Feature Friday with Future Friends
I strongly believe that people who love to travel are the best kind of people. This series will introduce you to some of the amazing women travelers with whom I have been fortune enough to connect. Women travelers who are overcoming adversity and crushing societal norms are a huge source of inspiration for me and I believe their stories will inspire you as well.
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? Where are you based? When and how did you start traveling?
Hi! I’m Natasha, I’m one half of the website The World Pursuit. I’m an only child from the Midwestern United States. Growing up my family did a lot of domestic travel, but my first international trip was when I studied abroad in Australia for 6 months. Studying abroad opened my eyes to a new world, and I met so many people from all around the globe – I knew I couldn’t stop traveling.
I guess you could say I’m homeless. I don’t have a base as I am currently traveling indefinitely. However, at this very moment I am sitting in a hostel in Sorrento, Italy.
What is the hardest thing you have experienced while traveling? What did you learn from this experience?
I backpacked solo for 8 months with a boyfriend back home. He met me off and on for about 3 of those months to travel with me, but the other 5 months were very tough for the relationship. There were many lonely days for both parties, and then other days when I would meet a huge group of other travelers and feel bad. Fortunately, we stuck through all this, moved to New York City together, and now we travel long-term together. If someone loves you, they won’t stop you from living your dreams.
What is the most unique meal or dish you have eaten in a foreign country? What made it so special?
I’d really like to believe that I’m an adventurous eater, but the plain simple fact is I’m just not. If something doesn’t look good to me, I won’t be tasting it. I didn’t particularly love a lot of the street food in Hong Kong, but I did decide to try frog legs, and won’t be having it again. I didn’t know there would be so many little bones to dig out. What made it so memorable was the owner telling my friend and I that we should be okay with high prices in the city since we were from the US and Australia. That didn’t change the fact that we are on a budget!
Have you ever traveled solo? If so, what was the best part of the experience? If you haven’t, why not?
I have traveled solo quite a bit through Europe, Asia, and parts of The Middle East. I cannot recommend solo travel enough, and believe it is something that every woman should do at least once in their lifetime. I love being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want and not abide to anyone else’s schedule. You also meet a crazy amount of people when you go solo, so you are never truly “alone” for that long.
In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception that most people have about travelers?
That long-term travel is a giant vacation. Many people ask me how I can afford to travel, but I actually spend less traveling per month than my rent in our old NYC apartment. I think many tend to believe that travel is nothing but nice hotels, steak dinners, and taxi cabs. While in fact, I meet most other travelers in hostels right before we take public transport to the cheapest grocery store.
If you could give one piece of advice, about anything, to a large group of people, what would it be?
The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. I know that sometimes local people get annoyed with travelers and can be rude, but I’m sure they would not like to be treated that way if they went to a different country. This also goes vice versa. Be kind to foreigners, you never know when you are traveling next!
Be sure to check in every Friday to meet other awesome women travel bloggers and future friends! If you follow a female travel blogger that you love, please send suggestions my way so that I can reach out to her! If you are interested in being featured yourself, please shoot me an email: [email protected]