Kristen is the founder of an award winning adventure travel website, hopscotchtheglobe.com. Kristen’s goal with Hopscotch the Globe is to continue to create insightful, inspiring, useful and entertaining content that will influence others, like yourself, to travel independently and teach you exactly how to do it.
Alex: Can you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Kristen Sarah, and I am the founder of Hopscotch the Globe, one of the top travel YouTube channels and website.
Why do you travel? What are your inspirations?
I travel for many reasons. I travel to stimulate my creative mind. To learn about the many different ways people live around the world and to understand our differences, but more importantly our similarities. I travel to immerse myself in other cultures and traditions because each one is fascinating. For me travelling is living life to the very fullest.
How do you organize your travel plans? Any travel hacks you can share?
My favourite type of travel is the kind that I barely plan. I love leaving my plans open to anything. The more spontaneous I cant be, the more exciting and memorable the trip tends to be.
When I do organize my travel plans (usually if I am limited for time), I like not scheduling too much into one day. It gets exhausting and doesn’t give you a chance to absorb and reflect, which is so important.
Tell me about a person you’ve met or a memory that impacted you the most during one of your trips?
One of the greatest human beings I’ve ever met in my life, I met while travelling in India. She quickly become one of my best friends. She is a very unique and special individual. One of the more spiritual and beautiful souls I know I’ll ever have a chance to know and she made that trip more than it could have ever been without her.
Aside from the basics, name three items that you always bring when you travel.
Pashmina, lipgloss, earplanes
What is your motto when it comes to traveling?
Be patient, open minded and spontaneous.
The best and the worst meals you’ve ever had traveling?
Best – A grilled tuna filet with vegetables accompanied with an ice cold Bin Tang while in Indonesia. We had a long travel day and were starving. It was so hot out and the beer was the perfect temperature. I don’t think I’ve moaned so much from food in my life haha.
Which city do you consider yourself an expert on? Can you share any hidden gems in that city?
Well, since Toronto is my home and I know it so well, I would consider myself an expert on the city. Toronto is all about hidden gems. When people come to Toronto for a visit, they typically go to the well known spots: CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Centre Island, etc… But, Toronto is all about the little surprises you find when you are walking down one of the many streets. Exploring the city by foot is my best advice. You’ll be surprised with what you may find. Also, always read the banners posted around the city. You’ll find some cool scenes to be part of.
What is your favorite travel song/album to listen on a trip?
I listen to all different types of music, it’s hard to narrow it to just one album or song. I can tell you that I’m obsessed with Nahko Bear and the Medicine for the People. Could listen to that day in and out!
What is the best foreign curse you know?
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