Trav­els of Way­ward Won­derer Jenna In­ter­si­mone

Luxe Beat Magazine - - Contents - By Sher­rie Wilko­laski

Peo­ple travel for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Per­son­ally, I feel travel is is more than a ge­o­graph­i­cal ex­plo­ration, it is an op­por­tu­nity to un­cover more about who you are as an in­di­vid­ual, and a chance to grow. With ev­ery jour­ney I dis­cover a new in­ter­est, or reach a place in my mind that was pre­vi­ously un­tapped. My thoughts go to how travel can cre­ate a per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion, be­cause over the last year, we’ve seen Luxe Beat Mag­a­zine con­trib­u­tor, Jenna In­ter­si­mone, blos­som as a writer. She has been open to ed­i­to­rial changes and com­mit­ted to lis­ten­ing to ad­vice. As you move from one ar­ti­cle to the next, the trans­for­ma­tion is quite im­pres­sive. We re­cently sat down with this way­ward won­derer, to find out how travel has im­pacted her life as a writer, and more.

Jenna grad­u­ated from Mon­mouth Univer­sity in 2013 fol­low­ing stud­ies in Jour­nal­ism and Graphic Design. She went through a brief stint in ad­ver­tis­ing be­fore she be­came the travel colum­nist, so­cial me­dia edi­tor and web pro­ducer for Mycen­traljersey.com and Dai­lyrecord.com, Gannett New Jer­sey news or­ga­ni­za­tions.

When asked where her ap­petite for travel stems from, she said, “As a child and teenager, my fam­ily moved of­ten and I be­came com­fort­able with the idea of cre­at­ing a home within my­self in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence fun and ex­cite­ment rather than anx­i­ety in the process of re­lo­ca­tion. I quickly found that travel cre­ated an in­stant change in life­style that in­vig­o­rated me and made me ea­ger to ex­plore fur­ther.”

In­ter­est­ingly, it turns out that pho­tog­ra­phy is more of a pas­sion for her than writ­ing and she said, “Although I en­joy writ­ing very much, I am more pas­sion­ate about pho­tog­ra­phy be­cause it puts me in the mo­ment of my work, while I ob­vi­ously write at home af­ter my travel ex­pe­ri­ence has passed. Pho­tog­ra­phy ex­cites me be­cause on lo­ca­tion, I know that I have one shot to cap­ture a par­tic­u­lar mo­ment and I feel a greater sense of at­tach­ment to my sub­jects.”

Sher­rie Wilko­laski: What is your writ­ing process? Jenna In­ter­si­mone:

My writ­ing process is to write. I learned from a very wise pro­fes­sor that you could have all the ideas in the world, but un­less you ac­tu­ally write them you’re “not a writer, you’re an idea-er.” In­stead of over­think­ing my work and cre­at­ing te­dious out­lines, I put the pen to pa­per fol­low­ing the end of my trip. I try to let the thoughts and sen­sa­tions I ex­pe­ri­enced in my travel lead the way and then I pre­pare to cre­ate draft af­ter draft, a nec­es­sary com­po­nent when you choose to jump in with both feet rather than out­line.

SW: When you get the chance to pick your travel des­ti­na­tion, where do you go? JI:

One of the prin­ci­pal rea­sons that I en­joy travel is that I love any­thing thatܟv NHZ ang Giffhrhnt ܙ IRHVH des­ti­na­tions, peo­ple and food. Even though there are many places that I rel­ish in vis­it­ing time af­ter time, when given the choice, I will al­ways visit a place I have never been be­fore to ex­tend my travel pal­ette, a ne­ces­sity for any­one who wants to write travel. The world is a big place, and I don’t see a lot of rea­son to seek out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same places twice. SW: What mo­ti­vates you to be

write in the lux­ury space? JI:

I think that the job in it­self is VHOI H[soana­tory ܙ , Yivit Hn­thraooinj cities, lux­u­ri­ous hotels and I have the priv­i­lege of be­ing able to meet very suc­cess­ful peo­ple. And I get paid for it. If that’s not liv­ing the dream, then I don’t know what is.

SW: What is one of your fa­vorite travel ex­pe­ri­ences? JI:

One of my fa­vorite ex­pe­ri­ences in travel is vis­it­ing a new place and feel­ing so en­thralled and pleas­antly sur­prised by it that I could imag­ine a life there. I love to be en­veloped in the food, cul­ture and peo­ple so much that I can dream of what it would be like to wake up in my own place in the city, hang out with lo­cals and walk down the streets ev­ery sin­gle day.

