Featured Traveler | Stephanie Yoder: The 20 Something Traveler

This backpacker has been traveling since she graduated in 2007. Meet Stephanie Yoder. Her love for travel and writing are seen in her blog, Twenty-Something Travel, which chronicles her travel experiences and offers advice for other young travelers. She doesn’t want anyone to feel discouraged from traveling by thinking they don’t have enough money or they are too young. She wants everyone to know that international travel is a feasible option. Read more to find out where she’s headed next!
Name: Stephanie Yoder
Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a girl who can’t sit still! Since I graduated in 2007 I’ve either been traveling or planning to travel. I’ve been all over Eastern and Western Europe, South-East Asia, Australia, China and Japan, not to mention just about everywhere in the United States. My next big trip is to Latin America. I get around.
Favorite city you’ve been to:
London was the first international city I ever visited and it’s still my favorite. Over the years I’ve lived, studied and worked there, and I kind of wish I still did. It’s such an exciting and energetic place with so much history and culture. I can never get bored there. 

Favorite restaurant:

I’m actually a really big fan of street food. I can’t name a favorite restaurant, but I could tell you the best soi in Bangkok for pad thai or the best BBQ stall in Xi’an. I just love eating like the locals- and on the cheap!
Best place to relax:
Koh Lanta in the south of Thailand. Unlike some of the busier islands it’s totally chilled out, and has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. 

Best place to have fun:
Madrid. They really know how to party all night long, and you can buy beer on the street. 

Best trip you’ve ever taken:
A couple of years ago I did a 10 day road trip around Iceland with a good friend of mine. It combined so many elements of an awesome trip: driving shenanigans, cool sights and awesome discoveries. Iceland is an amazing place. I will remember that one for a long time. 

What one piece of advice do you have for travelers?
Don’t get too hung up on other people’s opinions. No matter where you want to go and what you want to do there’s going to be someone who thinks it’s dangerous/wasteful/weird/irresponsible. Know yourself.
Where else can we find you on the web?
I blog about my adventures on Twenty-Something Travel and Everywhere Connection. I also tweet (a lot!) at @20sTravel.

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