The people we meet in life impact how we experience our journeys. Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to travel very far to make this connection. Rob and I met in London at a friend’s birthday drinks in July of 2015. He is intelligent, confident, makes me laugh, and shares the same passion for getting out there and exploring as I do. Together we have visited over fifteen different countries – thats basically an average of one country per month for every month that we have known each other. I’m excited about embarking on this journey together with Rob. Let’s get into his brain a bit and see what makes him tick.
//WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME?
//WHY DO YOU TRAVEL?
I travel for lots of different reasons – for work, to visit family and friends, to relax. Relaxing comes in a variety of forms; exploring ancient monuments, to trekking to lazing by the pool with a cocktail in hand and topping up my tan. These are all some of my favourite pastimes. Ultimately, if I was pushed to state the main reason why I travel, it’s to create memories that last a lifetime.
//WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU HAVE BEEN ON & WHAT MAKES IT STAND OUT FROM THE REST?
For my birthday this year (April 2016), Dom and I spent 16 days touring Rajasthan in Northern India. Many memories were created on this trip. Listing some of the sights, sounds, smells and friendly people of India would not do this trip the justice it deserves. However, staying at the Taj Lake Palace hotel in Udaipur (of Octopussy fame) was just a phenomenal experience and one that needs documenting here. From the private boat transfer, to the rose petal welcome and gorgeous arrival cocktail to our beautiful room overlooking the lake, this was one amazing hotel stay that I’ll never forget.
//WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING TRAVEL STORY?
On the eve of my birthday this year, Dom treated to me to a very special stay at the Oberoi Amarvillas hotel in Agra. If it’s good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, then it’s good enough for us! I had an unfortunate encounter with a mosquito(s) and at one point I counted 36 bites on my feet. At this point my feet resembled pig trotters. The itching was unbearable, to the extent that shortly before going to bed I had to call the hotel doctor. I’m convinced he thought I was being dramatic, but after prescribing some strong anti-histamines, ramming my feet in a bucket of ice, he joined us for a slice of birthday cake and left our room with a smile on his face.
//WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT?
Mosquito repellent cream! The little critters love me…. Forget deet – I found this brand Odomos that is amazing and doesn’t irritate my skin.
//WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 DESTINATIONS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST & WHY?
I was brought up watching wildlife programmes on TV with my Dad and the Galapagos Islands regularly featured. One day soon I hope to visit and get to see the unique Blue-Footed Booby, the humongous Sea Lions and Giant Tortoises (to name but a few!).
I’d like to conquer Everest Base Camp on or before my 40th Birthday!
To Cuba with Dom (now that he is officially allowed to visit with his US passport!) before it changes and commercialises.
//WHICH TRAVEL PLANNING TOOLS DO YOU FIND MOST USEFUL?
//WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ON THE ROAD?
On longer trips, I always try to stay in a mixture of accommodation. I find this is the best way to get a well-rounded travel experience, meeting lots of interesting people along the way. In India, I stayed in everything from Havelis to Hostels to off the scale luxury Hotels.