Jessica loves to travel and hopes to inspire others through her stories at APassionandaPassport.com.
We speak to Jessica about what shes most proud of, her thoughts on safety issues and her best tips for saving for the travel fund!
What’s the best bit of travel advice you have ever received?
Travel now while you’re young and have your health. There are just some experiences you won’t enjoy when you get older, such as lugging around a 10-pound weight belt before scuba diving or having a ride on a bumpy, smelly camel. Don’t wait until you retire you to live your life; you’ll wait years and years wishing and dreaming for the future.
What inspired you to start traveling?
I’ve always loved traveling, but to be honest, it’s all these inspiring travel blogs that really did me in. I absolutely love reading about others adventures, and after hearing about their experiences, they instantly go on my travel wish list. There is so much of the world just waiting for us to explore! Some that I never even knew existed!
I cannot wait to sleep in a fairy chimney in Turkey next year and explore Hawaii via open-air helicopter this coming summer! All because of the blogs I have read!
What is the best savings tip you can give to anyone trying to save up to travel?
Prioritize. When I’m out and about and thinking of buying something, whether it be a cup of coffee or a swanky new dress, I like to think about what that money could get me while traveling. If I pass up a new pair of shoes, I could take that boat ride around the Na Pali coastline in Hawaii. Going a day without a coffee from Starbucks could get me a shave ice or two in Maui. But don’t get too crazy with this; you’ll wind up living in the future too much while forgetting to enjoy the present.
What is your proudest accomplishment you achieved while traveling?
Hiking up and down a mountain in Israel (without any water or sunscreen, silly me!) And surviving scuba diving off the coast of Santorini (which I would love to do again someday). Two things I never thought I would be able to do. Oh, and I fell off a donkey in the middle of the desert, whoops! Can’t say that is a proud accomplishment, but I was proud that I still made it into the super-salty Dead Sea the next day with all my cuts and bruises [ouch!]
What is the best and worst thing about traveling as a couple?
For me, the best thing about traveling as a couple is always having someone (special!) to share memorable experiences with. I think back to the best times while traveling and they always include my husband. That being said, it’s sometimes tough to compromise. When my husband and I travel to a new destination, I attempt to see and do as much as possible, especially when our time is limited. I’m all “go, go, go”, while my husband likes to slow down and relax a bit more.
In what ways, if any, has travel changed you?
I look at things differently now. I don’t judge people so fast. I value my time doing what I love. Travel has made me more adventurous and more apt to try new things (activities and food), both while at home and on the road.
What would you say to people who want to travel but are worried about safety issues?
Just be precautious and always look around you. If you feel something is out of the ordinary, you are probably right. Trust your gut and your instincts. You never know what might happen, whether it be 10,000 miles away from home, or in your own backyard. Try not to let safety issues shield you from the world.
Fun Fast Five…
If you could only describe yourself as one would it be: beach bum, city slicker or country bumpkin?
Beach Bum, hands down. I love being in or near the water. Super excited to snorkel with sea turtles in Hawaii this summer!
If you could travel back in time, which era and place would you go to and why?
I think it would be interesting to see Rome during the time when the Colosseum was actually used for performances. The history just fascinates me! I wasn’t a big history buff back in high school (actually hated the stuff), but being at the Colosseum was an experience I will never forget.
If you could travel with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Tough question, as I’m not too into all the gossip of celebrities and stuff. Hmm.. if I had to pick, I’d say Dane Cook, due to the sheer laughter he would provide need when things go horribly wrong. And he’s pretty cute, too!
What was the first overseas trip you took?
Backpacked in Europe (Italy, England, France, Switzerland) for a few weeks with a friend, totally changed my life. Really opened up my eyes.
If you had to chose a country other than your own to settle down in, where would it be and why?
Another tough Question! I would probably choose Australia, for its sheer beauty and size. I’ve never been, and am dying to get there. And, they speak English! A plus in my book since I’m horrible with different languages!
What city was best value for money?
Recently spent a few days in New Orleans, Louisiana, and there was so much to do without spending a dime.
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