Eén van de mooie dingen van reizen is dat je mensen ontmoet van over de hele wereld. Wij spraken met Teresa Gotay: een New Yorkse wereldreiziger die naar Rotterdam kwam voor haar Nederlandse vriendje. Lees hier ons interview met haar (in Engels).
Who are you and where are you now?
“Hoi! I’m Teresa Gotay; a native New Yorker with a love for oranje. At the moment, I’m vacationing in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where my boyfriend resides. “
What’s your next destination?
“Literally, it will be back home to New York City for my final year of studies. Imaginably, I’d like to plan a trip to Cuba since restrictions for Americans are finally easing up a little.”
You’ve been writing for several travel blogs. Could you tell us something about the blog that you’re currently writing for?
“Absolutely! My first experience as a travel writer was being the Editor at Trip Crazed; an American blog site under Xanga.com. It opened the doors to combining my experience as a Journalist, traveler and now Editor. I was the co-founder of Art of Backpacking; where my experience as a freelance blogger grew dramatically. At the moment, I work for an internationally known American travel company called CheapOair. I blog about various travel topics while promoting budget travel deals.
My biggest project right now is developing myself as a freelance writer in general. (All sites are under construction while I’m traveling on vacation at the moment!)
That Spunglish Girl: My experience transitioning to The Netherlands as an expat.
Paperless Thoughts: My uncensored thoughts about living in New York City.
Travel Breakers: A travel website dedicated to inspire people to travel as a life experience.”
Why did you decide to leave New York City and travel South America?
“At the time, I found myself in a mid-mid life crisis; I call it the mid 20’s manifesto. I had been working for 2 years paying off student debt to try to go back to school and my boyfriend at the time had been in the middle of his round the world trip. As an excuse to visit him and to find some sort of happiness after feeling so exhausted from working, I bought a one way ticket to Buenos Aires. I had always wanted to travel, but kept telling myself to wait. As a New Year’s Resolution that year, I said why not!?
What was not known as a short trip ended up being a 5 month experience traveling in South America. It was on this trip I learned more about myself than I ever could. My now ex-boyfriend and I broke up on that trip (For the better!) and I actually met my now Dutch boyfriend on this trip. What a good decision to leave and travel abroad!”
What’s your greatest travel memory?
“There are so many! It has to be climbing Huayna Picchu with my Dutch boyfriend. I wrote a deep blog post about it on my personal blog.”
What’s your best advice for other backpackers?
“Be open to the travel experience; it can be anything and everything you expected, or it can be absolutely horrid. Travel at your pace; enjoy your surroundings, respect the culture and go crazy at times! These will be experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. Send yourself a postcard in your favorite cities so you know how good it felt at that time. (Think of it as a free souvenir for yourself!) Oh, and travel with clear tape, you never know when it will be handy!”
You’re an experienced travel writer. If you could give us one important advice for our blog, what would that be?
“Upon stumbling on this website, I got absolutely excited that a Dutch blog was talking about the different international experiences. On all my travels, I find Dutch people traveling and they are so friendly, open minded and fun! I could not offer any other advice other than to keep blogging and sharing these fantastic experiences! I think it so fortunate that I am being interviewed by you guys; I appreciate it so much!”
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