Ingrid

1 years | USA & Japan

Favourite travel destination and why

Japan, although the States is a close second! Japan is endlessly fascinating - the ultimate blend of tradition and modernity, but the two seem to work together to produce a truly unique land and people. 
 

Most recent adventure

I recently travelled to the United States, fulfilling a childhood dream. I fell for San Francisco and Vegas, as well as the jaw-dropping beauty of the national parks - a sunset over the Grand Canyon and the Dr. Seuss-style landscapes of the deserts.
 
Best travel memory
My favourite memories tend to be either everyday things, like my love of Japanese vending machines and video game arcades, seeing a toddler jumping puddles on a rainy day in Manhattan and amusing place names (English pubs are classic for this). 
 

Best travel tips

Get lost once in a while, you always find the coolest things when you do. Manners cost nothing and get you far, so if you only learn “please” and “thank-you” in another language you’ll be right. 
 

Favourite food experience

I’m obsessed with food, and have been known to shun major sightseeing things in favour of hunting down somewhere I’ve heard about from friends or seen when watching Anthony Bourdain! A sushi breakfast at the Tsukiji fish Market in Tokyo and eating Fugu fish; the ferry Building in San Francisco (an oyster bar, charcuterie and cheese shop within 10 meters of each other!); asking my Intrepid Tour Leader to pull over on the road to San Francisco when I spotted some local farmers selling boxes of cherries, and sharing the still warm-from-the-sun cherries with my group; eating Sichuan hot pot in Chengu – a chilli addict's paradise! 

 

Any advice for people considering embarking on the trip of a lifetime

Planning is key - know where you’re going, and get an idea of what you want to do and see so you get the most out of your time away, but always leave some room for spontaneity. Keep in mind that even the best-laid plans can go awry, so being flexible, open-minded and adaptable are also big assets when travelling. 
 

Which country is next on your list to experience and why

Italy - I’m the only one in my family who hasn’t been and I want to meet the relatives who haven't yet made it here. I also want to see the town where my Grandparents grew up.