America, American, Interviews

Dorian “Donnie Sai”

1.Where are you originally from (country and city)?

I’m originally form the USA and grew up in Cleveland, OH and Atlanta, GA.

2. Do you currently live in the same place where you were born?

Currently, I’m in transition. I lived in Daegu, KR for the past two years.

3. What do you do for a living?

I’m a EFL educator for a living.

4. What kind of traveler do you think you are?

I’m a slow traveler and move wherever my heart calls. I prefer to take my time in the places I visit and go with the flow. Traveling should feel like an adventure, not a job or a chore. That’s my motto.

5. What is important for you while traveling and why are you traveling?

When I’m traveling is important for me to connect with others particularly people that reside in the places I’m visiting. However, everyone is a possible candidate for soul connection. I like to think that the travel life chose me, and I appreciate that it has. I travel because it continuously confirms my basic assumptions of what make us “human” the world over. We are a lot closer than the world cares to admit. I also must try the food! Food is a tasty expression of culture that I can’t even think to skip.

6. What kind of travel advice would you give others?

My only advice to those who wish to travel is to take it easy and say yes to any opportunity especially those that summons the infamous doubt monster into your psyche. Play it safe but enjoy the adventure.

7. What is your next mission/trip?

My next trip will be taking me to Spain as I continue my career as an EFL educator.

8. What is the best place you visited so far?

The best place I visited thus far would have to be Hanoi, VN. There’s so much life and dynamism in Vietnam and the feeling that anything could happen permeates in the atmosphere there. There’s beautiful architecture, friendly people, and great food. A close second is Kyoto, JP.

9. What is a place you want to visit in the future?

There are so many places I wish to visit in the future. A few are South Africa, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ghana, and Greece. I hope to travel until I can’t anymore.

10. What is your favorite place in your home country that you would recommend to others?

In my home country, my favorite place is Philadelphia, PA. I would recommend any traveler to visit this city. It holds lots of history about the birth of my country as well as lots of culture and entertainment to capture the attention of any wayward traveler. I suggest visiting during the late summer/early fall where many festivals take place.

11. (If answer to Q2 is “No”) What is your favorite place in your current country that you would recommend to others?

In my current country, I suggest visiting Busan, KR. A costal city with loads of activity, stellar seafood, and a view to get lost in. In the fall, the city hosts an international film festival that is a must see. Fun Fact: Black Panther was shot there.

12. Do you have any other tips or tricks based on your experience that you wish to share?

The only tip I can give is one that I’m continuously working on myself. Plan less and learn to get comfortable with the unknown. I’ve found that as I relinquish control over the experience I have received much more from the experience than I would have otherwise. When it comes to tricks, research the apps and services of the destination you’re headed to (such as taxi apps, food reviews, etc.). It’ll be beneficial for last minute excursions and to fill in the dead time.


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