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Greece is one of my favourite countries to visit. A treat for all your senses. Admiring beautiful landscapes in the islands, with contrasting white and red sand beaches, towering cliffs, and white, painted stone houses and churches. Strolling through the same, humbling ancient ruins and structures that philosophers and artists have walked. Meeting friendly people who are always willing to help. Endless options for activities from quad-biking, beach hopping, museum visits, wine tours and sunset cruises. Last but not least the food… so fresh and flavorful. Greece is definitely a must!
My most memorable travel experience, and certainly one of the most personally rewarding things I’ve done in my life, has got to be hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru. After the frenetic, colourful chaos of Lima and a few days to immerse ourselves in the culture and history of Cuzco, escaping into the wide open space of the Andes was a much needed change of pace. There are a few options for which trail you take, and I’m glad we opted for the less traveled Salkantay Trek. The hike is done over four days, and the scenery is incredible. You start in rolling, green hills, passing glaciers, rivers, and waterfalls, then up over a rugged mountain pass, before descending into cloud forests, and warm, tropical jungle. The food cooked by our guides was amazing, and it all felt very intimate and authentic – you get a real sense of how locals live in those mountains. We even stopped to roast and brew our own coffee in a tiny, local plantation! I’d thought the highlight was spending the night on a mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, where we could see the sun rise over the citadel – but nothing compares to arriving in the sacred city itself. Standing above the walls, and seeing the mists rise over the terraces and stone towers, is really a life changing experience. Whether you choose to hike or to arrive by train, I definitely recommend adding Machu Picchu to your bucket list.
My TOP destination? I’d have to give this one to Salzburg, as it’s more than just Mozart and the Sound of Music – it’s taking a step back in time. You can find everything here, from high end shopping in fancy market squares, to the most beautiful Baroque architecture throughout the city. Make sure to walk up to the castle – it’s worth the view! The music, the food, and the warm spirit of the locals make Salzburg unforgettable. It’s a must see and a great opportunity to see it is on a river cruise – ask me how!
My favourite trip would be my 15 day Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise with Avalon Waterways, with my favourite stop being Dürnstein in Austria. I loved the small town and the hike up to Dürnstein Castle (well… maybe not at the time). I would definitely recommend hiking up, though, and trying any of the range of apricot items, from candies to liquors.
My favourite trip was to Fiji. I loved the people, the amazing weather, and how the influences of Chinese, Indian and European are reflected in the local food. It is evidence of how the world has touched this amazing place but it still has its own individual Polynesian culture.
Traveling solo is one of my favourite things to do. This year I went to Quebec, Cancun, and on an Alaska cruise, all on my own. Quebec was very easy to get around by foot and I did a city tour that included a visit to the impressive Montmorency Falls. I stayed at the famous Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, and although meal times as a single traveler can be unpleasant, Kindle in hand, I loved the Chic Shack just down the hill from the hotel. This restaurant is definitely on my recommendation list for the pepper and maple chips! Yum!
My most memorable trip was to Egypt. G Adventures took care of us from the moment we stepped off the flight to the moment we got back on. Our tour guide was phenomenal! Not a single moment did we feel unsafe. When most people think of Egypt, they think of the Pyramids of Giza, which I got to see and it was spectacular, but there is so much more! South of Cairo is Luxor, which was my favourite place in Egypt. G Adventures had a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings, home to King Tut’s tomb. Later that day we had to opportunity to actually go inside and see the tomb with his remains, as well as many other notable Egyptian pharaohs. Just south of Luxor is Aswan, where we took a tranquil Nile River cruise on a traditional Egyptian sail boat. We also saw the monument of Abu Simbel – four 65 foot statues of King Ramses carved into the side of a mountain near the Sudan border. Overall, this is a great trip for someone looking for a fast-paced tour, full of history, and with lots to see.
My favourite trip was to Zion National Park. Awe inspiring vistas, with a little hiking, and some nerdy geological education. I love taking photos, so all I wanted from this trip were two perfect shots – one from the river looking up, and one from the hike looking down. None of my pictures did the scenery justice, but they were pretty good all the same. I tend to favour short, extended weekend trips (3-5 days) with flights that are not too long, so flying to Vegas with a road trip to Utah, and a few days enjoying the sights, was just right.
My trip to central Europe in 2011 is what gave me the travel bug and ignited my love for the tourism industry. It was a whirlwind of a trip – six countries in ten days! The history is what I found the most interesting. The food was also incredible; in particular, the coffee and baked goods! In Budapest, I would highly recommend making the trip up to Gellért Hill for spectacular views of the city.
