Q&A with Female Travelers Part I

Q&A with Female Travelers Part I

If you’re reading this, then we know you love adventure. You probably follow amazing Instagram accounts of travelers exploring the globe and wonder how in the world they got to where they are today. Well, we got to ask a few of these amazing explorers some questions on their journey and we are so excited to share these amazing stories with you. A big thank you to Angela (@angelaliggs), Grizel (@_grizel_), and Anne (@annegumiran ), for taking the time to answer our questions!

Angela Liguori, @angelaliggs

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Angela is a blogger, content creator, and cofounder of @allaboutadventures, which is a platform that is dedicated to motivate others to explore the world. An avid traveler, Angela has traveled from the warm tropics of Hawaii to the icy cold glaciers of Argentina. She’s made it easy for her followers to go on these amazing adventures with her as she documents her journey around the world! Keep up with Angela and her team on All About Adventures!

Have you always been adventurous at heart, or did you find your passion for traveling later in life?

Since I grew up in beautiful British Columbia, I have always been adventurous. My dad took me outside at an early age and after a few trips there wasn't a weekend you couldn't find us hiking, camping, skiing or just enjoying the outdoors. I'm thankful for him and am blessed that I realized just how important exploring is at an early age.

Do you travel full-time? If so, how do you support yourself? If not, how do you find balance working and traveling?

I just transitioned into full-time freelance in January of this year, and up until then I was working 40-hours a week at what was my dream job. For the longest time I always thought of my Instagram feed and blog as a side gig and worked on it whenever I could—before and after my work shifts and on weekends. I was lucky enough to be able to work remotely so I took full advantage of that perk. I went on road trips with my friends and worked while in the car and coffee shops. Between my full-time job, my side gig, traveling and still spending time with my family and friends—I was busy (to say the least). My advice for people who are balancing work and travel is to master prioritization and take time to destress. For me that was hiking and going to the gym. If you don't take time for yourself to recharge, handling everything life throws at you becomes much more difficult. Now that I travel full time I can't image working 40 hours a week on top of all of this. I support myself by collaborating with rad brands whose values align with my own. I create content, post photos to my feed and story, write blog posts, host giveaways and model.

How did you make the leap to full-time? Was it scary?

Let me tell you, it was hard. Most people that make the leap to full-time say that they were so stoked to quit their 9-5 job that had them chained to a desk. For me, it was different because I loved my job. I didn't want to leave! It took me nearly a year to finally feel ready to take the leap and leave my dream job behind. The two weeks leading up to my last day were the hardest. A lot of emotions came up—I was scared, anxious, nervous, sad, but I was also stoked, hopeful and happy. Now that I am full-time freelance I can't image working 40 hours on top of the work, travel and everything in between! It is an amazing feeling to be able to put all of your energy and time into your own business (and something that you are so incredibly passionate about). My advice is to listen to your gut and if it says to make the leap, do it. If you're anything like me, you will work hard to make it worthwhile and prove to yourself that it was the best decision you have ever made.

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What have you learned over your years traveling? Have you grown as a person through your experiences?

I've been traveling periodically for the last five years—both around BC and internationally—and it definitely has changed me. I've learned way more than I can put into words. I've learned things that I wouldn't have learned in school. I've learned that trips don't always go according to the plan, a lot of things are out of your control, to always say yes to adventures or opportunities (even if you're a little scared), to get fuel when you need it so you're not stuck on the side of the road, to always have snacks and do research into the places you're going but know that you may not be able to get to see everything.

Do you travel alone? Have you ever experienced anything negative traveling as a female?

I don't. I always travel with friends as I believe sharing a trip with others is an amazing experience— but I would like to take a road trip on my own this year. There is something to traveling alone that you don't get until you do it.

If you could tell your young adventuring self from two years ago something, what would it be? What advice can you give others about this lifestyle?

Cherish your sleep! When on trips, I get up for almost every sunrise and stay awake for every sunset to take photos—and in turn, I don't get that much sleep. It's extremely rare for me to get 8 hours of sleep while traveling. Thank god for coffee.

What do you love most about traveling?

