Hi! I quit my job this year so that I could travel the world full time. Just the typical burnout from the 9-5 and ready to start living the life I’ve been imagining for myself since I was a kid. I’m so stoked to be finally doing it! I love all things nature, so I really care a lot about the environment and animals. Since traveling, I’ve met so many like-minded people, and it’s been so amazing!
Why do you travel and look for adventures?
I want my point of view to be challenged, and I want to be able to form my own opinions about places and cultures instead of just listening to what the media has to say. I feel like traveling is the best way to be humbled, to learn about other cultures and their languages, as well as to try some amazing food 😋 seeing different landscapes and exploring this amazing planet we get to call home is pretty incredible too!
What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?
I see anything as an adventure. I want the out of the ordinary kind of stuff, like showering with a bucket and a cup or sleeping on the floor of a hut in the middle of the desert. But also just walking up to the top of a hill for sunset or listening to street performers in a city. It’s all part of the adventure
What’s your go-to travel hack?
If you’re on a budget, stay in hostels. If you’re not on a budget, stay in hostels! It’s the absolute best way to meet people and connect with other travelers. I’ve met some amazing people who I now consider great friends from all over the world!
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
White noise machine. If you’re in a dorm and something is snoring, or in a noisy city, it’s a lifesaver. Earplugs just don’t cut it sometimes
What destination are you eager to go back to?
I’ve only been to Greece and Egypt so far, and I’m still in Greece 😂 I’m sure I’ll visit both again one day though!
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
Make sure your hostel/hotel is less than a mile from the city center if possible. Stick to the main streets, and take self defense classes. In certain places, it is perfectly safe to go out by yourself at night, as well as take public transport at night. Just be overly aware of your surroundings and try to stick around other people. Also find someone to walk behind if you’re walking by yourself in a sketchier area. I also carry a small alarm that is VERY loud when set off, and a flashlight with a very bright strobe that can temporarily blind someone, or at least slow them down for a moment
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
Don’t stay for just a day or two. Stick around for a week or more in one city/town. Just wander around without an agenda and without maps
What’s your favourite word in another language?
La, which is ‘no’ in Arabic lol
When and where are you next travelling?
I’m going to Jordan in two days! Two guys I met while traveling have flown to Athens to meet me, and we’ll be going to Jordan together for 10 days, and meeting another guy I met while traveling there as well! Once they leave, I’ll stay behind and volunteer for a month or two so I can really envelop myself in the culture
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