Travel Pro Interview Series: Steph of Fleeting Footprints

Our first post in our new series of interviews with pro travelers.

By Ankita Seth

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Q: When you travel, what is your best hack for getting from one place to another?

Steph: I’m all about traveling super cheap and seeing as much of the world as I can during my short time on this planet. So, I try to find the cheapest flight tickets possible by keeping an open mind of where I want to go. There are tons of websites that’ll help you figure out what’s cheapest from wherever your current location is (my personal favourite is Skyscanner). Of course, this isn’t always possible - sometimes you have specific places to be. But if you have a little more freedom, then this is the best way to see the world for cheap and keep yourself on your toes!

Q: What was your favorite meal that you’ve had while traveling?

Steph: I’m a sucker for a fresh, authentic Greek salad. In Athens and Santorini, I had one every day, without fail.

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Q: Where would you go if you could fly anywhere in the world right now? What would you do there?

Steph: Kenya. I’ve always remembered the one saying about Africa that goes something like: "The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa - for he has so much to look forward to.” I think the same way about Japan, so I can’t even imagine what it’d be like. Exploring that part of the world has always been a dream. So, if I had to pick one country, it would probably be Kenya. I’m so drawn by the amazing wildlife and culture. It’s also a goal of mine to see a healthy elephant in the wild, so hopefully that’ll happen there too! I’m trying to make some plans for next May possibly!

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Q: How has traveling long term changed your view of home?

Steph: I always think about this! Since I was born in a country that wasn’t my own and have been regularly traveling since I was less than a year old, the concept “home” has always been a difficult one for me. In my experience, you can consider home anywhere you have ties – either with loved ones, a past version of yourself, or just a strong connection to the culture.

Although I’m not “Japanese,” I was born in Tokyo and lived there my entire life until recently. It’s my home. Although I haven’t lived in France, I am French by blood, I speak the language, and visit every 6 months. So, it’s a home. Same goes for the Netherlands – even though I’m not tall. Then there’s Switzerland – I am not Swiss, but because of family ties and frequency of travel, when I think of the Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva, I think of home. On top of all that, there are places I travel to – like Singapore, Dubai, Florence – that I am drawn to. Places that I feel could be home, if I gave them a shot.

So, in the end, home is not a single place. Home can be where you live and where you’re from. But it’s also where have loved, where you have felt free, where you have a deep connection with the culture and people - even if all of that does not result in one specific location. As I travel more, I realize that (as cheesy as it is) our home is this planet. We are all human and we are all adaptable. If you give any place a shot, it’ll become one of many homes. And that’s a wonderful thing.

Be sure to follow along with Steph on her adventures on Instagram or on her blog.

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