Traveler Tuesday – Kristin of Take Your Big Trip

Traveler-Tuesday- travel blogger Kristin of Take Your Big Trip
I am thrilled to introduce you to a very special travel blogger. Fellow AFAR Ambassador and San Franciscan and yet we have never met in person despite the best efforts of our mutual friend Lindsey! Kristen of Take Your Big Trip believes in just getting out there and doing it, when it comes to travel and life! Something she speaks about publicly at events like Travel Massive and serious venues like on an upcoming SXSW panel as well as of course, on her blog.

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She lives what she preaches because at this very moment she is on her own big trip…and with her mother! She is in Bhutan! You can keep up with her at this very moment on her Instagram feed.

She is awesome, so…

Let’s meet Kristin!

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[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

I was always a traveler. My parents were quite adventurous and, as teachers, had summers off so we loaded up the wagon early on and ventured out. First, it was weekend camping and then Clark W. Griswold-like cross country adventures in the minivan to national parks. My first international trip was to Germany in 10th grade. The wanderlust firmly was embedded when I saw that there was a big wide world out there.

[2] What is travel to you in 10 words or less?

Travel is a way to begin.

[3] What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

I love a good train ride. I fell in love with train travel in India in 2008. The trains are lumbering and huge, an incredible system that houses all aspects of humanity. I’d come on, find my berth, and then become a part of a small community and culture for 10-12 hours. We’d eat together, sleep together, converse, and entertain ourselves. There are vendors peddling samosas, chai, books and, toys peel through the aisles. In the 2 and 3 AC classes a porter helps you turn down your bed. I’m very happy in an Indian train berth on an overnight trip with my book and blanket, feeling the rumbling on the rails.

Train travel is also my favorite way to get around Europe because, while more expensive, the train stations are so romantic with possibility and the trains go city center to city center.

[4] What do you typically do while traveling by plane?

For plane travel, I’m usually in a boredom avoidance mode, so I make sure I have movies on my iPad, podcasts on my iPhone, and a full queue of kindle books.

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[5] What is your favorite travel memory involving food?

I have several because I love eating my way through a place. The DK guidebooks are very helpful because there’s always a page with pictures of the local cuisine so I know what to order at restaurants. I remember being in Calcutta on a tight budget and having delicious street food – pakoras, samosas, curries and rice – for under a dollar. I’d come up to the stands, speak my limited Hindi (which these Bengalis knew) and grab a wooden seat next to the stand with my food in a paper cone or on a metal plate. I was not afraid and just dived right in.

I was in Paris three weeks last year and had a list of “must try” restaurants provided by other bloggers, foodie friends, and travel writers. I shaped my days around lunch at these restaurants – picking one in a different neighborhood each day- and I got to have a very local feel to Paris through each lunch. I take cooking classes too – I’ve made injera in Ethiopia, ceviche in Peru, paratha in India, and tajine in Morocco.

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[6] What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?

It’s great to write for yourself, but if you have something to offer a greater community, write for them. It’s a wonderful service to share your experience and expertise via the blog and you’ll gain a readership who cares about what you say.

[7] Where to next?

Bhutan and Seoul, South Korea! I’m going with the adventure travel company GeoEx, where I consult as a marketing director, and my mother is joining me for the trip. I’m excited see the Buddhist monasteries, Himalayas, and a country known for its “Gross National Happiness.” It is my mother’s first time in Asia, so I’m excited for her to see this part of the world. I added Seoul because I think it’s a great culinary destination and they have wonderful homestays where you can stay with a family.

Thanks Kristin!

You can keep up with Kristin on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!

How about you? What would you like to know about Kristin?

68 Comments

  1. Jenna
    November 4, 2014

    Travel is a way to begin…I love that.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Jenna, she nailed it!

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  2. Heather // girlichef
    November 4, 2014

    I’m totally enchanted by the thought of Indian train travel now…

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Heather, I know! The more I see it the more I want to do it!

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  3. Erica
    November 4, 2014

    So fun to meet Kristin! I’ve always wanted to take a trip by train… hopefully one day! 🙂

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  4. Sharon
    November 4, 2014

    Thanks for sharing Kristin’s blog! I love those travel photos!

