I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today, I would like to introduce you to Demi, a writer and Scuba Diving Instructor, based in Malta. She blogs at “ Around the world with her “.
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
Read about Demi’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! I am Demi, a 20 – something year old writer and Scuba Diving Instructor from the UK, currently living and working in Malta.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
When I was around 7 years old my mother took my sister and I to Disneyland Paris as a surprise, however we were both terrified of all the actors dressed up and cried every time we saw them! We took a bus all the way from the north of England to the ferry over the English Channel, then back on the bus to Paris!
3. Where was the last place you travelled to?
I spent a few days in Budapest in March which was lovely and the city was absolutely beautiful!
4. What was the best thing you did there?
Honestly, just walking around the city! It is free, there is something amazing to see around every corner, and the sun was shining after weeks of bad weather. The views from the top of Buda hill are really special.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
The first time I ever went on an airplane was when I was 11, we went to visit some of my family in South Africa. The trip was supposed to be for a month, however my nana misread the return flight date, and we actually missed the flight home. This was over Christmas, so a really busy time of year. This meant we ended up staying for 7 weeks! We spent a weekend in Pilanesberg on safari which was amazing. I remember seeing a pack of wild dogs and they became my favourite animal for years. I also remember following a huge elephant down a dusty road.
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
I spent a year in Australia and it really grew on me. When I first arrived in Sydney I thought I had made a massive mistake, but once I headed out of the city into the real countryside, and secluded beaches, I felt I was in the real Australia!
7. What must one do there?
I would say rent or buy a car and just drive. The country is huge, and once you escape the typical tourist trail there are so many hidden surprises. You can see kangaroos in huge packs on hill tops, watch whales breaching right off the shore, or hike to the top of any hill and be rewarded with an amazing view.
8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
I always used to travel alone and I thought that I would never have the patience to travel with someone else. However, I met my boyfriend in Costa Rica last year and I realised that I actually prefer to travel with him, a notion I never thought I would find!
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
A camera. I do believe that sometimes people miss moments because they spend so much time looking at the world through their phone or camera, however there are some views that I think “I have to capture this and remember it forever”. I have a Canon 1100d and whilst I think phone cameras are really amazing nowadays, nothing beats a proper camera for taking good photographs.
10. Your best travel advice?
Go slow. So many people travel to as many places as possible in such a short space of time. You will end up spending more time on trains, planes and buses than actually enjoying yourself!
12. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Antarctica. Later this year I will travel to South America, and so that means the only continent I will have left to explore will be Antarctica. I also find there is something very inviting about a country that is nearly unspoiled by the presence of humans.
13. Any embarrassing travel moments?
Once I went on a girl’s holiday with a few friends to Corfu. We are not big drinkers, but we got lured into a bar with 2 for 1 cocktails. After a few too many we decided to go skinny dipping in the sea. We were all in hysterics, splashing around. When we got out, we realised the bar staff had overheard our conversation about our drunken plan and had come to check out our activities. Very embarrassing!
14. How can people connect with you?
I have my personal blog at Around The World With Her where I write about travel and scuba diving.
You can also find me on Instagram.
Thank you, Demi , for sharing your fascinating travels with us!
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales”, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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