This week’s Girls that Go! is with Andi of My Beautiful Adventures.
We love Andi and how she always looks effortlessly amazing no matter where in the world she is, as well as how much passion she puts into travel. It seems everytime we log into twitter she’s somewhere else, and she’s always having a good time!
Find out some of her travel secrets below!
GoGirlGuides: Girl, you always manage to look fabulous while traveling! What are your top picks when packing light?
Andi Perullo: My trick to looking fabulous while traveling is to wear a dress! I got hooked on wearing dresses by accident on my first big trip overseas to China. I was not used to squat toilets, so I stuck to wearing dresses to make the experience as easy as possible. From then on I always wore dresses. They are easy to pack and comfortable to wear, plus you look great in all of your photos! I think a little black dress is a woman’s best friend.
GGG: We love following your adventures and it seems you’ve been everywhere, but where did you travel first and what was that experience like? Were you alone or in a group?
AP: As previously mentioned, my first big overseas trip and the one where I can look back and say, “That is where I was bit by the travel bug,” was to China. I had traveled to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe with my family prior to that, but it was not until that specific trip where I realized that traveling was the greatest thing in life. I had won the trip through the National Collegiate Honor Society and was there for a Medical Delegation. We toured and worked in hospitals and rural clinics all over the country.
GGG: Your fiance Lucas is from Argentina. Any tips on making a long distance relationship work? (And how the heck do you plan a wedding between two continents?)
AP: I will not sugarcoat it, long distance relationships are almost impossible. The only way they can work is if there is an enormous amount of love and trust between the couple and even then sometimes that just is not enough. Communication is the key. That is one of the things that I have actually treasured from being in a long distance relationship, as the distance forced us to communicate in a very deep and meaningful way. We probably communicate better than most couples who live in the same house. I also think it is important that you teach your partner about your culture as much as possible, so that there are fewer “lost in translation” moments.
Planning an international wedding has been one of the most stressful undertakings of my life to date! The sole reason that I was able to make it happen is due to my best friend, who happens to live in Argentina, as she generously offered to be my wedding planner.
GGG: Give us the goss! How did you two meet?
AP: At a bar/club in Buenos Aires. Our eyes met from across the room and we smiled at each other. I whispered to my girlfriend that I thought he was the most beautiful man I had ever seen and the next thing I knew he was standing next to me with a glass of champagne.
GGG: What’s your favorite destination thus far (we know, it’s hard)!? Best place to live it up?
AP: This is typically the first question I am asked when someone discovers that I am a serious traveler. Up until recently I refused to answer the question. However, I have been putting a lot of thought into it and I believe that I can now answer by saying Brasil. I first visited the country a year and a half ago and it was my first solo trip in a place where I did not speak the language (I had previously traveled solo in China, Argentina, and Australia). I was so enamored by the country that I returned 4 months later with Lucas and that is where we got engaged. It is also where we will be taking our honeymoon and where we hope to live one day.
GGG: We’re all about solo female travel here. What have your experiences been like in traveling alone and what advice would you give to women hitting the road?
AP: I love solo travel with every ounce of my being. I have learned the most about myself and the world through traveling independently. I encourage every single person to at least do it once in their life. My most valuable advice is to follow your intuition, which will only get stronger with each trip you take. The only time I did not follow my intuition was in India and I ended up having a horrible experience. I left that experience not so much angry at what had happened, rather angry with myself for not listening to my gut. Other than that, I say enjoy yourself and do not be fearful of the unknown. Being scared is a waste of energy and you will miss out on some of the best experiences of your life.
GGG: I couldn’t live without __________.
AP: Traveling, my family and friends, the ocean, my camera, champagne, and chocolate.
GGG: If I could do anything over again, I’d ___________.
AP: I follow my heart 100% of the time, which leaves me with no regrets. If I was forced to choose one thing, I would say that I wish I had studied abroad in college, rather than have rushed through it in 3 years. I was just so eager to go to Graduate School. Because of this, I encouraged my younger brother to study abroad and he is following my advice and spending 2 of his 4 years in Hong Kong!
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