The moment when you get to a place you've only seen in photos, while researching and dreamed about going to! That feeling never gets old.

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What are your travel goals for 2019? Any personal goals (stay sane during the summer, rest more, more off-screen time, etc) that relate to your travel lifestyle?

My travel goal is to spend a month in Norway. It's somewhere I've wanted to explore, hike and camp, for ages. A personal goal would be to meet as many inspiring humans as I can while traveling! I also am trying to prioritize sleep/rest, and knowing that I don't always have to be doing something.

Grizel Caminas, @_grizel_

Grizel is an ardent backpacker who enjoys hiking with her furry buddy, Rue. Grizel has hiked many trails such as the High Sierra Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Tour du Mont Blanc, Europe’s most popular long distance walk which passes through Switzerland, Italy, and France. Grizel takes her followers along with her as she vlogs her exhilarating expeditions. Grizel plans on hiking the great, 2,200 mile-long Appalachian Trail this year. Watch Grizel and Rue conquer one trail at time on REI’s Youtube!

Have you always been adventurous at heart, or did you find your passion for traveling later in life?

Growing up, I was terrified of EVERYTHING… like an extreme fear of water, bugs, heights-you name it-I was scared of it. My mom often tells the story of me as a toddler who would cry for help when the floor patterns would change from wood to tile. I legitimately thought there was a huge gap of nothingness that would eat me. I would beg my mom to carry me from one side to the other. When I got older, I realized how much my fear paralyzed me from being who I wanted to be. I wanted to be challenged. I knew deep down that If I wanted to live a full life, I would have to face my fears...and so began the journey. There was a huge parallel of facing outdoor challenges and emotional challenges. As I began working through my personal trauma and narrative, I also began facing my fears of being alone in the woods, hiking scary climbs, and backpacking. But the bravery and courage I felt through those experiences became irreplaceable and addictive. And here we are now! I'm still growing and facing many fears today.

What have you learned over your years traveling? Have you grown as a person through your experiences?

I have learned that traveling is hard. It can be isolating and lonely, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love learning from different experiences and becoming a more holistic person through travel and play.

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Do you travel alone? Have you ever experienced anything negative traveling as a female?

I have done most of my backpacking alone, although my partner is slowly making his way into my travels. As a female backpacker and vlogger, I have most definitely received negative feedback about "not knowing what I am doing," and "you should hike with a man to keep you safe." But, I try not to listen to the negative comments. Traveling solo, especially as a Latina woman makes me a stronger Latina woman. I have learned to stand up for myself and not feel the need to constantly prove that I belong in the outdoors just as much as anyone else.

If you could tell your young adventuring self from two years ago something, what would it be? What advice can you give others about this lifestyle?

I would tell her that I was proud of her for putting herself out there. For simply being. I would tell her to stop being so hard on herself. I would tell her that she belonged outside just as much as anyone else and that she could do anything she puts her mind to! What do you love most about traveling? I love growing from other peoples experiences as well as my own. We are never too old to learn and be teachable.

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What are your travel goals for 2019? Any personal goals (stay sane during the summer, rest more, more off-screen time, etc) that relate to your travel lifestyle?

To finish the Appalachian Trail with my pup, Rue, and then hit the road in my van with my partner!

Anne Gumiran, @annegumiran

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Anne, a free-spirited native of the Philippines, started traveling in 2016 and since then she has found her love for exploration and has set a goal for herself to visit all 81 provinces of the Philippines. She is a full time teacher and is currently pursuing her masters in English all while globe-trotting one island at a time. Not only does this sun loving beach bum teach full time, travels and blogs on her days off, but she also creates her own presets which you can purchase on her website. You can follow Anne on her island adventures at www.thequeensescape.com.

Have you always been adventurous at heart, or did you find your passion for traveling later in life?

I found my passion for traveling in my early 20s. I’ve always admired breathtaking places, but I didn't have the desire to travel to these places and experience it for myself until my friends took me on an island trip in summer of 2016. Maybe it didn't appeal to me before as I was too involved with my job, but then the workaholic in me became exhausted and I needed an escape. I didn't realize that this need for an escape turned into a passion to explore.

