What has been your favorite travel destination, why?
London! I had the opportunity to intern there for two months during my undergrad, and I’m currently working on finding a way back. Great public transit, amazing food, and there’s loads to do there – even on a budget (which I usually am). Plus, my feet feel right there.
How old were you when you went on your first international trip?
I was 18 when I went on my first international trip to Galway and Dublin Ireland, and Belfast Northern Ireland, through MSU’s Freshman Seminar Abroad programs.
When traveling, what’s your “must-see”? (Landmarks, museums, markets, record shops)
I routinely make a point in my travel plans to go to markets, I just love the atmosphere there! Dependent on the variety of offerings, you typically can see a wide variety of people there and many examples of local culture. My favorites (so far) have been London’s Borough Market and Wellington’s Noodle Night Market.
Describe a time when you went outside of your comfort zone while traveling.
Existing is outside my comfort zone, but a more exciting answer would be that I went Zorbing (or Zydroing?) in Rotorua, New Zealand. It was an experience, I think I would’ve had a better time if I could see through the bubble, so I didn’t feel like I was going to go rolling off a cliff, but I’m glad I did it.
Describe your most memorable restaurant experience while traveling.
I went to Tayabbs, rumored as one of the best Indian restaurants in London, and as a humble Midwestern girl I had never had Indian food before. Their were no descriptions of the food, and I thought it would be a good idea to just pick something and go in blind. I chickened out last minute, googled what I had planned to order, which was a brain, and decided that it was okay to start slow. Still wonder what that brain tasted like tho…
What’s remaining on your travel bucket list?
I didn’t grow up with a lot of travel opportunities, so I have loads of traveling I still want to do. I’ve only been to primarily English speaking countries so far, and I’d like to change that. At the top of my list is Peru, Egypt, and Thailand.
What is your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window, unless it’s a long haul flight I don’t like to be bothered by people getting up and moving about.
What do you love about Michigan?
The more I travel, the more I love and appreciate Michigan. There’s such a wide variety of activities and people here, but also the natural landscape is so beautiful. My absolute favorite thing about Michigan, though, is that you’re always really close to freshwater wherever you go. (Also Lake Superior is the best great lake, everyone else is lying).
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Best way to pack your bag? Roll or fold?
Packing cubes, baby! I use to roll, but I purchased the packing cubes before my last trip and it changed the (organization) game.
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