Traveler Tuesday – Adelina of Pack Me To

Traveler Tuesday Travel Blogger Interview Series

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I love doing this series as I truly get to “meet” a lot of truly remarkable people. Which is true in Adelina’s case. But also I virtually “try out” people as potential travel partners in my head and I am convinced that this part-time travel blogger and full-time adventurer would be a perfect match for me! Adelina grew up in a family that traveled a lot (like mine), fell head over heels in love with traveling while in France (like me) and while she loves Europe – she’s lived in the Netherlands and Hungary – her food soul belongs to Japan – twinsies!

Let’s meet travel blogger Adelina!

Traveler Tuesday Adelina of Pack Me To_Adelina in Tofino

[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

I feel like I’ve always been a traveler. My parents took me along on all their adventures around the US when I was a child. I lived in two states and one province before I was even 5! However, it was a trip to Paris when I was 14 that truly opened my eyes to travel and world exploration. It was my first overseas trip and I fell in love with Europe and with the thrill of going somewhere new and different. Since then I’ve always been seeking new opportunities to explore the world near and far.

[2] What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?

As I’ve gotten older, the type of travel I do has changed. When I first started, I was very much a budget traveler, trying to see everything on the cheap. Then, I lived abroad which allowed me to do weekend getaways and short holidays around Europe. Now, I’d say I’m a part-time traveler who looks for ways to stretch my money further, but also willing to splurge every so often on an amazing experience.

[3] What do you love most about traveling?

I love being able to explore someplace new. I love the sense of adventure and the thrill of the unknown. I love waking up to a day that is full of possibilities and new discoveries.

[4] What do you dislike about traveling?

I really dislike the actual travel part of it. The act of getting from point A to point B is always tiring, uncomfortable, and stressful. No matter how many times I hop on a train or a flight, I still find the experience unenjoyable. However, once I arrive, then it all goes away!

[5] Why should people travel?

Traveler Tuesday Adelina of Pack Me To_Adelina in Miyajima Japan
This photo was taken in the middle of my first month-long solo trip around Japan which took me so out of my comfort zone, but I learned so much!

Travel pushes you out of your comfort zone, giving you opportunities for personal growth and learn more about yourself. You don’t even have to go to the other side of the world to travel. There are opportunities and new things to discover close to home that are just a short car, bus or train ride away. Not to mention, travel is just plain fun!

[6] What famous person would you like to travel with?

Aziz Ansari. I absolutely love both seasons of Master of None and I can relate to so many of the episodes. It would be fascinating to have conversations with him and explore his worldview. After reading interviews about how he packs up and heads to a destination for months at a time, I would love to join him and eat our way around a country. Plus, some of the hilarious scenes in Season 2 of Master of None (which partially takes place in Italy) are based on true events that happened to him when he was there and it seems like traveling with him would be a ton of fun.

[7] What won’t you travel without?

My phone! It’s my way of communicating with home. I save copies of all my travel documents, reservations and directions on it. It’s my camera when I don’t feel like pulling out my DSLR. It helps me with on the fly travel planning when I’m not sure of what I want to do next. And I find the GPS and Google Maps so useful even if I don’t have data. On my most recent trip to Asia, I ended up losing my phone 8 days into my month-long trip. I managed fine without it and it definitely challenged me, but it would have been a lot easier if I still had my phone!

[8] Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.

Traveler Tuesday Adelina of Pack Me To_Always with a camera - Berlin

Beyond always having my phone, here are 3 other items I always travel with:

1. My camera – I love taking photos and always enjoy pushing myself to capture my unique experience and view of each place I visit.

2. A scarf – You can use it to warm up when cold, cover yourself when visiting religious landmarks and it makes a cool fashion accessory too.

3. Flip flops – Because you never know what’s been on that floor. I use them in the shower or in the hotel or hostel room. You can take them to the beach and in a pinch, wear them out.

[9] If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?

Traveler Tuesday Adelina of Pack Me To_Tsukemen dipping noodles - Tokyo

I definitely travel for the food. There are so many amazing food cities so it’s hard for me to just pick one. I think right now, my favourite food city has to be Tokyo because of my love of Japanese food. One of the best bowls of noodles I had in Tokyo was at Fu-unji near Shinjuku which served tsukemen or dipping noodles. I sat at the bar and enjoyed a piece-by-piece meal of freshly fried tempura at Tenmatsu near Ginza. I dug into an amazing spread of nigiri sushi at Sushi No Midori – Akasaka branch and tried gyu katsu or breaded beef for the first time at Asakusa Gyukatsu. All of these meals were so delicious and I’d definitely go back to every one of these restaurants.

[10] What’s one location on your bucket list?

New Zealand! The country looks so beautiful and it sounds like there is so much to see and do. I’d love to take a month or two and explore it slowly.

[11] Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?

Don’t give up! It takes a lot of time and energy to run a blog and it can be easy to stop after the initial rush of beginning an exciting project ends. However, I’ve found the benefits of having a blog vastly outweighs the work aspect of it.

Adelina’s Lightning Round of Favorites

Airport: Hong Kong
Mode of Transportation: Train
City or Country: Japan
Travel Gear: Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Charger
Travel snack: Gummy candies
Book: The Harry Potter Series
Movie: Beauty and the Beast (both the animated and live action versions!)

Thanks Adelina!

You can keep up with Adelina on Twitter , Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her travel adventures!

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25 Comments

  1. Jenny
    September 19, 2017

    With being a single mom I don’t’ get to travel much. I love following travel bloggers because you can read all their experiences and stories, almost like you were right there.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 21, 2017

      @Jenny, I feel the same. When I can’t travel, I love to read about travel.

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  2. Catherine Sargent
    September 19, 2017

    This is a great interview. One of my goals for next year is to travel more.

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  3. Tiffany Collins
    September 19, 2017

    I love getting to know the blogger. To often we just see their words but never really know who they are. Thanks for sharing, now I have a new blogger to follow!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 21, 2017

      @Tiffany, I am so glad you like the series. I too like to see the people behind the blog.

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  4. Heather Johnson
    September 19, 2017

    I agree that the act of getting from point A to point B is often tiring, uncomfortable, and stressful. I kind of wish that we could zoom from place to place when traveling!

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  5. laurie beth
    September 19, 2017

    I love this! The food coma photo is hilarious. That is how I feel when I travel because I HAVE to try everything!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 21, 2017

      @Laurie, oh me too, there are never enough meals to eat everything I want!

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  6. Carrie | The Lavender Hytta
    September 20, 2017

    I agree with her! I absolutely hate getting from point A to point B. The actual travel part stresses me out and completely wears me out! I love getting to meet all these new travelers! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 21, 2017

      @Carrie, as I am getting older, I hate the trip to and back as well!

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  7. Michelle L
    September 20, 2017

    Adelines suitcase!

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  8. Calvin F.
    September 20, 2017

    Photos are awesome, definitely great to meet another traveler.

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  9. Marian
    September 22, 2017

    I’d love to travel around the world and try all kinds of new foods. For now though I’ll settle for reading other travelers’ adventures.

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  10. Tiffany VanSickle
    September 22, 2017

    She sounds so fun! I would absolutely love to travel more. Some day!

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  11. Jenn and Ed Coleman
    September 22, 2017

    I love to meet your travelers! Adelina sounds like a really cool person. I am just amazed that people live in Netherlands and Hungry. I would be ecstatic to live in one or the other for just a little while. Bringing a scarf is a great tip while travelling. There are just so many uses for it.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 23, 2017

      @Jenn, I used a scarf every single day until I moed to Arizona, I am hoping to be able to wear them again in the winter.

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  12. Juliann
    September 23, 2017

    We’re kindred spirits! A trip to Germany when I was 15 instilled the same sense of wanderlust for that whole big world out there lead to this lifestyle. New Zealand is till on my bucket list, too.

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  13. Toughcookiemommy
    September 24, 2017

    I feel like I’ve always been a traveler too. I started traveling at a young age and caught the bug early on.

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  14. Ivy
    September 25, 2017

    New Zealand is super high on my list too! And I’m with Adelina on that Japan’s my fave country for food 🙂 That pic with Aziz Ansari made me laugh out loud haha!

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  15. Cat
    September 25, 2017

    I love exploring places through food and Tokyo is one of the places that have been on my list for so long. My husband and I both love Japanese cuisine so it sounds like the perfect place to get a variety of authentic Japanese dishes!

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  16. Jen
    September 25, 2017

    Great interview! I love Aziz Ansari, and also think it’s worth it to splurge on a once in a lifetime experience!

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  17. Allison Wong
    September 27, 2017

    She’s such a fun girl! And we would get along because I love Japanese food too!

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  18. Leeanne c
    September 28, 2017

    To be able to explore the world and enjoy different foods and the places you’ve lived. Love the photos you have here. To many more adventures

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  19. Mindi Eden
    September 29, 2017

    An excellent travel partner can enhance any trip- but a bad one can ruin what should have been an awesome experience!

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  20. Davida Burdette
    October 3, 2017

    I really look forward to the travelling. Making memories and many adventure

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