A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Great Wall of China
Around the world in 8000 days
About me: We are Tabitha and Nic, a married couple in our forties. We gave up our jobs in June 2011 and rented out our flat so that we could travel the world.
Member since: 17th August 2013
Last trip: A week in Arezzo, Italy
Next trip: Working on choosing where....
Destinations visited: 66
Mountain/Desert/Ocean/Jungle... which one are you?I like the variety of all of them, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be the ocean. I love the power of the sea, especially when it is stormy.
What was your first great travel experience?I visited many lovely places in Europe as a child with my parents, but the first great experience has to be a month long inter railing trip around Europe in 1989. My first real taste of travelling with freedom and spontaneity.
What has been your favourite journey?Not sure it is my favourite journey, but I have fond memories of a train trip in Morocco in 1989. There were people with chickens and even a sheep in a sack, and local kids were selling honeydew melons that they had just picked from the fields. That melon was so fresh and delicious that when we got back to the UK I didn't eat any for ages as it couldn't match up.
What are your Top 5 places worldwide?So difficult. Top has to be Antarctica. It is so beautiful, so remote, and makes you realise just how insignificant we are compared to the power of nature. And it has all those wonderfully comical penguins. Then in no particular order: Argentina, which is such a diverse country with amazing places to visit; Japan, which is beautiful and fascinating; Myanmar, or Burma, especially the stunning temples of Bagan; and Colombia, for the friendliness of its people, as much as for the place itself.
Recommend a special place to stayImpossible to pick any one place, but what I would recommend is staying with locals when you can. I don't mean 'experiences' booked through an agent, although those can be interesting. We often stay with local people who rent out their spare room, and we love meeting these people and getting their tips on where to go in their home town.
Which three items do you always pack?A good and lightweight laptop or tablet is essential for planning as you go on a long trip, and we use it for music, ebooks (especially all those otherwise bulky travel guides), uploading photos, reading Wanderlust, and keeping in touch via Skype. A camera - we only have the point and shoot type, to save on bulk and weight, but we love to get some great photos of our travels. And comfortable shoes.
Which passport stamp are you proudest of?It has to be the two from Antarctica. One from the British museum and post office at Port Lockroy, and the other from the Ukrainian Vernadsky Science Station, from where they discovered the hole in the ozone layer. I would love to get one from the Amundsen-Scott Station that is right at the South Pole too.
Which passport stamp would you most like to have?Tristan de Cunha. I have no idea if they even have a passport stamp, but I have wanted to visit this tiny, remote volcanic island ever since I did a school project about it. Maybe one day.
Where or what is your guilty travel pleasure?Tea. Whilst I do enjoy trying the local drinks when we travel, every so often I do love a cup of good, strong tea with a dash of fresh milk. In some countries it can be so hard to get that, so when the opportunity arises, I take it, even though it might mean being in a very touristy place that we wouldn't normally choose.
Window or aisle?Window. I like the view, and as I rarely get up during a flight, I don't have to worry about disturbing others or being disturbed by them.
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