This document was featured on the Metro UK where a very good friend and travel blogger colleague Julie Falconer shares her holiday tips –
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Never check in bags: Travel blogger Julie Falconer shares her holiday tips
Travel blogger Julie Falconer recommends the Maldives, Botswana and not checking in luggage (Pictures: supplied)
Julie Falconer is a Californian living in London. She writes an award-winning blog, A Lady In London. She has visited 91 countries
Where did you go on your last holiday? The last true holiday I took was a trip to St John, an island in the Caribbean that’s part of the United States Virgin Islands. I went one month before I started the blog, over American Independence Day, and spent most of my time eating seafood. I only took a few photos and didn’t take any electronics, so it was very different to what I’m used to now. My last work trip was to Switzerland, to Nendaz in the Alps. I hiked along the mountain trails with a giant St Bernard dog and ate cheese, cured meats and raclette.
Do you have a pre-flight ritual? Getting to the airport early enough for a drink is always a priority but otherwise I don’t worry about much because I fly so often. I tend to pack quickly because I do it all the time, so I use the same bag and throw everything in. I know my timing well and have the phone numbers of the airlines on hand just in case I miss a flight and need to re-book.
What’s on your travel bucket list? The top three on my list are Botswana, Ethiopia and the Galapagos Islands, purely for the diversity of species. When I was on a safari in the Maasai Mara in 2006, I met a couple who had lived all over Africa, and said that Botswana had the best safaris because of the abundance of elephants in Chobe National Park and also beautiful landscapes in the Okavango Delta. I’m particularly interested in visiting Lalibela in northern Ethiopia, which is famous for its 11 monolithic churches that were carved from the top down into huge rocks.
What has been your most memorable travel moment? I had wanted to go the Maldives for a long time and I stayed at the W Hotel (doubles from £695 including breakfast, www.wretreatmaldives.com), which consists of bungalows that sit in the crystal-clear waters. The abundance of marine life was like nothing I’ve ever seen – I would have had to go diving to see them all in any other part of the world. Our bungalow had a glass-covered hole in the floor so I could see sharks and turtles from my hotel room. There’s not a lot to do but relax, swim, snorkel and eat.
Top travel tip? Never check in a bag. Sometimes that’s a challenge, depending on the trip, but I find it’s so much less hassle if you carry on a bag and not have to worry about lost luggage or waiting at a carousel. I stick to my rule on every trip, no matter how long. If the trip is longer, I pack enough for half of the trip and do laundry once in the middle. If the weather is varied, I pack layers and wear my heaviest clothes on the plane.
Via: Metro » Travel | Metro UK
September 09, 2013 at 08:00AM