What has been your favorite travel destination, why?
While I’m conflicted, I would have to choose Stockholm, Sweden. I have been to Sweden five times and each time I feel like I find something new. Stockholm, as a port city, has so much to offer, from food, shopping and tourist traps (I love gaudy gifts). It’s totally walkable, clean and refreshing.
How old were you when you went on your first international trip?
My math tells me I was 8 years old. My family went on a vacation to St. Lucia, a Caribbean island. All I truly remember was good food and my brother getting a horrible sunburn!
When traveling, what’s your “must-see”?
I generally stay away from typical touristy things, aside from a tourist/gift shop here and there. I love walking around a city to get a feel of it, stopping for coffee and food as I go. I tend to stay away from anything that costs me money, unless it’s absolutely worth it – Wellington, New Zealand’s Zealandia Sanctuary was so worth it!
Describe a time when you went outside of your comfort zone while traveling.
I was in Iceland coordinating a First Year Seminar program for MSU students. We visited a shark museum where they let us not only see how they prepared cured, rotten shark for consumption, they also let us …try it. I tend to stay away from foods I haven’t tried before (…I know, I’m learning), but with 30 students there telling me to try it, I couldn’t say name.
Hákarl, its name, was truly something I will never forget.
Describe your most memorable restaurant experience while traveling.
I was in Stockholm, Sweden for a recruitment trip and a colleague, fellow recruiter from a Florida university, invited me to dinner with her Swedish friend. We went to a hole-in-the-wall sea food restaurant. Everything was so fresh and had perfect seasoning and herbs. I didn’t care how much money I spent, I had to try everything!
What’s remaining on your travel bucket list?
If we are sticking with typical travel lists, I need to cross off the continents of Africa and Antarctica to have been to all 7.
However, I would love to travel to Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Argentina.
What is your favorite seat on an airplane?
I have NEVER been in first class, so just give me that emergency exit row, on the aisle.
What do you love about Michigan?
I adore Michigan at all times of the year. Even when it’s freezing I love it, because I know within a few months I’ll be begging for it to be cold again! I love camping and fishing, and Michigan breweries and those amazing cherries up in Traverse City …and the wine.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A police officer.
Best way to pack your bag? Roll or fold?
Roll. Always roll. Then stare at it, unpack it, and roll it back up.
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