About Simone

Freelance writer & editor 📝.
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Number of countries visited to date:

Number of cities visited to date: 68

Favourite food: This is difficult — how do you choose just one?! I do enjoy southeast Asian cuisine a lot, so I’d have to say the street food in Thailand is close to the top of my list. I also have a special spot in my tummy for authentic Korean Fried Chicken and Kimbap from Busan, South Korea!

Favourite city: There’s no place in the world that has the pulse and energy found in New York City. Cliche it may seem, but any place where you can wander around on foot for hours at a time and encounter something new at every corner is worth special recognition. I also love London because it shoves culture and history down your system for free — and who can complain about that?

Favourite terrain: I’m a sucker for a good hike, where the reward is a scenic vista and or a panoramic view that will take my breath away. I also enjoy being close to water. Whether it’s the the ocean, a sea or a lake (or let’s face it, a waterfall), I find I’m happiest and most at peace by the water.

Upcoming trip: I’d like to visit Vietnam next.

Solo or group travel: Also another difficult question, but the answer is both… for different reasons. It also depends on where I’m going and who’s travelling with me.

Item purchased at every stop: It used to be earrings when I was younger, but a few years ago I switched to Christmas ornaments. I love opening up each one and reflecting on where I was when I bought it before hanging it up on the tree. And a fridge magnet (I aim for every city, but definitely get one for every country I visit).

Favourite gifts from friends who travel: Postcards with messages to me! I can’t get enough of them — especially when they’re sent while my friends are on the road.

Three essential items in my overnight makeup case: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, Saje Natural Wellness Arrive Revived Jet Lag & Travel Mist, and Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes.

Three essential clothing items while on the road: A soft scarf, a warm sweater, and clean socks. (I’m always cold!)

Camera of choice while on the road: Android phone (Sony) and Nikon DSLR.

Travelling vices: Chocolate. And wine. And cheese. Pretty much my regular vices.

Favourite travel quote: Oh gosh, there are so many! But for right now, in this moment, if I had to pick one, it would be this:

“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.”
– Pico Iyer



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