Adventurer: Breanna Claye met incredible people who have motivated, encouraged and inspired her to see more of the world

18 February 2022

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About you

Hello. My name is Breanna Claye, I am 28 years old and I am from Westchester, New York. I work for a startup Hemp Company called Knock On Hemp based in NY. I am responsible for merchandising, content creation and branding. I am passionate about educating and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle through the use of hemp products. Another passion of mine is traveling. Throughout the years, I have met incredible people who have motivated, encourage and inspired me to see more of the world. So far I have been 34 countries and that number will continue.

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

I travel because I am curious and I love new experiences. Traveling expands and challenges what you think you know about about other cultures and countries. Traveling encourages you to be open to new experiences and to step outside your comfort zone. I enjoy meeting and learning from different people around the world and building friendships off our differences and similarities. Seeing new cities and countries is always an adventure. I think adventures are experiences that are priceless. Traveling and experiencing new piaces are worth more to me than tangible things.

What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?

I believe traveling is an adventure of itself. Within the last couple years I have enjoyed traveling to places that were “less traveled/known” by others and doing road trips. Road trips allowed me to see more of a country, especially smaller towns and cities that I would not have thought to visit.

What’s your go-to travel hack?

The advancement of technology has made traveling a lot easier, especially when visiting countries where you aren’t fluent or familiar with the language. My go to travel hack when I need to translate text is using my iPhone. Apple with their recent updates has built in a few different ways to easily translate text into whatever language you want to read it in. If you are searching for something on the internet and it is in an unfamiliar language, you can highlight the text and there will be an option to translate it into the language you prefer. It also works when you point your iPhone camera at text too. You focus your camera on the text, and a square button with lines inside will appear on the right side of the screen. Once you hit the button and highlight the text it will give you the option to translate! It makes it a lot easier than having to use a 3rd party app for translating.

Another travel hack that I use with my iPhone is utilizing the ESIM function. I am from the United States so it might differ from country to country but my cellular carrier (T-Mobile) allows me to set up an electronic sim with my iPhone leaving the physical sim slot free. When I travel to other countries and want to use a sim from their country to get better cellular service, I am able to use the free sim slot. What is awesome about this is that you are able to toggle back and forth between the two sims and decide which one uses data, which one receives/send text and calls. It has made my life so much easier and I do not have to worry about manually switching sims.

**ESIM feature I believe is available for iPhone X and newer.

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

I cannot travel without my AirPods, iPad and a jacket. It is important for me to be able to listen to music anywhere I am and it is rare for to leave the house without them. I travel with my iPad because traveling of itself can be tiring and there are some nights after a long day where I just want to watch a show on one of the many streaming services I have. No matter the climate I always bring a jacket (leather or down jacket or both) because there is always a high chance I’ll be cold. I get cold easily and I rather over pack with a jacket then not have one at all!

What destination are you eager to go back to?

I am eager to get back to Europe! Europe was the first continent I visited and that is where my passion for travel really begun. I love how easy and inexpensive it is to get from country to country in Europe. I have been to may countries in Europe, but I would say I am eager to go back to Spain, Italy and Germany.

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

Being a female traveler comes with a lot of risk unfortunately, especially when traveling solo. To stay and feel safe when traveling I allow close friends and family access to my location so they can easily see where I am at any moment. I also give my parents the address to the hotel/AirBnB/Apartment I am staying at. I recently purchased an alarm door stopper that I put under my door every night just for extra security and comfort.

It is also very important to be mindful of your surroundings. I am extra observant when I am traveling and try not to walk around at night either.

What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?

The best way to experience a destination like a local is to surround yourself with locals. Go to the restaurants and shops that locals go to. I love staying in Airbnb’s for this reason. I want to be right in the mix of everything and not separated from the people of the country. Facebook is a good resource to use when you want to connect with locals or like minded people. When going to another country, it is easy to search for Facebook groups in the cities you are in. I recently have met friends who use the Bumble BFF feature to find friends, mostly locals to connect with!

What’s your favourite word in another language?

I am currently trying to learn Spanish. I go to a lot of Spanish speaking countries to be around the language to improve my skills. I’d say I have a favorite phrase. It is when you toast before drinking. ” Arriba abajo al centro Pa dentro “

When and where are you next travelling?

Currently I am in Mexico. I bought a one way ticket here and have been here since October 2021. I am in Mexico City and plan on migrating to a beach town eventually. I have no plans so wherever the wind blows, I’ll go too. After Mexico I plan on continuing south into Central America and then South America.

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