Storyteller Teresa Keane | Independent Travel Help

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This Culture with Travel interview is with Storyteller Teresa Keane of Independent Travel Help

Tell us a bit about yourself! Why do you love travel? How do you think travel unites us or teaches us more about the world?

I have a need to travel and explore the world around me. I love the challenge of traveling, the unique experiences I gain from the people I meet (other travelers and locals alike), and seeing the wonders (manmade and natural) of this incredible world we live in. Every time I travel, I seem to have at least one random, heartwarming moment from an interaction with another traveller or local.

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What surprising aspect of culture do you love about where you’re from (your specific town/city) that travelers may not be aware of?

I would say it’s the Liverpudlian spirit: friendly and fun-loving. That is why I love Liverpool so much.

Which dish do you feel best represents where you’re specifically from? Share a picture and tell us why you love it!

It would have to be a cream tea – a scone with jam and clotted cream accompanied by a pot of tea, although I have mine with coffee, being a coffee-lover. A cream tea is a delicious British tradition.

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Share about a custom/tradition you observe, and talk about the role of family in your life. What does family mean to you?

I have a big, extended family, but my parents immediately spring to mind when I think about family. That’s because they are and have been so supportive of me and everything I have done. I might have worried my mum a few times on my travels, but they have always been there for me. My parents are my biggest supporters.

Art and dance can tell a deeper story about local culture. Tell us the story of a specific artwork or dance that has a meaning for you. Share a photo, if you can.

It has to be the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, which is one of two cathedrals in Liverpool. I have chosen this because the story is so interesting, and it demonstrates the local spirit. It doesn’t look like a cathedral at all, but then it wasn’t originally designed to look like that.

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There were much grander plans, which you only discover when you visit the Crypt. If you visit the cathedral, it’s definitely worth going down to the Crypt.

Languages not only give us the power to communicate but also can unite us across cultures. Share a favorite saying you have.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” I have chosen this saying because, although I enjoy writing, sometimes you need nothing more than a photograph.

Have you ever met a stranger during your travels who made an impact on your life in a certain way, or maybe it was you who helped someone else? Share the story!

I have more than one story, but I suppose the one that stands out was a local guy called Andi in Tirana, Albania. He literally went out of his way to help me while he was on his way to work. It’s ironic because, before I left, so many women were concerned for my safety when I told them I was going to Albania. The thing is, I met so many welcoming, helpful, friendly locals during my time there. You can read more about this particular encounter.

Teresa Keane talks about expat life and independent travel for women aged 35+. Follow her journey on Independent Travel Help, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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