Tiffany is one of those ladies who you need to keep an eye out for. Only a few months into the blogging community and she's already made an impressionable impact. From her diverse travels to her helpful tips for working full-time and still being able to follow your dreams, she is full of inspiration. We got to chat with Tiffany about what life looks like when you live it on your own terms, where she's headed to next and what you can learn through travel.
For those of our readers who might need an introduction, can you tell us a bit about who you are and the mission behind Tiffany Eat World?
I’m Tiffany, style blogger turned travel blogger, currently calling Virginia home but plotting my next move. Tiffany Eat World is my passion project and I’m still trying to find my niche, but ultimately I aim to inspire millennial women to go after their travel goals and also to create the life they want to live. I do this through sharing my personal travel experience, providing tips and offering words of encouragement.
You long to inspire others to boldly live life on their own terms. For you, what does that look like? How have you created a lifestyle on your own terms?
I believe everyone has a right to live a life they love, free of judgement from outsiders, family members, and friends. But I also think we have to take action to make that happen. I adopted this state of mind after I graduated college and ended up working a job I absolutely hated. So I saved up, quit my job, and moved across the country in search of something more. I vowed to never work a job I didn’t love or mission I couldn’t get behind. We spend so much of our time at work that it is important to enjoy what you’re doing.
I want millennial women like myself to know that this doesn’t have to be your life. At the end of the day, you have to do what feels good and what feels right for you. For me, I want to explore new places, experience different cultures, and grow. So, that’s what I’m doing.
Your travel list is pretty extensive. What was your most memorable trip?
Thailand was pretty epic. I met up with my sister and a friend to celebrate my 25th birthday in Bangkok then hopped over to Phuket and Krabi. I had the time of my navigating through Bangkok, making friends with strangers, partying on Bangla Road, and exploring Phi Phi Island. Now I’ve got to top that for my 26th.
Aside from travel blogging, what does a normal day look like for you?
I work full-time in product development/management for a patio furniture company. I’m at the office from 9 to 5 working with my team of designers to bring new products to market. When I’m not at the office, I’m in China meeting with customers and finalizing samples. My schedule is pretty crazy so try to wake up early to take some time for myself because that’s super important. You’ve got to take care of yourself.
In the evenings, I work on Tiffany Eat World, sometimes until 1 AM but that’s okay because I love it. If I’m not working on something blog related, I’m hanging out with my boyfriend, planning my next trip, or researching about entrepreneurship. I’m going to be my own boss one day.
What’s next on your bucket list? Tell us three places you’re dying to visit.
Portugal, Spain and anywhere in South America. I’m thinking Argentina. I’ve been dying to practice my Spanish. I’ll be heading to Portugal and Spain in January 2016. ;)
You launched your blog a little over a month ago, what has been the most rewarding thing so far about managing the platform? How about the most challenging, what is something you’ve experienced so far that you weren’t expecting?
Tiffany Eat World is still a baby. I have invested countless hours into this project and the rewards so far have been amazing. I’ve gotten emails from people saying they love what I’m about and wondering how they can integrate travel into their life. I love the feedback and community in this space. I’m also pretty excited about getting featured on LMDES amongst all these other lovely, accomplished women. A challenge for me is the time management aspect. Working full time, it is definitely difficult to find time to work on my blog but I’ve been pretty consistent.
What is a lesser-known location that you would recommend visiting?
Midelt, Morocco. It’s about 5 hours from Casablanca and boasts great views of the Atlas Mountains. There’s just one street, Ave Mohammed V, and not a whole lot of touristy things to do, but you’ll have an opportunity to really immerse yourself in the culture and live like a local. I grabbed fresh eggs straight from the chicken coop for breakfast, made fresh bread, paraded in my prom dress at a traditional wedding and had more encounters with donkeys than I can count. Visit Midelt!
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! I find inspiration in the beauty of nature, a line I heard in a song or a quote I read in a book, and in other people.
Share with us 5 things you always bring with you when on the move.
iPhone to stay connected
Notebook to jot down thoughts
iPad for offline reading through my Pocket App.
Selfie stick because traveling alone is sometimes a struggle and my parents want to see pictures from my journeys.
Through travel, what is something that you’ve learned about yourself?
I’m resourceful. I’m good at making do with what I have and figuring things out. I once fell asleep on a city bus in Hong Kong after a long day. I woke up on the bus in another part of town, with completely new people, no directions or wifi and had to find my way back to my hotel. I only told my parents after the fact.
At LMDES, we’re huge fans of embracing local culture and immersing ourselves as much as possible. What do you do to embrace local culture while traveling?
If I know any of the language, I try to speak it. Locals really love it when you attempt to converse with them in their language. Even something as little as saying thank you will bring a smile to their face. I also follow local customs, like covering my body in a Muslim country out of respect and avoiding the use of certain gestures in Asia that are considered offensive.
What can we be expecting from Tiffany Eat World in the future? Where do you envision your brand in a years’ time?
I’ve got a pretty epic trip planned for 2016 so you can expect to see lots of fresh new content. I also am putting the finishing touches on my free e-book that will help people who dream of traveling to make it a reality. Right now, I feel really positive and about Tiffany Eat World and am just enjoying the journey. I’ll keep sharing and inspiring, but if I can expand my reach by this time next year, there’d be no complaints on my part :)
Interview and text by Sienna Brown. Sienna is the founder of Las Morenas de España. From New York to Murcia, Spain, she is constantly on a journey to inspire and be inspired while engaging in different methods of creation. Her passion for learning about others leads her towards constant exploration and practicing the art of listening as much as she can. See more of her work here and follow her adventures on instagram.