Remember Habon from Fashion Friday?
My name is Habon. I was born and raised in the south, Georgia, but both my parents migrated from Djibouti, a small east African country.
What inspired/inspires you to travel?
Growing up as first generation born American to Somali/Djibouti parents, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of traveling at a young age and learning the importance of cultures and what the world has to offer. This has definitely inspired me to travel.
Where is your favorite destination to date?
My favorite destination to date has to be Djibouti. I love going back and spending time with extended family members, learning more about my culture, and seeing where my parents have come from. There’s definitely a sentimental attachment to this beautiful country.
How do you prefer to travel? Solo or With a group? Why?
I usually end up traveling solo and then meeting up with family and friends at the destination. I think it’s great being able to have someone there experiencing the adventure with you, but sometimes traveling solo allows you to learn more about yourself and focus on just the trip.
Do you think there is a difference traveling as a woman?
I definitely think there is a difference traveling as a woman. Women around the world may have different rules or traditions that I think we should be mindful of. I also think traveling as a woman (and even as a man) we have to be cautious and safe, that being said, this should not discourage woman from traveling, we all just need to be more aware of our surroundings.
How do you plan your trips?
I usually start by deciding on the destination and the dates, once I have those locked in, I go and book my ticket. I research hotels, activities, the local cultures and things that I should see at that destination. I book the hotel and make a list of things to do. I won’t have a day by day itinerary, but I will have a list of what I’d like to do there. I’m a big fan of lists. I need to be a bit more spontaneous, but my slight OCD doesn’t really allow me to do that.
When is your next one?
My husband and I got married in January and haven’t had the opportunity to take our honeymoon yet due to work and me moving up north to Toronto, but we’ve finally have some free time and will be heading to Mauritius. I’ve never been and I’m really looking forward to exploring the country and local culture!
Any advice you would like to give to your fellow travelers?
The best advice I could give to my fellow travelers would be to explore the different countries. The ones most people haven’t heard of and to really immerse yourself with the culture as much as possible. I believe by doing this not only do you gain a wonderful experience but usually a different perspective on life and yourself.
Still curious about Habon?