My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 4 months old.

My first holiday memory was… Egypt. I remember crawling inside of a pyramid in Giza with my family. I also remember the rice at the hotel buffet.

I’ve been to 43 countries.

My favourite place in Australia is… Tasmania. The climbing, the climate, the ice cream shop down by the harbour.

The place I’d love to visit in Australia is… I haven’t been west of Melbourne so I’d like to go to Darwin and Adelaide.

The thing about travel I missed during self-isolation is… We were planning a trip to Japan for my birthday to visit Tokyo Disneyland. It’s a family tradition that we visit Disneyland every third birthday for me to celebrate. It had to be cancelled like everything else.

If there was a COVID-19 vaccine and all the international borders lifted tomorrow, the first place I’d want to go is… Chile, I’ve always wanted to visit.

The place I’ve visited most often is… England. We used to live in London as ex-pats and traveled around the country a lot.

The place that most surprised me was… Australia. When we moved to Oz I had no idea of what to expect, I had images of desert in my head. After 4 years living here I haven’t seen any desert yet.

The place that didn’t live up to expectations… The Seychelles. We stayed at a small guest house our first couple of nights and there were crabs roaming around at our front door. I didn’t like that, I’m scared of crabs. The beaches were great fun though.

The advice I’d give to young travellers is… Don’t miss the flight.

My holidays are mostly devoted to… gaming with my friends and fellow travellers and beach time.

The sickest I’ve been on holiday… I broke my leg a couple of days before leaving for China – A holiday where we had a lot of walking to do. It was my birthday too and we were going to Shanghai Disneyland. I got a lot of funny looks from the Chinese as I gimped around with a full leg brace on – I felt really out of place.

The souvenir I always buy… a stuffed plush toy. A panda from China, a polar bear from Norway, a koala from Australia, etc.

The worst thing that’s happened to me while travelling… Buying a fake amethyst in Essaouira, Morocco and falling down and ripping open my leg on the New Caledonian island of Lifou.

The most interesting person I’ve met on an airplane is… I usually sit with my siblings and game or watch films so I don’t have any memories of meeting anyone on a plane.

The best/weirdest things I’ve eaten while travelling was… I tried rabbit in Mauritius and I really don’t ever want to speak of it again. I love bunnies and would prefer to pet them and not eat them. Frogs leg on a cruise in the South Pacific – it tasted like chicken.

My go-to dish for room service is… pizza and something very sweet for dessert.

The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in… A villa we stayed at in Essaouira, Morocco. We had a resident dog named, Pluto, tennis courts, an amazing pool and great food all day long.

The travel tips I’d like to share… Don’t face plant while following through with my other tip of not missing your flight. It will ruin the start of your holiday.

Travel has taught me… Try to have fun no matter the situation.

3 thoughts on “My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

  1. A wonderful retrospective from a great source. Usually we don’t get a young persons perspective. Great! Thank you James.

  2. Well done James! I can hear your voice telling me the stories – I miss hearing your voice!!! It is already your birthday is Oz now – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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