Twipper of the Week: Beth from Travels in Translation.

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Current city: Chicago, IL

Age: 25

What makes you interesting: After getting my degree in East Asian Language and Culture, I moved to Asia. I’ve now been living abroad a total of three years trying to immerse myself even further and I’m loving every day of it! If you need recommendations regarding Asia, hit me up!

Total countries visited: 29

Most magical place on Earth: Isn’t that Disneyland? Honestly, while I do find anywhere Disney-related pretty magical, I must say Japan is actually deserving of that title! There’s just something so unique and alluring about Japan that keeps me going back. It’s truly a country unlike any other.

What does “travel” mean to you: To me travel is about understanding and accepting. I focus on assimilating with the local culture as much as I can when traveling in order to better understand their customs and traditions.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: This is a tough one! I think I’d head back to the Maldives. I could certainly use a trip to paradise right now!

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip:  I feel like I should have some crazy useful answer about something I brought on a trip that I Macgyvered into something useful, but unfortunately I don’t! I’m usually the one who forgets to pack crucial items like my toothbrush and extra socks.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I’ve honestly learned so much about myself when traveling. Most important I’ve learned to listen to my body and its needs (don’t let me go hungry or with little sleep!), but I’ve also learned how to be more patient and self-reliant.

Next travel destination: At the end of March I’ll be heading to Europe to explore Spain, Romania and Luxembourg before heading back to the US to explore three cities. It’ll be a crazy 4 weeks of non-stop travel, so make sure to follow along!