Someone traveling the world seeking out good food and beer? That’s someone I want to call a friend! Amanda of Edible Explorations is someone who I would definitely want to travel with – with her time in Italy and Korea – and now London, I’m sure she is 100% in the know about the best places to eat!
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Let’s meet Amanda!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I was a voracious reader as a child (still am) and through books, I realized there was so much more of the world out there that I needed to see. Because of my curiosity about the world, I wanted a pen pal from another country, so my dad hooked me up with one of his coworker’s daughter in London. On my twelfth birthday, I embarked on my first international solo trip to meet her. I’ve been hooked ever since.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I’m kind of a lazy traveler, to be honest, in the sense that I don’t really go see major tourist sites unless they are of absolute interest to me. I’d rather wander around taking photos, spend my money eating, and take breaks to people watch and read in cafes.
 What do you love most about traveling?
I love getting to meet people from around the world who I otherwise would’ve never crossed paths with and learning from them. And of course, I love to sample various cuisines and learn about local ingredients in the places I travel.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
Travel delays. I seem to have the worst luck flying and am always on flights that are delayed, diverted, or canceled. I’m normally fairly patient, but as soon as that 3-hour layover becomes 6 I start to lose it.
 Why should people travel?
To get out of their comfort zone and interact with people who are different from them. When you meet people from different countries or religions or cultural backgrounds, you understand that we are all more alike than different.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with
- My phone: I need it to navigate, write notes for blog posts, snap an occasional picture if I don’t have my camera out, update social media, wake up in the morning. The list goes on.
- A book or my Kindle: I love to read and it’s handy to have a book when you’re on a plane or just want to sit in a park or cafe and relax for a bit
- Converse: They are my ultimate travel shoe. I even did a 3-day trek in Burma wearing them, though I don’t recommend it.
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
I love to eat and my favorite foodie city is London. It’s a city of immigrants so you can get just about every type of cuisine, there are loads of street food markets, and the restaurant scene has exploded over the past decade. But my number one restaurant recommendation in the world is actually in Rome. Go to Roscioli. You will love it.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
Iran. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the people and food, plus the architecture looks stunning.
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Work hard and don’t compare yourself to others. It’s so easy to get discouraged and feel behind when you look at other people’s numbers, but just keep plugging away.
Amanda’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: Incheon (Seoul)
Mode of Transportation: Train
City or Country: Italy
Travel Gear: Packing cubes
Travel snack: Gummy bears
Book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Movie: The Godfather
Song: Warmth by Bastille
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