Hey there to JJ from Urbane Nomad!
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
While studying for the GRE, I came across the word urbane, which turned out to be my favorite and probably one of the very few I still remember. As someone born and raised in a large city, I have always been drawn to a more cosmopolitan lifestyle. I am also fascinated by nomadic and gypsy cultures. Hence, urbane nomad was born.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
My blog documents my adventures both abroad and at home in Chicago. My intentions are to share go to spots in Chicago and show that you can explore while at home as well as share places abroad that are worth checking out. My goal is for fellow travelers to use it as a space to provide travel tips and discuss issues that arise when traveling.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
#tbt to when I studied abroad in Beijing. This was the first time I traveled without my family and stayed in one place for quite some time. It was right before the Beijing Olympics and an exciting time to be in China. I also made so many of my lifelong friends there, just an amazing experience that cannot be duplicated.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
My favorite cities are probably Beijing, Mumbai, Goa, The Hague, and New York City. Each of them are rich with culture and great food. They are drastically unique and posses a strong sense of place that is hard to replicate.
My least favorite city is Delhi. I use it more as a city I pass through to other Indian destinations. While the city is full of culture, I think that out of all the places I’ve been it has been the least female traveler friendly.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
This is a difficult question to answer because my mom’s family lives in the Philippines, so I have had balut (duckembryo) and durian as well as loved dinuguan (a meat stew simmered in a rich, spicy dark gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili, and vinegar). I did have yak butter milk tea while in northern China close Tibet. It was not my favorite and something I try to avoid. It’s very practical for the lifestyle there, but just not for me.
7. Who are your travel idols?
I would probably say Hemingway. In A Movable Feast, Hemingway moves around France like a flaneur. I’ve been drawn to the romantic, bohemian lifestyle of writers of long ago. I would also add my grandmother as a woman who encouraged her children to see the world for better opportunities. She is confident and stylish wherever she travels.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Things are not always going to go as planned, so take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
My most recent post on my top 10 food travel memories is probably my favorite as it mixes my two loves, food and travel.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
I’m pretty new to travel blogging. However, I would say find your voice and enjoy yourself.