It’s that time of the week again where we get to meet a fabulous travel blogger from somewhere in the world!
This week we are wandering with Larissa from Life with Larissa! Hi Larissa, please tell me a little about yourself.
Hi! Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. My name is Larissa, and I am 24 years old. I was born in Haiti, but currently reside in the state of Georgia in the United States. I have a deep passion for travelling, and was inspired by one of my friends to start a blog and a vlog, Life with Larissa. Sometimes it’s crazy to me that I actually have a blog, because I don’t necessarily travel that much, but now that I have my blog, I keep finding more and more reasons to explore the world! As of now, I have visited 14 states and 11 countries…and counting! I have several trips lined up this year, so if all those go according to plan, the number will keep climbing 🙂
Where are you currently?
I’m currently in the state of Georgia, in the United States.
Where do you want to go next? What are your future travel plans?
The next big trip I have in the works is to Tokyo, Japan in November. This one is still up in the air a little bit, so I hope it will be able to happen. After that, in December, I’m headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lastly, in March I’m headed to Sweden!
Where is home? Name one thing that you always recommend to people that visit?
Currently, home is Georgia. Atlanta is a large city that caters to many different types of people. The city has museums, amusement parks, an aquarium, a zoo, and much more to offer. A classic is visiting the Coca-Cola Factory. If you enjoy drinking soda, you’re in for a treat! It’s also pretty cool to see and taste the different products that sold by the same company, but in different places around the world.
Where has been your favourite place to visit? Why?
To date, my favorite place is Paris, France. I know…super cliché. It’s hard to put into words what exactly I love about this city. Something about the atmosphere, the food, the people, and the language keep pulling me back to visit. I enjoy watching the pace of the city, but at the same time I can sit back and relax at an outdoor café.
Where didn’t you like/where were you disappointed with? Why?
One place that I was disappointed in was London. Granted, I was only 16 years old when I visited, so that may have some to do with my disappointment. The food was the biggest factor in that decision. I spent most of my money attempting to find food that I would enjoy; the fish and chips though are phenomenal! I know I need to go back and experience the city with older eyes and a more open mind, now that I know what to expect.
What is your favourite picture you have ever taken? Where was it taken?
That’s a hard one! I have one that I took of the Eiffel Tower at night. I love the angle from which I took the picture.
I also love one that I took in Florence, Italy.
Ah…I also love the different blues of a picture I took in Grand Turk of Turk and Caicos.
What has been the craziest thing you have done/place you have been on your travels?
I don’t know that I’ve done anything too crazy on my travels. I have accepted rides and/or tours from strangers before, including late at night. Everything turned out to be fine, but yeah, I think that’s about as crazy as I get.
Three things on your wander list
1-Complete the 7 Wonders
2-Visit South America
3-Visit all 7 continents [eventually]
Weirdest/most interesting form of transportation you have taken?
I haven’t really taken any odd forms of transportation. I’ve travelled by car, plane, boat, and train. Those are all pretty typical.
What is your best travel hack?
I wish I had a good one to share! The only thing I got is research, research, research!
What items do you never leave behind when you travel?
Besides the obvious [i.e. phone, wallet, passport, money, ID, etc.], I will always pack chapstick and my Kindle.
How much does your luggage weigh?
I don’t usually weigh my luggage, as I mostly only travel with carry-on size luggage. If I’d have to guess, I would say less than 50 pounds for sure!
How do you track your expenses whilst you are away?
I try to plan ahead what I’m going to do, and how much it is going to cost. I put that much money aside + an additional amount for things that I don’t account for in my calculations. I don’t let myself go over that limit, so I watch my accounts carefully!
What is one weird thing you miss when you travel?
Sometimes I miss not being able to nothing for a whole day. When I’m travelling, I feel so guilty taking a rest day, because I can do that at home. It’s not every day that I travel to said country, so I should maximize my time there. But some days, it’s just necessary to take a breather to fully enjoy your trip.
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy on the road?
Drink lots of water, and stay hydrated. It’s easy to forget when you’re so excited about seeing the new sights, meeting new people, and sampling new foods & drinks. Depending on where you’re travelling to, it’s pretty easy to stay fit. Usually, if you’re visiting a city, there’s a lot of walking that you can do, instead of taking public transportation or driving. You can also always choose to find a gym or go on a run in the morning.
What are you reading to at the moment?
I just came across ‘The Travel Book’ by Lonely Planet, and it’s truly amazing!
I was only able to skim through, as it was at a house where I was babysitting, but it has inspired me to find the book and purchase it for myself. I want to devote some time to reading the complete book. It seems truly fascinating!
If you could go back in time and be the first person to explore/find a place in the world, where would you want it to be?
I don’t think that I’d want to go back and be the first person to explore or find a place in the world. One of the most exciting parts of travelling is getting to experience different cultures and meeting different people, and learning from them. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I was the first person at a place.
Thank you so much for the interview, Larissa!
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Larissa is a girl who loves to travel. She loves experiencing new places, new cultures, new things, and new foods. Her ultimate goal is to become a citizen of the world. In her down time, she also enjoys reading, writing, and cooking & baking… because to her it’s another way to experience adventure! Want to learn more? She can be found at: