I’m not sure how many of you are reading along daily, but if you’re like me, and read each and every post published in our ‘100 interview project’, you’ll agree when I say, every day is similar, and yet, so unique.
While flicking through the many (a.k.a never ending) emails sent in regards to this project, I found myself drawn in by travel writers and Instagrammers of many kinds. From the “quit my job to travel” to the “I only travel on the weekends”, each and every email led me to a new “about me” section, awesome insta grid and travel story that needed to be shared.
Our next interview was no exception to this. After reading that her favourite place is Italy and loves a glass of wine, I knew we would get along! I read on and discovered that not only is one of those ‘multi-talented’ folk that can speak a couple of languages. But she RECORDS AUDIO BOOKS as her paid job… Have you ever met someone who does this?
Meet Meghan, the face and name behind the blog “Expedition Limitless”, Italy lover, fellow travel blogger and all interesting round gal! We had a chance to ask Meghan about her best and worst travel experiences, and why she loves to be on the move.
Readers, Meet Meghan. Meghan, Meet my Readers
My name is Meghan Crawford. I’m the California-born, Florida-based writer behind Expedition Limitless. During college, I studied Italian and Spanish, thinking I’d like to work as an interpreter. Somewhere along the way, I discovered that all I actually wanted was to travel. I try to live like a local wherever I go: learning the language and culture of a place, forging real and meaningful connections with the people who live there. When I’m not traveling, I’m usually recording audiobooks in my home studio (my kickass day job), reading and daydreaming about travel, or chilling with my cat.
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Why do you choose to travel?
My favorite thing in the whole world is that pit of your stomach feeling when you’re somewhere new, and you don’t know if you’re going to laugh or cry from the beauty of it all. I choose to travel because I am always chasing that feeling.
Who inspires you?
Within the travel world, I’m a huge fan of Jackie from The Budget Minded Traveler/Traveling Jackie. I’ve always got an episode, or two of her podcasts downloaded to my phone. But in general, I draw a lot of inspiration from my family and friends. My mom is such a strong, independent woman. She’s had four kids, sung at Carnegie Hall, trained for and finished a triathlon, and created a really impressive career for herself. I’m constantly inspired by her to the heights you can go if you just look at the world and say, “screw it, you’re not holding me back.”
Where in the world are you now?
Right now I am in Tallahassee, FL. I finished university here last year, and I’ve stayed for a little while. Not because Tallahassee is particularly great, but saving money is important when you’re looking to travel, and it didn’t make financial sense to pack up and move at the time. Plus, my boyfriend and a few close friends are in Tallahassee for now, so it’s a good place to be based.
Favourite place you have visited?
Hands down favorite place is Puglia, Italy. Both the region and the people are so, so beautiful. It was also my first big trip, so it holds a special place in my heart.
The most interesting person you have met on the road?
Two years ago while studying in Italy, I met a woman named Sue Anne. We bonded over being California natives, and she became something of a cool travel mom to me. When I met her, she was fifty years old and getting her Masters in Italian Lit, which I found so inspiring. I haven’t seen her since we parted ways in Perugia, but I know that she is now full-time in Italy which is amazing. I think I might idolize her a little bit. She’s just so self-assured and full of life. Plus, she’s got great hair.
How often do you travel?
As often as I can, which is to say not often enough. Now that I’m out of school it’s a little bit more difficult to get away. But I’ve been seeing more of Florida this past year, and I have some future international travel plans in the works as well. There’s always a part of me screaming, “Just go! Do it now!” whenever I see a cheap airline ticket, but I’m trying to be financially savvy about it. I want to be able to travel all my life, so I think that it’s worth waiting a few months now to make sure that I have the finances rather than charging it all to a card for one rash trip and then being tied down by debts later.
What are your travel essentials?
I always, always bring lip balm. The dry air in aeroplanes kills me. A hat is always a good bet, too. I’m about as fair as they come and sometimes sunscreen isn’t enough.
What is your top tip for a first-time traveller?
I would say, don’t be so nervous. It’s good to be alert and aware of your surroundings, but enjoy yourself, too. And don’t bring so much stuff! I promise you don’t need it and no one will care if you wear the same outfit multiple times. If you forget something, you can almost always buy it when you arrive.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
New Zealand. It’s such expensive air fare, so I think it might be on the list for a while, but I will get there one day.
What is your favourite travel quote?
Oh, this one’s hard. Anything by Tolkien. But the ones that are on my blog are “You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you’ll be swept off to” and “Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”
Tell us about a time travel went wrong
Oh, boy. My very first trip abroad was a logistical disaster right out the gate. We were flying from Orlando, FL to Dublin, Ireland by way of Philadelphia. A random thunder storm delayed our initial flight, so we didn’t make our connection in Philly. All of our luggage had been checked, including our carry-ons which we were asked to check at the gate in Orlando. Since it was an international flight, we weren’t allowed to reclaim that luggage until our final destination. So, no clean clothes until Dublin.
Luckily, we had travel insurance, and the airline gave us hotel vouchers for the night. The next day, we departed for Dublin, with an extra layover in Frankfurt, Germany. Because we flew standby, I was separated from my group. The woman next to me got sick during the early hours of the morning, while we were flying over the Atlantic. Airsickness, I think. Anyways, after she finished vomiting, I called over a stewardess, and they brought an oxygen tank for the poor woman.
I ended up holding that tank while my neighbor slept. It was the morning of my sixteenth birthday. Another 15 hours had passed before I was able to shower and change into clean clothes. Happy birthday to me.
How do you travel? Solo, tours, couples, friends.
Most of the travel that I have done up to this point has been school related, so it’s been a mix of solo and with friends. I’ve never just gotten on a plane alone and arrived in a foreign country by myself, though. So that’s something I’m looking forward to trying.
Lets get interactive! I’ve spent 22 days sharing different peoples reasons why they travel. Now I want to know why YOU choose to travel?
We would love to hear your answers in the comment section below