Typically I find other travelers that interest me but Leah was different, she found me. She is someone who was like myself that stumbled into solo traveling and has grown from her experiences of going to multiple continents, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. I’m proud to have Leah part of the Know Thy Traveler series.
What is your name?
Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
I’m from Virginia/North Carolina (I lived in both for half my childhood. 10 years each) but I currently live in Florida!
What do you do for a living?
I am active duty Air Force
What countries have you traveled to and which was your favorite?
Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Germany, France, Italy, UK and Mexico. My favorite…that’s a hard one. I think I’ll have to say….Italy or France
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone and why?
I enjoy traveling alone because I am able to do what I want, when I want, and I’m a go go go person but I do enjoy traveling with one other person, probably no more than that. It gets complicated.
How would you describe your life before you started traveling?
Before I started traveling, my life was mundane. I stayed in the local area and wasnt exposed to the greatest the world has to offer!
How has traveling changed your life?
Traveling has changed my life by making me more open-minded and understanding of other cultures and people. It has also helped with my self-confidence. Once I started traveling solo, I realized how much I could do if I just put my mind to it. It’s also made me realize how beautiful the world is and how there’re more to life than what I know.
What is your favorite aspect of traveling?
My favorite aspect of traveling is learning more about different cultures and trying new food!
Where is your next destination?
Nationally: Tampa, FL
Internationally: Hopefully Poland
Have there been any moments while traveling when you felt in danger or uncomfortable? How did you get away from it?
When my cousin stood me up on a trip to Jamaica and I had to go alone. I was very uncomfortable but I got over it by seizing the moment! I wasn’t going to let that ruin my experience. I also made friends while there and they helped me get over some of my fears!
What precautions do you take for the safety of your property and yourself?
When traveling alone, I do all of my exploring during the day and stay in populated areas. I try to get with a tour group so I can meet some people and not look like a lonely tourist lol I also make sure I keep my important documents close to me.
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a frequent traveler?
The advice I would give is to do your research, get your priorities straight so you can save some money, and just go! Ain’t nothing to it but to do it!