I met Paola in Thailand in an unexpected last minute trip from China. With a massive passion for adventure and travelling she moved from Mexico to Shenzhen (China) couple years ago and she is the kind of person that is not afraid to get out of her comfort zone and go wonder. A true inspiration for those who are too scared to leave it all behind and seek a new adventure.
1) Who inspired you to travel?
I had this professor at university that was always talking about her trips and how wonderful it was going around the world, exploring and blending with local people everywhere, getting lost but at the same time finding yourself, so since then I’ve decided I wanted to live that adventure.
2) What is your biggest fear?
I think that I’m afraid of something happening to me during any of my adventures and my family having to hear the news from an embassy worker, to travel somewhere to recognize a dead body and all that stuff, that’s a pain that I would never like to give them.
3) What is the most memorable moment you’ve had while traveling?
It’s really hard to pick one, on the top of my head is this sunset in Costa Rica chilling with 2 friends by a campfire on the beach, listening to music and joining a “Mexican kind of party” with this family that was grilling meat, breaking piñatas and releasing lanterns, it was outstanding!
4) Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
I think any of my really good friends who enjoy traveling and have an adventurous spirit.
5) Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without on travels?
6) What does your family and friends say about you travelling so often?
My family is often concerned about my safety and my friends keep telling that they’d like to join but because of their jobs that haven’t been possible.
7) If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Carpe diem baby!
8) What’s on the top of your bucket list right now?
Since I’m living in Asia, traveling around the southeast is my aim now; Indonesia for Christmas & New Year if nothing comes up before that.
9) What is the worst misadventure you’ve had during your travels?
During a visit to some hot springs in Thailand a centipede bit me and I was freaking out because I didn’t know what was that animal and the pain was unbearable! Besides there was this guy telling me that those animals were very toxic and I may have a heart attack because of their poison! Terrible!
10) What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Sea cockroach in Mexico and snake soup in Hong Kong, and actually both taste very good!
11) How do you make money and control your expenses to be on the road so often?
I have a full time job but because of its nature it allows me to travel at least 3 times a year on holidays plus short weekends around China
12) Have you ever traveled alone, why or why not? If yes, where did you go the first time you did?
Yes, I really enjoy traveling by myself, I think I have met more people and have had more adventures when I am by myself than when I’m with company; my first time alone was to Hong Kong, but the solo travel that I’ve enjoyed the most has been to Costa Rica.
13) Tell me about the craziest or most unforgettable night out during your travels.
One of the most memorable nights was during New Year in Bangkok, it wasn’t a crazy night at all, I was at a rooftop party and I got immersed in a really great conversation with a new friend and before we knew it was 6 am already! I think that more than partying I enjoying getting to really know people with different mindsets.
14) Where did you go on your most recent road trip?
Well it wasn’t exactly a road trip but I just came back from Florida, sol playa y arena! 😀
15) What is one travel advice you’d like to give?
Build a life you don’t need a vacation from! Whether if it’s having a family, a great job, traveling around the world…make sure you’re happy!