Meet Rukiya (she also goes by Rue), Adventurous Chica born in Trinidad and Tobago. She dreams of attending all of the top ten music festivals in the world and visiting thirty countries before turning 30!
AC: What has been your favorite travel experience thus far?
Rue: There are so many to choose from but I would have to say Jelly Fish Lake in Palau. I put so much work into it but it was worth it. I took swimming lessons at my local YMCA. I learned all I needed to about snorkeling and it all paid off. I was in the water for two hours and did not drown. Not to mention swimming and touching millions of stingless jellyfish.
AC: How about your proudest travel moment?
Rue: Traveling to Japan completely alone. This was my first solo trip where I didn’t know anyone and I did not speak the language. It was amazing because I knew I would be ok and I proved it to my family and friends who were worried. It was such an empowering feeling that as a woman, I can travel half way across the world and take care of myself. The picture below is of a random woman that asked to take a picture with me at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
AC: Have you had any travel mishaps or bad experiences? If so, have these influenced how you view the place where they happened? Would you go back?
Rue: I got stuck in Paris and had to book a bus from the airport to London. The bus driver however said that he needed the printed receipt, as he could not accept the electronic one. My friend held the bus while I went to the help desk to print out the receipt. The Wi-Fi was not the best and it took twenty minutes so he left. I called the company and they were completely accommodating and even got us on another bus however, they said the driver should have taken the electronic confirmation. So because he was a douche, we had to take a train into Paris and then wait an extra 4 hours to get a bus.
AC: Name one thing you can’t travel without.
Rue: Passport or Government issued ID. Also, my phone. I have every thing I could possibly need with it; for example, Google maps has helped me to travel around Tokyo, Toronto and Iceland.
AC: Name one thing you wish you COULD travel without.
Rue: My camera. I love taking pictures but sometimes it can take away from the experience. I don’t want to have to take a picture of everything I did or everything I ate. Sometimes, I just want to enjoy the moment.
AC: What do you think has been the biggest thing you’ve learned while traveling (about yourself, a destination, a culture, travel itself)?
Rue: I learned how to be completely independent in a strange city, I also learned how to eat a meal in a restaurant completely alone. Culturally people are usually happy to help you just have to learn who to ask, because asking the right person makes all the difference.
AC: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Rue: If I could live anywhere else, I would live in London. I choose London because their public transportation system is amazing which is really important to me because I don’t like living in a place were you have to drive everywhere. It’s also a melting pot, which is great because you get to meet so many people of different ethnicities. It is also a fashion capital, which is important for my future career.
AC: Name one place you’d like to see or one experience you’d like to have before you die.
Rue: I would really like to visit the Vanuatu as the people there are supposed to be the happiest people in the world. I would also like to sand board down a volcano like the locals in Vanuatu do.
AC: If there was one thing you wish somebody would have told you before you started traveling, what would it be?
Rue: I wish someone would have told me that I will always be looking for my next travel destination, and experience.
You can follow Rue adventures on her Instagram.