Travel Blogger Series: Legal Nomads

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Eat your way around the world with Jodi Ettenberg!

	Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg

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Nov 29, 2012 —  While constantly researching the greatest places to go around the world, we often come across incredible writers and photographers who share in our neverending quest. We thought you should meet some of the best we've discovered along the way:

Jodi Ettenberg was born in Montreal and has been eating her way around the world since April 2008. She is also the founder of Legal Nomads, which chronicles worldwide travel and food adventures. Prior to founding Legal Nomads in 2008, Jodi worked for several years as a corporate lawyer in New York City. She gets the shakes when she goes too long without eating sticky rice.

How did you get into travel writing?

I started writing a blog for my mother to follow my whereabouts as I quit [my job] to travel. I never expected it to become a new career, but as the readership expanded, I thought I would see where it took me. I'm very grateful for the twists and turns, including the new book on food, as well as a great, engaged community of readers who are passionate about the world.

Tell us a story about the strangest/craziest/funniest thing that’s happened to you while writing about travel.

I've been shat on by 12 birds and one bat in my time on the road. I've yet to figure out why - was I a cat in my past life? A duck hunter? Either way, the birds have stepped up their game because I've just been hit in the head with a pigeon who flew into my forehead when I was visiting my brother in England. I am concerned the vendetta has been taken to a new level! ;)

What’s your favorite part of writing about travel?

Exploring a destination through its food, and hopefully convincing people to think about the world in a different way in the process. I'd be writing about travel even if I wasn't doing so online or for work - I've always loved to write, needed to write to clear my head and think more solidly about what I was living [sic]. But in sharing those thoughts with the world - be it the history of table condiments or quirkier tips from years of travel - I hope I can inspire others to see the world as an interconnected place full of fascinating people and delicious foods.

What are your favorite travel destinations and why?

I don't have a favourite place, to be honest! I have many memories that make me smile, places that will always make me nostalgic for the time I was there - El Nido in the Philippines, Bangkok, Thailand, the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, Hpa-An in Myanmar. But every place has its own stories and the enjoyable part is not just the visit but that moment when you realize you've connected with the destination on a more visceral level. Each of the places I mentioned were ones where I ended up staying put for longer, digging under the surface for more than just beautiful sights. And I've made some life-long friends and learned how to cook new meals in the process - what's better than that?

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Anika M. Dec 2, 2012
One of my favorite ways to explore other cultures is through their food!

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