Travel Insider: Holly Graberek

What inspires you to travel?
Discovering new people and looking at life through their way of life. I love watching how people in different countries interact.What aspect of traveling do you find the most difficult to do?
Difficult—unless there is intense climate change, I have few difficulties. I absolutely love travelling.

How do you maintain health and fitness when you are away?
I don’t. I go a little bit crazy and jump around and into the pool! But then again I guess that does constitute as exercise, no?What is your most treasured possession you have picked up while traveling?The experience of meeting a person abroad, someone from a completely different mentality and path is definitely what I treasure most, and to converse and exchange views on the world.

Describe your most memorable holiday.
Cambodia. People enjoy such simple pleasures and smiles are everywhere! The food is also delicious and road food in particular- is my personal favorite!

What are the top holiday destinations that you are yet to visit?London please! I have been there for 3 hours or so- all I saw was Starbucks.

Who is your favorite traveling companion?Someone who cannot talk but just enjoy the ride with me.

What is the one item that you never travel without (and we don’t mean your passport or iPhone)?
An open mind! Any way else and I would end up finding fault with what should be beautiful.

What is your best tip about packing?Pack light—you never know if you’ll have to end up running!!

What is your best tip about choosing a hotel?Don’t trust the pictures—use Trip Advisor!What is your best tip about getting to know a new place?
Keep walking. That’s what I do. And I remember little details that amuse me, like lampshades with too much graffiti.

Which place have you visited and never wanted to leave (and why)?Paris. I fell in love with the city and pace of life. Being lost in translation also made me like that all the more.