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Twenty Something blogger Stephanie Yoder talks travel

Published October 15th, 2012

American Stephanie Yoder is the ultimate traveller. Since she graduated in 2007 she has been travelling or planning to travel, and knows a thing or two about living out of a suitcase. With so much travelling experience, Steph channelled her love into writing and has been living the dream as a  full time travel writer for her amazing blog Twenty-Something Travel for the last two years. When she’s not jumping off bridges in Ecuador or partying in Buenos Aires, you'll find Steph cooking up a storm in the kitchen or curled up with a book. Here she shares with us her best travel moments and secrets.

 

How many countries have you travelled to?

Around 35, I always lose count.

 

Stephanie Yoder in Hong Kong

Stephanie Yoder in Hong Kong

If you could narrow it down, what would be your top three?

Iceland, for its dramatic scenery. Vietnam for its mouth watering food. Colombia for its incredibly warm people.

 

What's the best thing about being a travel blogger?

I love being my own boss and pursuing projects that interest me. Also the travel of course!

 

And the worst?

Working on the road. Sometimes I would like nothing better than to be out exploring a new city, but I can't because I have emails to answer.

 

As a seasoned traveller, do you have a budgeting secret you're willing to share? 

You don't have to sit down for meals. Street food, bakeries, food carts, anything you can eat standing up is going to cost you far less (and is often more interesting and tasty than what you'll find on a menu anyways).

 

Craziest travel moment?

Jumping off a bridge in Banos, Ecuador. I wore a harness of course, but it was still pretty sketchy.

 

Magical travel moment?

Watching the Hong Kong skyline at night from Victoria Peak. It's so tall and colourful, kind of like travelling to the future.

 

Best party city? 

I'm not really a prolific partier but you can get pretty crazy in Buenos Aires. They don't even START partying until past midnight.

 

Throughout your travels, what do you think has been the biggest life lesson?

The number one secret to getting anything done is willpower. I've long maintained that the most difficult part of travel is actually deciding to DO it. After that it all gets way easier.

 

Where are you planning on travelling to next? 

I'm currently wrapping up three weeks in Spain, France and Italy. After that I'll be in New York for a week and after that.... no idea yet!

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.