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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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