This is Travel Blogger Thursday, where we interview a fellow traveler that also loves to blog! Meet Angelica of Brooklyn Chick Travels – she wants to inspire New Yorkers to get out of the city and travel around the world! Angelica has recently started a career as a flight attendant, which means that she’ll be able to see even more of the world (lucky girl!)
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
There are so many different things that inspire me to travel. When I was younger, it started out as seeing places that were different from my home (Brooklyn, NY) and not surrounded by skyscrapers. I always enjoyed history- although I never got the best grades in it – and I wanted to see other cultures, meet people of villages that I only saw mentioned in books, and eat all kinds of foods. It continues to be all about getting out of NYC for me as often as I can. The city is great, but there’s so much more to the world and this is not the center of the universe for me.
What I enjoy most about traveling is the feeling of being away from home, which is priceless. Everything that comes with it makes the experience – the different air, the skies, the water, the language, and a different bed. I like new things and you can gain an infinite of new knowledge and memories through traveling. Plus, I’m a foodie and a scuba diver so I need to fill those hobbies often.
Where is your favourite destination and why?
The Caribbean without a doubt is my favorite region, and I’d have to say Jamaica has been my favorite country so far. When I visited, I did stay in an All-Inclusive resort, as that’s overall what most of the resorts are. I didn’t spend my time at the resort and drinking 24/7 though. I ventured out of the hotel grounds and explored the true naturalistic side to Jamaica.
It’s so untouched it seems magical. Driving down dirt roads up and through the hills made me feel like I was in the “Sound of Music” movie. There’s numerous tiny villages in the hills and food shacks where you can stop for a quick “Red Stripe” or fresh picked foods. The locals who I hung out with and who came to our beaches were super friendly and helpful with how to get around safely. It is a poorer country, so I felt better giving to the local businesses and using local guides rather than tour agencies. I’m happy it wasn’t overblown with 5 star hotels and name brand luxuries everywhere. I enjoyed the simple life in Jamaica and saying ‘Ye mon” is super fun!
When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?
I began traveling when I was 3 years old. Throughout high school, it was mainly flying back and forth to Poland to visit the rest of my family there and be there for the summers. I’m the first born here so my parents came from Poland and all their sisters, brothers, and my cousins still reside there. Besides Poland, we did not travel much through the US due to not having a car nor much cash. I always received necessary items such as food, clothing, and school. We took a bus upstate a few times, but never did road trips or American vacas such as Disney.
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
I never knew blogs existed until last year! When I came across them, I was like “I can do this too, how fun”. What better way to document my travels, chat and meet other travelers, and provide information online that can be helpful to others? I think blogging is great. It is an outlet for me and others to write our feelings and experiences. Also, meetings others who are like me online makes me happy I’m not the only “obsessed traveler” out there and we get to chat, like you and I are right now!
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
Physically, I always bring back a magnet so my fridge gets all decorated. Living in a small apartment with the bf and two other roommates doesn’t leave much space for me to buy a whole bunch of stuff. Mentally though, I bring back more peace of mind, a more revived mind, and a happy spirit. I’d like to bring back some more coconuts though and line them up on a bookshelf.
Where do you plan on visiting next?
The Caribbean awaits me even more! I see both of you have been to many islands there as well. Isn’t it just so lovely? Puerto Rico is next up in September and St. Croix will probably be a week after that if my schedule works out the way I want it to. Also, with my new career as a flight attendant, I will be flying regionally along the East Coast and Canada. Hope to see you both on a layover!
Thank you so much, Angelica for being interviewed for our travel blogger series! Please check out Angelica’s blog, Brooklyn Chick Travels, or follow her on social media:
Every Thursday, we’re going to be featuring a fellow travel blogger and highlighting their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.