What inspired you to become a travel influencer in the first place?
It’s funny, influencers don’t like being called influencers. I've been trying to figure out why. I think it's because the word influencer has these negative connotations, right? But at the end of the day, it's a word and we attach things to them. Even if we change the word is basically will mean the same thing.
So for me as an influencer, I never wanted to be one nor did it really exist, nor did I ever think I was going to be in the spotlight. I wanted to be, and I probably judged people who did, but secretly because I was too scared to do it myself. And people who follow me know the story, but basically I had a phobia public speaking. For me, it was the most terrifying thing I could possibly think I could do. But then I found travel, and found a bit more independence. When you're travelling, you can make all the plans you want. But somehow, someday, you’re going to find yourself at 2am in the middle of some Japanese woods, because you took the wrong train because someone told you the wrong thing. And now you have to figure out how to get home. Things like that happen all the time when you travel often. And when you get thrown in these situations you become much more resourceful, flexible, confident, open, all of these things. You also see the kindness of people. I'm telling you from years of research the friendliest people are in the furthest away places every single time. If you're a poor soul is lost somewhere, they will go out of your way out of their way to help you and show you hospitality take you into their house.
I got a bit lost at a certain point. I graduated with a biology degree and then life gave me a 123 punch, then I travelled to find the answers. I realised that if I did the things that I was most afraid to do in life – like travel and speak publicly – then life would just shower me. Every time I have to do something that I feel like I don't want to, I ask myself ‘why?’. And usually, it's because there's some little fear buried in there. That's stopping me. But if I go do that thing, life is like, ‘okay, you pass the test, here's everything you've ever wanted’.