Guatemalan-born, New Zealand-based drag queen Flor has been competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
What are your strongest memories from the first overseas trip you ever took?
I grew up in Guatemala and the first international trip we took was to Argentina. My memory is of hearing different Spanish accents and slang in Argentina. I couldn’t keep up with some conversations because it was the first time I heard someone talk in Spanish with a different accent and using words I didn’t know existed.
What was a standard family holiday like when growing up?
Who or what has most inspired your travels?
The movies. It’s funny but watching movies and seeing the people travel around the world made me be the crazy one of my family and start travelling, sometimes even on my own.
What is the greatest trip you’ve ever been on?
New Zealand. I’m obsessed with Queenstown, because it was there I saw snow for the first time.
And the worst?
I was in Uruguay, I partied way too hard and that hangover made me hate the day when I had many things to do. But I still made it work.
What’s your approach to packing for a big trip?
Focus on makeup and accessories. I love accessories!
What is the destination that most surprised you – good or bad?
Where was your most memorable sunrise/sunset?
Guatemala’s Atitlan Lake was my favourite sunrise. It was a New Year celebration, and I would never forget that special moment, being around the flora and fauna from my country.
Piha Beach was my most memorable sunset. Feeling the waves and water on my feet while the sun went down was pretty amazing.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a long trip?
Shower, get into bed, watch TV and get myself some seafood or tacos.
What do you miss most about home when you travel?
The food. I’ve never tried flavours like my Guatemalan food, so I miss many traditional dishes. And my family of course.
Where is the one destination you must see in your lifetime?
I would really love to go South Korea. I’ve had the pleasure to meet many Korean people in Aotearoa - the first person I talked with when I came to New Zealand was from South Korea. The pictures of buildings, nature and food blows my mind. It’s one of the first countries on my wish list.
What’s your favourite thing about travel?
I like knowing about cultures and the different things people do, different ways, different words, different languages, an explosion of colours, nature, food and people.
Flor is one of the Queens competing on Ru Paul’s Drag Race Down Under, available now on TVNZ+. The final episode is available from Friday, September 15.