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Traveler Tuesday – Keane of Keane Li

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[I know its Wednesday but I missed two Traveler Tuesdays during the holiday when my brain went on strike. ]

I have had the pleasure of meeting today’s travel blogger in person! Keane Li is a blogger, freelance writer and up until the end of last year the San Francisco Community Manager for Gogobot. Which is where I met him while attending an event for Gogobot community members.

I don’t think Keane stands in one place for very long! He is involved with a lot of groups, travels all over the world while being an ambassador for all things San Francisco.

Let’s meet Keane!

Travel blogger Keane Li

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

I moved around a bit when I was a kid, having been an Army brat with family around the world, but my first big backpacking trip came after I left the Federal Reserve Bank after two years as a financial analyst. Two days after leaving, I flew to Boston and spent a month traveling down the East Coast and eventually to New Orleans. After I returned, I started working for startups in marketing, then later in content and writing, and now I’m the SF Bay Area Community Manager and Social Media Manager for Gogobot, a travel startup based in Menlo Park.

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

The opportunity to learn more about people and life’s meaning.

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

I love trains because they’re comfortable and they take you into the hearts of cities. There’s also a romance to train travel that I really adore.

Travel blogger Keane Li

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

I’m a huge film buff. Once the entertainment system is on, I’ll watch movies non-stop until the plane lands. I usually have a book with me as well for the moments I don’t feel like staring at a screen.

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

Two years ago I went to Emilia-Romagna in Italy for a travel writing program sponsored by the region. On one of the excursions, they took us to an agriturismo out in the country. A single elderly woman prepared the food and served it, and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Given that the region brought the world ravioli, tagliatelle, lasagne, Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and more, you can imagine how well we dined.

Keane Li Emilia-Romagna food

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

Like many industries with active voices online, the travel space is over-saturated with people writing often about the same subjects. A writer should strive to find a unique voice while searching for innovative ways to present a story.

[7] Where to next?

I just spent the holidays in Hawaii (where I grew up) and in 2015, I’m planning a trip to Switzerland, southern Germany, and Italy from Milan to Sicily.

Thanks Keane! 

You can keep up with Keane on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube and Flickr. Wherever you catch him, I am sure you will enjoy his adventures!

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

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Julia Rose

Wednesday 28th of January 2015

Awesome post, I always love your pictures.


Sunday 11th of January 2015

My dream job! i wish i could travel to all the places he said he is going to go this year! Maybe I could do that in five years!

Andi Fisher

Monday 12th of January 2015

@Lola, I totally hope so for you!


Saturday 10th of January 2015

Amazing pictures, that pasta makes me hungry. After the kids get older or when they're at their dad's over the summer time, I'm gonna have to do some traveling. I've been cooped up as a sahm for 10 years.

Andi Fisher

Monday 12th of January 2015

@Natalie, most definitely, looking forward to hear about your adventures in the future when you do get out there!

Alysia from My Domestic Dish

Saturday 10th of January 2015

What a great post! I love these kinds of articles, where bloggers branch out to meet someone new. What *I* would like to know is how a traveler is able to afford their journeys. How it's impacted them socially (like relationships or friendships) and career-wise. As a mother of four children, presently living on one income while I stay home to raise our youngest two.... travel's not in the cards :P The furthest getaway we have is up north, which is awesome for me and much preferred anyway. I've been to various countries overseas and even lived in the UK for a year but it turned me into a homebody. Lucky thing, as I can travel about as far as 3 cities over before the budget runs out at this point!!! LOL

Andi Fisher

Saturday 10th of January 2015

@Alysia, travel does become a little more difficult when you throw kids into the mix! But there is so much to explore right in our neighborhoods - three cities must have plenty to keep you busy on mini-adventures!

Corina Ramos

Friday 9th of January 2015

Oh my goodness the pasta looks amazing! I think it's so awesome to be able to travel for a living. Every day would truly be an adventure!

Andi Fisher

Saturday 10th of January 2015

@Corina, doesn't it though? I think I want to go to Italy just to eat that!