SW: Do you have a fa­vorite dish? JI:

0y Iay­orith Givh iv thh ᦐOhtto ao mir­tiooo or hang FARYHG ᦐOHT mi­jnon topped with blue­berry sauce, from Ac­qua Al 2 in Florence, Italy. It is a ten­der, lus­cious steak soaked in a thick blue­berry sauce that has a deep taste and tex­ture em­bold­ened Ey thh ᦑayor oi thh mhat ,tܟv per­fect with the restau­rant’s as­sa­gio di primi pi­atti, or chef’s Fhoifh tavt­inj oi ᦐYH homh­magh pas­tas, in­clud­ing but­ter­nut squash pasta, pasta with tomato and egg­plant sauce and pasta with sautéed porcini mush­rooms.

SW: How do you spend your free time? JI:

I am a com­pet­i­tive run­ner and one oi my Iar off Grhamv iv to rxn a rafh in ev­ery coun­try. As a jour­nal­ist, I also love read­ing nov­els and other ᦐFti­tioxv Frhatiyh Zorn Zhifh iv what pulled me into jour­nal­ism in thh ᦐrvt SOAFH , aovo Hn­moy Jrashif design, draw­ing and art. When your job is to travel, your hob­bies tend to be­come ac­tiv­i­ties that can be done any­where or, prefer­ably, on an air­plane.

SW: What are your thoughts on the lux­ury mar­ket? JI:

The con­stant change of the busi­ness of lux­ury is ex­actly what , Hn­moy aeoxt it ܙ thh aeioity oi thh busi­ness to con­stantly evolve and rein­vent it­self. Lux­ury doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily need to be time­less. It can be mod­ern, cut­ting-edge, or Vim­soy Vomhthinj Giffhrhnt , VHH the in­dus­try break­ing away from the min­i­mal­ism we have been see­ing in design and chang­ing into some­thing more eye-catch­ing and over­stated. For ex­am­ple, I re­cently wrote a piece on Tessa Packard, a lux­ury jew­elry de­signer. Her pieces don’t in­volve thh Vim­soifity oi SHAROV or VIOYHR ܙ they are in­spired by an­cient civ­i­liza­tions and an­i­mal pieces. That kind of in­no­va­tion is to­mor­row’s lux­ury.

SW: If you were stranded on an is­land, name one per­son and three items you would bring. Why? JI:

I would bring my boyfriend Ed, who as some­one not ac­cus­tomed to trayho aozayv ᦐNGV NHZ Ghvti­na­tionv cap­ti­vat­ing. He is al­ways will­ing to try any dish, climb any peak and sleep on a train to en­sure that we get the most out of our wak­ing hours. The items I would bring would be an arse­nal of nov­els to re­lax with on the beach, a map to get my Ehar­injv oi thh arha ang Foffhh beans to some­how makeshift a Gaioy FXS oi Foffhh

SW: What do you rec­om­mend to an out-of-towner, when they come to visit your home­town of Long Val­ley, New Jer­sey? JI: Part of the rea­son I am drawn to travel is be­cause my home­town is dread­fully bor­ing. Long Val­ley, New -HRVHY hav onh traf­fif Oi­jht ang a JHNHRAO Vtorh ܙ not an IGHAO trayho des­ti­na­tion. How­ever, grow­ing up, at­trac­tions be­came places that my friends made into in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions, like a friend’s en­chant­ing Eafn­yarg or a ᦐHOG ZHHRH yox FOXOG get a great view of the stars.

SW: If you could be any­one else, who would it be? JI:

I would be Ni­cholas Kristof, an opin­ion colum­nist for the New York Times who spot­lights hu­man rights and is­sues in so­cial in­jus­tice. Although I love trav­el­ing to EHAXTIIXO OX[XRIOXV SOAFHV , ᦐng Kristof very ad­mirable in vis­it­ing some of the deep­est pits of the world to show Amer­i­cans is­sues that

they of­ten miss within their world.

SW: What are three ne­ces­si­ties you won’t travel with­out? JI:

I could never travel with­out my jour­nal, where I have the free­dom to write about as­pects of travel that aren’t ar­ti­cle-wor­thy, my Mizuno run­ning shoes, which break me away from the monotony of sit­ting on air­planes or trains and al­low me to get a work­out in any cor­ner of the world, and my Wa­ter Bob­ble, a VHOI ᦐOthrinj Zathr Eot­toh that is ideal for trav­el­ers on-the-go.

SW: What does Luxe Beat Mag­a­zine mean to you? JI:

Luxe Beat Mag­a­zine is my out­let to show read­ers lux­ury in the cor­ners of the world that they may not have heard of or vis­ited be­fore, show­ing them that lux­ury doesn’t need to be ob­vi­ous or over-hyped to be wor­thy.

To learn more about Jenna go to:

luxe­beat­mag.com/au­thor/jen­nafran­cisco/ Life­aboard­thetrav­el­ing­cir­cus.com

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