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Our TCT, Suzette, did not come to play! We love a TCT with real travel hacks. She's got you on, securing vegan eats abroad, your next destination, your next hotel, and how to do it all on a budget! Want to learn more about Suzette and her travel tips? Keep Reading!
Tell us about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What inspires you to travel?
My name is Suzette Burton and aside from being a traveler, I am a filmmaker and producer originally from Nyack, New York. I attended film school at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and graduated in 2006. Since being out of school I have co produced the feature documentary Daddy Don't Go directed by Emily Abt. It was also executive produced by Omar Epps and Malik Yoba. Throughout the years I worked for companies such as Blumhouse, Pureland Pictures, Unladylike2020, WEtv, BET, and The Moth to name a few. Currently I am directing several films that are in development.
As a child, I have always been inspired to travel. I used to love to take road trips because they felt like mini-vacations. When I joined Instagram, I was so inspired by all of the travel influencers taking pictures and videos in beautiful places. Other people sharing their travels on social media made me want to jump up and get on the plane right away. I also enjoy experiencing different cultures. Whether it is trying new food or learning about their history, I love it. Oh, and I LOVE the beach... so much!
How many countries have you visited and which destination is your favorite? Why?
So far I've been to 14 countries. I can say my favorites were South Africa, Indonesia, and Jamaica. I loved South Africa because for the first time I got to see the penguins in Capetown and I fell in love! I also visited the beautiful table mountain. While I was in Indonesia, I stayed in Bali and Nusa Penida and the beaches are breathtaking. I ended up climbing the kelingking mountain which was crazy but I'm glad to say that I did it. I also stayed in some amazing airbnbs. One is called Batan Sabo in Nusa Penida. The others are called Skai Joglo and The Lovely Jungle View Villa. I love Jamaica because of the beautiful island weather and the beaches as well. I stayed in the RIU and rode on horses in the mountains for the first time. I also love Reggae music so much and when I was there we partied in Negril a few times which was really fun.
We are always interested in careers that allow for frequent travel. What are the travel perks that come with being a director and filmmaker?
Some of the travel perks that come with being a director and filmmaker are sometimes being able to work on a freelance gig remotely while not on set. That is what I did when I visited Germany specifically. In the past I've had producing jobs that I can do from anywhere which has allowed me for the flexibility to travel. Also certain projects are only for a duration of time so when the gig is over you can take that opportunity to travel to many places in between. The main important thing is your budget and if it allows you to do so. My plan is to also partner and collaborate more with hotels, tourist boards, airlines, retreats and brands to create content for them and feature it on my page. I've recently joined Curacity which gives you great discounts on hotels in exchange for content.
What is the one thing in your carry-on you can't leave without?
The one thing in my carryon that I can't leave without has now become my camera equipment and makeup lol.
For the Vegan members of our audience, or those looking to eat more plant-based, how do you navigate Veganism when away from home?
The ways that I've navigated veganism when away from home is by looking on two apps that let you know about great restaurants in the area that you are staying in. One is called Abillion. You can review restaurants and vegan products on their app as well as look for vegan restaurants that others have reviewed. The website to download the app is https://www.abillion.com/ and my referral code is SUZBURTON. Also the other great app is called Happy Cow. Their website has helped me navigate through China, Bali, Germany, and Paris while trying to find vegan restaurants to feature on my web series The Ultimate Vegan Brunch Tour @theutimateveganbrunchtour. They have options everywhere. My favorite vegan restaurants that I featured are Abattoir Vegetal In Paris and Zest Ubud in Bali.
Where else can folks find you?
Folks can also find me on TikTok under @happylifesuz and on Youtube under Happy Life Suz: https://www.youtube.com/user/suzyfied
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