Traveler Tuesday – Cacinda of Points and Travel
A former physician who, as of last January, became a full-time travel writer and blogger, Cacinda of Points and Travel is doing what many people only dream of. She is completely addicted to travel. Even while continuing her own practice she made travel a priority and she has been to over 60 countries and has marked many bucket-list items off her list. Her sweet spot is “value luxury” which is as she describes it “finding the sweet spot where luxury and value intersect.”
Let’s meet Cacinda!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I hired a business manager to help me with my clinic when I got out of grad school. He was like the medicine man from Eat, Pray, Love, I say jokingly, in that he was the one who said to me that I must travel every 6 weeks of my life because I was working so hard in the clinic that he thought I would get burned out. So, that is what I have done for over 20 years, traveled every 6 weeks of my life as a lifestyle choice.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
It is like a box of chocolates…delicious. amazing. sweet, savory, addicting, flavorful, awesome, powerful, decadent and rich.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
By air, it gets me halfway across the world in 8 hours or less!
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
Sleep, or work.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
My recent experiences in Mexico with molecular gastronomy were quite unusual.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Don't listen to others about what it is you do, do what you do, Each of us has a gift and of course, we can learn from others, but never think there is only one way to do anything. As Mark Twain said in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court in 1889: “She was wise, subtle, and knew more than one way to skin a cat”.
You can keep up with Cacinda on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest as well as her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!
How about you? What would you like to know about Cacinda?
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I love this post! Great interview Andi. 🙂
What a great approach to this post! Very unique! Thanks for sharing! Looks like so much fun 🙂 #upallnightblogging
I love post that have to do with travel and this was a great interview that can help us all.
thanks for sharing cacinda!
i like how travel is described! i really liked that approach! like a box of chocolates
What a great post! I often dream of becoming a traveller. Maybe when my kids are grown and I win the lottery:) I love travelling and don’t get to do it often, or ever really so I love hearing about those who do and all they experience. So fun.
@Jeanine, crossing my fingers for you.
I went down the Rhine as a teenager. It’s a lovely river and she’ll have some wonderful times.
I hope I can travel frequently when our kids are older. We’ve done a big trip every other year, and hopefully go to Italy in the next three years. (I want to see Rome!) Luckily my husband loves traveling as well. Once we’ve saved enough moolah, we’ll hit the road again.
@Nicci, oh can’t wait to hear about your adventures. Rome is so fun!
I love that travel is like a box of chocolates!! There are times we have had the perfect trip planned and the weather is horrible or a missed flight it can change fast! I also love the philosophy of traveling every 6 weeks, it keeps your outlook on life fresh and your spirit refreshed!
@Tammi, I would love to travel every six weeks too. I think I do if you count weekend trips, it is great to change the mind.
Thanks for introducing us to Cacinda. Love the Mark Twain quote!
Wow! Great job on Cacinda for taking the daring dive giving up her job as a Doctor and going into blogging! That’s gotta be pretty scary and awesome all rolled into one.
I have to disagree with travelling half way across the world in <8 hours though! 🙁 I live in California, my family lives on the east coast of Canada and it's always a 10+ hour flight. We just got back 3 days ago and the whole leg of the trip door to door was an agonizing 23 hours long (delays of course). lol 🙁
@Nancy, agree without direct flights and the amount of time you need to get anywhere, it isn’t that quick!
galapagos is amazing! 🙂 we used to live in atlanta, and we never made it out to st. simons. we have to one of these years. so cool that you can take your business on the road with you.
@Esther, she used to but stopped, either way it is pretty impressive! I have never heard of either of those places in Georgia, I need to look into them!
okay i read that wrong.. she must have an amazing business manager too. haha
I agree! Traveling is my dream and that is what I hope to do as my daughter gets older and we as a family could all travel together. Likewise, I would also love to visit the Galapagos Islands to see all of the exotic animals. Cacinda will love St. Augustine! I have visited there numerous times and I am hoping to go to Savannah, GA this April!
@Vanessa, strangely enough I had not heard of St. Augustine before, I need to check it out!
Wow, her story is so inspiring. I also want to travel to many places. It’s awesome how she described traveling. I think it’s true. You really never know what’s there in one place until you get to see it. Reading books and watching shows about the travel destination won’t be as sweet and rich.
@Kirstin, it’s true we always have plans we when go someplace new, but we usually abandon half of them!
Thanks for the interview! I’ve always been interested in trying molecular gastronomy, so thanks for that link!
Do what you do. Don’t listen to others. So true. I like the value luxury idea! Here travel list coming up is lovely! I enjoy Savannah and visited and blogged about St.Simon’s island for the first time last year. StAugustine is also very historic and quaint. I can’t wait to get to the Maldives!
@Nadeen, you’ve got your own set of wonderful trips to look forward to!
I love this interview. I am actually seeking to do more traveling this year so I am inspired how she got to travel every six week! That must be the best job ever! I really do want to travel more and even add travel blogging to my resume and I want to experience life to the fullest thanks for sharing this interview!
@Kiwi, let’s hope 2015 is the year you get to do that!
Thanks, Andi, for a new traveler to stalk! Her experiences in Mexico with molecular gastronomy is intriguing!
Wow, what a change!! I always wanted to be a physician, and I decided to become a Researcher instead, which I love! But I also ADORE travel and blogging, so I completely understand having different interests. I am excited for the chance to follow her now! Thanks for introducing us! 🙂
@Gennie, can you do research in other countries and travel while you do it? What do you research?
Wow your story is so beautiful. I would love to be a traveler one day. I rarely ever do travel out of state, let alone another country. I would really love to experience the culture and food that each state or even country has. I think that it is the most unique when it comes to traveling. Thank you so much for sharing this!
What an awesome lifestyle choice! Good for this woman to be able to live her life traveling every six weeks! I absolutely adore traveling, how amazing would it be to travel as much as she does exploring different amazing places?!
@Jessica, I know I admire her attitude and persistence in making it happen!
What a great interview. She’ll definitely love visiting places like St. Augustine and Georgia. ( I live in the same neck of the woods! ) I love traveling so I would love to travel as much as she does.
@Carolyn, I need to look those 2 places up, I had not previously heard of them!
She looks nice, I really like her scarf