Veron­ica Li (@vnikali)

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A fash­ion stylist and the cre­ator of vnikali. com. I started my blog as a plat­form to share what I love and my styling tips.

The blog and In­sta­gram sup­ported my styling port­fo­lio; some­how my pho­tos drew at­ten­tion, and I also become a tastemaker in fash­ion and life­style. This has al­lowed me to have a bal­ance of styling and cre­ative con­tent with A-list brands and me­dia. Now and then, I get to travel with brands to ex­pe­ri­ence their aes­thet­ics. This has opened my eyes to see the world from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

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

I would travel across the South of France and just en­joy life there with no wor­ries – a glass of wine when­ever I want to cel­e­brate life. The best way to travel is not look at the time; your heart knows when it's ready to go to the next des­ti­na­tion, in­stead of plan­ning ev­ery­thing ahead.

What are five things you couldn’t travel with­out?

• Earplugs

• Guer­lain Orchidée Im­péri­ale Bright­en­ing & Per­fect­ing UV Pro­tec­tor SPF50/PA+++

• 24K Gold Ion En­ergy Beauty Bar Sauna Mas­sage Magic Wand Mas­sager • Chi­nese medicine

• Cam­era

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

My hus­band Lu­cas, of course! Be­cause he makes ev­ery day happy for me and with­out him, I think life would be bor­ing.

What has been your most mem­o­rable or unique travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

Fin­land was the most unique trip, since I got en­gaged un­der the North­ern Lights with the shoot­ing stars over Santa Claus Vil­lage. It was so cold in the igloo ho­tels.

What’s your favourite travel photo ever?

In Fin­land, the first en­gage­ment photo we took at mi­nus-15 de­grees, wear­ing a Hugo Boss night­gown. It was freez­ing cold and I was wear­ing Chris­tian Louboutin.

Any tips or se­crets for tak­ing a great travel photo?

Have the per­fect scenery and light­ing. I al­ways wake up one to two hours early to catch the sun­rise light. It makes the pho­tos ex­tra-mag­i­cal and you can en­joy the sun­rise, too. I love the peace­ful morn­ing.

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

My Her­mès Kelly bag! It's all about luck and on my last trip to Paris, I was so lucky.

Skydiving – yes or no?

Yes! Yes! Yes! But I still haven't had the chance to do it.

What books and blogs would you rec­om­mend to as­pir­ing trav­ellers?

TN Ex­pe­ri­ences City Guides – I ran­domly came across this blog and I find it to be pretty nice!

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

Look for good fan­fare deals and try to go as a group so you can share the ac­com­mo­da­tion fee. Start from go­ing to places that you can hike or just go sight-see­ing with­out spend­ing a for­tune. I tend to stay away from the tourist spots be­cause it's a guar­an­teed rip-off around the area.

How do you choose your next lo­ca­tion?

Usu­ally I don't get to pick the next lo­ca­tion, since most of the time I travel for work. There are times I stay be­hind and ex­plore cities around the area. As for our travel wish list, it's re­ally ran­dom, but there are al­ways a few far­away places we want to go ev­ery year. Bo­livia is al­ways at the top of our minds.

How many suit­cases do you bring?

Usu­ally two big ones.

What are your se­crets for pack­ing light? Or do you pack heavy?

Su­per-heavy – my lug­gage is al­ways around 30kg! Half of it is my skin­care and beauty goods. I end up pack­ing so much, I for­get to leave ex­tra space for shop­ping. I know it's a prob­lem, but I don't in­tend to solve it.

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

I al­ways need to watch the sun­rise (which means wak­ing up at 5.30am), cy­cle and hike.

What has been your scari­est travel ex­pe­ri­ence?

We couldn't land three times and had to do an emer­gency land­ing at a mil­i­tary base. And when I thought I was safe to travel by bus back to Bangkok, there was a huge thun­der­storm in the mid­dle of the high­way; the bus just stopped for 20 min­utes with­out mov­ing since the thun­der and rain was so heavy. In my mind, I was think­ing – on air and on land, I was still in dan­ger.

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

A don­key sled in Harbin to the moun­tains.

What’s your typ­i­cal air­port at­tire?

Trench coat, duf­fle bag and gym wear.

Where are you head­ing next?

After fin­ish­ing this in­ter­view, I'm ac­tu­ally head­ing to the air­port to go to Yang­shuo to ex­plore the beauty of China.

What is one thing you hate about trav­el­ling?

My skin gets very sen­si­tive and dry. Also there are places that only have squat toi­lets; this I can­not han­dle.

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

I tried it for three days and it was amaz­ing!

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

21: Aus­tralia, Aus­tria, Cam­bo­dia, Canada, China, Croa­tia, Es­to­nia, Fin­land, France, In­done­sia, Ja­pan, Malaysia, Qatar, Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, Spain, Switzer­land, Thai­land, the UK, the USA 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?

Switzer­land, be­cause it's so close to Paris and the UK. I would have a su­per-re­lax­ing life there, but on the week­ends I could take the train to Paris or the UK for city life. The food and weather is amaz­ing there, so I could sit in the spa all day look­ing at the moun­tains and lakes. In the win­ter, I could go snow­board­ing and have cheese fon­due! #lifeis­goodthere

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

The world is so big, so al­ways stay hum­ble and learn from oth­ers. Ob­serve the cul­ture and life­style to en­hance your own. This is how you make your life unique and in­spir­ing.

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