Today we are going to do something different. From time to time I have interviewees who are travelers, but bloggers. Instead, they are curators of all those wonderful things we collect or want to collect, creating wonderful collections for us travelers to buy (or to send links to our families to buy).
Miss Violetta, the creation by Susan Wildes, is just that. A beautiful collection of curated items that she has found during her channels. Before I share a little more about Miss Violetta…
Let’s meet Susan!
When and how did you become a traveler?
I got a job as a camp counselor in upstate New York the summer after my freshman year in college. It was a long way from home (Iowa!) I did a ton of exploring on my days off.
Where do you love to travel?
Anywhere with cobblestone streets and/or a white sandy beach.
Most memorable travel moment:
My first trip to Paris. It was love at first sight.
What won’t you travel without?
A day isn’t complete until I…
Do some sort of exercise, even if it’s just 10 minutes of yoga.
A quirky daily habit of mine is…
I can’t sleep without my white noise machine.
Travel essential – 3 things you always travel with.
Workout clothes, iPad, and sneakers
Name one thing people would be surprised to find in your travel bag:
Perfect travel day from start to finish.
Get up early and read the newspaper or a book at a local café with coffee, fresh pastries, and fruit. Stroll through a flea market/local bazaar or just get lost walking the streets. Take lots of photos, stop into cool shops/boutiques and grab a glass of wine in the late afternoon and do some people watching. Later in the evening head to a restaurant with a great bar and chat with the locals and/or fellow travelers.
What are your favorite food cities? What restaurants do you go to in each?
San Francisco (Cotogna and Kokkari) and any of the local taquerias in Mexico City.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Puerto Rico. I had no idea they had cobblestone streets there (Old San Juan)! I thought it’d be all beaches.
What has travel taught you?
That I will never stop! It’s my true passion.
Susan’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Hotel: Posado de Santiago, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Mode of Transportation: Does snorkeling count?
Travel snack: Chips
Country: It’s a toss up between Mexico and France
Travel Gear: Headphones
Travel App: AFAR
Travel Book: I’m old school and usually print out way too many pages of travel information
Travel Movie: Amelie
Song on your smartphone: Let’s Go Crazy
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