Today we are traveling with Alexandra from Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler.
My name is Alexandra Kovacova, I am 31 and I was born in a small town in Eastern Slovakia. My main blog Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler is mostly about adventure and spa, solo travel, female travel, nature, yoga and healthy lifestyle and simply anything interesting I do while on the road.
What type of traveler would you say are you?
Now, definitely a luxury traveler but years ago I started as a backpacker on a budget as most of others. I love wellness, swimming pools, good food and being taken care of so decided to start writing about these things which is why I shifted the way I travel.
What’s inside your backpack? What is that one thing that you ALWAYS have to carry?
Coconut oil, I use it for almost anything, it’s my life saver! It forms 90% of my cosmetics. Then of course cameras, laptop, phone and chargers, but all those things are obvious 🙂
What should we know about eating healthy and doing yoga?
Well, I’ve been always into sports and somehow intuitively avoiding unhealthy food. Already at the University, I had worked as a healthy lifestyle consultant, and then started practicing yoga since May 2012. Now I cannot imagine a day without yoga.
I have been mostly raw vegan (let’s say 80%) since June 2013 and it has had a tremendous effect on me. I got rid of many illnesses that most people consider ”normal” but should not be normal. I can finally breathe better, have more energy, clear mind, better mood and my health improved overall. I also try to avoid chemicals in both food and cosmetics and don’t put anything on me that I would not eat, too. Finally now I am translating my ebook into English about “How to stay fit when traveling”, (the Slovak version has been for sale for more than a year already) so soon you’ll be able to check it out if you are interested in this topic.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Swimming with piranhas and caimans? Jumping out of a plane? Or another one that we don’t know yet?
Hmmm so many! For me, crazy is not what others might think. I do not dance naked and wasted on tables 😀 It’s paragliding, scuba diving, sky diving, taking photos from the very edge of high mountains, getting super close with dangerous animals or sometimes simply walking barefoot in the jungle.
Cut your hair by yourself? Still doing that? Any other unspeakable secret to tell us?
Haha! Yeah I do cut my own hair with scissors. Why to waste time and money on something I can do myself? I love water, sea and swimming pools but I almost died in the Ocean twice. So now I won’t go into the sea when there’s huge waves, no way!
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How many languages do you speak?
I speak 4 languages fluently and understand many more, as they are very similar 🙂
You are living full time out of blogging since 2010, and running 3 blogs. How do you have time for everything? Can you tell us your secret?
Yes, that’s right. Time? It’s the only thing I could never get enough! The secret is I spend 90% of my time on the main blog and the other two are there only when I remember it 🙂 I do go crazy sometimes wishing I had more time but then… even if I worked on my blogs 24/7 all my life, I could never finish everything 😀 So gotta enjoy life doing other things, too, right?
Can you tell us about your experience living in Madrid? How do you like Spanish food?
I did eat meat when I studied in Madrid for 6 months, that’s true, but I never liked meat, except chicken and turkey, and no sea food. The only thing I enjoyed were vegetarian paellas, fish and tortilla. But nowadays, I don’t eat anything of that :/
I fell in love with Madrid when living there. I love Retiro and the museums so much! Also, the shopping in the city centre, Spanish culture in general and the language is my favorite. OMG, we had so many parties there!
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What’s the big reason why you are traveling?
I have just one life and want to live it to the fullest, every single day. The stereotype does not let us enjoy, the days seem the same when we do not travel.
Can you tell us about your longest trip? How long was it and which places did you go to? How much was your budget?
Hm my longest trips were always for around 6 months as then I go back to Slovakia or for Christmas with family, or to enjoy the summer weather. For example, I spent half a year in South America, and then also in Panama and Costa Rica.
I have published articles on my blog about my expenses, so you can have a look there. On average, I spend max 1,000 euros per month when traveling.
In all the trips you’ve done, what has been your favorite so far? And why?
Difficult to choose just one trip but maybe South America. I am a big nature lover so spending a few months hiking the Andes close to animals was unforgettable! And those views!
What’s your favorite gastronomy/food cuisine that you had in your travels?
Hmm. Italian might be the tastiest but also the most unhealthy 😀 I love tropical fruit, young coconuts and raw vegan salads, smoothies and juices so anywhere tropical I can get them, is my favorite 🙂
Has there been any challenging and bad moments in your travel? Can you tell us about the experience?
Oh yes, you can never plan enough. There’s always things that do not work out and you gotta learn from it and go with the flow. My worst moments were for example, when I was in the Philippines and my uncle died of cancer back home. He was just 39 and I didn’t say bye to him. Was super painful not being able to be with my family at that time.
I also hated when my laptop with all my work, photos and prepared articles from a 3-month trip was stolen in Mexico. All the other challenging moments happened also because I was supposed to learn something from them, change some things and move on. They were difficult as they happen, but now when I look at them when some time has passed, I see clearly why they need to happen.
What has been you favorite destination on all the trips you’ve done? Please tell us why.
Definitely Mexico. It has it all – beaches, lovely language I understand, really nice people, tasty cuisine (even though I don’t eat most of it), mountains, animals, attractions … and every state is slightly different.
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best? Can you tell us more.
The best would be maybe one of the last places – Samabe private villas in Bali where I had a super expensive luxury villa with a private pool just to myself.
The worst? Fuu, cannot think of any.
Are you planning for a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
I have plans since January and to be honest, it’s the first time in 12 years I’ve been living and traveling abroad that I have no plans. But for now it’s good, I need to relax so we will see. Any ideas? 🙂
Wonderful interview. Thank you for your time, Alexandra!
Cutting her own hair? So crazy! Now, you know, it’s possible traveling around the world full time. Did you know about Alexandra before?
If you want to find out more about Alexandra and her travel adventures, make sure to check her website, Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler. If you love Spa adventures, then her long time adventure and spa project might be good for you. Feel free to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.