Zoe Suen (@zo­suen)

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De­scribe who you are and what you do.

I'm a (now-ex) stu­dent and cre­atively minded per­son – I used to say “blog­ger”, but I don't do as much of that any­more, though I should up­date my site more of­ten. I just fin­ished a post­grad­u­ate law de­gree here in Lon­don and am an ap­pren­tice at the Busi­ness of Fash­ion, and I like tak­ing pho­tos in my free time.

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

Mex­ico City! Or a road trip in Ja­pan; can't get enough of it.

What are a few things you couldn’t travel with­out?

My Con­tax T2 (and film), a good book (cur­rently read­ing The Ground Be­neath Her Feet by Sal­man Rushdie) and a hat (my cur­rent favourite is a black cro­chet one).

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

The chef René Redzepi, be­cause he's a mas­ter for­ager, so at least I'll eat well while wait­ing for peo­ple to res­cue us.

What has been your most mem­o­rable or unique travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

One of them would have to be get­ting a ham­mam in Mar­rakech – we went into the spa think­ing it'd be re­lax­ing, but were stripped down and scrubbed raw. It was hi­lar­i­ous!

What’s your favourite travel photo ever?

All of my favourite travel pho­tos are of the peo­ple I travel with! It's hard to choose one favourite.

Any tips or se­crets for tak­ing a great travel photo?

Take many!

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

I don't usu­ally shop much when I travel, but I al­ways try to buy some cheese when I'm in Paris – comté is my favourite.

Skydiving – yes or no?

Yes!

What books and blogs would you rec­om­mend to as­pir­ing trav­ellers?

I'm a bit of a crazy travel plan­ner and like to cross-ref­er­ence a bunch of sites, es­pe­cially when it's about restau­rants. Ev­ery­thing from Eater and TripAd­vi­sor to Suit­case Magazine and Condé Nast Trav­eler – still shocked that Bour­dain is gone… RIP. I also screen­shot ev­ery­thing on In­sta­gram in case any­one I fol­low posts some­thing I'd like to see.

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

Plan ev­ery­thing and sign up for cheap flight alerts – I'm also signed up to this flight mail­ing list called Jack's Flight Club, which is great.

How do you choose your next lo­ca­tion?

It's usu­ally got some­thing to do with restau­rants.

How many suit­cases do you bring?

One, al­ways.

What are your se­crets for pack­ing light? Or heavy?

I tend to over-pack, so I'm the worst per­son to ask! I like to have con­tin­gency-plan items.

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

Very cliché, but I try to walk a lot in all the cities I visit.

What has been your scari­est travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

We had a ter­ri­fy­ing car ride dur­ing the Morocco trip on our way back to Fez from Che­fchaouen – no street lights and we were go­ing so fast, so it's a mir­a­cle we made it back in one piece.

What’s your typ­i­cal air­port at­tire?

Jeans and sneak­ers.

Where are you head­ing next?

Mar­seille and Provence! And Por­tu­gal at the end of the sum­mer.

What’s one thing you hate about trav­el­ling?

Lines at the air­port (send­ing se­ri­ous side-eye to JFK).

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

Two days in Ja­pan – our on­sen ho­tel only had Wi-Fi in the lobby, so we didn't bother.

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

Let's see: China, Cuba, the Czech Re­pub­lic, Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Hun­gary, In­done­sia, Italy, Ja­pan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myan­mar, the Nether­lands, Poland, Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, Spain, Swe­den, Taiwan, Thai­land, the UK, the US and Viet­nam. I think that's it?

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

Ja­pan – for ev­ery­thing, but es­pe­cially the food. I also know that my par­ents would see it as a great ex­cuse to visit all the time.

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

How priv­i­leged I am, gen­er­ally, to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence it all.

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