Q: You’re an adventurous, solo traveler with a passion to explore the entire world and dive into different cultures over the way. How did you become thinking about traveling solo?
A: While I spent a lot of time on my own while studying in Florence, Italy, I think my interest truly began with a nights unintentional solo travel!
My sister and Used to do a two week trip to Europe together, and due to costs, I flew out a day before her. Having that one day to explore London on my own, and making so many friends at the hostel, I fell in deep love with the freedom and independence of solo travel how many ounces in a quart. Two years later, Used to do my first totally solo trip, to Buenos Aires.
Q: You survived a shipwreck during an Indonesian tour to Komodo Island, an island filled up with the well-known and dangerous Komodo dragon. What thoughts crossed your mind during or after this disaster and how far did you’ve to swim to shore? We’re assuming you won’t be accepting anymore offers for free Indonesian boat tours as a guest blogger.
A: That night was a terrifying blur of fear. Following the ship hit the reef, they sped to the nearest shore – the north coast of Komodo Island. We were about sixty meters away once we had to abandon ship, and we swam to shore, which wasn’t a beach, but some jagged rocks.
After about half an hour of climbing the rocks, we were rescued and taken fully to a nearby dive boat. Maybe it had been the adrenaline, but when I landed on the dive boat, I was smiling, joking, trying to create everyone laugh! Because the accident, I’ve gone through so many emotions – anger, gratitude, incredulity – and I’m so thankful that nobody was killed or seriously injured.
We later discovered we’d landed on part of Komodo Island that has been dragon-free. It would have been too rainy to allow them to turn out, anyway!
Q: During an adventure to Hanoi, Vietnam, you visited a snake restaurant where you drank snake blood and bile and ate snake meat for dinner. What did each taste like? Did you kill a snake yourself? By the way, you’re brave!
A: I couldn’t bring myself to kill the snake or grab its beating heart with my teeth (though some of my friends did the latter).
The snake blood and bile was blended with rice wine – which tasted like whiskey – and pretty much obscured the natural flavor of the blood and bile.
The meat itself wasn’t that strange – we’d snake seven various ways, including wrapped in seaweed and served in spring rolls! It was tough to get used to the crispy snake bones, though.
Q: Speaking of food, what is one of your preferred meals while traveling?
A: In Cambodia, I couldn’t stop eating loc lac! It’s cubed beef stir-fried with tomatoes and onions over rice. But what makes it truly amazing may be the lemon, salt and pepper sauce you drizzle on top. Fantastic dish!
Q: Okay so we have to enquire about your night in South Padre, TX with rapper, Vanilla Ice, who’s most well-known for his song “Ice Ice baby.” Reveal a bit about this wild, spring break experience.