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

I got my first passport when… I was 5 months old and living in Seattle.

My first holiday memory is… snow tubing at Whistler in British Colombia. I remember riding the gondola up the mountain, the snow and some glimpses of the Fairmont Hotel. I may have been 2. Thanks to recounting this memory often and seeing photos it is a strong memory from when I was little.

I’ve been to 44 countries.

My favourite place in Australia is… Thredbo. I liked being in the cold and having a dusting of snow.

The place I’d love to visit in Australia is… Lake Hillier (the pink lake) in Western Australia.

The thing about travel I missed during self-isolation is… I miss the wonderful hotel beds that I enjoy when we travel. How quickly I fall asleep each night after a day of sightseeing.

If there was a COVID-19 vaccine and all the international borders lifted tomorrow, the first place I’d want to go is… I’d like to go to Singapore. I haven’t been before and many of my instructors have and they have great stories. It’s tropical, with great food and great climbing facilities.

The place I’ve visited most often is… France. While living in England we travelled many times to France to visit friends, for sightseeing and fun at Disneyland.

The place that most surprised me was… Abu Dhabi. I found it very interesting to see ex-pat communities living within a city. I had never seen that before.

The place that didn’t live up to expectations… I have no idea. We usually have a good time wherever we go. If I had to pick, it would be Barcelona but it’s not the city, it was the experience. On a road trip with my family, we had a terrible night’s sleep camping and then spent the next day sightseeing in very high heat. We were all pretty miserable.

The advice I would give to young travellers is… to not have expectations about a place before you get there. Also, say yes to trying something new (food, experiences, etc.)

My holidays are mostly devoted to… Time for relaxation split with learning about a different culture.

The sickest I’ve been on holiday… was in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt with my family. I had a terrible cold and sat bundled up in beach towels on a chaise lounge chair by the Red Sea. I slept while everyone else enjoyed themselves. It was not fun.

The souvenir I always buy is… A local bilingual dictionary. I have a collection from all over the world.

The worst thing that happened to me while travelling… falling off of a hammock in Morocco.

The most interesting person I’ve met on a plane is… I haven’t met anyone on a plane as I always sit with my family.

My best/weirdest things I’ve eaten while travelling was… The best food ever was curried potato pastries in Kuala Lumpur. I was disturbed by the pigeon pie I ate in Morocco but it did taste just like chicken.

My go-to dish for room service is… something warm, like hot chocolate.

The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in… Not a hotel, but the villa we stayed at in Kalkan, Turkey was the nicest place I’ve ever been.

The travel tips I’d like to share are… I don’t like the queues, so my favourite seat on the plane is in the front. It’s nice to be the first one off.

Travel has taught me… to be an open minded TCK (Third Culture Kid). It has taught me that there are many places and cultures in our world with different beliefs. We should be open minded that things will be different when we travel.

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