5 Minutes With Andrea Feczko

For McCool Travel’s 91st travel interview, I am excited to present Andrea Feczko. Andrea is a popular online and onscreen personality. She is a YouTube sensation and is in front of the camera for many shows. If you have not already seen Vacation Chasers, with her friend Rachel Rudwall (my interview last week), set your DVR or catch it online. They are funny and entertaining, along with being creative and well-traveled.
Andrea’s bio:
“Andrea Feczko (pronounced ON-dree-uh FETCH-koh) is a TV Personality, Writer, Producer, and YouTube Celebrity. She doesn’t like to sleep. Currently, you can catch her planning extravagant vacations and getting the ‘W’ on HLN’s original travel competition series Vacation Chasers. Andrea’s also a Host and Senior Producer at the new 24/7 international cable network The QYOU. When Andrea’s not hosting her own shows, she enjoys being a correspondent on NBC’s First Look and VICE. When it comes to the online world, Andrea’s YouTube videos have over 250 million combined views. Her Kesha Parody alone clocks in at over 130 million views and was recently declared the #1 Most Viewed Parody on YouTube of All Time. Just call her Weird Al 2.0. Andrea’s quick wit and fun energy has landed her on MTV, FX, Fuse, SyFy, KCAL, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, EPIX, and many more.”

Andrea Feczko photo
Andrea Feczko

Andrea Feczko

Troy, Michigan
Always in my luggage…
I always have my high top wedge sneakers wherever I go—if it’s for an episode of Vacation Chasers or through the airport—I am always in them! I also always bring two scarves on the plane, because they make a great pillow and/or blanket. And I bring lots of emergen-c. I don’t get many days off anymore so I want to make sure I’m healthy and up for adventure wherever I go!
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…

  1. New York City will always be home. I went to uni there and absolutely fell in love with the City. It may or may not have had anything to do with my obsession with Sex and The City at the time.
  2. Ibiza is the home I wish I had! I’m really into the dance music scene, but also the beaches are hard to beat!
  3. And I love Sydney. It’s the first place I ever visited and the people are absolutely amazing. I love Australians. I want to be Australian. I am trying to be a good girl so I can come back as an Australian.

A favorite travel memory is…
Well, now that I think about it, one of my favorite travel memories was when I was 14. I had just taken my first international flight from Michigan to Sydney and went straight to a McDonald’s. I know, so American. But, the woman at the cashier said “What would you like, Love?” It was the first person, besides a family member, that ever said the L word to me. Of course, it wasn’t meant in anyway besides a casual greeting, but I thought, if this is how people speak to you at a McDonald’s in this country, then I am sold to the highest bidder!
3 favorite travel brands…

  1. Virgin America
  2. Uber
  3. WhatsApp

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

  1. I am a firm believer in collecting points and loyalty reward programs. I’ve gotten a lot of free upgrades thanks to them!
  2. I also always bring snacks, because spending $50 on a room service breakfast is not the way I want to start my day.
  3. Lastly, I try to use Uber X or the metro in as many places as possible—transportation adds up.

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…

  1. Eating.
  2. Drinking.
  3. Shopping. Underneath it all, I’m a simple girl.

8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Be in the moment.
Favorite non-travel website …
Oh, I love me some dailymail.co.uk. It’s my guilty pleasure website, and there is sometimes nothing more freeing than turning off your brain and looking at a bunch of pictures for a while!

Andrea Feczko photo
Andrea Feczko

Most memorable souvenir …
I collect jewelry wherever I go. My grandmother has this gorgeous ring from Brazil and it inspired me to make every piece from a different place. The most important one, though, was my first ring. I bought a small ruby ring in the Bahamas after an especially terrible break up and it reminded me that life goes on and that I deserve to buy gifts for myself and reward myself for simply getting through the day some days.
Favorite cheap eat …
In and Out. I’ve become so Californian

Andrea Feckco photo with Rachel Rudwall
Andrea Feczko and Rachel Rudwall, Vacation Chasers

Recent discovery …
I do not do well with the Asian time zones! I used to pride myself on adjusting to any and every time zone.
I am fortunate to have met …
So many people. Some people come into your life for a while, some people come in for a flash, and both can have a tremendous impact.
I would like to meet …
The Dalai Lama and one of those Costa Rican sloths I always watch YouTube videos on!

Andrea Feczko photo with Ellie Goulding
Andrea Feczko and Ellie Goulding

Thank you very much, Andrea, for taking the time to share your travel inspiration and tips.
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16 thoughts on “5 Minutes With Andrea Feczko”

  1. Andrea certainly has the whole package. I was tired just reading about her accomplishments. I was recently introduced to her show thru Rachel who was traveling with a mutual friend. The two have a great on camera relationship and I love to see talented women supporting each other. I’m sure they both have great futures ahead of them.

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