Meet the Gypsies : Diana of Without a License

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Meet the Gypsies : Diana of Without a License

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

I’d like to think of myself as an Internet Explorer. I travel around the world, capturing my adventures on video, and then share it with the world through my YouTube channel and blog. I’m originally from Taipei, Taiwan (but I was born in California) and I’m now living in New York. I’ve lived here for the past 5 years.
MEET THE GYPSIES | WITHOUT A LICENSE

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

I’m definitely a heavy packer. I like to have options and be prepared. I avoid having to buy anything besides souvenirs and yummy foods when I’m traveling. (Gift shop toiletries are so expensive!) Sadly, I usually am carrying both a backpack and suitcase. The backpack is for all my vlogging equipment (camera, laptop, tripod, etc) and the suitcase is for everything else.

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

I plan my vacations at least 6 months ahead of time in order to save up the money and get the best travel deals beforehand. I lean more towards luxury, which is why I need time to save up!

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

Morocco. I’ve never been to anywhere near that part of the world. I’d always wanted to see the markets and eat the delicious foods.

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

North Korea because of safety reasons.

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

Alligator would be my answer but I eat a lot of traditional Asian food that people would consider adventurous like chicken feet and stinky tofu.
MEET THE GYPSIES | WITHOUT A LICENSE

7.  You work full time in New York.  How do you juggle working and traveling?

A lot of time management on my end and also being very communicative with my boss and HR. I make sure that all my projects are in good shape before I leave and also make sure there is someone in the office who can keep an eye out on my work while I’m gone. I usually bring back a box of chocolates for whoever helps me out and also look out for their projects when it’s their turn to travel.

8.  You grew up in Taiwan.  What do you love about it the most and do you think you’ll ever move back?

The food and night market for sure! I miss the street food so much. There’s nothing remotely close to it in the States. I don’t think I would ever move back, though, because I’ve gotten comfortable with my American way of life. Besides, I wouldn’t be able to get Hulu Plus in Taiwan.

9.  Explain the name of your site and what it’s been like not having a license.

I named my site Without a License because I’ve never learned how to drive. To me, it was never a really big obstacle because I always had a friend who would be able to help me out or some sort of public transportation available. Sure, there are some conveniences that come with knowing how to drive and owning a car, but I’ve never let that stop me from seeing the world.
MEET THE GYPSIES | WITHOUT A LICENSE

10.  What’s the #1 item on your bucket list?

Eating pasta in Italy and having an Eat-Pray-Love moment, as in eat the pasta, pray to the heavens for bestowing such delicious food in front of me, and then loving every second of it.

11.  Most importantly, where to next?

I’m going to New Orleans for my sister’s bachelorette party. I wish I could say more because I’ve been planning it non stop for a while now BUT it’s a surprise. 🙂

Find Diana…

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. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

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