Cindy Ko (@cin­diddy)

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I'm Cindy Ko, fash­ion and travel blog­ger on cin­diddy.com

If time and money were no is­sue, where would you go and why?

Around the world on a boat, over a span of three to five years. If I came across a place I loved, I could park my boat and live ashore for a month or two. I love be­ing sur­rounded by na­ture and the ocean, and the free­dom of sail­ing any­where in the world is the ul­ti­mate travel ex­pe­ri­ence for me.

What are five things you couldn’t travel with­out?

• Ri­mowa square suit­case

• Healthy snacks (I al­ways pack a bunch in my suit­case and purse)

• Pen and jour­nal for writ­ing

• Mu­sic and head­phones

• A smile and an open mind

If you were stuck on an is­land and could choose one per­son there, alive or dead, who would you want with you and why?

My fam­ily and friends! If I had to choose some­one fa­mous, then prob­a­bly Will Smith or Robin Wil­liams, be­cause I imag­ine we'd have the most mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions.

What has been your most mem­o­rable or unique travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

Un­til last sum­mer, I never owned or trav­elled with a credit card. It def­i­nitely made trav­el­ling less con­ve­nient at times, but gave me op­por­tu­ni­ties to be out of my comfort zone.

What’s your favourite travel photo ever?

I don't have a favourite photo.

Any tips or se­crets for tak­ing a great travel photo?

Give good di­rec­tions and ask your­self what you're try­ing to cap­ture be­fore fram­ing and tak­ing a photo.

What’s the best thing you’ve bought on your trav­els?

I col­lect rocks from around the world. I usu­ally pick up a cou­ple rocks from the beach or on my hikes. I have a clear glass box that houses my rock and pine cone col­lec­tion. I love them!

Skydiving – yes or no?

Yes – once at Lake Wanaka, New Zealand and once in Switzer­land. I would def­i­nitely do it again.

What books and blogs would you rec­om­mend to as­pir­ing trav­ellers?

I rec­om­mend watch­ing travel shows and doc­u­men­taries such as Planet Earth or

A Bite of China.

What ad­vice do you have for peo­ple who want to travel but feel fi­nan­cially stuck?

The good thing with travel is that you can travel at all price points if you have a bud­get. Plan­ning ahead is key. Some­times you can get great deals when you book flights, ho­tels or tick­ets in ad­vance. Or if you want to plan a more lux­u­ri­ous es­cape, then book ahead and save to make it hap­pen.

How do you choose your next lo­ca­tion?

Ev­ery year, I have a small list of new places I wish to visit.

How many suit­cases do you bring?

Whether I travel for a month or a week, I pack the same amount. When I travel for long pe­ri­ods of time, it's more im­por­tant to be con­cise with my pack­ing be­cause trav­el­ling around with too much lug­gage isn't ideal.

Is there an ac­tiv­ity you al­ways do when you go some­where?

Some­thing ad­ven­tur­ous!

What’s the most in­ter­est­ing mode of trans­port you’ve taken on a trip?

Camels, ele­phants and don­keys.

What’s your typ­i­cal air­port at­tire?

A white linen shirt, black jeans and loafers.

Where are you head­ing next?

I'm go­ing to the South of France in July for two weeks.

What’s one thing you hate about trav­el­ling?

Noth­ing.

What’s the long­est you’ve spent with­out in­ter­net ac­cess?

A week on top of a moun­tain – but I loved be­ing dis­con­nected.

How many coun­tries have you been to? Can you list them?

I don't even know! But quite a few.

From that list, if you could choose one to stay in for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

I would love to live the pro­vin­cial life in the South of France – paint, drink wine and cook my days away.

If there’s one thing trav­el­ling has taught you, what is it?

The world is bigger than we think. The good thing about ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tures is that it helps you put things in per­spec­tive.

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