Jennifer R. is a French woman I was lucky enough to meet while I was traveling in Lisbon. We happened to be part of the same walking tour and spent a couple of days together which allowed for us to get to know each other very well. I found her life perspectives to be interesting and overall she’s a great woman. I’m proud to introduce such a special person to my readers.
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What is your name?
Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I’m from France, currently living in Spain.
What do you do for a living?
I am a customer service executive for a company in the travel industry.
What countries have you traveled to and which was your favorite?
I went to Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Crete, Dominican republic, England, Portugal, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore. My favorite was Myanmar because of the people, they are so nice and genuine. It is also the first country I arrived to when I started my trip in south east Asia. The culture was new, the food. I was impressed by the landscape. Otherwise it could have been Cambodia, I also had a crush for this country.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone and why?
It depends of the kind of travel. If I travel like a backpacker for a long time I prefer alone. I can decide what I want to do and when. I meet also more people this way, in hostels, or locals. Otherwise if it is for a weekend or one week holiday I like to go with friends.
How would you describe your life before you started traveling?
I can’t really say, since I’m 9 years old I have been travelling with my parents. When I was 20 yo I went to Australia for 1 year. That was my first travel alone, and a big and far away one. I feel like I was always travelling, it is part of me.
How has traveling changed your life?
It changed my way of seeing things. Being more open and tolerant towards others. I also learned a lot about myself, what am I capable of. I became less shy, it changed my character, being more extrovert and patient.
What is your favorite aspect of traveling?
I can’t choose. For me it is meeting locals, learning their customs, and food. Always trying typical dishes.
Where is your next destination?
I don’t know yet. Right now I am in Cape Verde
Have there been any moments while traveling when you felt in danger or uncomfortable? How did you get away from it?
Not really, I am careful, I don’t go to places if I don’t feel it. I have never felt in danger.
What pre-cautions do you take for the safety of your property and yourself?
For my property I use lockers in rooms but make sure they close properly and no one can open it. I don’t keep all my stuff at the same place, you have to divide your money. If it is night I always try to be with someone so I don’t walk alone, if really I Don’t feel safe I take a taxi.
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a frequent traveler?
Just do it. Don’t overthink. It makes me happy, that is the way I want to live and if It is something you want to do,then you will find the way. It is not hard and you meet such great people along the way.