There’s nothing like a bit of reflection to make you appreciate (even more so) the amazing places you’ve seen, the exciting experiences you’ve dared to do and the achievements you’ve had along the way. Southall Travel recently got in touch to ask me a few questions about my adventures and I couldn’t wait to share them.
Q. You have travelled to numerous cities across the globe, is there any city where you would like to stay forever? Do you miss your home city when you are travelling?
I can’t ever envisage myself staying in one place forever. Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco pulled on my heartstrings like you wouldn’t believe and admittedly I’ve been in my hometown for a fair few years, but there are so many places to explore. I’m always changing my mind, wanting more and adding to my wish list (typical traits of a Sagittarian I’m told), so I like to keep my options open.
I don’t miss my home town when I travel. It’s more my house, my favourite people and Buddha (my kitty) that I’d like to tag along with me. However, going away always makes me appreciate them that much more. I guess being grateful (in lots of senses) is one of the many perks of travel.
Q. Is there any destination you have found to be overrated? If so, why?
Before I offend anyone or start a heated debate, I don’t think we should all like the same places otherwise it’d be boring. I’m also pretty open-minded so I’m usually happy to give a destination another chance. It could have been that I just chose the wrong path, missed the secret gems or was just unlucky.
I’ve been to Paris probably about five times over the years and while I always enjoy myself there, I do feel like it’s a tad overrated. In comparison, I think Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac near Sarlat (in France) is much more magical and romantic than the Eiffel Tower.
Q. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of travelling around the world?
Do it. Be a do-er. If you want to go travelling, make it happen. If you have the money, book your ticket and start counting down to your RTW trip.
If you don’t have the funds, start saving. It’ll seem like it’ll take forever to have enough money, but it’ll soon come round, especially if you streamline your spending.
My RTW trip didn’t exactly go to plan (I was held at gunpoint by fake police, got dumped, my bank card was messed up….the list goes on), BUT I had the best time ever. The good times far outweigh the bad and my experiences have (partly) shaped who I am today.
Q. What’s the best piece of travel advice you’ve received?
I was recently reminded of this piece of advice by a fellow blogger and it’s so true.
Don’t feel obliged to follow the crowd. Whether that’s seeing a particular tourist attraction or scrapping your travel plans so that you don’t have to go alone, follow your instincts. If you don’t like museums, don’t feel like you have to spend a day traipsing around one just because TripAdvisor says you should. If you want to go off the beaten path, but everyone else is going on the typical route don’t feel pressured to copy.
It’s your time, your money and your experience so do it your way.
Q. What place was on top of your bucket list when you decided to travel around the world? Were there any must-see sites that you had to experience?
It seems like so long ago now and I’ve had so many ‘bucket list’ items since then (it’s an ever-growing wish list!). I think I was just eager to travel anywhere outside of Europe and to see and do as much as possible. The Mayan Ruins in Mexico were high up on my list at the time (and didn’t disappoint), as was making it to the other side of the world to Australia.
Q. And finally, which destinations top your travel plans for the future?
There are so many! I’m keen to visit Greece and Sicily (in Italy) next year. I’m also super keen to visit Canada as I’ve never been. I’d love to see as much of it as possible, but Alberta and Vancouver are probably the highest on my list. I also want to go to Japan at some point because it seems like such a different way of life to the UK.
Have you been on a round-the-world trip or is it something you’d like to do? I’d love to hear your thoughts on my answers. X