Plan your perfect holiday with Harriett Atkins

Harriett Atkins
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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?

I would have to say the romantic Rendezvous B&B in glorious Palm Springs. Built in the 1930's this retro boutique hotel has only 10 rooms all with there own classic Hollywood style d├ęcor. We stayed in the 'Pretty in Pink' suite. This was Marilyn Monroe's favourite room that she often stayed in when visiting Palm Springs. Being a huge Monroe fan this was the only room I wanted to stay in. I spent my time relaxing by the pool letting the 1950's music transport me back to the golden age of glamour as I sipped complimentary cocktails. Another amazing perk of this hotel was its free bike rentals and map of the area. We went exploring and found Elvis Presley's Honeymoon house

What's your oddest travel moment?

I have had so many odd moments during my travels but the oddest would have to be during my time in Vanuatu. I was staying with a guide and his family and me and my guide Challen became very good friends. One night I was fast asleep he came and woke me up telling me he had something I must try. I was so tired but I was even more intrigued so I went with him. It was pitch black and as we ran through the jungle I only had his hand to guide me. As the jungle got deeper and darker I saw the glow of a fire pit and a group of half naked tribesmen all sat in a circle. He sat me down and told me I must drink Kava with him. Kava is a root grown on the island and when it is consumed it has very interesting side effects. Now, if I was a germaphobe I would have never have tried Kava as it's preparation is rather unappetising. They start by biting the root, chewing it up and spitting it out. Then the chewed up root gets put in a cloth and then soaked in water, the water is then rung out, drained and served in coconut shells to be drunk. The water looks grey and murky but it didn't stop me. After enjoying a shell and a half of Kava I felt it's magical effects. We laughed, we sang island songs and I fell asleep in the jungle that night.

Have you had a perfect travel moment?

That would easily be my Las Vegas wedding. After feeling the pressure of planning a traditional wedding me and my now husband decided to ditch the plans and fly to Vegas just me and him. We tied the knot at the iconic Little White Wedding Chapel. We also stayed in the beautiful Bellagio Hotel which I would highly recommend to anyone.

What are your suitcase essentials?

I have too many ''essentials'' which is why I am forever going over my baggage allowance. I am an outfit planner, I like to bring many different looks with me on holiday. All of which are fabulous but tend to me wildly impractical. Let's just say Sunglasses. You can't go wrong with sunglasses

Where's next on your wishlist?

To visit French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Having lived and spent a lot of time in Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu, I would love to fill in the gaps and explore the final two destinations on my list so I can become an expert in that area and help others plan there perfect trip. Anywhere I haven't been before is on my wish list.

Harriet caught the travel bug at the age of 19 when she was offered a job working at Walt Disney World Florida. Since that time she has lived and spent extensive time working in different parts of the U.S.A including Las Vegas and New York. Harriet also spent a year working in Australia, whilst there she wanted to explore the South Pacific. She stayed with a tribe on the volcanic island of Tanna in Vanuatu and swam in the crystal clear waters of Fiji. Harriett has a huge passion for travel and would love to help you plan your perfect getaway