Sawasdee kha! My name is Chasen! I am 21 years old and was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. I do my best to follow my heart, but take my brain with me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
Honestly, I do my best to refrain from using words like always, never and favorite. I can’t seem to put things on a scale in that way. I loved Myanmar for it’s rich and untouched culture. I loved my time in Malaysia — the company I was traveling with, the aspects to myself that I uncovered. Backing Malaysia/Borneo shaped a lot of who I am today.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
South America. I’d love nothing more than to feel hugged by the passion of the people in Latin America. I’d love to learn Spanish, drink all day and dance all night.
WHAT YOU CAN NOT TRAVEL WITHOUT?
Words. I need to read them and I need to write them.
DO YOU PREFER TRAVEL SOLO OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
I prefer to travel alone!
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
I miss my soul-roommate and life friend, Edith. She's incredible and being away from her has only enriched the love I have for her.
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
WHO IS. THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU MET SO FAR?
Rhylie. I stayed with her in Manila, Philippines. She's so clear headed and happy. She's so kind and selfless. She's a tiny one but, does not ever go unnoticed.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
HA! The bus had just dropped me off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was around two in the morning and checking into a hostel could only be done in the morning. I was wandering aimlessly with my travel partner, Emily. She was more tired than I, so we wanted to find a place for her to rest. I imagined she would just fall asleep on my lap while I watched over our belongings and enjoyed the sunrise. We ended up being invited to the roof of a vacant business building by two night guards. Emily and I were stoked because not only did the roof top have a glowing view of the Petronas Towers but, there was a pool too! This meant an opportunity for Em and I to both shower and do laundry. The two guards began to linger and eventually invited themselves into the pool with us. They undressed and began talking in Malaysian to one another. In that moment, in that pool, I realized the stupidity of agreeing at two in the morning to follow two men up to the roof of an empty building. The scary part of all this was not that I sensed danger but, that if something were to go south, there was nothing that Emily and I could do; we had pretty much surrendered any kind of control for ourselves. Everything ended up being just fine. We got that shower and did our laundry and got a good night's rest.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
All of the times I have laughed so hard that I peed myself.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU’VE BOUGHT?
My iPhone. It’s honestly such a safety mechanism. Anything that I need can be provided through it, somehow.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
WHAT’S THE LONGEST YOU’VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
Just about one year.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM JOB?
I’d like to get paid to review cafés throughout different countries. Like, if my opinion was held in the highest regard and I had my own online space where I could banter on the pros and cons of coffee and couches. Ha! Basically, would someone like to pay me to read and drink coffee? Please?
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
I’d like to make a home amongst thick trees and thin air. A place far from any city but, not far from the opportunity to converse with diverse folk. I’d like it to be in the United States and I’d like to live alone. I’d like a library, too.
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
Ireland, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Borneo (Malaysia), The Philippines.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
I used to listen to Prince laying down in the backseat as my mother drove us to California. We’d go a lot.
WHAT’S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU’VE LEARNED?
Shit. Well, the first thing that popped into my mind is that 'interesting' is subjective. Interesting to me may not be interesting to any reader of this site. Regardless, I have to go with self-acceptance. I have such a hard time with that. It’s odd to experience moments where I recognize that I am who I have been all my life, but that in this particular moment, who I am is enough. I’m nowhere near the place I’d like to be in greetings with self-love, but I see myself, out here, on the road again, making progress.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I love reading so much and do have the confidence that one day, I’ll get on the other side of the page. I haven’t a clue what I’d write about! I’d love to study up on the invisible forces that shape human behavior -- that'd be like a 999 page book. I’d love to write a memoir. Not because I feel that my story is compelling, rather, I feel I have the language and vulnerability to touch a few hearts.
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT?
I haven't heard much about travel scams. I rely on people while traveling, not companies.
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
Local. wink emoticon
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
I’m like a leaf falling from a tree.
WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU’VE HAD?
I’m a vegetarian who does her very best to remain vegan. I have had some bomb-ass smoothies here in Thailand. I like to eat as clean as I can!
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
It’s so challenging to not scratch my mosquito bites. SO challenging.
DO YOU THINK YOU ‘LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU’VE MET?
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION ?
I am my own most comfortable company but, if a day came where I met someone and when together, I felt alone, I wouldn’t pass up the offer to travel with him/her. I’d love to show someone the raw me.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
Slow travel. Simple travel. Travel not foiled by finances.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Intuitive. Sensitive. Books.
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
It all boils down to transferring the funds from your savings account to your checking account and pressing the 'submit' for your flight. And, I recommend a one-way!