Expert Spotlight: Chaza
Born, lived, studied, guided, trekked, researched, eaten, taught and volunteered in more than 90 countries worldwide, Kensington’s award-winning team of Destination Experts are bounded by passion and drive to discover the new and unknown. We could go on forever about how awesome our team is, but we’d rather let them speak for themselves. Check out our quick-fire round of questions and answers – dealing with travel and beyond – with Central & South America Destination Expert, Chaza F.
What’s the first thing you do when you land in a new country?
Go to my hotel, check-in, freshen up then set out on foot to explore the new ‘hood. Grab a bite to eat, maybe enjoy a drink somewhere. Relax and soak it in as I most likely just got off of a long flight and want to prepare for the adventure ahead.
If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Does wine count as a food? Cacio e pepe (a simple, but extremely delicious pasta dish that translates to “cheese and pepper”) that my Nona used to make, the cheeseburger at the now closed Harbord Room in Toronto, and peanut butter. Any kind of peanut butter.
What’s the strangest experience you’ve ever had while traveling?
Tossup between eating bizarre foods like bugs or brains, or crossing paths with someone you know from high school or met on another trip. Seriously, don’t be afraid to try different foods when you’re traveling, you might be surprised!
What’s the single must-must-must-do experience in your sales region?
Now that I have been, star gazing in Atacama. It’s impossible to describe how beautiful the night sky is out in the desert. But, Machu Picchu is of course a bucket list item for most people.
What should you always be sure to have in your carry-on?
An obvious but extremely important one – your passport!
What do you always forget to pack?
Phone charger. Now I have a collection from all the different countries I’ve traveled to.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read this week?
Charles Darwin – Voyage of the Beagle. After getting back from my recent trip to the Galapagos I was inspired to start reading it.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
Getting to know different cultures and customs. Meeting new people that become friends for life. And of course, the food!
Where are you headed next?
To learn more about traveling to South & Central America with Kensington Tours, email Chaza at email@example.com