Hello and welcome to our latest Meet and Greet Monday! This week, we’re featuring our amazing Social Media Manager Priscilla Wagner! Priscilla is truly a goddess, so we are stoked to learn more about her this week.
Tell us about the thing you do that you’re most proud of (this could be your job, your blog, your hobby, your family, your volunteer work, anything).
I would have to say my passion and commitment to being involved in my community. I am not afraid to fight for what I believe in.
Why are you proud of it? What about it is inspiring to you?
Despite the sometimes overwhelming evidence against it, I still believe in the good of people, and that people can make a difference.
What is your favorite travel tip, piece of advice, hack?
Always make copies of your passport, and keep the copies in different places! One in your suitcase, purse, shoe, fanny pack, wherever 🙂
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from travel that you’d like to pass on?
Don’t be afraid to try new things! There are always stories that will scare us, and bad things can happen to us anywhere – even crossing the street in front of our homes. When you are traveling, this is your opportunity to have new experiences and adventures. It is easy to give in to the fear from what we see in the media of the bad things – but the reality is, that is overwhelmingly the minority of all the amazing things that happen when traveling. Of course those amazing things don’t make news headlines, so sometimes it’s easy to get sucked into the terrifying “what ifs.” Of course you should always be safe and use your best judgment, the same as you would in your own home town. But while you’re traveling, this is your chance to live and experience. When I was living in Buenos Aires, some friends and I took a weekend trip to a town in Argentina called Córdoba. We had an opportunity to go paragliding (basically jumping off a mountain with a parachute) and I almost didn’t go, because I was TERRIFIED. But I did it, and I’m so glad I did – it was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, to this day.
What’s your favorite place that you’ve ever traveled to? Why?
My favorite place I’ve ever traveled to was definitely Belize. I went with my fiancé about five months into us dating, and it was where I truly fell in love with him. We stayed in a place called Cotton Tree Lodge, that was literally in the middle of the jungle, right along the Mojo River, which feeds out into the Caribbean Sea. We met people from all over the world, and absolutely fell in love with the people and the Mayan culture in Belize. It was the perfect mix of everything I enjoy while traveling – being able to have extreme adventures, like snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea, zip lining, and singing karaoke with the locals, while also having an opportunity to relax – swim in the river, do yoga, lay out in the sun and read. But the reality is, it is probably my favorite due to my company. Traveling is important to me, and sometimes it can be terrifying to travel with someone you just started dating. What if you have completely different traveling styles? What if you hate each other by the end of the trip? But at the end of the day, it completely sealed the deal for me, and was our first of many great adventures.
What is your travel style? How would you describe it?<
I would describe my travel style as a mix of pre-planning with sprinkled spontaneity. I like to know the big details like when/where I am flying in/out, know that I have a place to stay in the cities I will be in, and knowing what options are available for me when I get there. This is where my bullet journal comes in handy – I love to research all of the different things I *could* do on my trip, and writing them down, so that when it comes time to choose, I can see all of the options I researched ahead of time, or even things I found out about along the journey, after talking to locals or people I meet along the way. Places to go, things to see, places to eat, etc. However, I really enjoy being spontaneous while I am traveling in deciding what to do and where to go. I enjoy being able to decide what I want to do when I want to do it. Day to day adventures, and being able to do them as the trip goes along is part of the fun of traveling. I love being able to wake up in the morning and decide how I feel that day and going from there. Do I feel like having an adventure? Sight seeing? Relaxing? People Watching? Eating my way through the city? Paddle boarding? Experiencing culture? The world is my oyster! This is especially true when trying new places to eat. There is nothing better than walking into a restaurant you know nothing about, and having the meal of your life.
Thanks for sharing, Priscilla! The world is indeed your oyster. Join Prisculla and over 31,000 other women in our Girls Who Travel Facebook Community! You can also follow some of Priscilla’s passions at Brown Hope and Financial Beginnings.