Maybe ‘travel blogger interview’ isn’t the best title for today’s interview, ‘travel TV star and alternative fashion guru interview’ would maybe be more representative, but I am a creature of habit and so I shall stick with what I know.  But, today’s interviewee is that little bit more than a blogger.  New to me (bad form I know, i’m sorry), but well known throughout Canada, the USA, Hawaii, Japan … the list goes on … today we talk to a CNN, AOL, Huffington Post and National Geographic journalist and reporter.  I reckon her CV looks half decent!


1. Name: La Carmina
2. Age: The undead are ageless
3. Twitter Handle: @lacarmina
4. URL:
5. Home Town: Vancouver, BC, Canada
6. Current Location: Vancouver
7. … Business or pleasure? Home for a brief respite… before I go back on the road in September.

8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.

At the moment, I’m focusing on travel TV hosting, and writing for my blog ( and Huffington Post. I recently appeared in several episodes of Food Network’s World’s Weirdest Restaurants, and worked on National Geographic’s Taboo and a German TV show. You can see my TV clips, including Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, at LaCarmina – YouTube .  Just wrapped filming with Discovery’s Oddities, and did press trips to Maui and Europe (Berlin, Leipzig, Prague) to make travel videos. No bad bits, except missing my Scottish Fold cat while I’m on the road!

La Carmina


9. First travel experience? When I was about a year old, my parents took me to Hong Kong for the first of many times.

10. Future travel plans? Hong Kong is in the near future, as well as Tokyo. I’m keen to explore more of Asia, especially Singapore and Taiwan.

11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why? Dubai is on the top of the list. I’m fascinated by the culture and insane growth, and want to witness it first-hand.

12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Anywhere that’s infested with mosquitoes, my worst enemy. Obviously, I’m not the camping type.

13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?

  • iPhone,
  • laptop,
  • digital camera,
  • sunscreen,
  • sunglasses

14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?

“Don’t be a tuna head.”

Especially when you’re meeting people and experiencing new cultures.

15. Worst?

“Give up, you have no chance of making it.”

16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?

Now is the time. Be bold — book the plane ticket, launch the project, get your art out there. You never know how far it can take you.

La Carmina


17. Favourite ice cream flavour? Yuzu (my favorite fruit, a Japanese citrus)

18. Apple or Andriod? I like my iPhone.

19. Blogger or WordPress? WordPress on a self-hosted domain, hands down, no argument.

20. Hostel or hotel? Hotel or short-term apartment rental. You can find great rentals for around the price of a hostel.

21. Guilty pleasure? Can’t say it in public… so let’s go with opera cake.

22. Your chosen super-power? Cat-power – My Scottish Fold cat seems to possess super powers – Infinite zen wisdom and ability to get anyone in his presence to serve his every whim!

23. Airplane seat – isle, centre or window? Aisle

24. What song/album are you listening to right now? Lights Of Euphoria -True Life. A great message in the lyrics.


25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …

La Carmina’s travel, style and alternative culture blog – – has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Vogue, Washington Post. She’s a Huffington Post journalist, author of 3 books (Penguin and Random House), and hosts TV shows for Discovery, National Geographic, Food Network, Travel Channel and more. Visit her site for spooky-cute Harajuku fashion, Goth nightlife, youth subcultures, avant garde art, theme restaurants and earless cats.


If you’d like to be interviewed for just drop me an email ( and we can easily arrange something. I do have a few rules though …

  • No more than 3 backlinks in your piece (not including the questions 3 and 4, you get those for free).
  • Once published on my site, the interview must then be linked somewhere on your own site.
  • Once published on my site, you should visit and ‘like’ my facebook page. (shameless i know)
  • I reserve the right remove any answers or links that I deem unsuitable for my site.