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Travel. Fitness. And Everything in Between.

People Who Travel: Heather from San Diego, California

 

I was born and raised in California to a hardworking mother and a forest fireman father who took the summers off to take us camping, hiking, fishing, etc. around the western US and Canada. I have a Bachelor’s degree in International Business with an emphasis in French from SDSU, an M.B.A. from GWU, and am a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, awaiting departure for my first assignment to Haiti.

 

1. NUMBER OF COUNTRIES VISITED

 

47

 

2. LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN AND/OR WANT TO LEARN

 

English, French, Spanglish and a little Fon. I would love to become fluent in Spanish and maybe Portuguese because it sounds so cool.

 

 

3. AGE AND FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP YOU TOOK

 

~ age 2

 

 

4. FAVORITE AIRLINE

 

Etihad for international, Southwest for domestic

 

 

5. YOUR GO-TO IN-FLIGHT APPAREL

 

leggings, loose shirt, and comfy shoes that are easy to take off to go through security.

 

 

6. THINGS/GADGETS YOU CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

 

passport, WHO card, unlocked phone, some sort of computer, snorkeling gear, hiking boots, and a bathing suit.

 

 

7. FAVORITE COUNTRY AND WHY

 

Indonesia, because it gave me the best scuba diving of my life and was off the beaten path.

 



 

 

8. WTF MOMENT

 

When I was spat at in Dubai in a fancy hotel by a drunk guy from a brothel down the street.

 

9. FAVORITE CITY AND WHY

 

Sevilla, for everything it offers: amazing food, great culture, awesome nightlife, friendly people, warm weather, the list goes on…

 

10. MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

 

Saying “mistress” instead of “Master’s” in French–they’re very similar!

11. FAVORITE CUISINE

 

Anything delicious

 

12. HOTEL, HOSTEL, OR AIRBNB?

 

Hostel or Couchsurfing in my youth, Airbnb now

 

 

13. MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

 

Hiking the Dogon Country in Mali in the days leading up to the coup d’etat in 2012.

 

14. MOST CHALLENGING TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

 

traveling by public transport across West Africa.

 

15. BEST TRAVEL ACTIVITY

 

scuba diving or hiking

 

 

16. FAVORITE TRAVEL SOUVENIR

 

memories backed up with photos

 

17. MOST LIKED INSTAGRAM PIC

 

I have no idea, I barely use Instagram

 

18. FAVORITE TRAVEL PICTURE TAKEN

 

one of a dock/hut over the water off of a remote island

 

19. FUTURE TRAVEL PLANS

 

moving to Haiti! Then we’ll see from there.

 

20. BUCKET LIST

 

Hiking in Patagonia, going to Cuba, scuba diving throughout Raja Ampat, hiking the Annapurna Circuit (and maybe Everest Base Camp), visiting Burma (Myanmar), going to Antarctica, swimming with a blue whale, and the list is on-going.

 

 

21. YOUR TRAVEL INFLUENCER(S) AND WHY

 

my father: he has taught me that there are no borders for the determined.

 

22. FAVORITE TRAVEL QUOTE

 

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us” -Anonymous

 

23. BEST TRAVEL HACK/YOUR TRAVEL TIPS

 

dress like you’re really poor on travel days, especially if you are planning on showing up in a place and negotiating lodging.

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