McCool Travel interview with Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

5 Minutes With Dana Williamson Wandering Donut

For McCool Travel’s 152nd travel interview, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Dana Williamson of Wandering Donut. I recently learned about Dana and Wandering Donut from a Facebook post. I do think it is an ideal time to publish her interview since yesterday was National Donut Day. What is Dana and Wandering Donut all about? Read on!

Wandering Donut bio:

Dana Williamson is the 19 year old travel / lifestyle influencer and donut enthusiast better known as the Wandering Donut. This Aussie has been to more countries than years she has been alive and continues to create a name for herself by taking a very ‘awkwardly relatable’ and honest approach to the often luxurious world of travel and social media.

McCool Travel interview with Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

Dana Williamson: Wandering Donut

HOMETOWN …

Newcastle, Australia

ALWAYS IN MY LUGGAGE …

antihistamines (because I am practically allergic to life) and sunglasses

3 FAVORITE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME PLACES …

  1. Portland, OR, USA
  2. Siargao, Philippines
  3. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

A FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY …

Almost being squished by a flying piece of lava at Mt Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Being able to see an active volcano in person was something I never thought I would have ever done but the fact that I got to experience it with my family was more than I ever could have imagined.

3 FAVORITE TRAVEL BRANDS …

  1. skyscanner.com
  2. Jucy Rentals
  3. Topdeck

3 MONEY-SAVING TRAVEL TACTICS I USE …

  1. Make friends all over the world. This seems a little ridiculous but it is actually the best thing you can do for your travels and your bank account! Not only does this open you up for a world of free or cheap accommodation opportunities but also you now have a local to show you around or share hidden secrets/gems about the destination and its surrounds.
  2. When catching up with friends and family you don’t always have to meet up for a coffee or a meal you can have a nice, and might I add free, day at the beach, going for a walk or even having a movie day at home!
  3. Instead of using a money jar as your savings fund. Use it as you allowance for what you can spend at home as you save for a trip.
McCool Travel interview with Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

3 WAYS THAT I HAVE FUN WHILE TRAVELING …

  1. Getting creative with photos.
  2. Dragging friends along for the wild ride.
  3. Finding and trying the best, strangest and most delicious food possible.

8 WORD (OR LESS) TRAVEL MANTRA …

Don’t fear stepping out of your comfort zone.

FAVORITE NON-TRAVEL WEBSITE …

Can I say Instagram? Because it is definitely instagram!

MOST MEMORABLE SOUVENIR  …

A hand painted wood carved bird that I was lucky enough to paint alongside the extraordinarily talented Alebrijes artists in Oaxaca, Mexico.

FAVORITE CHEAP EAT …

Voodoo Doughnuts or if you want to mix it up a little and go for something non donut related Taco Gus in Mexico City will always have a place in my heart and stomach.

McCool Travel interview with Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

RECENT DISCOVERY …

The Great Barrier Reef Drive through the Daintree rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET …

I did meet Zac Efron once but besides that there is no one person in particular rather than all of my fellow travellers that I have met all around the world on my crazy adventures. Some have become my bestfriends, others made a particular trip extra special, somehow there are still a few that I continue to travel with and all of them have played a big part in why I love travel so much.

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET …

Again, not a single person but rather a community of my favourite internet friends who I would love to meet in person eventually.

McCool Travel interview with Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut

Dana Williamson, Wandering Donut


Thank you so much, Dana, for sharing your travel inspiration and tips.

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McCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes travel interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Check out McCool Travel’s previous travel interviews. Previous 5 Minutes travel interview: NOMADasaurus.


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2 Responses to “5 Minutes With Dana Williamson Wandering Donut”

  1. Meggy November 9, 2017 at 5:56 am #

    I like to travel and find interesting posts that I have never read before, so thanks for sharing! Dana Williamson is my inspiration!

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