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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?
It is difficult to pin point one place as for different reasons various mountains, hostels and even a shack could answer this question. However one of my fondest memories is spending 4days on the back of an ex Vietnamese militants motorbike driving the full Ha Giang Loop in convoy with a group of other solo travellers. We stayed at a local home stay with a family where we had a ‘family meal’ drank happy water (some very questionable liquor) and danced/sang the night away with the locals and their children. I still have a painted ceramic whistle from one of the hostels children as a gift.
What's your oddest travel moment?
After ditching the tuk tuk 45minutes trying to navigate the backstreets of Jaipur to attend a wedding we decided to try and make it on foot, a couple of left turns later and we were amongst the bright, elaborate entrance parade – we were swept up dancing, bangles put on our arms, my friend was put on the back of one of the entourage white horses until I finally got a glimpse of a groom I didn’t recognise, politely excusing ourselves midst hysterics we came across a further two wedding parties before my friends.
Have you had a perfect travel moment?
My perfect travel moment to date has to be Etosha National Park Campsite in Namibia, following a day of traveling the Namib desert and being welcomed by the legendary Damara Tribe, we arrived exhausted and hoping for an early night ahead of our first game drive in the early morning. We had dinner with our guides and headed to what we thought was a bar for a night cap and daily debrief. What we were actually greeted with was one of Etosha’s watering holes that sits right on the edge of the campsite and stood 400m in front of us in all his glory was an Africa Rhino, only a couple of minutes later, two male Lions arrived and after a short but firm establishment of boundaries they shared the same watering hole. Absolutely mesmerising.
What are your suitcase essentials?
The more I have travelled the less I seem to pack, however a couple of things are now regulars in my backpack – firstly my binoculars, as amazing as it is to capture everything on camera/video I enjoy taking it in and seeing things for myself up close and personal – especially when it involved animals. Second would have to be my polaroid camera, bought as a present from my sister, it captures one shot, one chance and the real ‘un staged’ candid photographs. I once met a family in Da Nang, Vietnam who gave me a Polaroid picture of us all on the Hands Bridge, they are a great sentimental gift.
Where's next on your wishlist?
I have an ultimate dream, and that is to spend some time on the Galapagos Islands however for now my next adventure will have to be Borneo (Malaysian side) I have researched some fantastic conservation work being carried out by scientists and volunteers preserving one of the only two places left in the world you can see Orangutans in their natural environment. Canopy walks, botanical gardens, turtle diving sites and one of the world most endangered prime mates – it’s a no brainer for me.