Why We Love Deana Saukam
Deana is special to us because she epitomizes the heart of a traveler. She’s brave, fearless, headstrong; bold and proud of it. We never cease to be inspired by her unending devotion to exploring the world and generously sharing her discoveries.
Deana is an adventurer at heart. Take a peek through her Instagram and you’ll find her riding camels, snorkeling in the Maldives or bathing in a bamboo tub between tea fields in China. Or here, learning a new move.
Deana's unofficial motto? 'Keep calm and carry noodles.' Fermented mudfish paste and chili paste come in handy too.
Deana’s Travel Essentials
- Organic and all natural, easy for on-the-go
- My favorite Japanese pens in multiple colors
- A million bikinis - because you never know when you'll need a swimsuit.
- My Spotify playlists
- Sara Happ lip scrub and lip balm + Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
- My Sony RXiii camera. It's the perfect size to carry, shoot discreetly and take with me anywhere I go for the perfect shot.
- My notebook - because I'm always working, especially when I'm on the road
- My Tecovas Leather Duffle Bag and my Gucci Velvet Jacquard Travel Bag: I take these with me every time I travel, they're perfect travel companions.
What’s your favorite food you have to convince people to try?
Uni - sea urchin. Most people I know are huge fans, but every now and then I’ll meet someone who’s never had it and they’re a little uneasy but they usually all come around. :)
What do you think is the closest thing to real magic?
Kittens. The perfect bite. Afternoon naps. Falling asleep on one side of the world and waking up on the other side. Pizza in a bathtub. The way a person’s face lights up when you show them something they’ve never experienced before and they love it - love at first sight. Ranch Dressing. Cool Ranch Doritos. Spotify premium. Making new friends.
If you could choose a BFF from any era (dead or alive!) who would it be and why?
All of the BFFs I have now! I can’t live without them and no one I know dead or alive would accept me and my shenanigans into their hearts like my current BFFs already do. :)
Who’s been the biggest influence/guiding force behind what you do?
My friends, family and food.
What’s your favorite go-to comfort food?
NOODLES. In any way, shape, form or sauce.
What’s your favorite smell in the whole wide world?
Garlic hitting a sizzling, hot pan in my mother’s kitchen.
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