Traveler Name: Amanda Fenn
Hometown: Keswick, Ontario
Occupation: Software Engineer for the Xbox Team at Microsoft
Countries I’ve traveled to otherwise: United States, Mexico, St. Lucia
Why I travel: I travel to learn about the world, meet like-minded people, gain new experiences, and push myself outside of my comfort zone. Travelling the world has made me a better person because you learn how to embrace unexpected adventure, live in the moment, and appreciate the little things in life. Travel has changed my perspective on life and helped me learn to love myself for who I am.
My favourite travel memory with FnEZ: This is a cruel question, I have too many amazing memories!! But I’ll have to pick the day I got my first and only tattoo. My tattoo was done in a very unconventional way. I got a bamboo tattoo inside a bar on the beach in Railay, Thailand. Bamboo tattoos are done with a needle attached to the end of a bamboo rod.
As I watched all of my new friend’s get tattoos, I was trying to desperately decide if I should get mine. Every tattoo came out beautiful. After seeing El’s work, I decided to trust him with my body. I called my parents 30 minutes before it was my turn to get my tattoo. They were PISSED. I had woken them up at 4:30 a.m. to ask for approval. My parents tried to convince me not to do it, but I decided to get it anyways. I have not regretted this decision in the slightest.
When I looked in the mirror at the tattoo drawn on my skin with pen, I realized I was really doing it. I sat down and got my tattoo surrounded by the amazing people I had fallen in love with in the short 10-20 days of my trip. I will always think of my adventures of Asia, and all the amazing people I made memories with every time I see my tattoo.
This is the journal entry from that day:
“I never thought I would get a tattoo, but my heart found a meaning so powerful that I wanted a permanent reminder of how I felt in this moment. I feel free to be who I am, free to love myself, free to love others, free to embrace & love the world, and free to be truly happy. It is a reminder to myself that no matter how hard life gets, you can always learn to love life again and find harmony in the heart, mind, and soul. “
My most embarrassing/hilarious travel story: This is a hard choice, because I can think of a hilarious/embarrassing story from each country I went to… although my personal favourite is the time I got bit by a cat and had to get my rabies shots.
We were having an amazing group bonding night on the beach in Railay, sitting around the “campfire” which happened to be a bunch of candles. It was a magical night, one of those nights when it feels like anything can happen. We were warned that a monsoon was coming, but we were having too much fun to leave. Suddenly, it was pouring buckets from the sky. Within 10 seconds I looked like I jumped into the ocean. We had an adventure running through Railey to meet back with the rest of the group. When we finally arrived at the bar soaking wet, the rain had stopped. I was uncomfortably wet and I decided I needed to go back to the room to change. On my way to the room at 1 a.m. in the morning, I saw the resort cat. The cat ran up and begged to be pet, she leaned into my hand and so I obliged (because who can resist a cute kitty).
Next thing I know the cat BIT my arm. I ran back to the hotel room, and my roommate Kat opens the door to my bloody arm and sad face saying “Kat… I got bit by a cat” (How ironic?) The look on her face was priceless.
What I love about traveling with FnEZ: I love how a group of strangers easily becomes your travel family. Deep connections are formed when you leave your comfort zone and explore another country together. The hardest part of every trip was saying goodbye to the amazing travelers I got to meet.. I never survived the day without crying.
Next bucket list item I NEED to check off: Easily Japan. I want to see the vast cities, advanced technology, explore their nature, and most importantly eat ALL THE FOOD.