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

I got my first passport when… I was 8 months old and about to move country and continent.

My first holiday memory is… Playing by the pool in Morocco.

I’ve been to 43 countries.

My favourite place in Australia is… Cairns. I love the warm, tropical environment plus our visit was made better by travelling with friends.

The place I’d love to visit in Australia is… Western Australia. I’d like to road trip there with friends.

The thing about travel I missed during self-isolation is… Getting to relax on a hot, sandy beach or swim all day long.

If there was a COVID-19 vaccine and all the international borders lifted tomorrow, the first place I’d want to go is… Somewhere hot and sunny where I could meet up with a friend and relax.

The place I’ve visited most often is… France – visiting friends, sightseeing and Disneyland.

The place that most surprised me was… China. I thought the sightseeing would be boring but in the end it wasn’t boring at all. It was actually quite a lot of fun.

The place that didn’t live up to expectations… The Seychelles. I wasn’t impressed with the house we stayed in. We shared the home with another family and it was small plus the pool was tiny and there was no beach. All of my favourite things (the beach, the pool) were not what I expected when we had travelled so far. I did jump straight into the pool with all of my clothes on when we arrived – it was fun!

The advice I would give to young travellers is… Do not eat the plane food – no matter how hungry you are.

My holidays are mostly devoted to… Relaxing, no school work, no chores and beach/pool time.

The sickest I’ve been on holiday… While on a road trip in Lithuania I had a terrible ear infection. I couldn’t keep my eyes open and I was very uncomfortable. It was Christmas and my parents had to find a doctor to get me some medicine so that I could feel better.

The souvenir I always buy is… A stuffed animal of a local animal from that country.

The worst thing that’s happened to me while travelling… I don’t recall terrible things happening to me but if I had to pick something – I was pushed into a harbour by a boy. Grrr!

The most interesting person I’ve met on a plane is… I usually sit with my siblings but one time on a plane to India I sat next to a woman with a baby who screamed the whole flight. She was kind and asked me a lot of questions about our home back in London.

My best/weirdest things I’ve eaten while travelling was… Weirdest -Pigeon pie in Morocco / Best – Sugar cane juice in Essaouira!

My go-to dish for room service is… French fries with ketchup.

The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in… Hotel Nuo in Beijing. It was very old and had lots of character, the beds were so comfortable and the rooms were huge! Fancy.

The travel tips I’d like to share are… Have fun, relax and enjoy having no work to do.

Travel has taught me…That sometimes you need to just relax and have some fun! Take a break from life.

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