Yone – Radical chic traveller
Yone was born in Brazil but she has lived in China, Norway, United States and is currently living in Chiang Mai (Thailand). She has been working on several online projects from freelancing as a graphic designer to her own personal website . For the last few years, she has used the freedom of her work situatio to see as much of the world as possible.
1) Who inspired you to travel?
Not quite sure how that happened, when I was little my family would travel overseas a lot or send me abroad for study/summer camp. It just became the norm for me!
2) What is your biggest fear?
It’s between not finding love or failing at starting my own business.
3) What is the most memorable moment you’ve had while traveling?
Quite hard to pick, just reading the question I didn’t have only one memory jump out at me. But I have to say that it was all the butterflies I was departing China and arriving in Norway. It was such a wacky contrast in environment going from temperate humid weather to the land of winter. Considering I’m from Brazil as well seeing snow and experiencing a true winter was enthralling. From the moment my friend me at the airport to the drive on the road I was just amazed every day, every moment. I felt rekindled with life and possibility.
4) Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
Someone that had the power to teleport us off the deserted island or Ryan Gosling with that ability..
5) Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without on travels?
Headphones + Music!!
6) What does your family and friends say about you travelling so often?
My family doesn’t quite understand it, they think I’m either running away from something or just being unrealistic because eventually, at one point I ‘should’ return back home and settle there.
7) If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
“Handle with care, content is rare and volatile. Beware of candor.”
8) What’s on the top of your bucket list right now?
Do the Camino de Santiago.
9) What is the worst misadventure you’ve had during your travels?
I almost forgot this one because my brain wanted to erase this incident. This was a life lesson on how one’s standards and boundaries can drop. Was travelling around Vietnam on a tight budget and with a travel partner that was very thrifty. Of course she winded wanting to pick at the cheapest hostel possible for our last 2 nights in Hanoi. This was a $3 that had average ratings. But earlier in the week we had stayed at a place that was $4.50, which turned out quite okay. To start with we arrived at 1:00 AM when everything was shut and we were dead tired from our bus ride. We got shown to our dorm room and that was when our nightmare started. The bunk beds weren’t even made, old tossed sheets and when I went to check my bunk there were some “lovely” pubic hair strands on it. I opted to get my sleeping bag liner out and use that as a barrier to whatever other surprises were on that bed..I was too tired to go out and find someplace else. When I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth I went from a nightmare to a horror movie. The bathroom looked like it was used at one point as the movie set from Saw. To top it off I had an upset stomach. I promptly stepped backgrounds with dread and rolled up on top of my sleeping bag liner trying to desperately fall asleep. 10 minutes later these ‘dudes’ come into the room and say that we were on their bunks. But they were so drunk they slept on the bottom ones instead. My friend about an hour later asks me if I fell asleep because she was just as traumatized. Needless to say the next morning we check out and went to a proper hotel using an Airbnb voucher.
10) What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
After living in China I’m pretty sure I probably ate something very strange but was oblivious as to what it was. Asides from that let’s go with snake.
11) How do you make money and control your expenses to be on the road so often?
I used to have a full time job so whatever major national holiday in the country I was at I would go travel. Currently I’ve just shifted into working part-time on different projects – asides from my own website my range goes from online marketing, graphic design, content writing and social media marketing. To control my expenses I just have a simple rule to never be in red and have at least enough buffer/emergency money to buy a flight ticket back home. Living in China taught me a lot about paying cash in advance and not creating debt. I’m also not a big fan of using credit cards.
12) Have you ever traveled alone, why or why not? If yes, where did you go the first time you did?
Yes, very first time travelling abroad alone was to the US and then backpacking solo for a period was to Thailand. It was Chinese New Year holiday and I was not looking forward to spending it in China. At the time Thailand was high on my list of countries to visit and friends that have gone before had given me tips on where to go.
13) Tell me about the craziest or most unforgettable night out during your travels.
I’m pretty sure the craziest one I cannot remember because I must have been way too drunk. As for the one that I do remember is going with some friends to Hong Kong for the night, starting off with going to Happy Valley Horse Racing and making 1000 HKD that evening, getting free drinks offered while waiting in line to bet my humble 5HKD. After the races were finished me and my friends went to Lang Kwai Fong pub street to find out it was Ladie’s Night – I couldn’t even need to spend my winnings! Obviously was drunk past sanity and still managed to cross the border patrol back into China and go to work in the morning. The curious thing is I don’t even remember how I got home or how I filled the form for the border. Or a hangover.
14) Where did you go on your most recent road trip?
Not really a road trip but just went to Kuala Lumpur for a week to visit a friend.
15) What is one travel advice you’d like to give?
Keep a copy of your passport/ID not only in print but in digital form.
2. Don’t over plan! Having a rough idea is okay but go with the flow and let the experience open up to you.
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