5 Minutes With Jessica Lipowski

For McCool Travel’s 133rd travel interview, I am happy to present Jessica Lipowski. Jessica co-hosts two of my favorite Twitter chats, #TRLT and #CultureTrav. Please also see the published interviews with her co-host friends Shane Dallas and Nicolette Orlemans.
Jessica Lipowski‘s bio: “Jessica Lipowski is the author of Flavors of Life (2016), a non-fiction book detailing the life stories of 62 entrepreneurs from 41 different countries. Regardless of origin or background, one thing unites these people: all own a restaurant in Amsterdam. With previous journalistic work published on 10Best.com (part of USA Today) and in The Washington Times, Jessica is now an author. The book, in combination with Jessica’s past work experience, travels, and life as an expat, has enabled her to view food, travel, and culture through a different lens.”

McCool travel interview with Jessica Lipowski
Jessica Lipowski

Jessica Lipowski

Hometown …
Detroit, Michigan
Always in my luggage …
Passport, toothbrush, and appropriate chargers
3 favorite home-away-from-home places …

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Dana Point, California

A favorite travel memory is …
the trip my aunt, mom, cousin, and I embarked on to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. From incredible safaris, where we saw the “Big Five” and wild dogs, wine tasting in Stellenbosch, and visiting the home of Nelson Mandela to the apartheid museum and experiencing the power and beauty of Victoria Falls, the tour was truly a trip of a lifetime. Combined with the all-female family trip aspect, the memories we created will stay with us forever.

McCool travel interview with Jessica Lipowski
Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa

3 favorite travel brands …

  1. Celebrity Cruises
  2. Emirates Airlines
  3. AirBnB

3 money-saving travel tactics I use (before trips) are …

  1. cooking in
  2. saving up all my loose change
  3. making the most of my current wardrobe

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. sitting at a sidewalk café and people watch
  2. wandering around the city to explore every nook and cranny
  3. taking a few pictures along the way to capture the memories.

8 word (or less) travel mantra …
Live in and appreciate the moment.
favorite non-travel website …
most memorable souvenir …
the hat I purchased in the south of Portugal. I do not buy many souvenirs, so it really has to speak to me to bring it home. I just like the way this hat makes me feel: beautiful.

McCool Travel interview with Jessica Lipowski
Jessica Lipowski in Portugal

favorite cheap eat …
coney dogs. These are a Detroit specialty. Coney dogs are hot dogs topped with chili, mustard, and onions. You cannot find them outside of the metro Detroit area.

McCool travel interview with Jessica Lipowski
Coney Dogs in Detroit, by Jessica Lipowski

recent discovery …
I recently learned about this incredible sustainable house in Rotterdam. This woman lives in an experimental greenhouse. Pretty amazing!
I am fortunate to have met …
I am fortunate to have met Savannah Grace. We were first introduced through the #TTOT Twitter chat and later realized we were living in the same country. We finally met in person in Amsterdam in 2013. Through her, I hopped on other travel-related Twitter chats, including #TRLT and #CultureTrav, and have since met other amazing travellers, including Nicolette Orlemans and Shane Dallas. These communities have introduced me to some amazing people.
I would like to meet …
I would like to meet and share a meal with Anthony Bourdain.

McCool travel interview with Jessica Lipowski
Amsterdam canal by Jessica Lipowski

Thank you so much, Jessica, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.
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McCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Previous 5 Minutes post: Carmen Edelson of Carmen’s Luxury Travel.
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