Meet the Gypsies : Kim of She Loves to Travel @Shelovestotrvl

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Meet the Gypsies : Kim of She Loves to Travel

meet the gypsies she loves to travel

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

I’m Kim and I was born at a naval hospital since my dad was in the Marines during that time. I didn’t live the military life since my dad retired from the Marines when I was little. I grew up in Virginia and North Carolina but have lived many places in the U.S. I now call home near San Francisco which is a long way away from where I lived growing up.

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

 I always over pack though I keep telling myself that I will pack only what I need. It never happens because if I don’t pack something it will be something I need. I only pack a suitcase if the trip is short-term, one to two weeks, though sometimes even if it is a short trip I might use a backpack instead. It mainly depends on how I might be getting around the city. For instance, when I went to Europe for two weeks last year, I used my backpack since I knew I would be taking the train or bus to get to my destinations and then walking to the places where I would be staying. Having a backpack was the easiest mode of getting my stuff around.

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

I am definitely a budget traveler. I save as much as I can and always stay in hostels which I have found to be the least expensive place to stay

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

Probably Ljubljana, Slovenia or anywhere in Eastern Europe.

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

Maybe Africa. It has more to do with wanting to continue traveling to Europe and even go so far as to make it to Rio one of these days. I tend to only travel to places that fascinate me and since I began my travels, it has been Europe, United Kingdom and South America. Who knows, I could change my mind tomorrow, become fascinated with Africa and want to travel there.
meet the gypsies she loves to travel

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

Escargot and the only reason I tried it is because I was traveling with my niece and she wanted to try it while we were in Paris. I was surprised that it actually tasted good. Not sure what I was expecting because it wasn’t something on my to-do list of trying new things.

7.  Your first overseas trip wasn’t until your late 20s.  Do you feel like you missed out on anything or that age is of no importance when traveling?

I don’t feel like I missed out on anything by waiting to travel at that age. For one thing, I was able to save and pay for the trip as I went instead of going in debt if I tried to travel as soon as I got out of high school or college. Another thing, age is of no importance to me when traveling. I believe you should travel as long as you can and as long as you like as long as you continue loving to travel.

8.  California is home – what’s your favorite thing about it?

Yosemite National Park but I might be biased in that regard since I lived in the park for twelve years. I was able to work and live in the park which is something not many people think they can do.

9.  What do you do for a living?

I work in Purchasing but have had many jobs over the years. It isn’t as glamorous as being on the road and traveling to the next place.

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

I actually just got around to writing up a list of things I would love to do. After watching ‘The Way’, I now want to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. That movie was inspirational and if I could leave my job tomorrow than this is what I would love to do
meet the gypsies she loves to travel

11.  Most importantly, where to next?

I am heading to New Orleans in November for a week. I have never been there before but have wanted to see the city since before Hurricane Katrina.

Find Kim here…

Traveler. Freelance Writer. Blogger. Vegan. Risk Taker. Voice for the Voiceless.

1 Comment

  1. Kim

    March 5, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Thanks for the interview. Enjoyed being a part of this series.

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