Name & Age? Anna Easteden (a.k.a. Lucky Adventurer)
Where's home? Los Angeles, CA
What was/is your last/current trip? My last trip was to the Cook Islands and my next one is to Yellowstone.
What got you started? I started at age 12ish. I went to study English abroad. And then by the time I was in my late teens, I was living overseas due to having gotten a modeling contract.
How do you pay the way? Sometimes I travel for work: I am an actor and a model and some of the destinations I get to go for work are pretty amazing. So, work travel is usually paid for. But I also do vacations that I pay for myself.
What's always on your packing list? Camera, passport and almonds.
What’s the last thing that blew your mind? How beautiful the Aitutaki lagoon was. Some of the most amazing islands I have ever seen in my entire life. I thought it was a dream paradise.
By land, by sea, or by air? All of the above. Most often I travel by air, but I also love cruises and I find road trips fun.
Hotel or hostel? Camp or Couchsurf? Hotel. The older I get the more I appreciate my alone time and having some peace every day. I honestly have to say that I have never couchsurfed. LOL. Maybe I will have to try that out one day.
What's your travel pet peeve? Hmm... don't pack anything extra - you will have to carry it later (or push it or pull it).
How do people react to you as a solo female traveler? Usually people think it's great. Sometimes people can't believe that I travel to "scary" places alone. Obviously I don't think the places are scary - I think it's all an adventure.
What scares you? I don't think I will ever jump off an airplane or bungee jump.
How do you overcome fear / anxiety / doubt? Take deep breaths. Meditate. Just do it.
Worst memory: Planning a trip for another person and the person hated the trip and complained the whole time...
One unforgettable memory: So many! Hitchhiking to a snake temple in Malaysia. It was fun - but now I think that it could have ended up badly. I probably wouldn't do it again.
Bravest memory: Being a teenager and traveling alone to Asia and living there without my parents for three years.
Culture shock moment: Culture shocks always come to me in the way people act. I was in the metro in an East Asian country, and a random stranger saw me and put his hand on my nose. He wanted to touch my nose, because he had never seen such a straight shaped nose. I was shocked that he didn't have any personal space restrictions! Afterwards he kept telling me I must have had nose surgery! Which I totally haven't.
Best reason to talk to strangers: Ha! To find directions. To figure out the best sights to see in their local area. To find the most delicious restaurants.
How are you different while traveling? I feel free. I feel like I am doing what I was meant to do.
Is it harder to leave or to stay put? To stay put. I get very bored if I am in the same place for too long.
Three things you've learned on the road: 1. The more you explore, the more rewarding it is. 2. You just have to go for it, otherwise life will pass you by. 3. If there is a will, there is a way.
What keeps you going? The never ending places to see and explore. There is always more!
What's next? I am going to Yellowstone. I have never been there before. I am super excited. On the same trip I will also go see Mt Rushmore, Badlands, Crazy Horse, Devil's Tower and the Grand Tetons.
What would you be doing if you’d never left home? I don't think this is even a possibility. As a kid I begged and begged to leave until my parents relented and let me go.
What advice do you have for wanna-be Wild Hearts? Just go and do it!
Last question: What would make you stop traveling? Nothing. I think I will always travel. Even if it is just a couple of trips every year.