Tell us a little about yourself such as your name? Where you are from? What are your travel plans? Where you are in the world? Etc
I’m Inna Nedostupenko, traveller and blogger coming from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Me and my fiance Jim have a couple travel blog together. I’m an experienced solo traveller but around a year ago I met Jim and we have been travelling together ever since. I’m 23 years old and so far I have visited 19 countries while trying to spend at least 1 month in each country. Currently me and Jim are on a year+ trip around Asia with a plan to get married somewhere along the way. During this trip we have already visited Myanmar, Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and now exploring Southern Thailand.
1. Where has been your best travel destination and why?
There are many amazing places in the world and it’s hard to determine which is the best. As for a beautiful sandy beach, tropical paradise and relaxation, Isla Mujeres in Mexico is my number one. Crystal clear turquois water without any waves, cocktails and massages right on the beach.The best place to intake some ancient history for me was Angkor Wat in Cambodia which impressed me a lot. There is a huge number of temples to visit but even if you devote at least 1 day for exploration of Angkor Wat, it will be one of the most memorable days.
2. What’s your favorite thing about travelling?
Constant movement as I can’t stay still for a long period of time and meeting people from all over the world: other travellers or locals.
3. Can you tell us a travel adventure that springs to mind, be that scary, exciting, happy or sad? Etc
The latest thrilling adventure that we had was white water rafting in Chiang Mai. We were scared at first but it turned out to be one of the most rewarding and fun experiences ever.Extremely professional crew both in and out of the water kept an eye on us, so we felt safe. Every raft had its own very experienced instructor who guided and instructed us through the water rapids. It really was a very exciting experience caught up in the rushing waters working hard as a team trying not to go overboard. This adrenaline rush was exactly what we were looking for!
4. If a traveller was to visit your country, what’s the one meal that shouldn’t be missed?
While visiting Ukraine, one must definitely try borsch: it’s a sour-tasting soup with beetroot, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. Depending on the recipe, borscht may include meat or be purely vegetarian.
5. Do you get home sick, and if so how do you overcome this?
I don’t really get homesick but sometimes I feel that I want to be stationary for some time, I get tired of unpacking and packing back my luggage all the time and changing accommodation every couple days. To overcome this, I just try to stay at places for more time and choose more comfortable places, even if this means more expensive.
6. What is your travel style?
Slow travel with spending at least 1 month in each country. However, there are usually a lot of places to visit within one country, so I spend around 3-5 days in one place. Also I like doing Couchsurfing and Workaway along the way to make local friends and do some cultural exchange.
7. Do you have any travel tips?
Don’t be afraid to explore and step out of your comfort zone, don’t follow everything written in the tour guide – try walking in the streets of unknown city without following the map and find yourself somewhere in the local undiscovered area.
Stop thinking that you need to win the lottery to start travelling, you don’t need to have thousands of dollars, there are plenty of ways to travel cheap.
8. What inspired you to travel?
My mother inspired me to go travelling, as when I was under 18, she always took me to trips abroad and encouraged me to travel around. Now I cannot imagine my life without travelling.
9. What has travel taught you?
To solve unexpected situations such as a flight being cancelled or me being late for a bus.To always be prepared to survive without internet and to have the phone charged (or have an external charger), to have the maps downloaded offline.
As we travel with my fiance, we learnt to support each other while travelling .I always respected other cultures even before I started travelling, but travelling helped me to learn more about real life of locals.
10 .How does travel make you feel?
It makes me feel like I’m learning something new every day (which is true) and this is the most important thing for me: to learn new skills and information and to keep expanding my horizons.