Plan your perfect holiday with James Chapman

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

The best place I have ever stayed was next to Lake Garda in Italy for one of my best friends weddings. I think it was a combination of the wedding, staying with friends and that my balcony was looking out over the lake that made it the best place. The views were incredible and it was the perfect place to relax, enjoy the sun and the food was amazing.

What's your oddest travel moment?

I was travelling from Colombia to Ecuador on a bus with my friend, but we soon found out we were the only passengers on the bus who were not Venezuelan refugees. My Spanish skills were very basic, as were my friends, but we chatted with people on the bus for hours using Google translate on my phone. We had been warned that the border crossings could be dangerous due to refugee movement but it turned out to be the complete opposite. We learned about the problems that had forced people to leave their homes, but ended up laughing and joking in-spite of everything they had been through. It turned out to be the most enjoyable bus journey and one of the most eye opening experiences of my travels.

Have you had a perfect travel moment?

I’ve been lucky enough to have a few but the one that stands out has to be when I camping near the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. One night me and my friend heard some noises next to our tent so carefully peered out to see what was outside. It turned out to be a herd of a dozen or so zebras. Looking back, it might not have been the wisest decision but we got out the tent and walked amongst the herd whilst they played and ate grass in the moonlight.

What are your suitcase essentials?

My suitcase essential is my camera. When I look at my pictures I can’t help but think about the incredible times and experiences I’ve had travelling the world and then I can’t wait to get my next trip planned.

Where's next on your wishlist?

Everywhere! But, if I had to pick one it would be the Maldives. The beaches and marine life look absolutely amazing. It’s somewhere I haven’t been yet and swimming with whale sharks is very high on my bucket list.

James’ love of travel started when he was 24 and he has since spent 4.5 years travelling around the world. He has lived in Australia for 2 years, New Zealand for a year and travelled extensively through South East Asia, North, South and Central America, India and also volunteered at a school in Tanzania for 2 months.