I met this week’s Traveler Tuesday on Facebook, Jaclynn of The Occasional Traveller is a former full-time career girl who took a career break in 2011 to explore places that vacation time just couldn’t accommodate. Then in 2016 she didn’t again…permanently! She is a big fan of solo travel and has written great posts about her experiences on her blog as well as being the subject of several interviews externally, like this one from Business Times Weekend. I really love her about page, the “my travel style” at the bottom of the page tells me a lot about Jaclynn, but let’s learn more!
Let’s meet travel blogger Jaclynn!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
My family loves to travel so it’s something that’s always been a part of my life. I don’t think I consciously chose to be a traveller, but I think the way I travelled changed when I started my blog and solo travel in 2011.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I’m an indie traveller who likes to do her own thing without the constraints of schedules and expectations. I guess you could call me a flashpacker – I don’t like to splurge for no reason but know that experiences and some comfort is worth paying for.
 What do you love most about traveling?
Experiencing and seeing new things you just cannot encounter back home. Learning that the world is so much more than what is around your home, and how different yet similar life can be no matter where you are.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
Not being able to communicate properly because of language, cultural or political barriers. I really wish I could speak every single language in the world as I feel I am missing out on so many stories just because I lack the ability to communicate fluently. There’s a lot you can learn just through gestures and facial expressions, but nothing beats being able to hear a good story.
 Why should people travel?
People need to realisze that the world is much larger than just what they know and encounter on a daily basis. I think people become close-minded when their worldview is so restricted, but just knowing that there are so much diversity possibilities, and alternative ways of doing things out there will go far in making people more open and make our world a much more harmonious place.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
David Attenborough would be great for all the nature stuff. Imagine a live narration of animal activity right next to you – it would be pretty surreal.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
– Can’t live without my iPhone which is my camera, journal, translator, maps and everything in one device.
– a thin scarf or two is super multi-purpose whether you need to cover up, stay warm, hide from mosquitoes or dress up an outfit.
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
I’m very much an eat to live type of person. But I love eating out when I travel because that’s how you experience local culture. I usually locals for food recs and try to have the local staples in at least one meal per day. I’ll try anything at least once.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
I can’t just give you one because this list keeps growing. Antarctica is probably the highest for now. Used to be Iceland but I’m a bit turned off by the fact that everyone and their mother seems to have gone there already. Central Asia and Easter Island as well.
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Blog because you love whatever it is that motivates you, whether it’s inspiring others or just a general love for writing. It’s hard to sustain it otherwise even if it’s purely for business purposes.
Jaclynn’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: Changi Airport (go Singapore!)
Mode of Transportation: Trains or riding a scooter
City or Country: Galapagos Islands are my top place for now
Travel Gear: A thin long sleeve windbreaker goes everywhere with me
Travel snack: Chocolates always make me happy
Book: Anything Neil Gaiman
Movie: Lord of the Rings
Song: Fix You by Coldplay
How about you? What would you like to know about Jaclynn?
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