Today, we continue our series where we sit down to interview fellow Travel Bloggers and (hopefully) get them to give up some of their best travel tips for you, dear reader. Next up, Janice Robinson of SkyChi Travels opines about traveling the friendly skies as a flight attendant.
1) What is it about traveling that makes you smile?
I smile all the time when I am on a plane. I love the sensation of flying. I enjoy looking at the clouds and creating wonderful experiences. Flying is inspirational for me. I dream when I fly.
The clouds to me are the “thinking stuff”.
“By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it” – Wallace D Wattles
2) What is your favorite place in the world?
I would have to say that is Istanbul, Turkey is my favorite place in the world. The people are so gracious. My experience living there for two years left me with a feeling of being accepted and appreciated by the Turkish people.
3) What place would have to pay you to come back and even then you’d have to think about it?
I have yet to visit a place that I did find something that I like about it.
4) What is the best piece of advice that you’ve been given about traveling?
A French Professor got me tons of advice to prepare for living in Paris, France. She described the transition of the senses to different sounds. A sensory overload can cause headaches. Traveling to a new place immerses your senses.
5) How has traveling changed you as a person?
Living in other countries has completely transformed me into a world citizen with an appreciation for being different. I love the variety and diversity of like. Sameness is boring to me. I feel a sense of freedom when I travel. I can express myself without the restraints of race and color when I leave the U.S. I know that I am gold.
6) Have you ever volunteered during your travels? If so, what did you do? If not, will you ever?
No, I have not volunteered with an organization. However, I have always met people that needed help. For example, while living in Istanbul, Turkey I met a refugee family that I assisted in finding food, money, and clothes. Istanbul is a crossroads for refugees around the world.
I have had a desire to volunteer in Haiti. I would love to fulfill that desire.
7) What is the best piece of advice that you can give our readers?
Focus on the dream of traveling, the rest will follow. The people and resources for the journey will appear. Dream with Passion for travel experiences. Create a travel vision board. Cut out pictures of places you want to visit. Paste them to a poster board. Read travel books, articles, and magazines about the places you desire to visit.
8 ) Since this is a budget travel blog, what is your best budget tip, bar none?
Traveling on a budget for me includes taking locals buses and trains. I try to avoid taxis if possible. I don’t enjoy being overcharged by taxi drivers who take me on scenic routes. I prefer to save money with public transportation when available.
9) Where do you plan to travel this year?
I will be traveling to Cancun, Mexico next month for 5 days. I qualified for this trip through Nature’s Sunshine. I am looking forward to staying the Sun Moon Palace for 5 days all-expenses-paid.
10) What are the three things that you could never do without during your travels?
Three things that I must have are my passport, MacBook computer, and my camera. My passport is gold. It opens the door to a wonder of new possibilities. My MacBook computer is my tool for blogging, logging photos, and creating videos. My camera captures the essence of my travel experiences.
Thanks, Janice for sharing your unique point of view about traveling!
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Travel blog: http://skychitravels.blogspot.com/