Being that I was born in Mauritius, I may be a bit biased; however, it is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever been to. Mark Twain said it all: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.” There are beautiful beaches all around the island, great snorkelling and scuba diving, lots of hiking, and access to old colonial estates. French and Creole are the main languages; however, I found that most people speak English as well. I took a non-stop flight from Paris, which actually runs daily. The people are very friendly and I especially love the cuisine, which is a fusion of Indian, Chinese, Creole and French, with lots of fresh seafood!
My favourite destination to travel to would have to be Maui. It’s a wonderful and relaxing destination, with warm weather all year round. It offers not only beautiful beaches, but also something for everyone in the family to do, including snorkelling, sunrise bike rides down Haleakalā, whale watching on a catamaran cruise, even enjoying an Elvis show from a local, lower mainland Elvis impersonator. This is a destination where you can see and do a lot, or just get some R&R. They offer many hotels, from condos to 5-star resorts, and I love all their wonderful restaurants and happy hours. If you want a place to please everyone in the family – this is it.
My favourite vacation is the Paris to Normandy river cruise with Avalon, an amazing experience – definitely a must do! I absolutely love the outstanding service Avalon river cruises offer to guests and prompt attention. This itinerary has lots to see, starting with the amazing art of Claude Monet and the beautiful gardens at his house in Giverny. I was amazed by the gorgeous and picturesque small towns you get to see on this itinerary; it’s breathtaking and feels like a fairy tale. I also absolutely love the Caribbean Islands. I’ve been to Aruba, Barbados, Punta Cana, Cuba (Varadero, Holguin, Cayo Santa Maria, Havana), and Jamaica. If you have any questions about these islands, I am more than happy to help you and share my stories!
What has been my favourite trip thus far? It’s hard to pick just one, but I would say my trip to Southeast Asia with G Adventures was the best. Vietnam was amazing; the culture, the people, and food were outstanding. Shopping at the Bến Thành Market in Ho Chi Minh City is a must! The crystal clear waters and white, sandy beaches of Thailand were breathtaking. Hands down my favourite stop along the way was Cambodia. Everything from the hustle and bustle in Phnom Penh, to the floating villages in Tonlé Sap, and the marvelous views of the Royal Palace. Hearing stories from survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime will touch your heart. There is so much history to explore and experience. Grab your camera, because the famous temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap are nothing less than phenomenal! I strongly recommend visiting Southeast Asia at least once!
Having been in the travel industry for over 20 years now, I have been to a lot of amazing places around the world. However, I am in my happy place if I’ve got sand between my toes. This photo was taken in Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Riviera Maya at a gourmet all inclusive resort; it represents what I love the most about travel…rest, relaxation, and soaking up the warm sun and sea air. I have a young son who we have been traveling with to Mexico since he was 11 months old; we love to see how he adapts to the new environment and culture.
Nepal is one of the most unique destinations that I have visited! I traveled with Intrepid Travel through which I was able to visit Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. I did a two day hike up to a campsite for early morning, panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, one of my most memorable moments! At Chitwan National Park, I was able to see rhinos and other wild animals. The food was also amazing! As a vegetarian, Nepal is a country that catered to me very well. Make sure you try momos, which are dumplings that can be boiled or fried – incredible!
My favourite trip was when I toured around England, Wales, and Scotland for my honeymoon. We visited London and Cardiff, and drove around Edinburgh, Inverness, Skye, and the Highlands. We did most of Scotland on our own but spent part of the time with a small, guided tour company. I loved having time with a guide who educated us about the Scottish countryside and history, but I also enjoyed having time on our own to explore. Talking to the local people in restaurants and pubs was such fun and we would get recommendations of what to see off the beaten path. We were able to get a lot of insider information from our guide to use when it was just us on the road. The Highlands were the highlight of that trip though. You can’t beat going into a hundred year old pub for a nice meal and drink while looking out onto one of the many lochs or mountains.
One of my favourite destinations is Huatulco, Mexico. Really anything with gorgeous, sunny weather, and a beach or a pool, is where I love to be – but this place is amazing. This unspoiled area is truly a destination where everyone can experience what they’re looking for in a holiday. From rest and relaxation by the pool, sailing the nine bays, shopping and dining in La Crucecita, or exploring the ruins in Copalita Eco-Archaeological Park, there is a lot to do… but also very little, if that is what you want! If you have a little food adventure in you then try the chapulines (fried grasshoppers), they’re actually really good!
My favourite destination is the Sunshine Coast in Australia. There’s something for everyone: hiking in the national park, surfing on some of the most beautiful beaches, shopping on Hastings Street, and great food. There are so many towns along the coast and hinterland to explore which make for great day trips, and the scenery is incredible! Make sure you visit a local surf club for a meal, enjoy some great views, and support the local community while you’re at it.