This edition of What’s in My Backpack features an interview with Krysti Jaims, an adventure loving Kiwi currently living in Australia.
Tell us about you?
Hey! I’m Krysti from New Zealand. I love snowboarding, Lord of the Rings, rock music and most of all – travelling. My biggest dream is to travel the entire world, experience and learn as much as I can and have an absolute blast while doing it! Over the last four years, I’ve travelled to 24 countries, and I hope to complete 30 before I’m 30.
Where are you now?
I am currently based in Canberra, the capital of Australia just for 2017.
Describe your travel style?
If I am travelling solo, my style would be more budget and backpacker. I stay in AirBnBs, take buses and eat locally and as cheaply as I can. If I travel with my husband – it’s slightly more luxurious (as he’s usually paying!). I stay in hotels, go out for more fancy dinners and do tours. So it’s a bit of a mixture.
Favourite mode of travel?
I would have to say flying. Even though long flights aren’t the most fun and I can never sleep on planes – there’s something so unequivocally exciting about getting on a plane to the next destination.
How do you fund your travels?
I have always worked and had a job since I was 15 years old. For the last year, I have been working full time as a digital Blogger, which doesn’t pay much at the beginning but I’m hoping all the hard work will pay off in the end!
What do you like best about travelling?
I especially love learning about the history of places (something New Zealand lacks), meeting amazing people from all around the world, experiencing new cultures and trying the local cuisine and beers from each place I visit. And how it makes me feel, which is free and that my little problems are so very insignificant in this big wide world.
The most memorable trip you’ve had?
Probably my trip to Thailand which was four years ago now. It was my first proper foreign country I travelled to (I had only been to Australia before), and it was a life-changing experience.
It was my first taste of a world so completely different from my own, and it was that trip that solidified my never-ceasing wanderlust desire for travelling and learning about as many different places and cultures as I can.
Being at the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall celebrations at Brandenburger Tor in Berlin was also very special and memorable.
City/place visited the most and why?
Not counting Australia since I live there now, it would have to be London, which I’ve visited three times. I just love that city so much and dream of living there myself one day! It has such a great energy and vibe to it, and there’s always something fun to do.
Best hotel, guesthouse or hostel?
The best hotel I’ve ever stayed at was Mai Samui Beach Resort & Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand. We had a deluxe room, and it was so incredibly luxurious. The friendly staff treated us guests like absolute kings and queens – it was heaven!
The best hostel would have to be the Generator Barcelona.
What’s your backpack of choice/which backpack to you travel with?
I do prefer a suitcase, but if I need to use a backpack (like I will be for my next trip), I use my husband’s smallest one which is a Berghaus Jalan 60+15 litre pack. It’s comfortable and not too big which stops me from bringing unnecessary things with me!
What’s in your backpack?
Passport, phone, laptop, camera, headphones, clothes, shoes, mini toiletries, minimal makeup, hand sanitizer, tissues, panadol, washing powder in a zip lock bag, eye mask and earplugs, notebook and pen, sleeping bag liner – those are the main essentials.
Favourite travel gadget?
Mobile phone. It’s with me wherever I go, it’s my primary camera and is useful in so many ways.
One travel product you ditched, donated, or destroyed?
Neck pillows. I have had two different kinds, and they just don’t work for me!
Electronics you couldn’t travel without?
My S7 phone and my laptop. Girls gotta work!
How about apps?
I’m not a huge travel app person as I usually don’t have space on my phone. But for sure, Google Maps and any specific transportation apps the place may have, such as the London Underground app which I’ll download just for the time I’m there.
Last product you purchased?
I have recently ordered a Sony RX 100 IV camera and a mini Manfrotto tripod to vlog my next travels, so I don’t have to rely on my phone for that. My S7 camera is great for photo taking but not so much video recording on the move – the stabilisation isn’t the best.
Any tips for travelling on a budget?
Eat and shop where the locals do. Purchase the big ticket items as early as possible and be as flexible as you can with dates. Do some research on free or budget-friendly activities for each place.
Finally, where to next?
I have a one-way ticket to Asia booked in May! I’m heading to Bali for the third time for a milestone celebration for one of my best friends – our whole group will be coming from New Zealand, so that will be a whole lot of fun.