Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess

Traveler-Tuesday-on-Misadventures-with-AndiLast November I had the opportunity to participate on a media trip through Napa Valley with some extraordinary travelers. When I first learned of the opportunity I was super excited to meet Andi Perullo (as we had been blogging friends for years) and Charu Suri who was a new pal from the travel blogger community. Little did I know that I was also going to meet someone who I would instantly bond with – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess.

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I adored her immediately.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess
Photo credit: Fogg Odyssey

I admire her experience, her career choices as well as her panache and spunk. She claims to not have a blog that is “worthy,” but her content kicks ass and I love her voice. And lately she has been one giant dare-devil living on the edge – with car racing and balloon rides and fighter jet flying! And she does that in between meeting Steve Carell and Shania Twain!

Oh, and she is a totally foodie, which of course helps with any friendship with me. Andi, Abby and I had a great time sneaking off for oysters during our Napa trip and she has plenty of tips for eating in Vegas, just ask! She rarely has down time in her capacity as editor of Vegas magazine which is why I was thrilled when she graciously agreed to be a part of the Traveler Tuesday series!

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess in Instabul

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

The same way I became a writer – I was born that way! My family always took at least one trip to the beach a year, and we moved every few years. So being on the go has always felt comfortable. When I was in middle school, I somehow finagled my way onto a high school trip to Europe, and came back for a repeat performance the next year. After a few more trips, and studying abroad in college, I’d say I entered adulthood a bona fide travel junkie.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess Contadora Panama

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

A constant fix I need to keep going.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess Buenos Aires Argentina

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

I’ve always enjoyed trains, but being back at work full-time, I jump on planes because I just want to get there already! And I’ve always been a sucker for long solo road trips to clear my mind.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess Sunset Coco Costa Rica

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

Say silent prayers of thanks for all of those hours of interrupted reading time. I always climb onboard with a shoulder bag heavy with magazines, usually a paperback I want to finish, and my Kindle. If I de-board with nothing left but what’s on my Kindle, I feel like it’s been a successful trip.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess Cloud Forest Costa Rica

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

I’ve had so many wonderful meals over the years, including right here in Las Vegas. But as far as memories go, nothing beats backpacking in Europe with my best friend after college and jumping on trains with my jar of peanut butter, and a roll and packet of jelly from the hostel that morning. And we always had those little Kinder bars for dessert.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess in Nicaragua

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

Ask for help. Everyone’s so busy that it’s rare that someone will offer it, and there is so much to learn. Consider shelling out the cash for professional assistance as often as seems appropriate. Having a blog is an independent, sometimes isolating hobby, but you don’t have to go at it alone! There are people who want to help you get your message out – you just have to speak up.

Traveler Tuesday – Abby Tegnelia of The Neon Jungle Princess Sunny Beach Bulgaria

[7] Where to next?

Coco, Costa Rica to visit the friends I met while living there for a year. I can’t wait to be in the tropics!

Thanks Abby!

You can catch more of Abby on her blog or Facebook page and check out her chatter on Twitter.  She’s also on Pinterest and Instagram. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures (my guess is she will be challenging great white sharks soon)!

21 Comments

  1. TheWanderfullTraveler
    April 9, 2013

    I love Andi’s blog and this sounds like another right in line with my interests.
    I’ve been to Vegas 8 times now and am planning on returning again and could use some of her advice for seeing something new on my next visit.
    I agree with her about asking for help – I am still learning the ins and outs of blogging and am far from perfect but I improve my reading other blogs like this one and getting know the writers and fellow foodies so that I can improve.

    Murissa

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 9, 2013

      @Murissa, I actually love Vegas as well – there is SO much more to do there other than gambling! I wanted you to know I got your email and promise to respond, I started a new job this week so it is a bit hectic!

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  2. Abby
    April 9, 2013

    Thank you, Andi!! I am so, so happy and honored to be on your blog! No matter what you say, my little photos look so much more sophisticated on your blog lol. We did have the best time on that trip. Abby and the Andi’s. It was meant to be!
    Murissa, I love that you love Vegas! Yes, I’d love to answer any questions!

    Abby

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 9, 2013

      @Abby, I loved having you, you rock lady!

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  3. Awwwww I miss you ladies so much!!!!!!!! Abby, I’m a Kinder chocolate eater too! Have fun in Coco!

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  4. Katie @ Domestiphobia.net
    April 10, 2013

    Oh I MISS Costa Rica! I only lived there for two months, but what a country. Have fun! Pura Vida!

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  5. Maria
    April 10, 2013

    Until I began following Abby’s posts I didn’t think there was much beyond gambling in Vegas – boy was I wrong! I learned a lot from Abby and once again she’s showing me something new… Misadventures with Andi! Thanks to you both for broadening my horizons.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 10, 2013

      @Maria, isn’t she fantastic!?

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  6. Cathy Sweeney
    April 10, 2013

    I’ve been following Abby in the blogosphere for quite a while now. It would be great to meet up with her in person — especially in fun places like Napa Valley or Vegas! Nice to learn more about her in your interview.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 10, 2013

      @Cathy, so glad you enjoyed the interview!

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  7. Sophie
    April 10, 2013

    Kinder chocolates, eh? My 11-y-o loves those. Child at heart, that Abby. Those make the best travellers 🙂

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  8. Jenna
    April 10, 2013

    I look forward to meeting Abby someday. She has always seemed like a down-to-earth, intelligent, fun-loving woman, and I love her love of a life less ordinary in Costa Rica. Have a great trip, Abby!

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  9. Abby
    April 11, 2013

    Thank you, Jenna!! I am SO excited. Just get me there already!

    Cathy and Maria, you both are too kind. I’ve loved living vicariously through your blogs!

    Katie, isn’t it the best?!

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  10. Jennifer @TheRebelChick
    April 11, 2013

    I had the good fortune of meeting Abby at TBEX last year, I hope it was only the first of many encounters. 🙂 What a great interview!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 14, 2013

      @Jennifer, thanks so much and I am in agreement, I hope to see Abby much more!

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  11. Charu
    April 11, 2013

    Love this interview! I adore Abby…she’s honest with no pretense. Great interview and have fun in CR! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 14, 2013

      @Charu, she is the best!

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  12. Jen
    April 14, 2013

    I am so curious about travelers. I love this series.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      April 14, 2013

      @Jen, thank you so much (as always!)

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  13. Natalie T.
    April 22, 2013

    Love the profile pic and love Abby! She leads quite the fabulous life. 🙂

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  14. Eileen Richter
    July 21, 2013

    Just thinking…THINKING of the time we will finally get to travel sans kids, the photos make me giddy. I love my kids but seeing the worldly photo’s makes me realize what an isolated life many of us lead and how very little of the world we have seen. Never much thought about traveling Europe as the excuse has always been, “there is so much we have not seen in the US”. But really, it’s a small world when you consider the quick transit. How lucky we are. Now, just to win the lotto and get OUT of here! Vegas we have done. It was fun and people watching was the BEST! REally though, the point about asking for help was key. Even when you don’t always speak the same language, some sort of communication and a smile goes a long way in a strange place.

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