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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?
My favourite place I’ve ever stayed has to be the Fairmont Hotel in Whistler Canada. My friend works for the Fairmont chain, and she invited me along for a few days away. The hotel itself exudes charm and indulgence with it’s super high ceilings and seasonal decorations! The staff are so welcoming and helpful, and the outside hot tubs are a wonderful relief after a long day tubing in the snow. Whistler has almost a fairy tale book charm to it in the winter, the beautiful Austrian style village is full with happy smiley people, the smell of donuts and warm apply cider fil the hotel lobby. Perfect for a few days of rest and relaxation.
What's your oddest travel moment?
The oddest travel moment that comes to mind has to be when my friend and I were taking a road trip through the Washington state peninsula. We had planned to drive from Seattle to Forks Washington where the Twilight books were set. It was a beautiful drive, but the hostel we booked (the only one in Forks) was very out of the way. In fact you could easily drive straight past the turn off as it was so small. When we arrived, we were met by the sight of at least 15 abandoned, burnt out, dismantled cars next to a tiny shabby old shack. It was like something out of a horror movie! We sat in the car, contemplating turning around but decided that after a 9 hour drive, to go in and introduce ourselves reluctantly. As it turns out, the man that runs the hostel, albeit a little eccentric was very nice and helpful, and we spent a nice few days hiking and exploring the rainforest and beach surroundings.
Have you had a perfect travel moment?
I’ve had so many it’s difficult to choose, but if I had to choose one it would be when I went to Moraine lake and Lake Louise in Banff Canada. These have been at the top of my bucket list for a very long time. Although we were a little disappointed with the rainy weather, the view did not disappoint. It was the most serene, peaceful and picturesque place I’ve ever been to. It’s very easy to see where the first nations beliefs and spirituality come from with such humbling surroundings.
What are your suitcase essentials?
I would have to say that my phone would be number one as it doubles up as a camera as well as sun lotion, after sun and dental floss. The dental floss is great because it can also be used as a strong thread if your bag rips or you have a wardrobe malfunction!
Where's next on your wishlist?
The Maldives have always been high on my places to go list, as well as Sri Lanka, Bora Bora and Cuba.