think really hard about your priorities; is that Netflix subscription or fancy coffee going to be remembered in your later years, or can that be an extra $15 you put towards a trip of a lifetime?
18. Travel accessory you always pack?
Camera! And comfortable walking shoes.
19. Can you recite your passport # from memory?
Yes. Wait, now that I just tried it.. Maybe not..
20. Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles
This really depends on the distance. Obviously for international travel, flights are going to be the way to go. But within the country, I think train travel can be pretty nice especially if it’s a fast train. Trains are more comfortable and give you nice views while you’re traveling. And the fast trains can be pretty efficient. I think it boils down to how much time you have. If I have more time then I want to take trains because they are more relaxed and usually cheaper. But when my time frame is short, I use flights to minimize travel time and maximize exploration time. And, if I go back to the mindset of living in America and actually having a car again then I would have to say a road trip every now and again can be pretty dang fun too. So my long written out answer comes down to just being all. I like them all.
21. Top 3 Travel items?
Camera, maps/guides, and comfortable walking shoes. I thought I already answered this.
22. Hostel or hotel?
Hotels, or private rooms in hostels. My friends and I snagged a room at a hostel in Tokyo that had a bathroom above the beds with a mirror overlooking the room and the bottom of the tub was made of glass. Let me just say nobody took a bath that day.
23. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
I get bored really easily so I prefer to explore new places.
24. Do you read up on your destination for culture, history or safety or do you wing it?
I do both. I look up some can’t-miss things to see and do, but end up getting bored with researching so I decide to wing it.
25. Favourite travel websites?
Recently, I like using Agoda to book my hostels or hotels. I’m thinking of trying out Airbnb because that seems like it could be an awesome option as well. I check a lot of sites when I book flights and then I go with whatever site has the cheapest option. I literally open about 10 to 15 tabs to compare prices.
26. Where would you recommend a friend to visit? City and why?
Like I can pick just one.
27. You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?
Europe. If I’m going to one country there I might as go to as many other countries as I can while I’m at it.
8. Favourite landmark you have visited?
Pyramids of Giza. Although let me just add that the tunnels beneath the pyramids were hot as hell. Even if I was accustomed to the 115 degree (Fahrenheit) weather.
29. Beach holiday or travel/explore holiday?
Always travel/explore! I’ve tried the beach holidays and, though I love the water, I just can’t sit at the beach for a whole trip. I have to wander and find cool places. I tend to be the person who tries to cram as much in to their trip as they can. I get a little gung ho, but I just don’t want to miss anything.
30. To travel is to…
find something more than what you know and experience life in a different way.