In this Celebrity Travel Addicts Q & A we talk with Hannah Martin from Intrepid-Introvert. We learn about how this New Zealander created a nomadic life for herself (and how you can perhaps do it too). Check out some of her favorite destinations and where she is going to next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
Since I was young I always somehow knew travel would be a big part of my life. I would dream of far off places and landscapes. When I was 21 I went off on my first big trip- it was to Vietnam; traveling through the country for 1 month. I loved every second of it! I didn’t wanna go home after that month was up.
How many days/weeks are you traveling in any given year? What are the types of places do you like to visit?
I’ve been traveling about 10 months of the year for 3 years now.
I love to visit places with incredible natural scenery. Or smaller towns with chill vibes but still plenty to do.
What is it that you want audiences to gain/ learn from your work videos and photography?
Basically my aim is to help introverts feel empowered. I’m introverted and it took a while for me to accept myself. There seemed to be a negative connotation attached with the word. I thought I would never be successful and I was super shy and awkward (still am sometimes haha). Going out and traveling has helped me become confident with who I am. So I want introverts who are in the same boat that I was in, to find that something that gives them confidence and start working towards self acceptance.
Name your top three destinations you’ve traveled?
Canada, Portugal, Montenegro
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of these destinations, like a mini-guide or to-do list of sorts (could be anything like you favorite hotel, best place to have lunch, sightsee, etc)
- Rent a campervan and road trip the country!
- Drink Port wine in Porto
- Find secluded beaches (theres so many!)
- Watch the BIG waves in Nazare
- Celebrate the sunset every night. Portugal sunsets are amazing.
How many countries have you visited so far?
I think its about 32!
Your top three favorite cuisines?
Favorite restaurant in the world?
In Lamai, Koh Samui (Thailand) there’s this tiny little restaurant on the side of the road that does the BEST thai curries for like $2.50.
Your favorite travel movie?
Into the Wild and The Good Year
Favorite international airport?
Doha, and Changi (Singapore).
City with the friendliest people?
Killarney, Ireland & Medellin, Colombia (it’s a tie)
Your favorite traveling companion?
My boyfraaand – Nate
Best way you kill time while traveling?
Working and audio books
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
Oooh umm, Taiwan.
Your best bit of travel advice for someone who is about to embark on a life of travel?
If you’re traveling with someone, make sure they’re someone you can put up with for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Traveling with the wrong person can break relationships and majorly impact the fun you can have on your trip…. Gosh that sounded serious haha.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
Camera, computer, phone, headphones (such a millennial).
What is your ultimate dream destination?
Your favorite travel quote?
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”- Oliver Wendell Holmes
I see you recently visited Taiwan. What was most surprising about the country?
That it’s super tropical in the Southern Region! Beautiful beaches and warm weather was for sure a surprise!
Where to next?
Heading to London and then Prague for Christmas 🙂
Hannah is a self proclaimed introvert and Accounting Graduate who fresh out of University realised the office life just wasn’t for her. Packing her bags and jumping on a plane, she has now been traveling the world full-time for 3 years. She created Intrepid Introvert as a way to document her travels and life on the road as an introvert, and to ultimately inspire introverts to find their confidence. She is now a travel blogger, freelancer, minimalist, digital nomad, and has been helping many others achieve a similar lifestyle to her own.
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