In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with Jessica Savano, the model and world traveler behind The Conscious Vlogger YouTube channel. We spoke with Jessica about how traveling is good for the soul, the spiritual places she likes to visit when she travels, her adventures through India, and much more. Check out her top destinations around the globe and find out where she’s headed next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
Well, I’m a Sagittarius, so it’s sort of an innate trait lol but, I’ve always had this natural curiosity to explore the great unknown and travel as far away as I could and submerge myself in a new country and culture.
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger celebrating Holi with local children in India
How did your passion for travel get started? What does travel mean to you? Why do you feel it’s important?
Travel is good for the soul, and it really is a privilege to get to do it. Traveling has not only been something that I do, but it has been something that has become a part of me. It’s important for our growth as spiritual beings, no matter how you look at it, travel is true transformation as it takes you completely out of your comfort zones.
You have a travel-based YouTube channel called The Conscious Vlogger. How did it come about? What makes it different from other travel vlogging channels?
My channel is more of a spiritually inclined channel, I tend to visit lots of temples while in India and go to some of the holiest places, like Rishikesh and Varanasi and interview priests, etc. When traveling in the U.S or other places, I tend to visit more spiritual type cities, but I keep it fun and engaging and feature lots of artists and do lots of good deeds in hopes to inspire people to do the same.
You recently released an extensive vlog series on India, one of my favorite countries in the world. What surprised you most about your time there?
Well, I’ve been going to India for almost 4 years now, and each time I go it’s like going to a different planet. There really is no place like India. Everywhere you look something crazy or interesting is happening. The place only offers extremes. There is really no in-between. It’s constant stimulation and I just love that. When I come back to the US after being in India it just seems so dull in comparison!
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger making a beautiful flower arrangement in India
You were actually in India while it was under lockdown because of COVID-19. What was your experience like?
It was a little intense the first week it went on lockdown. I was alone and at times scared due to the whole panic about the virus and how difficult it was to get food during the first few days, but as time progressed it got easier. I’ll never forget how gracious everyone was towards one another, foreigners and locals. We checked up on each other, shared food, and did yoga together in my building’s complex. Luckily I was in beautiful Goa and the state had zero COVID deaths, so restrictions started to lift and I was happily swimming in the ocean almost every day which made things a lot better.
How many days/weeks do you travel in any given year? What types of places do you like to visit?
Well, traveling to me is sort of a way of life. Generally, when I leave America I sort things to be gone for at least 6 months or so. I like to live in India as it’s obviously my favorite country, but it’s also close to a lot of other countries as opposed to America, so I can get to them a lot easier. I tend to like to live near the ocean and with other free-spirited, conscious people like me. I love community/village living.
What do you want audiences to gain and learn from your work?
I’d really like them to get out of their comfort zones and not be afraid to travel, and to remember that this life is a precious gift and we should enjoy it the fullest!
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger kneeling in front of a statue of the Buddha
What are the top three destinations you’ve visited?
India, Indonesia (Bali), and Iceland! The 3 “I’s!”
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of your top 3 destinations. Like a mini-guide or a to-do list of sorts. It can be anything from your favorite hotel, the best place to have lunch, the best sightseeing, etc.
Udaipur, Rajasthan is one of my favorite cities in India. I celebrated Holi there 2 years ago and it is truly a romantic and picturesque city.
- Go see a traditional Rajasthani folk dance at Dharohar Folk Dance
- City palace
- Sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola
- Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway – where you take a cable car up to a temple! -Quite exhilarating!
- Treat yourself the most romantic dinner ever at The Leela Palace! Views of Lake Pichola are stunning around sunset!
How many countries have you visited so far?
I’ve lost count, but pushing 30!
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger enjoying the view over Mumbai, India
What are your top 3 favorite cuisines?
Hmmm, well, of course, Indian, second Mexican, and Ethiopian!
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
Hmm, can’t really say I have one as I much prefer smaller mom & pop type of places, but some of the best Indian food I had in India was at this restaurant called “Delhi Darbar”
What is your favorite travel movie?
Into the Wild – it’s a story about a free-spirited traveler and nature lover that shuns all materialistic possessions and goes out on a journey of self-discovery, forming beautiful friendships with everyone along the way. it does have a sad ending, but he was extraordinary and definitely on to something.
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger swimming with sea turtles
What is your favorite international airport?
Hmm, I’d have to say Mumbai’s international airport as it’s new and I’ve spent a lot of time in there lol they have lots of cool shopping, delicious Indian/Western restaurants, a bookstore, electronic store, and even a Starbucks! The facilities are super clean and the outside decor looks very supernatural!
Which city had the friendliest people?
I think Indians are the friendliest and most welcoming people, so it’s hard to pinpoint it to a specific city, but I loved the smaller village type people as they were so genuine and welcoming.
Who is your favorite travel companion?
haha, I have a few. In India I love traveling around with my friend/assistant Pratik, we really love traveling and vibe well together, plus he is an amazing assistant who always has great vlog ideas and makes things a lot easier for me. In the U.S my best friend, Filip, energetically we vibe well together, have a lot of the same interests, and don’t get stressed out during stressful situations.
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger having a spiritual moment on the beach at sunset
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
Hmm, I don’t like to kill time when traveling as every minute is special!
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
India of course! Each state has a different feel, and I especially love the exotic Goa beaches!
What is your best bit of travel advice for someone who wants to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Be in it, it’s all about the journey, the good, the bad etc. Enjoy every second, the delays, the frustrating times, language barriers, etc. It’s not only a journey of travel, but of spiritual transformation.
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger celebrating Holi with locals in India
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
A good moisturizer, a very specific lip balm, good music on spotify, and of course, my vlogging cameras!
What is your ultimate dream destination?
Well, it was India, and I’ve already been there, but there is still so much to explore which could take a lifetime!
What is your favorite travel quote?
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. -Robyn Yong
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger meeting an elephant in India
Where are you headed next?
Given the current global coronavirus pandemic, I won’t be traveling internationally for a while, but this gives me the perfect opportunity to explore lots of places here in America I still have yet to explore! In fact, I just got back from a 2 week road trip, we visited Sedona Arizona, Zion National Park in Utah, and stopped in Vegas on the way back to LA!
Jessica Savano of The Conscious Vlogger
A free spirit by nature, I embarked on a whirlwind journey around the globe in 2018. Traveling and immersing myself deep within new cultures has transformed the way that I look at life. My YouTube channel is about the power of human connection, and the magic that happens when we step outside of our comfort zones and trust that life is always on our side. I believe in spreading love and good deeds everywhere I go. Subscribe to follow along my journey, and get inspired with me!