This is #5 of interview with a traveler series with some of the most followed travelers in the blogosphere. Our aim is to pick a portion of their traveling minds to inspire you to get on the traveling lifestyle and help you acquire a wider perspective on life while life happens to you.
Our 5th generous traveler is Lois Yasay, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of We are Sole Sisters. She has traveled extensively and has lived in 3 continents (Asia, North America, Europe). She found love in travel and is now based in Portugal building her little family, learning the language, making friends, basically being a foreigner local in yet another place. She sets in another journey out of her comfort zone, trying to be brave, learning as much as she can while raising a kid, being a new wife, and trying to eat healthy.
Learn a thing or two, and as Seth Godin would say, more importantly, do something about it.
Interview with a Traveler #5: Lois Yasay
Someone walks up to you somewhere in travel and asks you, “what do you do that makes you feel alive?” what would your 10 second answer be?
Waking up to my husband and daughter, surfing and traveling.
How did you get into the point of being a true blue traveler (and not just a weekend tripper/vacationer)? Bring us to that moment.
I was working at a 9-5 job when I met another travel-crazy girl at work. We started to plan our big escape: to quit our jobs and travel to India and Southeast Asia with only 100,000 PHP. It seemed like a silly dream back then, but we managed to do all that. I never looked back since.
What was holding you back from being a traveler?
The fear of running out of money or becoming a “failure” after traveling.
What are the top 3 things you never travel without (excluding basic necessities)?
- My DSLR camera whom I fondly call “Gabe” who has been with me for 6 years
- A 50mm lens
- A good book
What’s the first 90 minutes of your day in travel like?
A fantastic local breakfast with some coffee and just sitting at a cafe or in front of the sea, people-watching. I like to travel slowly and soak everything in.
What’s that traveling habit/skill you wished you have?
Being super organized (here’s how to plan a trip + free itinerary template) and patient when it comes to planning trips or looking for the cheapest flights. I’m a very lazy traveler so I usually go to a place with no plans or big expectations.
What’s your worst traveler moment?
How did you get away/around it?
I cried for a bit and then recovered after we reached our destination in Goa by soaking all my stress in the ocean.
What’s your biggest takeaway from that experience?
To always know my limits and not to push myself to cover too much ground.
What’ your biggest weakness as a traveler?
Falling in love with so many places and never wanting to leave.
What’s your biggest strength as a traveler that makes you the best to travel with?
I’m very adaptable. I can travel on a super tight budget. I can camp out. I get along with most people easily. I can be “cowboy” and just go with the flow. Plus I can cook now.
Give us one aha moment you had while in travel.
Most recently, I went on a road trip with some surfing and camping thrown in with my husband and 1 year old daughter. And it just felt so right. So my AHA moment would be: “Yes, I can travel with my family!”
Currently, how are you generating income?
I make an income with my blog. We recently moved to Portugal and are planning to open a bed and breakfast and offer some retreats and packages. It’s still in the works!
Of all the things you’re doing, what’s the one thing that has you most fired up right now?
Growing and making food! We’ve just moved to a place where we grow fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. I’ve also recently learned how to cook. So I’m making a lot of experiments in our kitchen with all these garden produce.
What is a personal habit that you think contributes to your success?
I’m always looking at the bright side. I’ve had some disappointments in life as well as in travel. But I never take any of them (or myself) too seriously.
Internet resource that has been useful for you in travel
Nothing in particular. I always ask people for their personal recommendations- so that means email and Facebook.
One book you highly recommend
“God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy (click link for free download) is my absolute favorite. It made me dream of India, a place that will always be in my heart.
If you were to live again with a clean slate, give us a visual of how your life will look like.
I would have a healthy breakfast made from fruits from our garden. I would surf with my family. We would have a picnic on the beach. Then we would see the sun set from the mountains. We would travel on a camping van and see new places and explore new surf spots. It’s pretty much how my life is right now. I couldn’t wish for anything better.
To end this interview, what’s your one parting piece of guidance?
I’ve always followed Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s advice:
What’s the best way we can connect with you?
Thank you, Lois for your generosity with your time and insights! Safe travels wherever you are today and we hope you continue to come home changed!
Do you also travel with your family? Share your experiences in the comments section for all future married travelers to ponder upon!
All photos are from Lois of We are Sole Sisters
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