When I travel, it’s all about immersing in the local culture for me: getting to know the locals, trying to speak the local lingo, visiting lesser-known spots, and, most importantly, tasting all the food!
Beyond travel and languages, food and wine is definitely a strong passion of mine. I’m always up for trying new things and love street food as much as home cooking or fine dining. Foodie destinations I return to time and time again include Bordeaux, Istria and Japan.
When it comes to travel, my most memorable experiences so far include trekking up a volcano in Panama (27km of it) and seeing two oceans at once when I reached the top; sleeping in temples and praying with monks in Japan; Cuba by road; and being thrown off a mountain on a zip wire at 120kph in Italy – yes, really.
I joined World Travel Guide in 2009 and am now Acting Editor. My travel resolution for 2014? More adventure.
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We all remember our first trip abroad, don’t we? For me it was a caravan holiday in Wales. It rained. There was lots of mud. Okay, so I wasn’t what you’d call a trailblazing toddler, but in the years since, I have been making up for it.
I delivered Zimmer frames to fund a trip around Europe, worked as a construction lackey to get me to Australia. In a bid to finance other trips I toyed with escorting, considering selling bodily fluids. Mercifully, travel journalism saved me from such ignominy and I have been lucky enough to report from every continent bar Antarctica.
I fear flying, so I go overland where possible. You see more that way. My crowning glory was a rail trip from London to Xi’an, where I watched the gradual change in people and landscapes from the comfort of my carriage. When I’m not on the road or living vicariously through our contributors, I pass the time with music, books and Scotch.
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I've travelled all over and had some incredible experiences - favourites include trekking through the lush green hills of Chang Mai, playing netball in the shadow of Table Mountain, dolphin-spotting on the Italian Riviera, and fighting off the dung beetles during an electrical storm in India's Thar desert (ok, maybe not so much a favourite as an indelible memory).
Beyond travel, my interests also include vintage fashion, food and culture – you can always find me rummaging in the markets, be they flea or foodie, and checking out the latest exhibition to roll into town.
With over four years' experience working in online media and magazines, I've been at World Travel Guide since early 2011 and last year received the runner-up award in the Best Online Article category at the Italian State Tourist board awards.
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Taken out of school at 14 to learn on the road; my travel life never came pre-packaged with pillow mints and poolside Prosecco. But who needs those when you’re hitching trips in fishing boats to Columbian beaches or getting caught up in the colours of India’s Holi Festival? Granted, I probably wouldn’t have had to inject myself with the rabies jab in Siem Reap, but I would have never got to meet that foam-mouthed flea bag in the first place.
Seven years as a writer have taken me from the snowy slopes of Austria, for ski lessons with Chase & Status, to the dust of Dubai for De La Soul, while my self-funded sojourns have led me down the Devil’s Throat, through the rainforests of Borneo and to a guilt-ridden, ringside roast at a Rockhampton rodeo.
Away from adventure I’m more crosswords and coffee, with Curtis Mayfield through the speakers and the football on the TV.