Can't keep track of Shay Mitchell? Neither can we!
Since wrapping "Pretty Little Liars" after seven long seasons, the actress has been seemingly traveling non-stop for her wildly popular Shaycation YouTube videos, which provide glossy, in-depth looks at her picturesque world travels. The videos routinely garner over 500,000 views from her loyal fans who follow her every move.
We recently caught up with Mitchell to talk all about her Shaycation series -- for which she collaborated with Royal Caribbean for a recent two-part installment -- including how she decides on her destinations, the work that goes into making these videos happen and how many suitcases she really brings with her on her trips.
Check out our full conversation with Shay Mitchell below.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 26: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl - Secret Burger Showdown at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on May 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Shay Mitchell attends Matthew Mazzucca and Ben Gorham Host a Private Dinner in Celebration of Byredo's Capsule Collection Elevator Music Designed in Collaboration with Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh at Barneys New York Beverly Hills on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 14: Shay Mitchell attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 on April 14, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
Shay Mitchell attended the unveiling of Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at CocoCay event at South Street Seaport in NYC.
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Actor Shay Mitchell attends the 2018 A+E Upfront on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for A+E)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Shay Mitchell arrives to the Council of Fashion Designers of America luncheon held at Chateau Marmont on February 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Shay Mitchell (R) and Matte Babel attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on January 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Shay Mitchell attends 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Shay Mitchell at The Hollywood Reporter's 26th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast presented in partnership with FIJI Water at Milk Studios on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Shay Mitchell arrives at the #REVOLVEawards at DREAM Hollywood on November 2, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Shay Mitchell is seen leaving the Naeem Khan fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Shay Mitchell attends the Ann Sui fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
Shay Mitchell works out at the SoFit gym at the Sofitel Los Angeles to prepare for the first-ever Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival. Fans and fitness fanatics, alike, will have the opportunity to work out alongside Shay during the two day festival in Los Angeles happening August 12-13.
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Shay Mitchell arrives at the 2017 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 14: (L-R) Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell attend the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Launches Special Exhibit Celebrating Final Season Of 'Pretty Little Liars' at Warner Bros. Studios on June 14, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - JUNE 7: Shay Mitchell is seen at the Ocean Drive Magazine May Issue Cover Party at Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 7, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Shay Mitchell and Stella Artois 'Host One to Remember' this summer at the Stella Artois Braderie in New York City on June 6, 2017. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson are seen on June 03, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actress Shay Mitchell poses in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actor Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MTV1617/Getty Images For MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at We Day California 2017 at The Forum on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 9th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Shay Mitchell is seen walking in Midtown on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: (L-R) Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, I. Marlene King, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, and Sasha Pieterse attend Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Shay Mitchell attends the Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 13: Shay Mitchell attends the KALEIDOSCOPE: LAWN TALKS presented by Delta Air Lines & Cannabinoid Water on April 13, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Kaleidoscope )
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Shay Mitchell enters the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at The Paley Center For Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Pretty Little Liars' at Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: (L-R) Actresses Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson appear on stage at The Paley Center for Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles presentation of 'Pretty Little Liars' at Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - MARCH 01: Shay Mitchell attends WE Day Illinois 2017 at Allstate Arena on March 1, 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for WE)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Shay Mitchell attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Shay Mitchell seen at the Tory Burch fashion show during New York Fashion Week - Day 6 on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Shay Mitchell attends the Philipp Plein collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at New York Public Library on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Shay Mitchell and Olivia Culpo attend Zimmermann fashion show on February 2017 New York Fashion Week on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
Shay Mitchell from ABC's 'Pretty Little Liars' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 10: Shay Mitchell arrives at the Marie Claire's Image Maker Awards 2017 on January 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at the celebration for Freeform's 'Pretty Little Liars' Final Season at Siren Studios on October 29, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 12th annual Outfest Legacy Awards at The Vibiana on October 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - USA Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles visits the set of 'Pretty Little Liars.'' (Byron Cohen/Freeform via Getty Images)
SIMONE BILES, SHAY MITCHELL
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - 'PlAytime' - After Noel Kahn's abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in 'Playtime,' the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform's hit original series 'Pretty Little Liars,' airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 - 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Eric McCandless/Freeform via Getty Images)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Shay Mitchell arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 31: (L-R) Actors Ian Harding, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse accept the award for Choice TV Show: Drama onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images for Fox)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0507 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Shay Mitchell during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 25, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the Jonathan Simkhai fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)
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You were recently named Royal Caribbean's first ever "Adventurist," which fits really well into your overall brand and increasing interest in travel.
