Meet: Anna Easteden (a.k.a. Lucky Adventurer)

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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