Welcome to round 77 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.
Random Traveller 77
Who are you?
My Name is Liz and I am from Washington DC. I’ve been traveling sporadically in between holding a full time job. Since graduating college in 2008, I’ve been to 23 countries across five continents and I can’t wait to see more!
What’s the deal?
My blog is called L’appel Du Vide which is French for the “Call of the Void” which is that psychological phenomenon where you feel this strange urge to jump when standing on the edge of a tall cliff. My blog is all about taking the leap and doing something a little risky (preferably not jumping off an actual cliff).
I also like to highlight what I call “misadventures” of travel. Things like getting sick, losing your passport, and being robbed. I think these are the most interesting stories and give readers a taste of what travel is really like, but also show that when things go bad people overcome the challenges and go on to have amazing trips. I have a whole segment on my blog called “Misadventure Mondays” where other travelers tell me their tales of woe.
Have you surprised yourself while travelling doing something you never thought you could?
Usually when I travel I am challenging myself. It’s hard to leave your comfort zone and do things that are scary and weird. I am actually pretty afraid of heights and through my travels I’ve gone canyoning (where you jump off large waterfalls), jumped out of planes, hiked up to the Monastery in Petra and so many other things that I never thought I could do.
Of all the places you’ve been where could you see yourself setting up home most?
I loved Budapest and can totally see myself living there. It’s a beautiful, modern city that’s also really unique. Plus I loved the hot water spas that are all over the city – I could definitely get used to that.
I would also love to live in South East Asia. The food is amazing and it’s so warm all the time and you are right by a beach…pretty much perfect.
If you could have one a special talent to impress other travelers what would it be?
If I could have one special talent it would be being fluent in multiple languages – I always feel really bad about my horrible language skills when I travel. It would be great to be able to communicate with locals and other travelers with more than a few broken words. Somehow repeating things like “bathroom” and “hello” don’t usually open up deeper topics.
What’s the plan?
I am leaving to go to Iceland in a few weeks with my friend Holly. I have a ton of fun things planned for while I am there including puffin watching and glacier hiking. I have read so much about other people’s adventures there and I can’t wait to go!
A big thanks to Liz for taking part, great to have you.
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