Jessica’s travels around the world – traveller interview

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Jessica’s travels around the world – traveller interview

Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently?

My name is Jessica Drury, I am from London. I am currently in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia but have recently come from Indonesia and Singapore also.

 

2. Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad?

I actually can’t remember my first trip abroad, it was either to Berlin or to Florida, but I can’t remember what order I did it in. I was about 6/7 and my dad took me and my brother away. Luckily for me my dad loves to travel so I think I got a lot of my interest from him. I was very fortunate to visit some amazing places with my family before the solo travel bug got me. Some of my best family holidays include, Barbados, Egypt, America and lots of Europe. My first solo travel was to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos in 2011. I really enjoyed being completely independent on the other side of the world. A new language, new culture, new people, it was great to know that I could deal with all that alone. After that was when I really got the travel bug and luckily for me my time off from work is very flexible.

3. What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other?

I tend to do a bit of both. I try and do 2 or 3 city breaks, short European trips a year. I also try and do one big trip a year as well. Sometimes it’s a month away and other times it’s 3 months away. I would love to do a year out but I have a good job that gives me good time off and is flexible so I would be silly to give that up. For my big trip I normally take a backpack and stay in quite basic places. Although I must admit that the older I get the more the hotels appeal to me rather than the dorms with no air con or hot water!!

4. How do you fund yourself when travelling?

At the moment I am in the process of buying my first place so I fear this maybe my last big trip for a few years. I use money I earn at work, give myself a budget and try as hard as I can to stick to it. I always take my debit and credit cards for emergency purposes, but, touch wood, I haven’t ever needed to use it except to book myself into a nice hotel when I’ve felt under the weather.

5. Your favourite place you have been to? And why?

My favourite place is a question I get asked all the time and also the hardest one to answer. So instead of giving you one, I’ll give you a few. New York is one of my favourite places, growing up in London I am a city girl and I absolutely loved New York. Barbados was great as well for completely different reasons. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, parties that never stop and the most amazing seafood I have ever eaten! I really loved Laos as well. Somewhere completely different from home. It’s hard to ignore the poverty but you find smiles in the strangest places. Rome is also up there. So much history and culture, amazing food and the most beautiful language.

6. Your least favourite place you have been to? And why?

My least favourite place is probably Kuta in Bali. Yes the beach is amazing but I think it has been spoiled by too many westerners coming over for cheap alcohol. Bali is such a beautiful island with such lovely people that I think it’s a waste if you only visit Kuta. I think the say about koh phi phi don. Anywhere where visitors think it’s ok to throw rubbish in the sea or on the beach is a no no for me.

7. What advice would you give to other people looking to travel?

Don’t be scared to do it alone. Sometimes we put off trips because we have nobody to go with. No partner or our friends don’t want to go or can’t afford to go. Don’t let that stop you. If you really want to go somewhere go. The hardest part is booking the ticket. Once it’s done it’s done and you won’t regret it. You can choose exactly how you want to spend your own time. How long you want to stay in one place, how to travel, how much money you spend. For example you might want to swim with dolphins and your friend can’t afford it. So what do you do? Do it anyway knowing your friend will be upset or miss out? If you are alone you don’t have to worry. You make so many new friends from every corner of the globe. Locals are more likely to approach you and you really don’t get lonely. The only down side is when you get sick there is no one to look after you.

Travelling is not a holiday. Let me make that clear. Sometimes you come home from 3 months away and you are more tired and less relaxed than when you went. Moving from place to place with your life on your back, 28 hour bus journeys on roads that don’t even look like roads, staying in places with no hot water and only a very weak outside shower. None of these things are relaxing. If you are looking to take time off and relax then go on a two week all inclusive break to the Red Sea or to cancun. Travelling is so much more than that. I don’t see the point in leaving England to travel to the other side of the world to sit in Irish pubs watching friends and eating pie and mash. Step out of your comfort zone and experience something new and different. Yes there will be times when you can’t eat anymore rice and you would kill for a pizza, that’s fine but please try and eat the local cuisine, speak to locals, head off the beaten track, don’t go where everyone else goes. There is a whole world to explore!!

8. What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see?

It sounds cliche but I want to visit every country in the world. I still have a very long way to go! If that’s not possible then I would love to go to South and Central America. Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and the Galapagos in particular. I would also love to go island hopping in the South Pacific. Bora bora, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Oh and of course Hawaii. I would also love to see Machu Picchu.

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years time (as dull as it sounds) I want to be sharing my love of travel with a serious partner, have my own place, maybe progress in my career and be thinking about passing my passion on to possible children in the future.

10. What is the biggest difference to life overseas compared to life at home?

I find the biggest a difference is firstly the cost of most places (excluding japan and Scandinavia) is a lot lower than at home. Also the weather. You think you’ve seen a thunderstorm until you are stuck in Orlando in the middle of a hurricane. The culture and the people. Always try and talk to local people and not just those who are serving you (hotel staff or restaurant staff).

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