Irreverent responses from our favourite
Title/bio: Location independent entrepreneur and digital nomad
Twitter/website: @nomadicnotes | nomadicnotes.com
Born in: New South Wales, Australia
Currently living in: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
would you rather be right now?
I'm happy to report that I am exactly
where I want to be right now, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I'm here for three
months and I already feel as though that won’t be enough time to get to know
person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Sir Richard Burton would have been a
fascinating person to travel with. If you are in London make a trip to his mausoleum.
must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
The most recent place that comes to mind
is Bran Castle in Romania.
Dracula's home looked more like a Spanish villa than a Gothic castle – not
exactly what I had imagined. I was told to skip it but I had to see for myself.
This could well be a genius tourism board marketing strategy. Tell people not
to go and people like me will!
asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s
I'm not in a rush to go there but it would be a great experience to do once in
be mortified if people knew you did what when you travelled?
I still use paper guidebooks for some
places. I have gone mostly paperless for my business and I read books on an e-reader,
but for new destinations I still like guidebooks, especially where internet is
not as reliable.
someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
I'm from Melbourne so I always like to
take visitors on a cafe tour. There are so many cafes hidden away in laneways
and unassuming industrial buildings, and the coffee is world class.
invention you wish existed:
A carry on-size, wheelie bag Tardis
thing you miss the most when away from home:
I miss being able to make my own
breakfast as it is the only meal I make.
place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Lake Toba in Sumatra. If you are looking for a place to go in Indonesia
beyond Bali this would be a good start.
film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
The countryside in Waking Ned inspired me to live
in Ireland for a year (even though it was filmed in the Isle of Man). The Bourne series always makes me
want to travel the world (as well as wishing I had multiple passports). Books also
give me itchy feet. I read Shantaram
by Gregory David Roberts and then Maximum
City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta. After that I booked a flight
travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
When I was in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian
Borneo in 2010 I was invited by a new friend to attend
a wedding at her home village. I spent the weekend at her family home,
which was by a river not far from Mount Kinabalu. On the wedding day I was
honoured to lead the wedding party through the main street of the village. I
was dressed in the traditional Dusun
tribe outfit, which was by far the fanciest formal attire I have ever worn.