Meet the Nomads – Alana Morgan of The Paper Planes Blog

Alana left her home in 2011 to pursue traveling and experience the diverse cultures and beauty that this world offers while she’s still young. She’s currently in Chiang Mai and have been living there for quite some time now. Aside from writing the usual stuff about destinations, foods, cultural events and other travel related topics, Alana shares a lot of her personal insights, reflections and her personal thoughts that a lot of us readers will definitely enjoy reading.

Get to know more about Alana and follow her journey at The Paper Planes Blog.

But before you click away, check out my short interview with Alana.

Meet the Nomads - Alana Morgan of The Paper Planes Blog

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I’ve always been interested in different places, people, culture and languages. Growing up, we didn’t live near any extended family and made frequent trips around the U.S. – I was just two weeks old the first time I was on a plane.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“Luckily, I haven’t had any major problems. Though there was one really awful night in the desert in Rajasthan, India when my traveling partner got violently ill for hours. We were sleeping outside on the ground, in the middle of nowhere with stray dogs circling us, and I thought it would never end.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“In 2011 I made the big move from the U.S. to Thailand and I’m still here – it’s an ongoing adventure. The best moments are when I’m in an intriguing place, eating something exotic and delicious, with people who I find fascinating. Fortunately, when you travel this scenario is pretty common.”

Meet the Nomads - Alana Morgan of The Paper Planes Blog

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“There are a million different ways to do things. What you think, what you do, where you live, what you hold important to you, what you realize you can live without…there’s no right or wrong way to do things.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“It is tiring, but usually the good far outweighs the bad. You definitely have to make trade-offs to travel, especially if it’s long term, but the thrill you get after landing in a new place, or making a connection with someone you would have never met at home, or just seeing how incredibly big and wonderful and confusing the world is makes it worth it. I do, or see, or learn something everyday that’s different than home, and while sometimes it’s frustrating, it’s ultimately what keeps me going.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Ooh I’m never good at these types of questions…William and Kate? I think it would be interesting to travel with someone with such a high profile and see how they experienced a new place in such a structured way – completely opposite from how I’m used to traveling.”

Meet the Nomads - Alana Morgan of The Paper Planes Blog

Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?

“Anywhere where I feel completely content in that moment – I can’t pick just one! Thailand would definitely be up there though. I’m completely hooked.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“Be patient and relax. It’s easy to get worked up when you’re in a new place, figuring out where you’re staying the night and trying to communicate with people who may not speak the same language as you. Usually if you stay calm everything works out and you save yourself from making a situation more difficult or unpleasant.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“I’ve found myself in many random situations that just happened by chance – like being an extra in a Chinese movie, dressing up in traditional wear for a high school’s sports day and being caught in the middle of the nation-wide three-day water fight during Songkran, the Thai New Year.”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“I have a couple little safety habits, like keeping a lock and chain with me to secure my bags, but mainly I just try to stay aware of my surroundings and keep myself in situations where I feel comfortable and secure.”

What do you think about yourself?

“Hmm, it depends on the day.”

Meet the Nomads - Alana Morgan of The Paper Planes Blog

“Paper Planes is thoughts, tips and experiences from a twenty-something traveler trying to figure out life, one place at a time.” – Alana Morgan of  The Paper Planes Blog

You can also follow Alana on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Photo Credits: All pictures are provided by Alana

Next: Sabrina Iovino of Just One Way Ticket Previously: Valerie Dawson of This Way to Paradise For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. Alana - Paper Planes says:

    Thanks for the interview opportunity!

  2. If given the chance, I would love to work in Chiang Mai too. Hopefully there are job opportunities for Filipinos like us, Flip 🙂

  3. Great interview. She seems to be like me, so adventurous. So glad I found her here. :))) Travelling with William and Kate would be a challenge though. Wondering how they would look like with their backpacks on like tramps :))))

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