I grew up hearing stories of my grandmother’s life in India, which had a big impact on me as a child and gave me the travel bug. As soon as my A-Levels were over at 18 I was on a flight to China. I’d never been further than Paris before so landing in Shanghai was a massive culture shock.
Since then I have been lucky enough to experience so much more of this amazing world, backpacking in South East Asia, crossing Canada by train and finally making it to India where the travel fascination all began.
I travel for...
You can learn so much about a culture through their food. Some of my favourite travel memories have something to do with food. I will never forget making dumplings with a Chinese grandmother who kept telling me I was getting it wrong by hitting my hand with her chopsticks!
I always thought of myself as a cultural traveller until I went to Canada, where every bend in the road was a wow moment driving through the Rocky Mountains. The sheer vastness of the wilderness was awe-inspiring. It is always worth spending part of any trip getting out of the busy towns and cities and getting into the countryside, whether by hiking or just taking a detour on a self-drive trip to a stunning viewpoint.
The expression, ‘travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer’ may be a cliché but it’s one for a reason! The people you meet, the cultures you learn about and just stepping out of your comfort zone all make memories that last a lifetime.