It’s funny, because I’ve been cruising since I was a little girl, and it’s my parents’ favorite thing -- especially on Royal Caribbean ships. I even have a photo that I was showing to the team when we first started working together and was like, "Look, this is legit! I know more about cruises than most people because I’ve been on over 15!" It was an amazing way to see amazing places without having to spend money on airfare. There are so many activities, and this "Royal Shaycation" was two parts because there was so much to film. We had a blast. I brought my family and friends and there was always something for people to do.
How do you decide where to go for your Shaycation videos? Do you have a list of places you want to go or do people reach out to you to try to get you to go to certain locations?
Sometimes I’ll pick a place and then reach out, but otherwise -- most recently for my Shaycation India -- I was doing a photo shoot there already, so I just extended the trip a little longer and brought my camera guy to shoot one. Sometimes I’ll piggyback off of other jobs or tourism boards will reach out, but it’s always a place that I want to go to. I have to be excited about it, and there has to be a cultural element to it.
And I feel like the locations that you're personally most excited for make for the best videos. Do find that?
Absolutely, 100 percent. I was so passionate about showing India to people. I’m not doing it like, "Oh, my God! You have to go!" It’s more about what what I experience, and what I want to show you about that experience.
Be honest, how many suitcases do you normally travel with?
Two suitcases! [Laughs] I check them, and I have a list of what I need to bring. I only brought more than two suitcases when I was shooting in New York for, like, three months, and I definitely overpacked. I want to always feel comfortable, so I guess my biggest faux pas or flaw is that I’m the worst when I come to traveling light.
You're also a major foodie, so food plays a major role in these trips, too.
Yes! To be honest, the other thing that I love so much about cruising is the food. I went on Oasis of the Seas, and they have an Italian restaurant, a steak restaurant, sushi and even a Johnny Rockets. I felt so at home, but also got to experience all of these different restaurants without having to go far. It’s dangerous, but they also have workout facilities and activities, which gave me balance.
Even just judging by how my friends tend to travel, cruising doesn't feel like it's top of mind for many millennials when they're thinking about vacations to go on. Is there a misconception among our generation about cruises?
I think there’s a huge misconception, thinking that cruises are for an older demographic and that there isn’t that much to do on a ship. I have to tell you, I can’t think of any other hotel on land that had this many activities. Tell me where you can zip-line, rock climb, ice skate, jump from a high dive, go shopping and eat [all in the same place]. There are so many activities! Especially for millennials, this Perfect Day at CocoCay is something that will be really great. You don’t have to do a 7-day cruise! There are shorter options, but I’m really trying to motivate people to experience these trips.
You seem to travel a lot. How many days out of the year are you traveling?
Oh, my God, I haven’t even added that up! But, you know what? Every single month I go somewhere. I just went to Qatar, and that was a 16-hour flight. That seems to normal to me now. [Laughs] I literally have a schedule for what I do. I slept for most of that one, but I feel alive when I go to a place that I’ve never been to before. I love being submerged in a culture that I haven’t experienced, and it makes you realize how small we really are when come back. It’s like, "Oh, my little problem is nothing!" I always love the perspective that traveling gives me.
Isn't traveling that much exhausting, though? Do you ever wish you could just stay put at home for two months?
It makes me just appreciate the times where I am home. I appreciate being home so much more because I’m always on the road, but, like I said, I think it’s more about a mind frame. I love hotels! I love my own bed! But home is wherever I am and wherever you make it. If I’m away, maybe there are certain things I miss, but I know I’m coming back to them. I really do want to live in the moment of where I am.
Is there an ugly truth to making YouTube videos?
Absolutely. The most frustrating thing for me -- and I’ll be honest -- is some people say, "Another trip?!" It’s like, "Have you seen my last Shaycation video? Because it looked like a movie!" I’m proud to say that because I worked my ass off, as my team did. And there’s not a huge team! I have three people that are working on this. We are making this out of our true love and passion for travel. We’re doing this to share the experiences with the fans, and we really do put our hearts and souls into it, so I love when people appreciate it. I’m putting a lot of thought and effort into this -- there’s nobody else doing this for me. Whether it’s writing down the voiceovers to go with the videos or getting stories from local people, it’s all of that that I really do care so much about. I want people to know that it’s work! We’re shooting 14 hours on some occasions.
You have some projects coming up, but do you ever feel pressure from fans to go fully back into acting?
I actually didn’t, because right after we wrapped “PLL,” I went to Boston and I shot my first movie -- a horror film [called "Cadaver"] coming out later this year, so I got my acting out. Then I got to do a really awesome piece with Penn Badgley on Lifetime, which was so much fun. I’m still dabbling in acting and I love it, but I have to follow what my heart wants, but that doesn’t mean that I’m leaving acting behind. I think I can play the line on both sides.