Everyday we have the chance to meet amazing and unique people. Today I had the opportunity to show you guys an amazing interview about one inspiring individual who would like to make a difference in this world. They are the people of today.
I’ve encountered Erica of Girl, Unspotted from several facebook reciprocation threads where she is extremely active. I have been following her social medias and blog since then and has discovered her beautiful writings and as well her undying love for travelling. Erica is a nurse by trade as well and has shared few of her experiences about being a nurse in the Philippines which is very heroic and inspiring all at once.
» Hi Erica! Welcome to Pretty, Wild World’s People of Today series. To start this interview can you tell us who is the girl behind the blog Girl, Unspotted?
Hiiiii. I’m Erica, a third culture kid– Filipino by birth certificate, American by accent, with a cosmopolitan state of mind. I’m a twenty-something nurse who obviously has an insatiable desire for adventure!
» Your blog is very inspirational and the way you write about your travels is amazing. What inspires you and what drove you to this creative madness?
Thank you so much. I’ve always had a penchant for writing, and travel is something I’m really passionate about. When you have passion over something, I feel like everything just sort of flows naturally. But what really drives me to continue writing about my travels is my hope to inspire others to go out and see the world. So many people I know wish to do the same thing I do, see the same places I see, but they give themselves the same excuses that even I have given myself in the past. I want to break that and I’m really just aiming to inspire and encourage everyone that adventure is really…out there waiting.
» You’ve been travelling around places and have been to some beautiful ones. Which one the most memorable for you and why?
Hoi An, Vietnam is such a beautiful quaint city. After itching to get out of Saigon during my backpacking trip, I found myself in Hoi An on Valentines Day, alone. Everything just started out so incredibly great. The people are so genuinely nice, the ancient town was just magnificent, and the food took me on another high!
» Give us three amazing experiences you had during your travels.
Catching the Balinese New Year and Silent Day during the final days of my honeymoon was pretty amazing. Spelunking for three hours right after being literally above the clouds to watch the sunrise, while completely sick, on the day of my birthday was beyond worth it. And swimming and playing with three dolphins, in the ocean, on my birthday a couple of years ago with my husband (boyfriend at the time) definitely tops the list.
» You were just recently married and wrote about travelling solo abroad. Can you tell us the secret behind this wonderful trust you and your husband have?
He’s my best friend and we tell each other everything. We’re each other’s biggest fans and supporters. And we like to keep our business and problems private, which I really think is important in keeping a healthy marriage.
» Tell our female readers one amazing tip on how to survive a successful solo backpacking as a woman?
Always, ALWAYS, trust your instincts.
» You mentioned that you grew up in the USA, how did moving back home to the Philippines change you?
Moving back to the Philippines definitely opened a door for more adventures. I learned how to rough it and I’m a lot more laid back than I ever would have been if I never went back. However, I’m also a bit spoiled here since things are a lot cheaper!
» You’re quite a foodie yourself; can you tell us three amazing local delicacies you’ve had during your travels?
Bun Bo Hue from Vietnam is a must try. Tom Yum from Thailand is something I could have over and over and over again, and I literally go back there for that. Mexican food will always have a place in my heart, but nothing beats a good ole’ New Mexican steak burrito smothered in red AND green chili, and a generous amount of cheese. I lived in New Mexico for two years and worked at a Mexican restaurant and that’s what I ate everyday!
» I wouldn’t stop there though; tell us three local Filipino delicacies that you fancy very much right now?
Kare-Kare, Bicol Express, and of course, Sinigang will always be my comfort food.
» If there’s a difference you can make through your blog what message would you like to send to the younger generation?
Travel alone at least once. Do it not to escape home, but to learn and to thrive.
» Thank you so much Erica for this interview! More power to you and to your blog and hopefully that one-day in this Pretty, Wild World our paths would cross.
I would absolutely love that <3
All photo credits belong to Erica Villas of Girl, Unspotted. Please pay her a visit and let her know how amazing she is!
If you are interested to follow Erica of Girl, Unspotted adventures, you can find her as well on other social medias where she are spreading good vibes and inspiring adventures:
Pretty, Wild World is interested on interviewing more creative individuals out there to feature in this website. I want to share your talent, creativity and imagination to my readers and as well to this world because I believe that with a little imaginations we could live in a better world. If you’re a creative individual and is interested to get featured please click on this link or email me directly at contact(at)prettywildworld(dot)com.
Inspiring Creatives. If you’re interested to read more about the people I interviewed and would like to learn more about interesting people. I have more interesting individuals coming! Stay tuned <3
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