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  5. miriam
    November 4, 2014

    wow! great interview!
    seoul is such a beautiful city! excited for the next adventure to south korea!

    http://www.simplyxclassic.com

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Miriam, when were you in Seoul? What was your favorite part?

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  6. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    November 4, 2014

    Train travel sounds like so much fun! I want to try that sometime.

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  7. Alisha H.
    November 4, 2014

    Sounds like such fun! I don’t travel much and have never been on a train, but it sounds neat!

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  8. Nancy
    November 4, 2014

    She was in Paris for three weeks last year! So awesome – one of my bucket lists of places to go.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Nancy, one of my favorite places in the world and I am so lucky to get there almost every year!

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  9. Cara (@StylishGeek)
    November 4, 2014

    That is an awesome post! India is still on my bucket list as I was fortunate enough to already have visited South Africa and Paris. Oh…if only I can take off and travel like that! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Cara, how lucky! I hope you get to continue your travels and get to India – but there is so much to see just in that country it will take one very long trip!

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  10. Stephanie
    November 4, 2014

    I love traveling. It’s fun to explore new places.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Stephanie, I could not agree more, where is your favorite place you’ve explored so far?

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  11. Kendall Rayburn
    November 4, 2014

    Coming from a traveler, travelling gives the wanderer fresh new eyes and change of perspective too.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Kendall, well said!

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  12. Natalie
    November 4, 2014

    I LOVE reading about other travel bloggers–they inspire me to keep traveling and blogging about it, too! 🙂 Kristin sounds like an awesome person, and her travels are awe-inspiring! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Natalie, she is definitely an inspiration for lots of women travelers!

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  13. Erica
    November 4, 2014

    I wish I could travel more. Oh well I will still be young when my kids are out of the house and will do it then 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Erica, travel with the kids – roadtrip!

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  14. Corina Ramos
    November 4, 2014

    I’m looking forward to traveling when I retire. Right now it’s college and grandbabies :). Great interview.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Corina, I hope you get out there in the world, but there is also wonderful spots to enjoy in your own backyard, especially with grandbabies!

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  15. karissa
    November 4, 2014

    I hope to travel more in the future. We didn’t travel much growing up so I want to travel with my kids.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Karissa, traveling is a great for your kids to see the world!

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  16. Amanda @ MoveLoveEat
    November 5, 2014

    So jealous Kristin is exploring Bhutan! I always make sure I have a lot of boredom avoidance items on the plane as well 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Amanda, what is your favorite “boredom avoidance items”?

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  17. Jenn @ hellorigby!
    November 5, 2014

    So jealous of her travel adventures! The food in India and Paris sound amazing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Jenn, I can’t speak for India but in Paris the food is out of this world!

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  18. I am so jealous of her traveling adventures!! Great tips and ideas!

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  19. Rebekah
    November 5, 2014

    I’ve always wanted to travel by train – it’s so expensive here unfortunately! Seeing giraffes in the wild must have been amazing!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Rebekah, oh, so interesting, I saw several travel bloggers taking trips in Canada last year for Tbex, I assumed it was a relatively inexpensive way to go!

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  20. Evanne @ Poplar Travels
    November 5, 2014

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Seoul! Have a wonderful time with your mom, that will be a fun adventure

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Evanne, agree, I had some of the most amazing food on my visits to Seoul and my favorite museum in the whole wide world is there!

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  21. Brenda
    November 5, 2014

    Lovely to meet Kristin! Wow! She’s traveled everywhere seemingly!

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  22. Jessica Doll
    November 5, 2014

    Great to meet Kristin! I’m going to go check her out on IG now. 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Jessica, please do the pics are gorgeous!

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  23. Heather
    November 5, 2014

    I love her quote “Travel is a way to begin.” So great and inspirational. I also love the question about the food! Ha ha! 🙂 I think it’s so interesting that she loves traveling by train! I have only done that once and it was a rough trip but I can see how it COULD be exciting! 😉

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Heather, way was that rough train ride you took?

