in­fuencer travel

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How th­ese in­flu­encers are mak­ing trav­el­ling look so fab­u­lous and ef­fort­less

Years ago – if you’re old enough to re­mem­ber – hol­i­day plan­ning re­quired con­sult­ing with travel agents, read­ing mag­a­zines and word-of-mouth rec­om­men­da­tions. But when the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia came into play, the world was quite lit­er­ally at your fin­ger­tips. Travel and so­cial me­dia be­came syn­ony­mous and gave birth to the “travel in­flu­encer”, and scrolling through your In­sta­gram feed meant a bad case of per­ma­nent wan­der­lust. This crew knows how to travel in style. Wher­ever they go, they cre­ate pho­tos that you want to dou­ble-tap on and drool over. But be­hind each photo of an end­less blue hori­zon or a strate­gi­cally an­gled shot of an ex­otic metropo­lis is hours, days and even months of gru­elling plan­ning, tran­sit­ing and re­touch­ing. Though they come from a va­ri­ety of back­grounds – an exbanker, a den­tist, a cre­ative pro­ducer and more – they all know how to travel well and make you want to jump into your phone screen

De­scribe who you are and what you do.

I'm a qual­i­fied den­tist in Hong Kong who also has a strong pas­sion for travel and pho­tog­ra­phy. I get in­spired by the places I go and shar­ing my ex­pe­ri­ences with my fol­low­ers has become a part of my life.

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

This might sound crazy, but if that's the case, I think I'd build my­self a space­ship and go to outer space. Just wan­der around space and prob­a­bly land on some planet and ex­plore. I've al­ways been in­trigued by the outer world since I was a lit­tle boy, gaz­ing at the count­less stars. It's just so beau­ti­ful and mys­te­ri­ous. That would be a big achieve­ment for me per­son­ally – and I'm sure the pho­tos would be very In­sta­grammable!

What are five things you couldn’t travel with­out?

• My cam­era

• My sun­glasses • Hairspray

• A pair of train­ers • Sun­screen

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

Bear Grylls, be­cause I could fi­nally ex­pe­ri­ence what I have seen in his shows – and it's more likely I could sur­vive and make my way back to my nor­mal life.

What has been your most mem­o­rable or unique travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

When we used to do fam­ily road trips to the States as a kid. My par­ents were an amaz­ing driver/nav­i­ga­tor duo back when Google Maps didn't ex­ist. Those were the most ex­cit­ing and mem­o­rable times.

What’s your favourite travel photo ever?

Hard to choose… maybe my Venice ones!

Any tips or se­crets for tak­ing a great travel photo?

Build your own sense of aes­thet­ics and al­ways al­low the place to give you in­spi­ra­tion.

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

My ex­pe­ri­ences.

Skydiving – yes or no?

Yes! In fact, I have done it three times al­ready – in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Guam. More to come!

What books and blogs would you rec­om­mend to as­pir­ing trav­ellers?

I don't have any go-to books or blogs for travel rec­om­men­da­tions, but I like to re­search through var­i­ous sources to de­cide on what I'd like to see.

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

I have gone through the bud­get trav­els as a stu­dent, lived in hos­tels, et cetera. I think as long as you can take the first step out of your door, re­gard­less of the bud­get, it will al­ways be re­ward­ing. I have heard many in­ter­est­ing sto­ries from work­ing hol­i­days; that would be a good op­tion as well.

How do you choose your next lo­ca­tion?

I just want to go ev­ery­where, so it's usu­ally de­ter­mined by my travel com­pan­ion(s).

How many suit­cases do you bring?

For short trips, maybe one large and one small. For longer trips of two weeks or more, usu­ally two large and one small.

What are your se­crets for pack­ing light? Or heavy?

I was never an ex­pert in pack­ing light! But I do kind of men­tally plan out my out­fits so I don't get way out of line. In fact, I have been fined four times and had to pay for ex­cess lug­gage weight.

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

Photo shoots and cock­tail time!

What has been your scari­est travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

Com­ing back to my car in Pisa after lunch, only to dis­cover that my car had been bro­ken into and all my suit­cases were stolen.

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

I'd like to say dol­phin, but no… maybe a horse – an Ice­landic one, per­haps?

What’s your typ­i­cal air­port at­tire?

T-shirt, sweat­pants and a nice bag.

Where are you head­ing next?

Am­s­ter­dam, Cor­sica and Sar­dinia.

What’s one thing you hate about trav­el­ling?

Go­ing through se­cu­rity and im­mi­gra­tion.

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

Five days, when I was on an is­land in the Philip­pines for my scuba div­ing li­cense.

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

About 26 coun­tries: Aus­tralia, Cam­bo­dia, Canada, China, Den­mark, Fin­land, France, Ger­many, Ice­land, In­done­sia, Italy, Ja­pan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philip­pines, Por­tu­gal, Rus­sia, Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, Switzer­land, Thai­land, the UK, the United States, and Viet­nam.

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

I can't choose – be­cause I'm not ready to set­tle down yet!

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

The world al­ways has so much more to of­fer than you can imag­ine.

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