A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
About me: When not engaged in caring for family, speed walking with a greyhound, or writing or researching issues on culture, conflict, and regional crises, I freelance as a set photographer supporting youth film club, write travel articles for magazines focused on international living, and image at-risk archaeological sites.
I am eclectic in most areas of my life to include tastes in music, cuisine, fashion, and sports. I am also PADI advanced SCUBA certified and am currently building up the courage to take up gliding.
Aside from an addiction to chocolate covered peanuts and a tendency to over indulge on spa breaks (is that even possible?), I am living the dream, and love my life!
Member since: 11th August 2013
Last trip: Kiev (Chernobyl/Prypiat) Ukraine
Next trip: Hungary, Croatia, Iceland, or Cuba
Destinations visited: 0
Mountain/Desert/Ocean/Jungle... which one are you?As a Pisces, I am made up of all 12 signs of the zodiac, which means I'm all of the above at one point in time or the other. Today, I'm Mountain--in awe of the grandeur and beauty.
What was your first great travel experience?My first airplane ride at age 3 was in a small eight passenger seaplane, from our small island in Alaska to the mainland to go grocery shopping with my mother. But I also remember family vacations in the California deserts scouring ghost towns and abandoned mines with my father and older brother. My first "solo" (a school trip) was to Mexico. Lost my wallet and my heart!
What has been your favourite journey?Every journey has had unique moments that made the trip memorable. Prague sticks out in my mind, as I discovered what reminded me of a "secret garden" and it was mine for about an hour before it was rediscovered by other travelers! But the starkness of Chernobyl in the Ukraine, the majestic peaks of the Sogneford in Norway, and the ancient ruins of Gobekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey are also favorites.
What are your Top 5 places worldwide?I have not travelled enough far-flung spaces to have a good list, but at present Alaska (yes, I'm biased), all of the national parks in Utah, scuba diving off Freeport, Bahamas, the south of France, and Luxembourg.
Recommend a special place to stayIf luxury is your game, then Hotel Des Indies in The Hague is a truly remarkable experience. If you are a boutique hotelier, then the Hotel Cezanne in Cannes is a must. For that period experience try the Kerrow House B&B (built in Georgian style as a hunting lodge in the late 1700s) at Loch Ness in Scotland
Which three items do you always pack?My camera kit, comfy/sturdy shoes, and chocolate covered peanuts.
Which passport stamp are you proudest of?Pre-Arab Spring Egypt, only because it reminds me of how fragile peace and civilization can be, and how thousands of years of history can be made insignificant or disappear completely through cultural conflict and oppression.
Which passport stamp would you most like to have?Cuba - I've always wanted to go to Havana and I hear the Cuban people are warm and friendly.
Where or what is your guilty travel pleasure?When flying, business or first class seating and pre-flight relaxation in executive lounges! When traveling by train, first class coach, and when driving--lots of jazz and sunshine.
Window or aisle?During my early years (3-20), I was a window seat taker. In my early 30s, my fast pace corporate lifestyle dictated an aisle seat--that 5 second advantage to the passport control line and all. Now, having rediscovered the wonders of sky and space, I am now more of an window person (especially short flights).
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