Meet the Gypsies : Stephanie of The World As I See It

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Meet the Gypsies : Stephanie of The World As I See It

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1.  Who are you? Where are you from?

 I’m Stephanie (aka Lady of the Zoos) and I run The World As I See It -travel blog.  I’m originally from Toronto but moved north of the city about 20 years ago.  Not only do I have a passion for travel but also am wildly passionate about wildlife and conservation.

2.  What’s your packing strategy?

 When it comes to packing I always like to go light.  A carry-on, a purse and I’m good to go.  The less I bring the less I have to worry about.

3.  How do you afford your travels?

I don’t make a lot of money so I’m pretty tight with my budget.  I don’t buy unless I need to (for the most part – I always need a new journal, right?)  I try to shop at thrift shops and am always on the hunt for a good bargain.   I’m proof positive that you don’t need to make a lot of money to travel.

4.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

 Hands down Africa! It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember! I’d drop it in a heart beat to explore the African savannah!

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5.  Is there anywhere you won’t travel to and why?

 I’d go anywhere, but I do try to avoid places in crisis like in Western Africa with Ebola and certain countries in the Middle East.  Just not the sort of situations I’m willing to put myself in as a solo female traveller.

6.  What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve eaten?

 I must admit I’m not an adventurous eater.  I’ve had allergies all my life and have shied away from eccentric food, plus as a bug lover (yes I’m fascinated by tarantulas, scorpions and other insects that I’ve had the opportunity to work with and appreciate) I don’t even know if I have the heart to try one – even if its covered in chocolate!

7.  You’re from Ontario.  What do you love most about it and any tips for visiting there?

 Ontario is a fantastic place to live, with so much to do and see from great cities like Toronto and Ottawa to vast expanses of nature to explore like Algonquin Park and plenty of trails, Ontario has something for everyone.  For me it’s all about the great outdoors, from hiking portions of the Trans Canada Trail to exploring the many different parks and nature reserves like the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre that keep me happy while not travelling abroad.

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8.  You have a passion for animals and zoos.  Which zoos are your favourite?

As Lady of the Zoos my most asked question is ‘what is your favourite zoo?’ and it’s a tough one, I enjoy many different zoos for different reasons.  Growing up visiting the Toronto Zoo every year it will always hold a place in my top zoos, as for the zoo with the best enclosures is Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, some of my other favourites are the Bronx Zoo and London Zoo.

9.  You’re a big reader.  What are you reading right now?

 I love reading everything from biographies to books on animal behaviour and LOVE travelogues.  Right now I’m reading C’est la Vie by Suzy Gershman.

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10.  What’s the #1 item on your bucket list?

 The number one item on my bucket list is Southern Africa to see the great migration!

11.  Most importantly, where to next?

 Next spring I leave for my fourth visit to Europe, this time solo for three months!  My Epic Solo Adventure will take me around Europe to many new countries like Malta, Portugal and Romania as well as back to England, this time to explore some of its great historic cities like York and Canterbury.

Find Stephanie here…

Ashley Hubbard

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Carey @Blazeadventure

    Hi Ashley,

    I really enjoyed the honesty. I’ve been to the Toronto Zoo a handful of times when I was younger. My recollection is a bit hazy, but i recall the exhibits as being spacious, and “natural” looking. I also remember the zoomobile!

    have you been to the San Diego Zoo?

  2. Stephanie Mayo

    You’re right the Toronto Zoo has some amazing exhibits that are both spacious and represent the animal’s natural habitat. I just visited the San Diego Zoo last spring and enjoyed it – but I’ll tell you a secret it’s not my favourite 😉

  3. Fairlie

    I love the insight into all the different ways people travel. This is a great series of posts. I’m a pretty adventurous eater myself, but even I draw the line at insects!

  4. Esther

    Thank you for the linkup and thank you for introducing us to yet another inpsirational traveler! Happy weekend 🙂

  5. SJ

    So great to learn a little more about you! I too would love to see the migration also, I’d love to take my son when he is old enough to see that.

  6. Andrea

    Yay a fellow Ontarian! Can’t wait to read about your three month adventure 🙂

  7. Jess

    That picture makes me want to cuddle a monkey! Unfortunately, I can’t seem to locate a monkey cuddling service in my immediate area. This is obviously an underserved market.

  8. Adelina

    Awesome! It’s always nice to learn more about the people behind the blogs I read 🙂 I can’t wait to follow along on Stephanie’s adventures in Europe.

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