For Day 3 in the #Indie30 challenge with BootsnAll, we are asked:
What is Your Travel Style?
This is the easiest way I can sum up my style.
I do a lot of budget just because I don’t have the funds to do luxury, although I don’t prefer one over the other. I prefer great food, small local finds, anything that pumps my adrenaline, and music – lots of music. But really, all this is because I want to have fun.
If it makes me smile, I do it. If it makes other people smile, I do it. If it involves me doing something that is possibly humiliating or could potentially maim me, thus making others laugh at my embarrassment/terror, I do it (because I also find making a fool out of myself in public, and on video, fun). I really just want to show all the awesomeness in the world and have fun while doing it.
But what kind of things do I find fun? These kind of things:
Hanging out with police in the middle of guerrilla-area Colombia where I migrant worked (the paramilitary had invaded and were possibly hiding somewhere in the vast land of this farm. These guys told me to “blend in” and “don’t talk” if the paramilitary came in the night to the house. Obviously these police don’t know me too well).
Be part of the upper echelon at the Tcherassi Luxury Hotel and Spa – a super fancy high end hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. (Because when you are staying at a $400 a night hotel, you must always remain proper and poised).
Become a JetBlue pilot! (ok, I may just be pretending to be a JetBlue pilot. But you can’t tell the plane isn’t moving, let alone turned on. So I’m just going to go with my first statement so I look more awesome).
Fly a helicopter. (No really, I DID fly a helicopter, as in, I actually manned the controls and moved the machine! I did it with AirWorks in Vegas thanks to Cloud9Living. It was awesome!)
Be “Gringa Zombie” in a production in Colombia. Why? Because it is one step closer to playing a zombie in a full-length feature zombie film. (I have dreams people)
Go ATVing in the northern Canadian wilderness. (During black fly season to boot. It takes real commitment to do ANYTHING during black fly season! Commitment to AWESOME!)
Fancy picnicing in the rain with people you’ve never met and wine that got randomly shipped to you (because you mentioned on Twitter how much you love and miss Croatian wine – thank you Blue Danube Wine!). No little rain is gonna get me down!
Go to way to many rock shows. Because they are fun. So is photographing them. So is being able to get drummer photos (drummers need loving too music photographers!)
Getting a parasite in my back. (Ok, this is one of those “embarrassing” things I mentioned above.) But hey, it made a great story and is still the subject of taunting. I don’t think I’m ever living down being a “Wormy Gringa”. (Ex-wormy thank you very much).
Ride the largest rollercoaster in Canada. (But not because I wanted to. Because my readers are all sadists who like to see me potentially maim or kill myself. God I hate you!..and love you! I felt so awesome after doing this! So I guess, thanks to you all?!?)
And of course, I attend as many amazing and weird events as possible. Welcome to First Friday Las Vegas, where you can play pumpkins (that is NOT a typo).
So I would describe my travel style as fun. Awesome fun!
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About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.