This week in our GWT Meet and Greet we’re introducing you to another important member of the Girls Who Travel moderator team. Allie has been a moderator since the beginning and she is one of the reasons that our community is the safe and empowering community that it is today! We’re so excited for you to get to know her a little better!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from travel that you’d like to pass on?
Travel like a local. My most recent trip to Lisbon, I became an unexpected tourist and I had so much fun discovering the hidden parts of the city. I bought a 24 hour bus pass and just got on random buses to see where they would take me. It was an amazingly freeing experience, because I got to see pieces of unfiltered local life. I wasn’t just seeing other tourists like me.
Of course I got totally lost at one point but that turned out to be less scary than I thought it would be. Because I felt comfortable being in a “local” environment, I felt safe and calm. Obviously I eventually figured out where I was supposed to be, because Google Maps is a thing that exists.
What’s your favorite place that you’ve ever traveled to? Why?
Budapest. Lisbon is top 3 for sure but Budapest was the first place I traveled to and felt comfortable as soon as I was there. It took me less than an hour to know that I would definitely be back for more.
The city itself is breathtakingly beautiful. The architecture makes me want to stop and stare at the buildings for a while. Actually that’s part of why I loved it so much. It felt okay to take things at a slower and easier pace. I feel like Budapest becomes a part of you and your soul after a while. It is a city with a personality and that’s a beautiful thing.
What is your travel style? How would you describe it?
My travel style has changed over time. At first I was definitely a planner and wanted to be organized all the time. While this might be perfect for other people, for me it turned out to be restrictive. Now I plan generally and then go with the flow. What that means is I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish for each day, and a list of experiences I would like to have by the end of the trip. But I don’t plan exactly how that happens and I give myself permission to be okay with not checking everything off the list. That’s been a crucial part of my travel evolution.
We love you Allie! Thanks for all you do! Keep checking back here for more Meet and Greet posts, where you can get to know our inspiring Girls Who Travel members!