Behind the Scenes: Interview with Our Web Editor, Elica Sue

Posted April 24, 2013 by Elica Sue in Blog

Elica and WildJunket Magazine

So good to have you join WildJunket team! Tell us a bit more about yourself.

Thank you! I just graduated an arts school in 2012 with a creative writing major, and am pursuing a linguistics degree (with thoughts of double majoring with a foreign language). My love of languages is what initially got me into wanting to travel, and my love of words is what got me into wanting to be a travel writer. I grew up and reside in southern California, so I’ve been extremely lucky to be surrounded by a diverse pool of people and cultures.

What has been your best travel experience?

Probably snorkeling in Loreto, Baja California. I was hesitant at first because I don’t swim a lot, but I told myself it was a great opportunity. I bit the bullet and jumped in the water. I got to see so many colorful fish, touch a sea star, and get a better look at the sea lions. One of the people I snorkeled with told me she was proud of me afterwards, and I was told I did well. I’m so glad I didn’t let fear get in the way, and I think that’s what travel is teaching me in general.

What are some of the places you want to go before you die?

I’m itching to travel, but even that’s an understatement. Because languages are essentially what got me into traveling, Spain has always been one of my top choices, and I’ve added Argentina to the list of Spanish-speaking countries. I’d love to go to Brazil in South America as well. For some reason, Ireland has always been on my mind since I was a little girl, so that makes the top. India, Tibet, and Norway are other places I’ve dreamed about going, but it’s really difficult to pick, I just want to see the world. All of it.


What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?

I’m not a daredevil, and I might venture to say that I’m the opposite. I’ve been tagged as a quiet, timid, and shy girl, and I haven’t done many daring things in my life (yet). Being at the beginning of the tunnel in my travel life, I’d have to say the most daring thing I’ve done is take on a trip to Loreto, Mexico, for WildJunket. It was the first time I was traveling without any family members, and to be honest I was scared to death when I was asked this trip. But I knew I’d have to take this step eventually, and not to sound cliché, but I think going to Mexico changed my life.

What’s been the strangest meal of your travels so far?

My strangest meal is actually going to be in set in Southern California, because we have a diverse palette of food from various cultures. I’ve only flown over the boarder to Mexico, and their cuisine is common here, and Japanese food is pretty much a norm in my life. Recently, I went to dim sum with my mom and a group of her friends, a few of which knew what to order. One of those items was chicken feet. I loved it. 

Where are some of the most disappointing and surprising places you’ve been?

I don’t think I’ve traveled enough to pinpoint a place I’ve been disappointed in, but I think each place has something amazing to offer to the world. I don’t see myself as the kind of person to hold expectations, because in terms of traveling, everyone has different experiences and sees things in a different way. I’m here to pave my own path. That being said, despite the numerous times I’ve been to Japan, Japan is always surprising to me. There’s always something new going on, something I never noticed before, or I’m visiting during a part of the year I’ve never visited in before. Having and seeing family and friends there is always a big bonus too.

Which of your photos is your absolute favorite? Share it with us!

I was scrolling through my photos, and I re-stumbled on this one. It immediately takes me back to the moment I was in awe with the beauty of Baja California, a part of the world I’d never thought about visiting before. That, the combination of traveling ‘alone’ for the first time, and a girl’s whose dreams were unraveling right before her eyes is what is captured in this photo for me. It takes me back to a moment that I feel changed my life.

VDP Loreto 2012: La Vista, La Vida

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Baja California, Mexico

Describe your dream trip!

My dream trip would probably consist of a world tour of all the countries I’ve ever wanted to visit (anywhere from Ireland, Tibet, and Brazil) by continent. I think I’d have to have someone special with me to share all the good, the bad, the ugly (and the beautiful) to top it all off, too.

What is one item you can never travel without?

The first thing that came to my mind was my camera. I love seeing new places and new things, especially when it’s a complete 180-degree turn from my own life. I like being able to capture new ways of living and aspects of life, and it’s a dream of mine to be able to bring pieces of a place or a country into the homes of people who can’t travel themselves.

Who is/are the best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while traveling?

One time on a stand-by flight from Oregon to California I sat next to an older lady who surprised me with her age (she looked 20 years younger than her actual age!) and she talked forever about anything from loving lentil, to her childhood, to her heritage. I barely got to talk, but my listener instincts kicked in and I had a great time listening to her insight on life.


Would you rather live without the Internet for a year or without travel?

I’d choose the Internet. I’ve gone full years without traveling because I have been (and still am) in school. Though it’s nowhere close to the real thing, the Internet provides me with temporary satisfaction of traveling through my eyes. I’ve added places to my travel list because of photos I’ve seen floating around, and otherwise would have never given them a second thought.

Do you prefer the mountain, beach, or city?

I would definitely say the beach, because I grew up living close to the coast. I can’t imagine living somewhere that doesn’t touch salt water; the ocean has a calming effect on me. I think it’s also really amazing to think about what’s on the other side of the ocean and what other shores the water has touched.

Thanks for the interview. You’ve been granted one wish. What will it be? 

For as long as I can remember, every 11:11 I’ve caught, every birthday that’s passed, every eyelash that’s fallen, it was always difficult for me to think of something to wish for. I realized one night that’s because I was happy and I’ve always been happy—so my one wish would be, simply, to be always happy. 🙂


About the Author

Elica Sue

Elica Sue is WildJunket's web editor and writer specializing in languages and student travel. Based in California, she grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art, and is a student pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, traveling, and learning languages. She blogs at Travelengua.

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