Do you travel full-time? If so, how do you support yourself? If not, how do you find balance working and traveling?

I am currently employed full time as a teacher in a public school in the Philippines. I travel on weekends, holidays, and summer. I get to travel a lot because of discipline and time management. I don’t really bring my work home and I work at work, and not anywhere else. I use my time wisely to finish all the work-related stuff because I know that I'm getting paid well for it too. Pay days are a form of reward for me as it gets me tickets to destinations that I have been dreaming and thinking of. I also have set my mind, and I’m fueled by my passion that I can do anything. I can be anywhere where I want to be. It's just a matter of getting the things out of your head instead of just imagining them. As my tattoo says, "When there's a will, there's away.” I have the will and drive to go outside and see the world, therefore, I need to make a way. I will make a way.

Do you plan on going full-time traveler, or do you like staying part-time?

I may have once thought of traveling full-time, but I know I can't leave my day job where I get to pay my bills and save for my future. It's not practical for me. I might get paid for doing it, but I'd still choose doing it part-time. I love the thought of exploring and endlessly wandering, but I am also an adult who needs to face the reality.

What have you learned over your years traveling? Have you grown as a person through your experiences?

I have seriously grown as a person in various aspects over the years of traveling. I did not simply step out of what I have thought as my comfort zone. It has opened my eyes to the truth that the world itself is my comfort zone. I learned other people's culture and taboos. I have learned how people and their respective cultures are interestingly different from one another and I gained a new-found respect for their wonderful uniqueness. Traveling has taught me how to be independent. It has taught me the beauty of spontaneity, how to be responsible, and how to love and appreciate the world around me. Traveling has basically opened my mind to vast horizons which made me aware of a lot of things that I previously did not pay attention to before.

Do you travel alone? Have you ever experienced anything negative traveling as a female?

I travel alone sometimes. The thought of exploring a new place or city all by myself and coming home with a handful of good memories is indeed liberating. I meet good friends along the way that I then tag along with on another trip if our schedules fit. I don't know if I just get lucky, but I haven’t really encountered anything in my trips that scared me and made me ditch the thought of going solo. Maybe it's just because I always avoid the instances where I might be caught in that situation.

If you could tell your young adventuring self from two years ago something, what would it be? What advice can you give others about this lifestyle?

If there's one thing that I'd tell my young self from two years ago, it would be: "Get up, there's a great, great world out there waiting to be explored! A lifetime wouldn't suffice so head on!" There is much more than grinding all day and pulling an all nighter at work. A breather is necessary and the world has so many opportunities for that. It will continuously take your breath away and make your dreams better than reality.

What do you love most about traveling?

The things that I love the most about traveling are (1) I get to know more people from different walks of life and culture, (2) the gastronomic adventure, (3) the exciting activities that I can do to feed my adrenaline junkie self, (4) the visually arresting scenes that are more than what I have dreamed of and I've never thought existed and most of all, (5) the things that I have learned and I am learning from it and how it has made me a better person now. These are the things that shape me to be a great storyteller for the next generations.

What are your travel goals for 2019? Any personal goals (stay sane during the summer, rest more, more off-screen time, etc) that relate to your travel lifestyle?

For 2019, I would want to have travels that matter; trips that matter in a way that I'll be able to contribute something in saving the earth, something that is more than just exploring the wonders. I would want to do something on sustainability through beach and mountain clean ups, clean up dives and using travel products that are truly eco-friendly. Part of my plan is to influence the people that I meet while traveling and let them join me in my advocacy so that the children of the next generations could still experience and see how beautiful this world is.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am currently on a project where I aim to travel to all of the provinces of my country, Philippines, before I travel and conquer the world. As a lot of people know, this country is blessed not just with the best islands and amazing summits but also with the diverse culture and traditions living in harmony in one archipelago.

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We hope that these female’s stories inspired you in some way. Whether you feel inspired to go for a hike or feel inspired to start travel blogging, be courageous like these ladies and just do it. It’s never too late to live the life you want! So what are you guys waiting for? Go out and explore the world!