Up next, I’m flirting with Angelica Wilk of Brooklyn Chick Travels!
Let’s start with an easy question – tell me about yourself and your blog.
Hi there! My name is Angelica Wilk and I am currently the blogger behind “Brooklyn Chick Travels”. I grew up and still have Brooklyn, NY as my home- base. Most people know me as “the girl from Brooklyn”.
I began blogging part-time a little over 1 year ago and focus on finding paradises around the world. This includes tropical islands but I want to show that you can find paradise anywhere – in lakes, rivers, waterfronts, ponds etc. I love the water and how it makes me feel.I know many other travelers do too or want to jet off to an island so I also show how you can travel on budget to some of the best islands out there. I also hold a full-time job as a flight attendant so my lifestyle has really included a lot more travels lately.
What’s your favorite UNESCO world heritage site?
The Marietas Islands off the coast of Puerto Vallarta is my favorite by far! I and my boyfriend still drool over that day we visited. It’s a bit of a rough boat ride to the islands since they are out of the Bay area and the waves makes it rocky.
The Marietas Islands are an uninhabited National Park and you cannot step foot on it unless the“hidden beach” appears which is during low tide. I love that it is preserved and its’ natural habitat is not being harmed. The main reasons for visiting are scuba diving and snorkeling which are my two favorite hobbies. I saw tons of manta rays, pufferfish, and went diving through caves. There are even whales in the distance so staying on the boat is all worth it!
Why do you travel?
So many reasons – where do I start? I know it all began when I wanted to leave the stress of living in a big city. I started vacationing more often with my bf and girlfriends, and then I began to realize how happy other places make me outside of my home city. I feel more relaxed, more focused, and have found that adventuring into new spots really intrigues me.
I was always a people person, so it’s not a surprise to me that I long to meet new people all the time. Finding out about cultures, trying new foods, swimming in different shores – once I started it’s like I keep longing for more! Travel led to my career change and I could not be happier. I’ve made new friends around the globe and always look forward to making more!
What are your top 3 essential travel items?
Smartphone, sunglasses, and an underwater camera. The sunglasses may sound a bit weird but when the sun is shining into your face and you’re uncomfortable, it can really be an obstacle to enjoying the day and seeing the sights.
Favorite “off the beaten path” destination?
Utila in Honduras! Many people don’t know where it is and there are no chain resorts on the island. With one main road, I rented an ATV to explore the rest of the island and got lost in a lot of dead ends or random forests. I hope it stays that way!
Most awkward travel moment
Getting sick on a boat in Aruba – so gross! The waters were so rocky even when we docked, I felt like we were rocking back and forth 90 degrees to each side. My face was turning yellow and some fellow people noticed – I think they were scared I was gonna puke right there in front of them! I ran into the sink area and let it all out. But about 2 minutes after me, someone else did too so that made it a teeny bit better. Next time I’ll hide in the bathroom but getting up to move was one of the hardest parts too.
Most memorable travel moment?
Driving through the hills in Jamaica. I was in the car for maybe 4 hours total headed to Bob Marley’s grave. I didn’t think it would take that long but the roads were winding and we were up high. The sights were unbelievable though – it reminded me of “The Sound of Music” with 30 hills at a time layered on top of each other.
Here’s a question most travelers hate, but reader love: What’s your top 3 “favorite” travel destinations (if you’re absolutely forced to choose)?
Hard one that is! My top 3 would include Jamaica, Mexico, and the Bahamas. I think once I visit Indonesia, that would top my list but I have not made it there yet.
Do you have a travel tip or pearl of wisdom to impart upon my readers?
One tip I have for you, and I do this for every trip, is to exchange your currency beforehand. I watch the currency rates and if it’s good (recently the Euro has dropped), I will go to the bank and exchange the money even if it’s months before my trip. Not only do you save yourself time finding a place to exchange money once you arrive at your destination, but it’s easier to pay in the local currency! You don’t have to ask for a calculator or a conversion and you avoid being ripped off. Saves time and money.
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