X Ray Cat Interviews Travel Blogger Gloria from The Nomadic Chica by Marko ‘X Ray Cat’.
What is the secret behind the adventurous and passionate life of travelers and travelistas?
Do you feel you have left out when trying to have a ‘normal life’?
You’re about to discover the what and why for yourself.
Gloria Apara from The Nomadic Chica
When my superpowers guided me to Gloria’s tough cat traveler blog and as I was x-raying through her amazing adventures I felt like arriving home.
Her courage to follow her heart and share her passion with you and me and the rest of the world was so uplifting and empowering that I was simply wowed :)
She’s a solo traveler in a mission. A true tough cat adventurer who I’ve had the privilege to get to know a little.
In her own words:
So now I also travel to inspire other women to travel their own countries and the whole world!
It is possible, safe and funny too!
I am myself when I move, when I travel, when I sleep in different places in the same month, when I try different foods.
I feel alive and I feel myself.
Leave a comment and let me know if you feel the same way?
Gloria is a travel blogger from Chile, woman, slow traveller, physical therapist, foodie, passionate about all the new things and people still waiting to be discovered.
As I was x-raying through her journeys I really felt her, I could resonate with her and most of all, I admire her and appreciate her mission highly.
Even so that I decided to write a blog post about her exciting nomadic lifestyle.
I got in touch with Gloria and asked if she was willing to do a little interview with me and share her wisdom and experiences with me and you.
She happily agreed and here’s your chance to benefit from her secrets how to become who you really want to be.
Interview with Gloria
Are you ready to dive into her secrets my friend? Here goes:
1) When did you get bitten by the travel bug?
I think I’ve born with it. My very early memories are about daydreaming about all the places I will visit one day, wondering how life would be in other countries.
I was doing road trips very often with my family along Chile and the nearby areas so I got used to move since young age.
Plus I come from a family of immigrants from Europe and Palestine, so I always say I have the travel bug on my genes!
2) Was it all sunshine and rainbows or did you have any doubts and fears when going after your dreams?
I think it’s very rare to have only sunshine in any areas of life. I have a strong feeling we came into this life to learn something and specially when deciding to make your dreams true is very easy to boycott ourselves and not trying because all the fear.
3) If there were any road bumps on your way following your passion, how did you overcome them and what motivated you to keep going?
I think to me the hardest part was being aware about this passion, or actually face it. Once I’ve decided and had clear what was my dream it’s been an amazing path.
Following my passion gave me a goal to follow and while doing it, even if it’s really hard work, this doesn’t matter.
I can’t count how many long nights of editing and writing I’ve been the last year, but I’ve never been more happy in my life before.
My travel blogger mentor Erick, from www.minoritynomad.com, was the one helping me with my baby steps and taught me this travel path will be sometimes really hard work but also that this life of traveling it IS absolutely possible.
It will be some days of doubts but hard work make it all. In those days I feel not so strong I remember myself you need to do certain things you don’t like to achieve bigger and better things, So keep rolling!
QOTD Travel isn’t always pretty
4) How many countries have you visited?
I’m just at my 21th country and the last visited was Brazil few weeks ago. Still so many to go!
5) Is there a big traveling goal for you eg visit 100 countries..all the countries in the world?
Yes! I want to go everywhere! It’s so funny when I look into a place I’ve never been before the only thing I can say is “I wanna go there!”.
I think it’s kind of silly try to compete with other travelers and only cool for your ego be able to say..ooohh yeah, I’m the first one visiting every country in the world.
To each one his own pace and rhythm, to me it’s more important the experiences you can have on the road, the people you meet than filling your passport with stamps.
But….I would love to be the first Chilean visiting every country tho!
6) If you could choose one destination where you had to live at least a year, what would it be and why?
Thailand! I fell in love the very first second I’ve landed in Bangkok or somewhere else in Thailand.
I simply love the food, the people and that is close to many other cool countries. One of the few places I can think settling for some months.
7) Is there a destination you never want to visit again and why?
Not yet. I’ve learnt to be flexible and I try to make the best of any experience. Maybe the least country I would choose to go back is Singapore.
My least favorite until today, but I didn’t explored too much so it’s a biased opinion.
8) How do you fund all your travels?
I can be very frugal and I grew up saving my money to travel. I’m used to not spend lots in daily things so I can make short trips with really little money.
Being flexible made possible most of my travels and I was able to spend 1 month in some countries spending less than 300USD.
How is it to travel the world as a Latina
9) What is your motto and mission in life?
The only goal I can remember having since very young was, besides traveling, was To Be Happy.
This has being my main goal and everything I do in my life is to try to find that inner happiness with myself.
I can tell my trip to India was a very deep path that made me found some key points I was searching for long time.
10) What is your best advice for someone stuck on their daily hell wanting to break free,
discover the world and be who they really want to be?
No one or nothing can stop you when you really want to do something.
It is really easy to get stuck with the routine of the daily life, the ‘normal job’ schedule and paying bills, but if you want to travel start a plan, save some of the money you are blowing in the shopping and the restaurants every night and go even for a small trip to realize you can do it.
11) What are the 1-2 books you recommend that have helped you the most in your life?
There’s one thing I really need and it’s to read. I was a book worn when I was younger and can remember many books.
The two that have helped me the most and the ones I’m usually reading again it’s
X Ray Cat’s a big booklover himself , has read both of those books and highly recommends them too :)
12) What is the best way to get in touch with you?
Through any of my social media on Twitter @NomadicChica on Facebook @nomadicchica and the most,
read my blog http://www.nomadicchica.com ;)
for finding the time and doing this absolutely amazing and powerful interview
to help me spread the love :)
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