Marisa from A Path Unpaved answers our five travel questions! Not only has Marisa spent 60% of her life living overseas, she’s also travelled round the globe, everywhere from Madrid to Mombassa. Don’t believe me? Read her answers to find out!
Why do you love travel?
I was born abroad (in Singapore), and had a passport with my name on it within days of my birth. I guess it was never a question whether or not I would travel to other countries, but when! On this front, I was extremely lucky to be exposed to international travel from a very very early age, which piqued my interest in travel as an adult, and ultimately, led me to my current job living and working in East Africa!
What destination is top of your bucket list?
I don’t know if I could choose just one — but I guess Turkey has been on the top of my travel list for quite a while. I also am really looking forward to finding my way to Malawi, Burundi and Ethiopia within the next year, as well as Switzerland and Italy!
Where is your most favourite place you have travelled to?
There are three cities in the world that I absolutely love: Madrid, Mombasa, and Marrakesh. But of those three, I find Marrakesh to be positively magical in every way: the people, the culture, the food, the energy. Just thinking about sitting in a cafe overlooking the call to prayer at Jemaa_el-Fnaa with a hot cup of mint tea will forever bring me instant happiness.
What is your most favourite memory or experience whilst travelling?
There are so many great ones! However, the feeling of making it to the summit of my first mountain climbing attempt, (Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo) just in time for sunrise after a long, hard journey up was really special. I’ve now added Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kilimanjaro to my list, and hoping to add Mt. Blanc within the next year!
What is your favourite photo from your travels?
My favorite photo has to be from an amazing safari I took with my mother in 2011 to the Masai Mara — this is one of the last photos I took, and I think the lion’s face captures so much of what I love about East Africa.