Twipper of the Week: Elona from Elona The Explorer!

Current cityNew York City

Age:24

Total countries visited: 39

What makes you interesting:I would say how busy I am. I sometimes surprise myself with how much I have on my plate: a full time job, a charity, a jewelry business, and a blog … and I try to squeeze in a full time travel itinerary in between!

What brands do you love: I’ll have to be a bit biased here and say NULA Jewelry, a travel themed chic an affordable jewelry line which I launched last summer. I also love MelanieAudrey bracelets. In the hospitality world I am loyal to the Ritz-Carlton and the Shangri-La.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from traveling: I always had this generic thought that traveling would “help me find myself.” But the reality is that traveling helped me create myself rather find myself – basic human interaction with individuals around the world who come from various backgrounds made me kinder, more compassionate, more understanding, and more open minded. Every time I travel, I invest in myself by injecting a multitude of experiences (both good and bad) which shape me into a better and better human over time. I will never be perfect, but I get better and better every time I am abroad and exposed to more experiences and interactions.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Definitely food. [And wine.] I try not to spend money on anything except for food!

What do you put in your carry-on baggage: I always have a handheld facial frequency device, which helps reduce puffiness especially after a long flight and lack of rest. I always have my camera and a mini tri-pod when I travel solo and most importantly gym clothes!

It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: Google Translate with offline mode would be my first step. Next step is to find the nearest hotel (surely someone has to speak English), third would be finding WiFi, downloading a map offline with all local attractions and just winging it on my own.

Describe the last time you tried something new: This past November in Singapore, I tried jelly fish – I know it might not sound that crazy but that was a big step for me! Wasn’t too bad either.

#1 thing you must do when traveling: Walk around – I don’t care where I am or how the weather is, I love to walk around and get a feel for what the destination is like. I love to walk into small mom & pop shops and cafés and chat with locals – it’s really the only way to get immersed in a foreign place.

Next travel destination: Milan this week!