Tuesday, August 31, 2010

About: Jenn

Why do you want to travel?

It's been a slow transition, I definitely haven't always wanted to. In fact when I was younger I never wanted to leave Vancouver Island (where I grew up). I liked everything to be safe and constant. When I was forced out of consistency by landing my first animation job in Vancouver, I started gaining a different perspective on life. New places are fun and exciting! You meet new people more easily when you're out of your element, people with unique histories and life experience, which in turn gives me a glimpse of ideas different from my own. I needed that. I was (and still am in many ways) stuck in my ways. I feel the need now to experience as much as I can in this life, so I can gain more insight and understanding of how the world and the people in it work. Some people may believe you can find this at home, but I find it so much easier getting away from what I know and seeing how I can adapt and learn in new environments.

Where have you traveled so far?

Not many places! This is why I'm making this blog and hoping to put more effort in the coming years to do so as much as possible. So far I've been to the USA, Mexico, Cuba, France, Spain, Australia and now Singapore.

Where do you want to go most during your stay in Asia?

This changes constantly because I honestly feel like I want to go everywhere. As the years go by I've been desiring the more unexplored countries and regions. Since I'm in Asia now, I would say I would most like to visit Mongolia. It is one of the most uninhabited countries on earth, yet is filled with some amazing people and incredible landscapes. You have the Gobi Desert, and valleys of nomadic reindeer herders. It's incredible. I want to grab a 4x4 and just drive through it.

What inspires you?

Hearing about anyone and everyone traveling anywhere. The main source of inspiration comes from Justin Lukach and Scott Wilson of Departures. This show is incredibly inspiring, beautifully shot, and the exact way I would love to see the world.

If nothing was standing in your way, what would be your ideal trip?

I would want to just go, everywhere. Grab my backpack, fill it as little as possible, and go for as long as I wanted. A year would be amazing. Work keeps getting in the way, so I guess I just have to stop letting it if I want to achieve this dream!

Top 5?

Again, this changes constantly but if I could only pick five... not counting Mongolia which I just mentioned (that way I get 6 heh):

Papua New Guinea
Nepal/Tibet (Everest sits between them)

So... what's next?

I've got three trips lined up for the remainder of this year. The first is a quick trip to Bintan, an Indonesian island off the coast of Singapore. In November I'm going to Brunei, a small country tucked up north of Malaysia, and for Christmas I'm going to Thailand! I think that'll be a great start.

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