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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?
Each place I have been privileged to visit has had its own unique attractions and special memories! As a Barbadian girl, Barbados has to be up near the top of my list! Great weather, friendly locals, a wide choice of beaches and water sports and fabulous sea food! In Tanzania, my husband and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Charity. Near the end of the trek and at around 5,000 metres above sea level, the clear night sky was an absolute kaleidoscope of stars and galaxies - fantastic. I was fortunate enough to get married on Praslin Island in the Seychelles - an emotional experience! As part of this trip we took a boat journey to La Digue Island, where we visited Anse Source d'Argent beach, which I consider to be the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my travels. The combination of the rock outcrops, clear blue lagoon water and pure white sand was a photographer's delight!
What's your oddest travel moment?
I visited the Maldives for the second time around 2005, staying on an Island called Laguna. It has received a massive makeover since then and has been renamed Velassaru. During my stay I went out on one of the organised fishing trips, using hand lines and pieces of fish as bait. I had managed to catch a fair number of fish, all of which were destined to be taken back and served up in one of the restaurants! I felt another bite and pulled a fish about half a metre long into the boat. It immediately fastened itself to the planking at the bottom of the boat with the top of its head! It was identified as a Remora or Suckerfish, a fish that normally hitches a ride on larger fish by attaching itself via a sucker on top of its head. An unusual catch!
Have you had a perfect travel moment?
I think arriving in the city of Arusha at the base of Kilimanjaro and having my first hot shower in a Safari Lodge after a two week Trek can only be described as delightful!
What are your suitcase essentials?
From a clothing perspective, I always pack a couple of large head scarves. They are essential when visiting certain countries where covering your head and shoulders is a requirement and an acknowledgement of local religious customs. They also help protect against sunburn and can be worn as clothing accessory when going out in the evening. I would not be without them! A pocket zoom camera, with the highest pixel rating you can get, with a wide angle option, this to capture those amazing and memorable landscape shots!
Where's next on your wishlist?
Two destinations stand out for me - Japan and India. Both destinations have their own particular cultures, history and customs, whilst both having amazing landscapes! I would like to explore the two Japanese Southern islands, Shikoku and Kyushu, starting my journey from Kyoto. With India it would have to be a train journey, taking in the Taj Mahal, probably from Delhi to Mumbai!