Last November I had the opportunity to participate on a media trip through Napa Valley with some extraordinary travelers. When I first learned of the opportunity I was super excited to meet Andi Perullo (as we had been blogging friends for years) and Charu Suri who was a new pal from the travel blogger community. Little did I know that I was also going to meet someone who I would instantly bond with – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess.
I adored her immediately.
I admire her experience, her career choices as well as her panache and spunk. She claims to not have a blog that is “worthy,” but her content kicks ass and I love her voice. And lately she has been one giant dare-devil living on the edge – with car racing and balloon rides and fighter jet flying! And she does that in between meeting Steve Carell and Shania Twain!
Oh, and she is a totally foodie, which of course helps with any friendship with me. Andi, Abby and I had a great time sneaking off for oysters during our Napa trip and she has plenty of tips for eating in Vegas, just ask! She rarely has down time in her capacity as editor of Vegas magazine which is why I was thrilled when she graciously agreed to be a part of the Traveler Tuesday series!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
The same way I became a writer – I was born that way! My family always took at least one trip to the beach a year, and we moved every few years. So being on the go has always felt comfortable. When I was in middle school, I somehow finagled my way onto a high school trip to Europe, and came back for a repeat performance the next year. After a few more trips, and studying abroad in college, I’d say I entered adulthood a bona fide travel junkie.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
A constant fix I need to keep going.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
I’ve always enjoyed trains, but being back at work full-time, I jump on planes because I just want to get there already! And I’ve always been a sucker for long solo road trips to clear my mind.
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
Say silent prayers of thanks for all of those hours of interrupted reading time. I always climb onboard with a shoulder bag heavy with magazines, usually a paperback I want to finish, and my Kindle. If I de-board with nothing left but what’s on my Kindle, I feel like it’s been a successful trip.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
I’ve had so many wonderful meals over the years, including right here in Las Vegas. But as far as memories go, nothing beats backpacking in Europe with my best friend after college and jumping on trains with my jar of peanut butter, and a roll and packet of jelly from the hostel that morning. And we always had those little Kinder bars for dessert.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Ask for help. Everyone’s so busy that it’s rare that someone will offer it, and there is so much to learn. Consider shelling out the cash for professional assistance as often as seems appropriate. Having a blog is an independent, sometimes isolating hobby, but you don’t have to go at it alone! There are people who want to help you get your message out – you just have to speak up.
 Where to next?
Coco, Costa Rica to visit the friends I met while living there for a year. I can’t wait to be in the tropics!
You can catch more of Abby on her blog or Facebook page and check out her chatter on Twitter. She’s also on Pinterest and Instagram. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures (my guess is she will be challenging great white sharks soon)!
Find more interesting European food delights in the Highlights on AFAR.
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