At #TOTD we feature a new traveler that we are impressed with. Someone with a story, someone with a great passion for traveling. We love to inspire YOU by introducing you to these wanderlusters, these globetrotters from all over the world. We have had featured different nationalities on DOBE GLOBE, people from different backgrounds, different ages…but with 1 big thing in common. The love for traveling.
Today we have the gorgeous Jasmine at the blog who tells you everything about her travel experiences so far! India, Malaysia, Amsterdam….and more : )
Short Intro from the #TOTD: My name’s Jaz, I’m from London and I run a travel and fashion blog called @theworldwidetribe with the aim of bringing people from all over the world together! I work in ethical fashion and have recently come back from two months in India, filming a documentary about where our clothes really come from, with ethical underwear brand @pantstopoverty. 1. Where did you go for your first travel experience/holiday? I always wanted to travel and worked in a pizza restaurant from the age of 15, saving for my first big trip to Malaysia when I was 17. I planned to work in a Children’s Home just outside Kuala Lumpur and without any knowledge of travelling, booked the cheapest flights I could find which were into Bangkok. Totally clueless and completely by chance, I found myself on the Khao San Road aged 17 and had the time of my life! I made my way overland to Kuala Lumpur and had an amazing, intense and eye opening experience in the children’s home. Especially when, right at the end of my trip, the girls dormitory caught fire from a fallen candle and I ended up staying longer in the aftermath of the fire. The trip didn’t just give me a taste for travel, but an intense urge to try and create some kind of positive change within our unfair world. This was the start of my career in ethical fashion – using a creative and influential industry to affect many people’s lives through fairtrade, organic and sustainable practice. 2. What 5 items do you always bring on our travels: 1. A suitcase not a backpack – this sounds controversial as I definitely consider myself a budget traveller, but funnily enough most of the world does actually have roads and it makes more sense to me to drag my stuff rather than carry it all on my back in sweltering heat. From my experience, people are also more likely to help you with a suitcase which has always frustrated my struggling, backpack-carrying pals! 2. A four-way plug socket – so boring I know, but the BEST thing when you only have one adapter and so much to charge!) 3. A sketchbook – for drawing, but also sticking in anything inspirational or full of memories such as local posters/train tickets and cool packaging) 4. An extra bank card – chances are I will loose one, or it will get swallowed up by a rogue machine, which has left me in some sticky situations! 5. Moisturizer and baby wipes – I’ve realised most of what you need, you can find in most countries, but I’ve struggled finding bleach-free moisturizer having travelled extensively through Asia. The opposite to fake-tan…the concept of bleaching your face may be baffling to us…but try explaining a sun-bed to the local ladies of a rural, tribal, Indian village! And baby wipes…another thing I’ve realised is not readily available or used at all, in parts of Asia, is toilet paper…so having a good stash of these is always VERY useful! 3. Where are you now and where will you go for your next trip? I’m currently spending 10 days in Amsterdam for my Grandpa’s funeral as my mum is Dutch and my dad English. Having spent the last 7 years travelling a LOT, this is as happy an occasion as it could be for me as it has brought my whole family together in one place! I am always planning future trips and would love to explore Central America or Southern Africa next but first, I think I will be heading back out to India in February with underwear brand @pantstopoverty who work very closely with their cotton farmers and factory workers to make sure they are all being treated fairly. Whilst there recently, I spent time picking cotton, working in the factory and even slept in the labour house alongside the 350 female factory workers which was so much fun! 4. What is your dream destination and why? My top three bucket list destinations (although always changing) are currently Guatemala, Israel and Iceland. I hear Guatemala is great to travel as it is still very cheap, Israel for the parties, and I would love to see the Northern Lights in Iceland! 5. What is your favourite travel picture and why/what is the story behind it? Can I have two? They represent two very different types of beauty! This picture was taken during my time spent in a tribal village, deep in rural Orissa, India. My time here included no electricity, no toilets and no cutlery, but was full of hospitality, kindness, an incredible sense of community and true open-hearted warmth. The women here dressed me up every morning in their vibrant, local dress, before we spent our days picking cotton. I felt so welcome, so happy and so inspired by their beautiful, colourful lives. 2. Whereas the previous image depicts the beautiful people I have had the pleasure of meeting along my travels, this one, taken during a sunset on the Gili Islands of Indonesia, represents the beautiful world that we live in. 6. If you could take 3 celebs on your next trip, who would they be and why? 1. Russell Brand for his incredible ideas and outlook on life, his humour and hopefully his babies… haha!!! 2. Andy Puddicome – founder of meditation and mindfulness app Headspace and my absolute inspiration. 3. Richard Branson to discuss his ideas of social and ethical business – hopefully on his beautiful, private Necker Island! 7. Are you a backpacker or a flashpacker and what was the best accommodation you have ever stayed in? I am 100% a backpacker (without the backpack!) An all-inclusive holiday is my absolute worst nightmare and I really revel in hunting out true, cultural experiences away from other tourists. I travel to meet local people and understand their lifestyle and outlook as best as possible. To me, to totally immerse yourself in a different world is the whole point of travel. The best accommodation I have ever stayed in was the home of a Vietnamese family on tiny Cham Island (see picture below) just off the coast of Hoi An. Tung (the father) took us line fishing on his tiny boat and we swam to completely isolated, white sandy beaches. On our return home, Hiep (the Mamma) cooked the fish we had caught over a small fire and prepared the most flavoursome spread of food. I always meet the most interesting people with the best stories in the most budget accommodation, and I have also learnt a lot about myself in the process of stripping right back to basics. For more information about Jaz please check her website http://jasminohara.com and her Instagram: http://instagram.com/theworldwidetribe FF