Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
Yangshuo, China made a huge impact on me. We visited Yangshuo in the first week of our 4 year family backpacking trip around the world. When I fell asleep on the overnight bus we were in a big, modern city, when I awoke we were in the misty countryside with villagers plowing fields with the help of water buffalo. The landscape was so mysterious and unique that I was simply in awe, seriously contemplating whether or not I was still dreaming. It was a fairytale come to life.
If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
Oh, boy! It’s funny, I feel like, why wait to have unlimited resources before doing what you really want to do!? Make it happen. But I suppose if I had all the resources I would build my own kingdom on the moon. Then charge entry fees to my Moon Park. Zipkick bloggers get to come for free, of course! Then with the money I get from the park I would use to take less fortunate people on their dream trip.
What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
If I’m honest, I’m afraid of everything! I freak out about every big and little thing that crosses my path ie flying, scuba diving, traveling, finding the toilet in a restaurant. But the thing that gives me courage is the fear of being left out, that always overpowers the other fear. I always positions myself in a way that I am surrounded by people who force me to try new things. They put me in the position where I’m thinking, “Oh no, if I don’t go with them, I’ll miss out and regret it forever.” And voila! It works like a charm for me.
What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
All the social media apps on my phone, including Hootsuite.
What place do you wish more people have seen?
Poverty. The one thing that impacted me the most was seeing poverty and realizing that MOST of the world isn’t lavished in wealth the way I was when growing up in Vancouver, Canada. The reason I think it’s important to see is because you quickly realize how happy those people are despite the lack of possessions that we falsely value so much.
Best advice you have been given and by whom?
Pretty much everything my mom has taught me about positive thinking and expecting good things to come your way. And the best advice she ever received is one that I have incorporated into my life, “Don’t do what you think you HAVE to do to please others, do what you want to do.” In the end, it’s you who has to live with your decisions, not those who try to mold you into what they think is right.
When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
So, so many times! To name the first few that pop to mind, a young man on a local bus in Afghanistan helped us find a place to stay in Kunduz, a small town bordering Tajikistan. He went out of his way to help us and we ended up staying with his sister’s family. She was 18 years old, the third wife of a much older man and pregnant with his 19th child. Experiencing such a different culture like that is one of the richest kind’s of memories to take home.
Numerous times the nomads of Mongolia saved us by sharing their food and letting us stay with them when we were lost in the desert and countryside.
Peace Corps volunteers and LDS missionaries also helped us many, many times during our travels. The amazing thing is they always crossed our paths when we needed them most.
What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?
I am a zipkick blogger because…. I conquer my fears everyday in order to pursue my dreams and hope to inspire others to do the same.
Thank you Savannah Grace for being part of our ZipKick Blogger interview series!
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Savannah Grace is a 25 year old Canadian, Dutch resident who has visited 100+ countries. She is the author of the bestselling family-travel memoir series Sihpromatum which includes “I Grew My Boobs in China” and “Backpacks and Bra Straps”. Co-founder of popular weekly Twitter travel chat #TRLT.