“6 Questions with…” is an opportunity for women and girls everywhere to share something about their passions and lives. (It’s also a fantastic excuse for me to be really nosey and learn from of the some amazing women I’ve met.)
This week I’m putting Larissa Jossaint in the hot seat. A girl who loves to travel, she loves experiencing new places, new cultures, new things, and new foods. She just loves to explore new adventures in anyway that she can.
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you come from. Paint a picture of yourself.
My name is Larissa and I am 24 years old. I currently reside in Georgia – the state, not the country; however, I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. My family then moved to New York and Utah before settling in Georgia. I attended Campbell University, located in North Carolina. I majored in psychology and minored in both biology and French. I swam competitively for about 13 years, and after a 2 year hiatus, I am trying to get back into it. I’m currently an assistant swim coach, focusing on coaching the younger age group. When I have free time, I enjoy travelling, reading, and eating!
2) You’re clearly passionate about travel. What inspired you to start traveling so much?
During my time at Campbell, I attended two study abroad trips. I believe this is when my travel bug was awakened. Now I’ve always known that I loved travelling, but these trips made me realize just how much. After my second trip, I booked a month long solo trip to Europe as my graduation present. Ever since then, I started a travel blog and vlog, and I’m always looking for any reason to travel anywhere! I have always been so interested in other cultures and the point of view of others. What better way to gain access to that than by travelling? I also love trying new foods and seeing different sights. There’s so much in this world to see and to learn about. I am not content in just staying in one place. I want to learn as much as I can, while I can!
3) I find it difficult just choosing where to visit in the UK or Europe next. How do you pick where your next destination will be?
I don’t really have a cut & dry strategy when deciding where to go. It usually depends on the situation. I have friends scattered across the globe, so I find that’s a pretty good reason to choose a destination. I have also participated in study abroad twice. I didn’t get to pick the destinations, but it was a great way to visit cities I might not have otherwise. Lastly, sometimes I just randomly pick cities. I base it on a region I think I’d like to see, or I base it on what I’ve heard about that particular city.
4) One of the biggest barriers for travelling is often cost. How do you balance out your traveling budget with living on a day-to-day basis?
When I’m planning a trip, I start saving money specifically for said trip. I usually try to plan out how much money I’m going to need, and then I aim to save about $500-$1000 more than I think I need. That way I’ll have wiggle room in case anything should happen. When I’m not planning for a trip, I usually hide bills from myself. Either in my closet, my purses, or my drawers. Basically anywhere only I mostly have access. And I also have a piggy bank. Super cheesy, I know! I also know this quote is super cheesy, but I believe it hits the mark: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” The experience. The people. The food. It’s all worth it to me.
5) One of the most popular items on “X things to do before 30” list is travel alone. What advice would you give to the lone traveler?
Go with an open mind and an open heart. Know that most people are good and willing to help you, but trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t question it. Take yourself out the situation. Be ready to jump out of your comfort zone on so many different levels. For me, this was my first time eating alone, going to the movies alone, going to the beach alone, and sightseeing alone. Travelling solo is not made for all people. Some people love it, while others not so much. I believe I fall in the middle category. I’ll travel solo for a short trip, but not for an extended amount of time. You won’t know which is for you unless you do it. So book that ticket. Jump into that car. Go on that adventure!
6) Everyone has their dream holiday or destination. Where/what is yours and have you managed it yet?
I’m going to talk about three if that’s okay! My first dream destination, I have been to. Three times to be exact. And I definitely plan to visit more. Paris, France is my favorite place in the world. Something about the city keeps pulling me back. The culture, the language, the food captivate me every time I visit. Now my two dream destinations are a direct stem from my love of SpongeBob SquarePants, the Nickelodeon cartoon. The main eating establishment in the cartoon is called Krusty Krab, and they have a remake of it in Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine. Oh how I dream to go there one day! The other destination is Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Nickelodeon Resorts has an amazing place called the Pineapple Villa and its inspiration comes from SpongeBob. What is included in the package deal would be incredible to experience, but with that price tag, the only way I’m getting there, is if I win the lottery, or if I win a trip there!
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