Girl And The World’s girls of the world
This is part of a series of interviews I will be doing with girls around the world. I am hoping to interview women from different countries and all walks of life on a range of different subjects to find out more about the various jobs, situations, and opinions of women worldwide. Today’s interview is with Juno Kim, a location independent travel blogger originally born in Korea.
1: Please summarize who you are and what you are currently doing:
I’m Juno Kim, a travel blogger, travel photographer and a former mechanical engineer. I write on Runaway Juno, and am a photographer on Mastering the Art of Travel Photography. I left my cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. I’m a firm believer of serendipity, an astronomy enthusiast, and live by passion and love in life. I’m currently on a quest to find the place where I can call ‘home’
Right now I’m writing this in Yangshuo, Guangxi, China. Slowly I changed my career to travel blogger/photographer from mechanical engineer. I will be working and traveling in and out China for few more months, and I will bounce in between Vietnam and Taiwan. The opportunity is wide open what will happen next. It will be interesting for me to see what and how will happen.
2: Tell us a bit about your travel experience
My passion for astronomy led me to wander around the countryside of Korea during my high school years, and my very first backpacking trip in 2004 which opened me up to the world of backpacking. Mentally, I’ve never stopped travelling since then.
Last June, I finally decided to change my career to full time traveller from mechanical engineer. I didn’t see any bright future in a cold, dark and grey office cubicle. After I left my job, I spent three months in East coast of USA and am traveling around Asia, starting Hong Kong, Macau and now in China. Here’s the post about my story: It’s Time to Spill the Bucket.
3: What are your favourite countries so far?
I still have a lot of places to go, but Malaysia and New Zealand are high on the list so far. I travelled twice each country, and I still want to go back, do more, see more and eat more. Two countries in totally different parts of the world that have remarkably similar aspects. People are laid back, food is amazing, they are multi cultural and all around the country is gorgeous. The Borneo-Malaysia sunset is especially beautiful.
4: what was your most memorable travel experience?
It’s hard to say what was the most memorable among all those great moments. But if I have to pick one, I’d say three months in United States. It was my very first travel as a full time travel blogger, and it was a great place to do so. The society is open and diverse, so it was a perfect place for me to relax and pursue my goal. I extended my way up to Quebec, Canada, while I was on the road trip in New England and really enjoyed it. You can read all about my USA trip on my blog: #JunoinUS
5: What draws you to a place? How do you decide where you are going to travel next?
Eventually, I want to see many more different parts of the world. It’s just a matter of time. Amazingly, sometimes this big decision depends on a teeny tiny reason. Or just simply, ‘Because I want to.’ I think that’s a good enough reason. And after I make the choice, it is growing on me. I want to see how people live in different parts of the world. Through that I want to learn more about myself, about the world, and find the differences and similarities between the different parts of the world. That always interests me.
6: What is it that you enjoy about solo travel?
The feeling that I’m strong. The fact that I can do whatever I want. And the feeling I’m making my own world.
7: Do you ever get lonely whilst traveling solo?
There are lots of positive outcomes from solo travel, but I have to admit there are time to time I wish I was with someone for various reasons. I wrote a post about how sometimes I don’t really care for solo travel on my blog.
8: Do you think that it is more difficult to travel solo as a woman?
It is challenging. In some level we all refuse to admit, but that is the reality: travelling as a single woman is actually hard. It’s nothing to do with an individual’s strength. No. It’s just sometimes, the way the world is, sadly.
But it’s just a little setback, nothing more. The moment we’ve decided to travel as a solo female, we have already proven that we are brave and strong.
9: What do you think is the best way to stay safe as a solo female traveler?
You know what’s for the best for yourself. So, trust yourself and think twice before listen somebody else. That applies for every traveller but especially solo female travellers.
10: what advice do you have for women who are thinking about doing it solo?
My advice is to just be yourself. And that’s what I’ve done: taken my own advice. The moment you’ve decided to travel as a solo female, you have already proven that you are brave and strong. So, just be yourself, be natural, and believe yourself. Give yourself a chance. The world is actually quite a great place to be out there. That’s why we all travel, right?