Susan Portnoy – The Insatiable Traveler
On this edition of Wide World Stories, we have with us Susan Portnoy. Susan is an award-winning photographer, freelance travel writer , and creator of The Insatiable Traveler. Her popular blog celebrates the magic of world travel by pairing great storytelling with lush photography, along with travel and photography tips. Susan’s goal is to transport, immerse and excite reader, and inspire them to embrace adventure and connect with the people and places they visit.
[5:13] Susan shares her story of how she developed an interest in travel and how a short trip to Spain turned into 3 years.
[8:39] Susan shares her story of being in the Yukon and participating in the Sour Toe Cocktail challenge involving a disembodied and dehydrated human toe.
[13:16] Susan talks about her experience in Africa and shares about her perspectives and views while there.
[15:40] How can people travel a little wiser? Explore more and take side trips. Also it helps to find ways to expose yourself to the culture and the language in order to learn more about the other cultures in the world.
[19:53] Susan’s Camera – Canon 5D Mark iii
[20:45] Can’t go without piece of gear? Travel outlet strip
[24:34] Secret Travel Tip? Make time in your itinerary to wander.
[26:08] Susan’s story of sharing a special musical moment with a Cuban family.
[28:34] How to get out of the “tourist bubble.”
[29:53] The Yukon and Dawson City is one place that Susan says is beautiful and not really touristy. She talks about her “flight-seeing” trip over the Kluane National Park.
[33:11] Her biggest life lesson from traveling? To be more open, to be more adventurous, to try and connect with local people while on your trip.
Where to Connect with Susan:
Websites – The Insatiable Traveler.
- It is important to connect with the people and step outside of our “tourist travel bubble.”
- Take time to make space in your itinerary to wander – you never know what kind of life changing experience you might have until you wander off and explore a bit.
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