This Sunday, I was asked to write a spotlight post about myself and my travelling for #TRLT (The road less travelled) chat. In case you missed it, here’s what they asked me…
Why do you like taking The Road Less Travelled?
Any travel agent/booking site can send you to a nice holiday spot, where you’ll get a good couple of Instagram pictures and a nice tan. But these regular operators can’t bring you the experience that taking yourself off the beaten path can. Taking yourself off track, you guarantee yourself a genuine experience of the local culture, food and day to day lifestyle. You also tend to get it A LOT cheaper, which means you get more trips!
What are your top five travel destinations?
- Peru- I did Machu Pichu, Cusco, Ica and Lima all in two weeks by bus. I was exhausted (and a bit smelly), but it was worth it.
- Thailand – The food, the Buddhism, the colours. I loved it so much I stayed there for 2 years! Check out my post for secret things to do in Bangkok.
- Bali – Ubud in particular. The whole place was like an Asian version of ‘the secret garden’.
- Brazil, Rio – I’ve never felt so sexy and so white and ugly all at the same time! The city oozes beautiful people and beautiful sunsets.
- Scotland – I have to mention my home country. The North West highland are always overlooked for the east, which is a real shame as they are infinitely more spectacular. Check out my post on Scotland Wanderlusting
What travel destinations are you most keen to visit?
My next number 1 bucket list spot is Zhangjaijie national park, China. Have you heard of it? Its the place the based the scenery from the movie ‘Avatar’ on. The natural formations look out of this worldly. I’m still trying to find someone to give me travel tips on how to get there.
Share the story of one of your favourite travel photos
In Siem Reap, Cambodia, I met a local girl selling flowers in the grounds around Angkor Wat. I had no money. She asked if she could walk with me. We spent an hour together talking about our lives and, as we said our goodbyes, she invited me to see her family home the next day. With my gut telling me I was safe, I met her at the same point the following day. She’d brought two bikes. We cycled to her home, where I met her huge family (all living in a two roomed house). Her sister had built a makeshift school for local children, and they all clambered to talk to me and show me their work. The family fed me, and welcomed me into their home, despite having so little. I could never have bought this experience, and it remains one that’ll remind me of how generous humanity can be. Read the full story…
How did you find out about #TRLT Twitter Chat and what is it about the community and joining that you love most?
I came about #TRLT chat by following the feeds of some of the big travel twitter users. The community is wonderful, as it gives me the opportunity to speak to people with experiences that I rarely get to meet in my day to day life. I love that I’m on the chats so much, that I now have travel ‘twitter buddies’. I sound like a geek right?
What is the best piece of travel advice you can share?
I wish when I’d started budget travelling, people had told me to go for the hostel with the best social review, instead of the best for cleanliness. My best travel stories come from the times that I met great people to share them with. No atmosphere, no fun? Social reviews of 75%+ tend to be clean enough for you to stop worrying.
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