Having explored over 75 countries on all seven continents, I feel like my journey has just begun. I even have a fascination with airports. Where to next? Maybe it will come down to a Japanese coin toss. At age 20, armed with just a Lonely Planet travel guide, a purple backpack, and a Walkman (the going thing at the time), I set off to explore the world as a solo woman traveller. I spent a year travelling through Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific, only to return home for a brief respite before spending two years travelling overland from Guadalajara, Mexico down to Rio, Brazil—making every stop in between. I've since retired that backpack, but not my passion for travel, and have made a career out of helping others arrange their holidays to exotic locations.
My favourite places
I love mountains and I love trekking so not surprising that Nepal leads all other nations as my number one pick. And sure there are a tonne of mountain tops to climb across the globe, but nothing compares to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, which captured my heart.
Central & South America
Home to my pick for the most awe-inspiring tourist attraction known to humankind: Machu Picchu. I love it so much, I've been back four times. And every time, I pinch myself and think, "I can't believe I'm here. How lucky am I?" The best way to appreciate the site is by trekking the Inca Trail.
While travelling in Cambodia, I couldn't help thinking of one of my all-time favourite quotes from Khalil Gibran who said, "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." The Cambodian people are some of the most humble that I have ever encountered.
Did you know?
- Sometimes travellers get so anxious about ensuring every moment is planned that they leave no time for spontaneity.
- Pack a guide book to complement the journey. There are so many obvious reasons, but I often find great conversation starters from the content within.
- I love photography. I use to think that dragging around a camera was limiting, but now I see how it opens doors.