Fierce Female Jessica Carpenter
by Shalini Vadhera on April 16, 2020
1. What are the three places that you have been dying to visit but haven't been to yet?
There are literally dozens of countries I'm dying to visit that I haven't visited yet. Some that come to mind: Turkey, Philippines, Chile, Argentina, India, New Zealand, Albania
2. What products are in your travel bag?
I always have my camera (Sony a7iii), sunscreen, chapstick, and a hat for sun protection. Since I'm also a pharmacist, I always travel with a mini pharmacy to be prepared for every situation too. Lately I try to bring an exercise band to encourage myself to work out while traveling. And I always bring a reusable water bottle.
3. What is one piece of advice that you would want your fellow females to know?
If traveling solo is something you want to challenge yourself with, know that it will feel uncomfortable at first. It may not even feel good until you look back on it. But every time you overcome a challenge like this, you'll feel stronger and more independent. Pretty soon, you'll be addicted to that feeling of not depending on the comfort of anyone else.
4. Why do you love to travel?
I think most people travel for the same main reason, which is the constant feeling of newness and excitement. If you're used to the typical routine of life, and all of a sudden get a taste of travel, there's no going back. You become addicted to that feeling of seeing a place for the first time, a bit of discomfort from culture shock sometimes, but being mesmerized by the beauty and differences in the world.
5. What is your favorite meal you've had and in what country?
My favorite meal in every country will forever be a crepe. Yes, they are French, but I've never met a bad crepe. Actually, I take that back. I've had some pretty sad crepes. But for the most part, you can't go wrong with a sweet crepe. Overall, my favorite country for all food is Italy. There's nowhere like it. Pasta, pizza, coffee, wine, gelato...the 5 major food groups are all covered!