Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Bebe.
Debbie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I first started traveling in 2015. The previous year my fiance passed away a month before the wedding and I realized life was short. My heart was broken and I needed a good distraction. I used some of my savings and put it into traveling. I had always wanted to go to Paris! I even took French in high school! Sadly, I only remember ten words from those classes haha.
I fell in love with traveling after that! I had a new perspective on life. I saw how other people lived, what they ate and experienced different cultures. I now have a blog and Instagram where I give other travelers tips and tricks on places I’ve been. I’m learning new things every day to improve my blog and Instagram and hopefully can only grow from there.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One struggle along the way was finding the right group of friends to travel with. I went to Japan and the 6 of us had different ideas of what we wanted to do and where to go. 6 people not getting along in a small, cramped Airbnb in a different country that spoke an entirely different language made the tension high. Least to say I only talk to 1 person from that trip now.
Now I travel with a good set of 5-6 people. We are in tuned with each other and pick up where the others can’t and we have lots of jokes and good memories during the trip. We have one guy that’s good at finding unique Airbnbs/ Hotels with good prices, one guy is good with directions and train/subway tickets, one person has an eye for great picture spots and another is good at scheduling the itinerary.
My advice would be to find someone who has the same traveling ideas as you. Make sure you guys are on the same page (this is why I come up with itineraries) and you both want similar experiences. Someone who is deathly afraid of large animals and all you want to do is ride a camel, stay at a Giraffe hotel and wash an elephant is probably not the person you want to take on that trip.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
For my day job, I deal with the e-commerce side of fashion websites. I’ve always loved fashion and got a BFA in Fashion Design.
For my Instagram, I specialize in finding cool travel spots, local spots and outfit inspiration. I’m most proud of the travel tips I give, fun facts about the place, how to get there, ticket prices and if it’s dog-friendly or not.
I believe some of my pictures and travel spots set me apart from others. Although I also like the tourist spots so my Instagram is half new spots and half you’ve seen already. Hopefully to a new traveler, I am showing them cool tourist spots though! I am always on the lookout for more hole-in-the-wall places so I will add more of those.
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Get a mentor. Find someone you look up to and motivates you. They’ll teach you everything they know and will open up your network.
Bath picture: Emmy Tang; Photos taken by Theresa Huynh, Lena Lieu and Nick Trujillo