Thursday Traveler: Ginger Nomads

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Every Thursday, A Dangerous Business will be shining the spotlight on a world nomad, travel blogger, armchair adventurer, or just someone really cool in the travel world. This week, the traveler is Heather of Ginger Nomads. Heather is currently traveling in South East Asia (and Australia in the future) after earlier adventures in Europe, Mongolia and China.

1. How do you define the word “traveler,” and why would you consider yourself one?

In my books, a ‘traveler' is anyone who seeks things out of their ordinary. Traveling doesn't require long plane rides, it can be as simple as driving an hour away from home to somewhere brand new. I would consider myself to be a traveler because I love a challenge and travel, for me, is the ultimate challenge and new experience.

2. What has been your favorite travel experience thus far?

My favourite travel experience to date…. hmmm. This for me is like picking a favourite child, or something. It is a challenge to pick only one. But I loved riding camels in the Gobi Desert, my first trip abroad to Italy and Greece, and traveling to Scotland by myself last year. See I can't pick just one!

3. How about your proudest travel moment?

I think my proudest travels moments have been those when I traveled by myself. It is a completely different feeling traveling alone, and I kind of fell in love with it. I love being able to say “I traveled solo to Mongolia.”

4. Have you had any travel mishaps or bad experiences? If so, have these influenced how you view the place where they happened? Would you go back?

My first trip away from home was a high school trip to Italy and Greece when I was 15. The first 13 days of the 15 day trip went without mishap.But when we were on the island of Rhodes, I was running along a gravel road to the beach and took a sharp corner. I ended up falling down and taking off what felt like half of my right leg. It was thereafter known as “Rhodes Rash.” It didn't make me love travel, or Greece, any less, though. It only made me realize how essential travel insurance is, and that this is not the way to reassure parents.

5. Name one thing you can’t travel without.

Ipod and journal.

6. Name one thing you wish you COULD travel without.

Less toiletries, but I just love smelling good and having nice(ish) hair.

7. What do you think has been the biggest thing you’ve learned while traveling (about yourself, a destination, a culture, travel itself)?

Travel taught me to be independent. It taught me not to wait around for life, if I want something to go and get it. It has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life. No other thing has taught me so much about myself and the world around me.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would live in Glasgow. It is a great city. Incredibly lively and it has this amazing vibe. It often takes a back seat to Edinburgh. It was the first and only time so far that I've walked around a city outside of Canada and thought, “I feel like this could be home.”

9. Name one place you’d like to see or one experience you’d like to have before you die.

Cuba. It is the ultimate for me right now. My deadline is quickly approaching because I want to go and drive the length of the country before the U.S. embargo ends and the Castros die. Everything will soon drastically change there.

10. If there was one thing you wish somebody would have told you before you started traveling, what would it be?

Be flexible. It is good to have an itinerary/general outline but you will meet people and plans will change. For example, I am now flying to Perth, Australia in January because of a fantastic group of people I met in Beijing.

Visit Heather's site: Ginger Nomads
Follow Heather on Twitter: @gingernomads
“Like” Heather on Facebook: Ginger Nomads 


Are you a travel blogger who has something to say on these topics? Do you know of somebody really interesting in the travel universe that you’d like to see interviewed? Speak up! The Thursday Traveler needs some interview subjects.


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