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
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Great Wall of China
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
About me: I'm a geographer which gives me a good reason to be just about anywhere. Workwise, I'm a travel writer and blogger, having written for a wide range of clients including for Wanderlust online, Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again, the Trainline Europe, Go4Travel and Unanchor Guides. When I'm not travelling, I like nothing better than a walk to the creek with my two golden retrievers. Find my blog at juliamhammond.wordpress.com, check out my website www.juliahammond.co.uk or follow me on social media - Julia Hammond Travel Writing on Facebook and @juliamhammond on Twitter.
Member since: 9th October 2008
Last trip: Puerto Rico
Next trip: South America - Montevideo to Lima
Destinations visited: 105
Mountain/Desert/Ocean/Jungle... which one are you?These days a hammock by the sea would be bliss, so long as I stayed on land.
What was your first great travel experience?Travelling round Peru for six weeks with my Peruvian friend visiting assorted relatives. My mum would say travelling to Austria at 9 months and being called Little Mausli because of my white romper suit.
What has been your favourite journey?Anywhere in Latin America - being snowbound in New York but finally getting to the Nicaraguan sunshine would be right up there.
What are your Top 5 places worldwide?Peru for the Andes and the warm welcome, though Chile and Argentina are snapping at its heels, Australasia as it's so easy to travel in, the USA - New York, NOLA and the Rockies especially - Mt Yasur in Vanuatu and Mexico for the Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca. If I can have six, then the Austrian Tirol for its clean air, good food and mountain walks.
Recommend a special place to stayI loved the Hiiragiya Bekkan - a traditional ryokan in Kyoto. The 3 Nagas in Luang Prabang, Laos is stunning too. Canal House Panama is beautifully restored. The warmest welcome I've had anywhere was from Beth at 23 Hepburn in Auckland - the woman's a legend.
Which three items do you always pack?Camera, iPad mini, M&S knickers...
Which passport stamp are you proudest of?China - the officials didn't want to stamp the passports but we kept begging until they gave in in Shanghai
Which passport stamp would you most like to have?Brazil - I crossed the border at Iguacu but didn't get a stamp (good reason to go back)
Where or what is your guilty travel pleasure?I'm a sucker for Starbucks...
Window or aisle?Aisle every time. Got to get up and stretch those legs!
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