I met Denise of Kuanyin’s Travels in a travel blogger’s group on Facebook. She is currently in Thailand with her adorable son teaching English. This is a great way to explore the world, but it’s not without it’s [visa] difficulties which you can read about on her blog! Denise is also one of those rare bloggers who doesn’t actually have any social media but she still manages to interact with other bloggers and community members – it can be done!
Let’s meet Denise!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I first began traveling with an EF tour in my last year of high school. A group of us went to Italy and Greece for March break and from the moment we landed I knew my life had changed. I wanted to learn about the larger world, learn languages and figure out how I could live long-term outside of Canada. I knew I had grown up in a sheltered community and wanted to ensure if I ever had children I would be able to show them the world earlier than I had ‘found’ it.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Freedom, humbling, educational, eye-opening, adventure, compassion-building, networking.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
I love trains. You have the sights and sounds of ground travel with the convenience of a food trolley and can get up and move around or convert your seat into a bed if the journey is quite lengthy.
Prior to having my son I would read or sleep during transit so it didn’t matter how I traveled. Give me the least comfortable seat on a bouncing, stinky bus and I would sleep through it soundly. I used to be so great at catching up on sleeping during travel that I tailed to experience three consecutive trans-Atlantic flights, missing take off, landing and everything in between because I managed to sleep the ENTIRE journey.
*Another thing, I also love airports. There’s something about them that I quite enjoy. People sometimes complain about lengthy lay-overs. Not me! Give me 10 hours in an airport and I shall enjoy every minute!
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
I think I associate good food with the atmosphere in which it is eaten. My favorite food experiences are when you find that ‘perfect’ spot to frequent that has the combination of great food and lovely atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a chilled, hammock-filled cafe, or a great little spot for networking a great atmosphere intermingles with good food to create the fondest of memories. My greatest food memories include who I was with, the scent of a particular cafe or the event we were celebrating. My first gelato in Italy with my sister on our first trip abroad ranks highly simply because of who I was with and the taste of freedom we had as teenagers.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
I think the most valuable information I have received has come from other bloggers. Networking with other bloggers is very important to me because I recognize all that there is to learn.
 Where to next?
I am currently working in North Eastern Thailand and will finish my teaching contract in March. I will spend a month backpacking around the country prior to returning to Canada. In the fall of 2015 I will be looking for another teaching contract but the location is still undecided. I am particularly interested in Thailand again (so we (my son and I) can improve our language skills we have acquired this year) or possibly Oman. Spanish or French speaking countries also rank high due to my wanting my son to learn those languages as well.
How about you? What would you like to know about Denise?