Voyager Spotlight: Chet’la


Chet'la chillin' in Memphis! :)

Chet’la chillin’ in Memphis! 🙂 

Meet Chet’la. 🙂 Chet’la is a poet, educator and editor currently residing in Lewisburg, PA.

Home Country: United States

Where I’ve Been: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Domestically: New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Idaho, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Unforgettable Travel Moment: When I was 20, I spent five weeks in Italy.  The whole experience was filled with unforgettable moments, but I think there are two moments that tied for first place: being at the abandoned San Marco’s Square in Venice at 3 in the morning and watching the sunset on Rosengarten in the Dolomites (a massif that turns a bright shade of pink at sunset) after a long day of hiking.

#1 Bucket List Destination: I’m desperate to go back to Italy, but I’d also love to go to Prague.

My Travel Essentials: Proper foot attire and a touch of home (regardless of whether it’s a blanket or my favorite toiletries or a snack—I just need something to remind me I’m never that far from the places and people I love).

What I have learnt while travelling: Don’t be afraid to do something completely outside of your comfort zone because you may never have the opportunity to do it again.  When I was in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to Swoop—it’s basically a giant swing that takes you 141 ft high in the sky.  I did it with my two best friends when I was 17—those two ladies are still my best friends now!

The most difficult part of travelling is: I think the most difficult part is getting past the fear of being alone or lost.  I think I’ve lost my sense of adventure in the past few years, but plopping down in a new city, regardless of whether it’s an international city or a city “in my own back yard,” I feel like my sense of adventure is renewed once I get beyond the fear!

Travel tips for other Voyagers interested in budget world travel: Although I love the opportunity to travel and to taste what the world has to offer in terms of cuisine, I also love bringing some of the local culture into my own kitchen. Staying at a place where you have access to a kitchen and cooking local fare can be a great way to experience the flavors of the city on a budget. You also tend to learn a new thing or two in the kitchen!

To follow Chet’la’s travels, connect with her at @Nahtil on Twitter or @cnsebree on Instagram.  If you want to reach here, you can find her at 🙂    

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