Bisa started her blog Myles to Travel in 2016 after she finished treatment for breast cancer. Although she loved to travel before her diagnosis, traveling became an essential part of her healing process and survivorship plan. When she is not working her full-time gig as an accountant, she is traveling and pursuing a career in freelance writing and photography.
She was kind enough to answer some of our questions about travel below!
Bisa: I took my first trip out of the country when I was 31 to London and I was hooked. I've been taking at least one trip a year for the past 6 years. I created Myles to Travel two years ago.
Bisa: I share posts about my experiences as a cancer survivor, a minority, a plus-size and solo traveler.
Bisa: My favorite vacation was to Turkey because it was my first solo trip out of the country. It is also one of my favorite countries because of the history and culture.
Bisa: Top of the list right now is South Africa.
Bisa: I always travel with a pen and paper. I like to take notes and journal.
Bisa: Be flexible and don't over-plan and try to schedule ever aspect of your trip.
Bisa: Ottsworld.com; Dangerous-Business.com; ExpertVagabond.com; Midwest Travel Network (Facebook Group); Curvy Kili Group (Private Facebook Group).
Bisa: I subscribe to Airfare Spot and Scott's Cheap Flights emails and Facebook page. I also use Hopper App to track flights. The app tells you when to buy your plane ticket and how much you could save.
Bisa: I think most travelers worry too much about not knowing the country's language. When I was in Istanbul I got lost and don't speak Turkish. I was almost in tears but strangers who couldn't speak English went out of their way to help me. I met a guy who offered to walk me to my destination. I thought he was going to rob me and I ditched him. After another man guided me to the same location, I realized the first man was only trying to help.
Bisa: I was scammed by the taxi drivers in Istanbul. I didn't see the warning at the hostel until afterwards. The driver didn't use a meter and over-charged me. He also didn't take me all the way to the hostel. He dropped me off a block away and just pointed in a direction. I had to ask a store owner to give me directions back to my hostel.
I've also used Uber in Dubai and Mexico where the driver would cancel the reservation 5 minutes or less before arrival time and state it was my fault; in turn I was charged a $5 cancellation fee. I was able to dispute the charges but received bad ratings because of it. Travelers should be aware of these kind of scams.
Bisa: My favorite country for food is Thailand. It's probably not a surprise to people. My favorite dish to eat while I was there was the papaya salad. I never had it before in the U.S. and haven't been able to find it in any Thai restaurants.
Bisa: The most beautiful and affordable city I've visited is Chiang Mai Thailand. I stayed four nights in a hotel for $134. The food is very cheap. My favorite thing about is the combination of mountains and city views.
Bisa: I hate when tourists don't do their research about the customs of a country before they visit. When I visited the temples in Thailand, so many people came dressed inappropriately and didn't bring something to cover up. Although something can be provided for you, I think if they did research they would have known before arriving. Some places are so crowded that it would speed up lines if more people would come prepared.