Twipper of the Week: Kirstie Jefferies from Venga, Vale, Vamos.

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Current city: Sydney, Australia.

Age: 26.

What makes you interesting: I’ve lived in three countries (my native U.S., Spain, and Australia) and traveled to many more. I speak Spanish and a bit of Italian. I also studied French and Mandarin but I’d love to learn more!

Total countries visited: About 45 depending on political definitions.

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, ambitious and eager.

Who is the most interesting person you met while traveling: How do I narrow it down to just one person? I’ve made fantastic groups of friends in all of the overseas cities I’ve lived and it’s those friends that really made the experiences what they were. Even if I’ve lost touch with some of them, they’re the core reason my time abroad has been so memorable.

What is the best thing you bought during your travels: My trajes de flamenco (flamenco dresses) I bought for Seville’s Spring Festival, Feria. I felt like a local in the traditional outfits and they now make a fantastic souvenir.

Do you have any recommendations to battle jet lag: If you arrive in the morning, no matter how tired you are, make yourself stay awake until that night. By staying active so you keep jet lag off your mind. You’ll be almost as good as new the next morning.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from traveling: Just go for it! A lot of people are scared to live abroad or travel, and getting out of your comfort zone can be intimidating. Once you decide to take that leap, you’ll wonder why you were ever worried in the first place.

Next travel destination: If all goes according to plan, I’ll be going to Cuba later this year. I’m thrilled beyond belief.