This is another series first! An interview with the travel author Savannah Grace. She’s authored books (find links at the bottom) took her first trip around the world beginning at the age of 14, and seen more than most of us ever hope to. Beyond that she has a talent for capturing you with the way she spins her words that brings her experiences to life. Don’t take my word for it though, read below and you’ll see what I mean!
What does travel mean to you?
Travel is an addiction to discovery. Travel is a visible and invisible companion that tests me, encourages me, brings out the best and the worst in me.
How has travel helped shape your life, or effected your path in an unexpected way?
Without traveling in my teens, there’s no way that I would be living in Holland today. I was 14 years old when travel really became a big influencer in my life and has stayed with me continually to this day. When my mom told me we were going to pack up and leave everything we knew behind to backpack around the world, I was devastated. I was sure that my whole world was ending!
I am an entirely different person as a result of this trip. I sometimes shudder to think what my life would have been without it. I learned so much about the world, people, cultures, history and most importantly myself and my family. I discovered my strengths, pushed myself to achieve goals I considered impossible and learned that dreams are worth following! This is a world full of possibilities.
A tip for travellers?
If you’re doing extended travel my number one advice would be don’t be too restricted by a schedule. Be open and free to new things and go with the flow because travelling shouldn’t be a quest or mission, it is a journey. Let all of your worries go and enjoy every second. One of my biggest regrets would be not living in the moment.
Oh, and spend more money than my older brother Ammon!!
A few others:
– Do your research on the country, visas and vaccinations
– Plan around the weather such as when the wet and dry seasons occur
– Take breaks when you get burnt out
– Bucket list. Have some personal highlights in mind so you feel enthusiastic
– Be respectful of the culture (clothing, etiquette)
– Try new things and don’t be afraid to get down and dirty
– Meet the people
– Start somewhere you have a genuine interest
It’s really hard to say, because throughout the years there were many, many times that I stopped to breath it all in.
The first memory that pops in my mind was going on a private lion walk in Mauritius for my 23rd birthday. That was unforgettable.
Yangshuo, China was a huge impact on me, and that was only in the first week of our whole trip.When I fell asleep on the overnight bus we were in a big, modern city, when I awoke we were in the misty countryside with villagers plowing fields with the help of water buffalo. The landscape was so mysterious and unique that I was simply in awe, seriously contemplating whether or not I was still dreaming. It was a fairytale come to life.
Another time was driving up onto the beach on a motorcycle where we were staying in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. My arms were wrapped around my man; he was the rock and security in the hectic world around me. It was dark but still warm and so peaceful. Palm trees were motionless above us, acting as silent statues silhouetted in the light of the full moon. The light shimmered in a streak across the Indian Ocean. We’d just ridden through the insanity of African traffic in the biggest city in Tanzania, horns blaring, no lights, people dashing across the streets, and half the cars sped down the pot holed street without headlights. That, contrasted with this sudden silence and beauty, was unforgettable. I remember wishing I could hold on to that moment for the rest of my life.
What would you tell someone to encourage them to get out there and travel?
People are nice everywhere in the world, and we all have the same basic wants and needs. There are so many friends out there you still have yet to meet! A world considered to be wrought with hunger, despair, corruption and danger turned out to be one full of love, family values and respect. Ironically, it seems that the less people have the more willing they are to share. I think it takes travel to learn and see that.
Has writing about your travels lended to, or taken away from the overall experience of said travels?
Writing about my travels has only given more meaning to already life altering experiencing. I love being able to share my stories and relive them myself because there’s always a new angle to discover. The insider and outsider perspectives I get, from then and now, are what continue to shape me into the person I am. I am so grateful to the people who have joined me on this journey as a traveller and as a writer. I really want to thank my readers and friends and family for encouraging me and standing by me in my pursuits to follow my dreams.
BIO: Savannah Grace was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At 14 she was pulled from school to travel the world before returning home 4 years later to graduate from high school. Now in her twenties, she has traveled to 100 countries and is the author of the award winning series “Sihpromatum” which includes “I Grew My Boobs in China” and “Backpacks and Bra Straps”. Co-founder of popular weekly Twitter travel chat #TRLT. Savannah is currently living with her Dutch partner in The Netherlands, where she continues to write and travel.
ALSO please go and check out Savannah’s books and her social medias. She’s fun to follow and is always updating her sites with the latest travel news of hers!