Forms of identification: Jayne Gorman
Jayne Gorman on the beach in Ko Lanta, Thailand.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Jayne Gorman
Title/bio: Travel blogger and social media specialist at Flight Centre UK. Winner of the 2011 British Travel Press Awards, Travel Blogger of the Year.
Twitter/website: www.40before30.com | @jayneytravels
Born in: United Kingdom
Currently living in: London, England
1. Where would you rather be right now?
My answer to this is always: on a beach, any beach.
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Karl Pilkington [from the TV show An Idiot Abroad] because we have all been an idiot abroad at some point!
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must skip”: Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
My wish list is in no particular order but around the #3 mark would probably be one of the Central American countries, so I’m going to opt for Belize.
4. You’d be mortified if people knew you did what when you travelled?
For someone who spends most of their time online, I’m very old fashioned when it comes to note taking and reading. I carry a notebook and pen everywhere when travelling, and I lug printed guidebooks and maps around – at least I never have to worry about them running out of battery.
5. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
Arriving on a remote island in the Yasawa’s, Fiji, and finding my room was actually a chicken shed, and there was no way to get off the island that night.
6. Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling:
An overweight lady in the middle seat on a flight back from the US. Her arms dug into my ribs and flesh rested on my leg all the way home. Needless to say it was a very uncomfortable experience for us both.
7. Strangest meal abroad:
A misunderstanding of the meaning of “fruit salad” in Thailand resulted in a bowl of mixed fruit accompanied by sweet corn and salad cream. Gross!
8. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
A good British pub where they can enjoy some pear cider and bangers and mash
9. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
My bed. I can sleep just about anywhere but am never happier than under my own feather duvet.
10. Most unique souvenir:
A monkey made from a coconut shell, which I bought on a beach in India. I gave it to my brother when I got home and realised it was hideous.
11. Best celebrity encounter while travelling:
Not sure if he counts as a celeb, but on a recent visit to Rome I strolled into the Vatican and bumped into the Pope. He was just finishing mass at St Peter’s Basilica and wheeled past me on some kind of moving platform.
12. The place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
After spending the night with the chickens, I discovered the Octopus Resort in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji. It’s a boutique resort at budget prices and run by a friendly Australian couple – I would have moved in if I could.
13. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Travel the way you want to. There is no right or wrong way to explore a destination and no need for people to be put in a box: backpacker, flashpacker, tourist, intrepid explorer, luxury lover – I’ve been them all at some point and loved every experience.