Esther Tseng is a food, drinks, travel and culture writer based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Dwell, SELF and more. 

What does a journey mean to you?

A journey is a process for the traveler, internal and external—even physical or spiritual in nature. Most often, it’s both.

Which country or location most inspires you?

I feel like I could go to Italy a dozen times and have an incredibly diverse range of experiences.

Where would you go back to and why?

Hokkaido, Japan for snowboarding during the winter. The snow is unparalleled, and in combination with the food and culture, is the best way to combine my fiending for adrenaline and love of nature with enjoying some of the best food and whisky found anywhere in the world.

Top insider tip for Los Angeles?

You have to really plan before you go, or the traffic and transportation woes (and the costs therein) will kick you while you’re down. Gather all the places you would like to visit in one neighborhood and hit those for a day or so, then move on to the next.

What journey would you most like to go on?

I would love to go on a tour through Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and others. I’m way overdue for exploring that part of the world!

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