1 years |

Tell us about you

Every time I speak to someone my bucket list gets longer and longer! My new goal is to cross off at least one place every year, and last year I was lucky enough to cross off four.

Favourite travel destination and why

I don’t like to play favourites, but if I had to choose one destination I would have to say Italy for the food, wine, history and beautiful old villages with beautiful old Nonnas. 

How many countries have you visited?

I think I am up to just over 30 countries so far. I've done loads of Europe as I lived there for a few years. Also Egypt, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji, New Zealand, Belize, Peru, Bolivia and the USA.

Most recent adventure

My most recent trip I went to the USA, Belize, Peru and Bolivia. Belize was a huge highlight because I love fishing, diving and snorkelling. And the Ica Trail was more amazing than I could have ever expected.

Best travel memory

I spent New Years in Scotland one year and as we headed north we went for a short hike. We came across a small river that had frozen over. Being curious I put my foot on it to see how strong it was - surprisingly quite strong, so before long we were all out playing on this frozen river. Of course there is always one to push it to far - he broke the ice and fell into waste deep freezing water. I have never laughed so hard!

Best travel tips

Once you think you have finished packing look again and take out half of what you think you will need. Nothing worse than carrying a heavy bag full of things you have yet to use.

Favourite food experience 

Travel is all about the food for me! A cooking class that I did in Southern Spain was probably my favourite experience though - after eating a large helping of the most amazing paella and having a class of Rioja I wondered down to the beach to have a siesta under a tree. What a feeling of satisfaction.

Diving in the Red Sea in Egypt the captain threw in a line and pulled up a huge tuna for lunch. Having sashimi that fresh is mind blowing. 

Any advice for people considering embarking on the trip of a lifetime

Take each days as it comes and embrace the unexpected. Things don’t always go exactly to plan but don’t let little things ruin your amazing trip.

Which country is next on your list to experience and why

Next on my list is Nepal – I can’t wait to get into the mountains for some trekking, get to know some of the locals at a farm stay and then go looking for the Bengal Tiger and Asian Rhino at Chitwan National Park.