Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Title/bio: Associate Editor of Wanderlust
Born in: Norwich, England
Currently living in: Bath, England
1. Where would you rather be right
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
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
Paul “Simon and Garfunkel” Simon
at a swanky hotel in Nairobi, Kenya – he was off to see fossils near Lake
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