Share with us more about how your travels have changed you as a person.
Traveling has taught me to be more open-minded and more accepting of things. I’m no longer easily shocked by what I see or hear, even though it may be something that others would find unusual or even deeply disturbing. Other than the opportunity to see so many amazing places, this is the best gift that traveling has imparted to me.
What’s something your past self wouldn’t be able to believe about your current self?
That I’d be comfortable putting up even snippets of my life in public.
What are some misunderstandings or assumptions people have about your occupation and lifestyle? People have the mistaken notion that I travel all day, everyday. In fact, the first thing that acquaintances would ask me after not seeing me for some time is “Where are you traveling to next?” They base this off what they see on my Instagram feed—people assume that social media portrays someone’s persona, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect what they are like offline.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Popcorn! I always make an excuse to munch on a bag, even when I’m not watching a movie. Most people do it in the cinema or at home over Netflix; I do it while taking a walk or when doing work (laughs).
Aside from your parents, who do you think has made the biggest impact in your life?
Every person I encounter or see influences me in some shape or form. I’d like to think that I learn something—even a teeny bit—from everyone I meet. I am most easily moved by genuine acts of kindness, especially because that is something you don’t see very often.
With so much of your life being online, share with us a surprising fact about yourself many might not know.
People think that I am always on the go. In fact, I really enjoy just lazing at home, especially since it’s something I don’t get to do often. A perfect weekend for me is one spent near my neighbourhood, having a good cup of coffee while people-watching.