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Why do you travel?

I travel to gain perspective. Life in the 21st century can be a whirlwind, and I find it hard to make time for work, friends, family, significant other, and my personal goals. First world problems can seem like huge obstacles, and I’ve found that every I travel, I’m able to step out of bubble and gain perspective of what life is really all about.

Share a travel experience that really shaped who you are today.

Growing up as an American with Pakistani-Indian parents, most of my travels as a young kid were to India and Pakistan. Seeing developing countries first hand at such a young age, really made me appreciate what I have and the privileges I grew up with. My Dad was a first generation immigrant, and no one in his family had ever travelled out of the country – his willingness and desire to leave everything behind inspired me to pack up my bags and move halfway across the world.

Check a bag or carry on? 

Always a carry on! I’m an extreme overpacker, but I somehow manage to shove it all in my carry on – I hate waiting for my luggage to arrive and prefer not to deal the stress of it getting lost!

Do you collect souvenirs when you travel? If so, what? 

As a teenager,  I used to collect shot glasses. Fortunately, I realised that those aren’t coming in handy as much as I’d  thought, so I’ve now switched to postcards – it’s cheaper, and I always write a favourite memory of the trip on the back!

You just won an all expenses paid trip. Where are you going? Who are you taking with you? 

Maldives, with my non-existent husband! JK. Japan is next on my list – haven’t seen enough of East Asia apart from my one year in Korea!

Where are you heading next? 

Heading to Ibiza with some girlfriends!

A quote you live by is… 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” — Mark Twain