Melissa’s dreams of travelling the world Melissa’s dreams of travelling the world Interviews SHARE Ricky Carbis , June 6, 2014 / 0 Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently? Hello people! My name is Melissa Castañeda, I am 18 years old and I am Mexican. Right now I live in Mexico City, but I am preparing myself because in just a couple months I’m going to start my career in France. I am going to spend three years there. Travelling is my passion and I know I want to travel the rest of my life. Until now I have been to the USA, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy. 2. Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad? My first trips were to the USA and Canada since I was little, because of the facility that they are very close to Mexico, but the first time I realised I wanted to travel the world and have a lot of different experiences was the first time I went to Europe, I visited Madrid in that time. I was 14 years old and it’s still a trip I will never forget. It was when everything started. 3. What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other? I think I am a short-term traveller, because school and my daily life in Mexico have not allowed me to go away for a lot of time. 4. How do you fund yourself when travelling? As I am 18 years old, my mother still pays my trips (luckily for me). She is awesome, thanks to her I have had the opportunity to go to 10 different countries, and she is the best companion ever, because she also loves to travel, so when we travel together we have a great time. 5. Your favourite place you have been to? And why? I have two favourite places and I really can’t choose one! The first one is the Iguazú Falls in Argentina and Brazil. It is really an amazing experience to be in such contact with nature and see the imposing falls around you. The view is something unbelievable because as you walk around, you can see lots of rainbows between the falls. That place really left me speechless. The second one is the Cordillera de Los Andes. I had the opportunity to see it in helicopter when I was in the Lakes region in Chile, and I just couldn’t believe the beauty of the mountains. It was an awesome experience. 6. Your least favourite place you have been to? And why? I don’t have any. I think that each place has something different and special and it is our duty to go, explore it and realise how wonderful the world is. 7. What advice would you give to other people looking to travel? To try any kind of typical food of the place, talk with native people and try to see how ‘normal’ people live in there. Sometimes when I travel I take the subway or the train and I choose a random station! Just to see how the city really is, and not just visit the typical touristic things. 8. What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see? I’m dying to go to Asia, to Japan and South Korea. And in Europe, I really want to go to Ireland and Scotland, Holland and Poland. But anyway there are a lot of other places to discover. 9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? I don’t like to think about that because I don’t really know and I don’t like to make specific plans. But the only thing I am sure about is that I will be travelling constantly. 10. What is the biggest difference to life overseas compared to life at home? Well, I lived in France for four months the last year, and I experienced a lot of great things. I had already been in France before, like three years ago, but it is definitely different to visit a country than living in it. You get to see clearly the culture and all the differences that there are between your culture and the new one, but for me that’s the enriching thing, to get to know different forms of living and to meet awesome people. That’s why I decided to go back to France for university! If you want to contact me you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram! My username in both social networks is @melicastaneda.