Behind the Scenes: Interview with Our Magazine Editor, Kenza Moller
So good to have you join WildJunket team! Tell us a bit more about yourself.
Thanks! I grew up in the Dominican Republic, but moved to Victoria, Canada for university four years ago. I’ve always loved writing – as a kid, I’d make my family read my awful homemade newspaper – and I’m hoping to make it my future. I’m a sucker for good coffee and animals, and while traveling, there’s nothing I prefer to scuba diving, caves, and inspiring stories.
What has been your best travel experience?
Being in Colombia’s Salt Cathedral was pretty amazing – it was breathtaking to know that I was wandering around miles below earth. I also loved jumping down waterfalls at Dominican Republic’s 27 Charcos, and I’d like to get back to the Grand Canyon for a hike at some point.
What are some of the places you want to go before you die?
I hate to say this, because it’s so stereotypical, but Australia – I read Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburnt Country ages ago and fell in love with the country from afar. I’d also like to visit the Galapagos, Brazil, Thailand, Italy…. The more time I spend on Pinterest, the longer the list gets. There’s too many cool places to see!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?
I’m kind of a sissy when it comes to bungee jumping or anything that makes me feel like I’ve left my stomach a few meters behind the rest of my body (skydiving, rollercoasters, even high dives get me), so I don’t have a long list of daredevil moments. A couple of years ago, while visiting my parents in the Dominican Republic, I saw a puppy being abused and took it away from its owners. I still think it’s odd that one of my most daring and proudest moments could probably be classified under ‘theft.’
What’s been the strangest meal of your travels so far?
Luckily, as a vegetarian, I don’t have to deal with anything too wild. I was unknowingly fed octopus once, and wasn’t the biggest fan of it.
Where are some of the most disappointing and surprising places you’ve been?
I was really surprised by the Grand Canyon – I thought seeing a postcard would be the same thing, but was proven wonderfully wrong. I was also taken aback by California, since all you really see in the media is its beautiful beaches. Don’t get me wrong, I love beaches, but I was surprised to discover Mammoth Lakes and the massive Redwood trees. I wasn’t expecting that much variety.
I have yet to really be disappointed by a place – I think it entirely depends on what you’re checking out there. I’m hoping to keep it that way!
Which of your photos is your absolute favorite? Share it with us!
I think it’d have to be this one, from Cartagena, Colombia. There were so many different blue hues in it. At the same time, I need to take about 3,000 photos to get 30 decent ones, so there’s not too much competition among my few good photos!
Describe your dream trip!
I’m already planning it! I’ve always wanted to travel the world with my brother, and now that we’re both wrapping up our degrees, we can actually start saving up for it. We’ve already got a few destinations pinned down as ‘must-visit’s. My dream trip would be unrushed and include a lot of scuba diving, caving, tree climbing, and delicious food. It’d also be great if I could fit a tall ship in there at some point.
What is one item you can never travel without?
I’m tempted to say a camera, but actually, I can’t travel without a notebook. I’ve got the memory of a goldfish, so I write down everything I know I’ll want to remember later. Sometimes it’s interesting facts for an article, sometimes it’s just a funny moment that I’ll want to keep for my personal memory bank – either way, it’s pretty essential.
Who is/are the best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while traveling?
When I was pretty young, actually, I ended up sitting next to a woman whose entire career was focused on traveling. She was so open and had so many amazing adventures to recount that I was in awe. She ended up sending me pictures of the places she visited for the next year or so after that. I remember thinking that I wanted to grow up to be like her.
As for terrible flight mates, I think airlines and airplanes in general bring out the worst in people. I think it’s tied between a crying baby and a man who continuously snapped his gum throughout a six-hour flight. Sometimes you just wish humans came with a mute button.
Would you rather live without the internet for a year or without travel?
That’s a tough question – I rely on the internet to keep in touch with family and friends back at home, and it’s also how I get work done. If a magic genie gave me an unlimited amount of free travel, I’d happily give up the internet – otherwise, I think I’d have to (shamefully!) choose the internet.
Do you prefer the mountain, beach, or city?
Beaches, all the way! Mountains are great, and cities are fun to explore, but water sports will always be my favorite. Scuba diving is like exploring an entirely new world, and sailing is always a good time (unskilled as I am).
Thanks for the interview, you’ve been granted one wish. What will it be?
I’d like to be able to tell a fantastic story on my deathbed.