Forms of identification: Sarah Baxter
Sarah Baxter hiking the South West Coast Path in Cornwall, UK.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
1. Where would you rather be right now?
On a green hillside in the middle of nowhere, hearing only the noise of clanking cowbells and the wind in the treetops, and a hiking trail snaking out ahead...
2. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
Horror of horrors: the Grand Canyon. Let me qualify — it's big and impressive, but driving up and staring left me cold. You need to fly over or trek into it to get a real feel.
3. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
4. You’d be mortified if people knew you did what when you travelled?
I don’t do much research. Chances are, I'm sitting on the plane not having checked the exchange rate, temperature on arrival or local word for hello. Whoops.
5. Strangest meal abroad:
North Cyprus where I was “guest of honour” at a local home. Never has such an array of offal and oddities graced one table: a whole sheep's head (including the brain), sheep innards (liver, kidney, unidentifiable others), cow's tongue, snails...
6. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
The view from Camden Crescent. Most visitors to Bath stay in the city centre but Camden Crescent, a little further out and up, is a beautiful Georgian sweep of houses and gives views over the city and valley beyond.
7. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
Food poisoning detector, so I could tuck into every local delicacy without fearing for my bowels.
8. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
Cereal for breakfast! Spicy beans and curries just aren't right before 12 noon.
9. Best celebrity encounter while travelling:
Paul “Simon and Garfunkel” Simon at a swanky hotel in Nairobi, Kenya – he was off to see fossils near Lake Turkana.
10. The place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Stackpole, Pembrokeshire, Wales – hard-to-reach perfect beaches, an inland watery wildlife haven and the quirkiest tea shop in nearby Bosherston
11. The travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro
12. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
You don't have to like everything. Just because a church is “important” or a view supposedly “spectacular”, don't force yourself to linger if it's not your cup of tea. Find your own favourites.