Meet the Gypsies : Beth of Besudesu Abroad

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1.  Who are you?  Where are you from?  Where are you now?

I’m Beth, aka Besudesu, and I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago. After spending 21 years experiencing the harsh winters there, I escaped to a place that never snows—Hong Kong!

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2.  What’s your packing strategy?  Heavy or light packer?  Suitcase or backpacker?

I always try to pack as light as possible, and I’ve found that each trip I take I can eliminate more and more from my packing list.

Previously, I always traveled with a suitcase, as I never took trips longer than a week (other than when I was moving somewhere for a long period of time). However, I recently went on my first backpacking trip, and really enjoyed the mobility of a backpack.

There are of course both positives and negatives to both means of travel, and I don’t see myself always sticking to one over the other!

3.  How do you afford your travels?  Budget traveler or lean more towards luxury?

Right now I save for most of my travels by working a full-time job. However, this summer I’ll be making the jump to full-time traveling and blogging!

I can’t really classify myself as a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, as I do a good deal of both. I like to call myself a “value” traveler—since I try to keep things on the cheaper side, but also have no problem splurging for certain experiences.

4.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Some place warm! Maybe back to the Maldives? It’s been incredibly cold and rainy in Hong Kong these past few weeks and I’m dying to see the sun again rather than sitting curled up next to my tiny space heater!

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5.  Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?

There’s really nowhere I wouldn’t travel to, but being American, there’s places I shouldn’t travel to (at least currently). For safety reasons I wouldn’t be traveling to any country currently waging war.

6.  You have a pretty ambitious bucket list.  What’s your favorite item that you have crossed off?  What one item are you most excited about crossing off still?

My favorite item that I’ve crossed off is probably seeing bioluminescent phytoplankton in the Maldives. It was one of those things where you see these beautiful photos online, but never in a million years expect to get to witness such a thing. It was pretty mind-blowing just watching the water light up blue around us!

What I’m most excited about crossing off is either taking my mother on her dream trip across Europe, or visiting every Disney Park—and both of these things are set to happen within this year.

7.  I know you love photography and are a Canon girl as well (yay!).  For a traveler, what camera equipment would you say are must-haves?

My wide-angle lens and a tripod! Since splurging on my wide-angle (10-22mm) I’ve fallen in love and find it rarely leaves my camera.

And even though lugging a tripod around on your all travels is a major pain, I’ve found it really makes such a difference!

8.  What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?

To be honest, I haven’t eaten that many “adventurous” things like most travelers. I’ve had ostrich, larvae and chicken feet, which I guess are a bit odd to most people.

Oh, and even though some people may not find it adventurous since it is a fruit, I’ve also tried durian—and it’s the worst thing I’ve ever eaten!

meet the gypsies, besudesu abroad

9.  As a Disney lover myself, I have to know which is your favorite Disney park you’ve been to?

Hands down, DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan!

It’s much more adult oriented and has awesomely themed areas. It’s almost like EPCOT; only all the themes are water-related like the “American Waterfront” or “Arabian Coast”. It was really fun to ride gondolas in the “Mediterranean Harbor”, and one of my favorite Disney movies is The Little Mermaid, so of course I loved visiting “Mermaid Lagoon”.

meet the gypsies, besudesu abroad

10.  You teach English in Hong Kong.  How would you rate your experience and would you recommend it?

Although my experience hasn’t been the most positive at my company, I do still really recommend teaching English abroad. It’s a great way to spend time in another country and an even better way to fund your travel addiction.

Just be aware that especially in countries like China or Thailand, that there are many shady companies, so you really need to do your research and be careful when signing any contracts!

11.  Most importantly, where to next?

I’ll be headed back home for a few short days this summer, which I’m excited for since I haven’t really been around in almost 3 years! After that I’ll be hopping right back on a plane to explore Europe for this first time.

And after a few months there, who knows??

Originally from Chicago, Beth got her first true taste of travel when she studied abroad in Japan during her final year of university. She ended up loving Asia so much; she found herself moving right back upon graduation and is currently living in Hong Kong. Armed with her camera and a passion for travel, she is on a mission to photograph the world– proving that you can travel without breaking your career… or the bank!  Follow along with Beth on her travels – blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Up next | Florida Road Trip, Cruise to Mexico + Honduras + Voodoo Fest in New Orleans Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function.

10 Comments

  1. Corinne

    April 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Go Canon! Love your photos!

  2. Chris Boothman

    April 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Always love reading your great interview series Ashley and meeting Beth here is no different! I find it really intriguing that folks are able to go and live in completely different cultures and kudos to Beth for doing this also. I hear that Beth’s experience teaching ESL in Hong Kong was not the best but I think this is an awesome experience and certainly one that anyone should be proud of if they are able to do this.

    • Beth

      April 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      The job here has certainly had it’s ups and downs (mainly due to the actual company I work for) but I am getting pretty sad to be leaving Hong Kong in a month!

  3. Lauren

    April 24, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Fantastic interview! We use a Canon camera, too! Traveling to Japan and around Asia is a dream of mine that I hope we get to do sometime soon! For now, I will live vicariously through Beth 🙂

    • Beth

      April 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Aw, I know you’ll get there someday Lauren! 😉

  4. Mandie @ RamblingMandie

    April 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Ashley, I just love reading all these interviews with other travelers! So neat how you’re doing this – I think it really helps connect the community of crazy wanderers. 🙂

  5. Beth

    April 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Thank you for featuring me Ashley! I agree with Mandie, I think interviews are a great way to help connect everyone 🙂

  6. Marie-Carmen

    April 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Yeah go Canon! And go 10-22mm , has to be my fav lens as well (though I’m pushing myself to use my 40mm a bit more)
    Hope you’ll enjoy Europe as much as Asia!

  7. charlotte

    April 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Wow you have such an interesting life. Nice to meet and follow through atoz http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. Birgit

    April 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    you should seize every moment as so many talk and don’t do it but you are. I don’t think I would eat larva or chicken feet though

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