List the countries where you’ve traveled.
Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, China (mainland, HK and Macau), India, United States, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, United Kingdom, Morocco, Lichtenstein, Monaco
Which is your favorite country/city and why.
I don’t have a favorite country, but I do have a favorite city – Berlin. I remember arriving in the city early in the morning and it looked really boring. By night, however, I was in love. The city just grows on you. It has an interesting past, the locals are great, sausages are comfort food, the night life is hip and young, and yeah, beer is cheap. I’ve yet to meet a person who doesn’t like Berlin.
|Tricia at the Berlin Wall|
|Tricia biking towards the Reichstag in Berlin|
Name one country still in your must-visit list.
I was supposed to go to Egypt last year but then the revolution happened. So it remains on my must-visit list.
Name places in the Philippines that you still haven’t been to but want to visit.
Batanes and El Nido are on my bucket list. I still don’t see it happening this year though.
Favorite destination in the Philippines.
Would you be surprised if I say Boracay? Boracay in mid-January is perfect. No crowds, no lumot. Just the sun and the powdery white sand.
|A picture of Boracay from Tricia’s travels|
|The amazing Boracay sunset|
Best restaurant/food discovery in your travels.
San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque region is a gastronomic destination. I hopped from one bar to another to try pintxos or gourmet tapas. Yum!!
Give one packing tip that you swear by. And a beauty tip for travelers.
I am a light traveler, so for most of my trips, I only bring what I can carry. Literally. When I need to fit more into my luggage, I roll my clothes, use those smart packing solutions, or vacuum pack them (whenever I move to a different location). My friends are actually amused with my packing skills. I’m more amused when they show up with their closets at the airport. Haha.
My face has been “burned” by the wind and cold many times. So my advice to those going to cold and dry places – apply moisturizer generously!
What are your absolute essentials whenever you travel?
Camera, phone, ipod, chargers and universal adapter. Everything else can be bought/found at the destination.
Favorite luggage/ handcarry bag.
Anything with 4 wheels and lightweight works for me. But when I was a student in Europe, I traveled extensively with a Deuter backpack. It was really convenient because not all train stations and hostels/hotels have elevators.
Favorite outfit/thing to wear when traveling.
Comfortable shoes!!! I cringe at the sight of big red angry blisters.
Traveling with girlfriends, traveling with a boyfriend, or traveling solo. Which is your favorite?
It’s a toss up between the first two. However, I’ve traveled much more with my boyfriend than with my girlfriends. Traveling solo is something I’m not cut out for. At least that’s what I think.
|Tricia traveling with friends in Beijing|
What’s your best purchase (bargain or otherwise) in your travels?
A 5 EUR round trip plane ticket from Madrid to Palma de Mallorca is the best bargain yet. The best purchase would be a 50%OFF TNF down jacket from a random shop in Sofia (Bulgaria). It saved me from freezing to death in Scandinavia and the North Pole.
|Tricia’s TNF jacket in action in Oslo|
|From Madrid to Palma de Mallorca in Spain for only a 5-euro plane ticket!|
Share with us favorite pictures that you yourself photographed while traveling.
|Tricia’s shot of Plaza Espana in Sevilla, Spain|
|Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau, Germany|
|Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech, Morocco|
|The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Alhambra, Granada in Spain|
Share with us favorite pictures of yourself in your travels.
|Tricia with her camel, en route to the Sahara Desert|
|In a real labyrinth in Vienna, Austria|
|This is such a cool pic! Tricia posing with Russian guards at the Red Square in Moscow|
|Tricia with the locals in Jaipur, India|
The best travel advice that you’ve ever received.
Don’t hesitate to spend on experience.
|Tricia climbing the Great Wall of China|
What’s your travel philosophy?
There are two major constraints in traveling – time and money. The latter is easier to address than the former.
“Don’t hesitate to spend on experience.” I totally agree with that travel advice. Thanks again to Tricia for sharing your travels and photos.
For more on Tricia and her adventures, head on over to her blog, The Cubicle Renegade.
Fabulous travels! Cheers!