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  24. Katie
    November 5, 2014

    What a fabulous interview! I definitely have the travel bug after every summer until I was 13 was spent in beautifully sunny spain. I’m currently in Morocco so can definitely say I love it! I’ve done Amsterdam, Croatia and Morocco this year and hoping to do lots more next!

    Katie <3

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Katie, I have Morocco on my to-do list as well – the food, the spice markets – amazing!

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  25. Chelsea
    November 5, 2014

    I love hearing about other people’s adventures! The train system in India sounds a LOT more fun and interesting than the one in Europe.. I hated travelling by train in Europe! I loved being able to see where we were travelling through, but it was rather boring besides that part.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Chelsea, I am curious to do a train trip in India as well, it looks like an adventure!

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  26. Melissa
    November 5, 2014

    Fun post!

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  27. Cia from Cia Says
    November 5, 2014

    Wow! I’ve never even thought what it would be like to be a traveler. I haven’t ever heard of 2 of those places. Amazing life! 😀

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Cia, it is never too late to get the traveling bug!

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  28. kristine
    November 5, 2014

    Fun “meeting” other bloggers who share the same passions I do!

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  29. Amby Felix
    November 6, 2014

    These posts are absolutely inspiring. I love her photos. Wow!!!!

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  30. Candace
    November 6, 2014

    OMGosh I love that. “Travel is a way to begin” So true. I was making a photo album last night and love/miss all of our travels. Hopefully again soon!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 6, 2014

      @Candace, hoping for you as well!

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  31. Lix
    November 6, 2014

    That is an awesome definition of travel. Yes.

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  32. Linda Manns Linneman
    November 6, 2014

    Thank you for sharing this nice young lady and her travel interests. I really like reading these types of articles and about the different travel sites people have visited

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  33. estherjulee
    November 6, 2014

    that’s how i like to travel! revolving it around food.. and then i usually reserve sunsets for photos at certain spots.. but food above all else! 🙂 we never traveled abroad when i was growing up, but we did all the all American road trips through various national parks. I don’t think I caught the travel bug until maybe in my mid twenties.. but I’ve loved travel since. I think if we ever have kids.. we’d love to instill the value of travel like your parents have to you. Thanks for sharing about your travels.. Kristin. & Thanks Andi for featuring more amazing travel bloggers!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 6, 2014

      @Esther, my pleasure, I think it would be fun to feature you in this series as well, let me know if you are interested!

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  34. Jen @ The Halfway Homemaker
    November 6, 2014

    How inspiring, I definitely didn’t travel enough before having kids, and it is fun to live vicariously through those that still travel. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Jen, hope she inspires you to take a trip with the kids some day!

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  35. Jess
    November 6, 2014

    I love these photos! I’ve been hit by the travel bug lately and I can’t wait till we have less expenses in the new year to do so! So fun reading this post!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Jess, glad that Kristin could inspire you!

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  36. estherjulee
    November 6, 2014

    i’d love to be a part of it! 😀

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 7, 2014

      @Esther, I will email you the questions!

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  37. Ronda
    November 9, 2014

    I always wanted to travel but do not like long flights. I live vicariously through my mom and sister who just returned from trips to Dubai, Italy and Isreal.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 9, 2014

      @Ronda, short trips can be just as fun!

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  38. Bethany
    November 10, 2014

    Looks like a bunch of fun!

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  39. mai tran
    November 27, 2014

    I’ve also gathered (lots of) places to eat in Paris. Still waiting for the day of visit, though. Thanks for introducing this new traveler to me.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 27, 2014

      @Mai, what are some of the spots on your Paris wishlist?

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      1. mai tran
        November 28, 2014

        My Paris wishlist: Lunch at Bistrot Paul Bert, Cocktails at Le Meurice, Saturday wine tasting at La Dernière Goutte, Chocolate Crawl in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Dinner at Restaurant L’Arpège, Terrace Pleasures at Mini Palais, etc. I could go on still but I think you got the idea 🙂

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  40. Mish L.
    December 4, 2014

    I’m always curious how people are able to afford travelling.. Honestly

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