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Why do you travel?

Travel, for me, has become a way to get outside of my comfort zone and experience things outside of myself and my otherwise small existence. It gives me the opportunity to learn from other people and cultures, while teaching me things about myself in the process. Growing up in Rhode Island, aka the smallest state, I’ve always been dead-set on expanding my horizons and creating a sense of adventure for myself, and travel has been how I’ve ben able to do it. 

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

Earlier this year, I went on a 5 day motorcycle trip through Chile. I didn’t even really think about it before I agreed to go (… I made the decision very much on a whim), and before I knew it I was cruising down the Chilean coastline at 60 MPH. It made me realize that the best travel moments aren’t necessarily the ones that you plan for, and that a willingness to be spontaneous is endlessly important when it comes to seeing the world. 

Check a bag or carry on? 

Carry on whenever possible! It makes it so much easier to be spontaneous and bop from one locale to the next when you don’t have a massive suitcase to lug around.

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

I wish I was better about picking things up on the road, but since I was most recently living out of one suitcase for full year, it’s kind of hard to find things worth carrying around! Photos are the most important thing to collect for me, and I’m now working on putting together a coffee table book of all my best shots from the last few years.

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

Safari in South Africa with my best friend.

Where are you heading next? 

Colombia! To Medellin and Cartagena. I cannot wait to learn more about the country’s history, and get my hands on some of the beautiful artisan goods they make!


A quote you live by is… 

“Life’s short. You might as well make it amusing.”

Zoe Weiner (@zoeweinerrr) is a freelance beauty and wellness journalist who ditched her life in New York City (at least, for now) to travel. She’s hit 6 continents and nearly 50 countries, documenting her experiences all over the internet. To read more about her adventures, visit her blog at