* Definitely beach. Though I love trekking, clean air and mountain scenery, at heart I’ll always be a creature of the coast.
* I try to travel over land as much as possible. You get such a better feel for the distance and understanding of how the terrain has influenced history.
* I’d have to say Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney just because it either means the start of a new adventure or a return to home, friends and family.
* My favourite place to stay is in a tent in the wild! Some of the best places I’ve stayed in doors include:
– Jungle Beach, north of Nha Trang, Vietnam, although the accommodation was outdoors with a mosquito net. It was a great escape from the sleaziness of Nha Trang.
– Cas de las Olas, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – a boutique hotel converted into a hostel, complete with family dinners, infinity pool and resident spider monkey. It’s right nex to the infamous Naked Tiger Hostel, so you can join the party there, but still retreat for a good night’s sleep.
– Casa Roja, Santiago, Chile – an old mansion converted into a hostel by a Aussie traveller who added a pool with spa and pool-bar, and even a cricket net!
* I’m lucky that I don’t suffer motion sickness, but my advice is to look out at something fixed in the distance like the horizon to let your brain know that you are moving (I think the problem is largely that you feel you are moving, but all the vehicle around you is moving the same way so it looks like you are not moving, so your brain gets confused leading to nausea).
For jet lag the key is to expose yourself to light, exercise and don’t let yourself sleep when you are supposed to be awake and then go to bed in a dark room when you should be asleep. Melatonin tablets also work wonders.
* My favourite travel gadgets are old school: eye mask, inflatable pillow, compass and waterproof watch. Everything else is superfluous.
Sherv, David and Me
* To travel light make sure all your clothes match with each other and post souvenirs home rather than lugging them around.
* My Katmandu backpack has been going strong for 8 years now. Avoid top-loading backpacks where you have to take everything out to get to the stuff at the bottom.
* In The Philippines I loved:
– Ocean Adventure in Olongapo, where I swam with dolphins;
– The Apo Islands, where I dived with whale sharks; and
– El Nido, Palawan with it’s party vibe and stunning islands to cruise to nearby.
* My favourite international destinations include:
– Palenque, Mexico where mushroom-muching hippies frolic in the waterfalls within the Mayan ruins that remain half-buried in jungle;
– The Galapagos Islands where the abundant turtles and sea lions come right up to play with you; and
– Sydney, Australia, my home and a clean, modern city on a gorgeous harbour, surrounded by the world’s best beaches and the fragrant flora and unique fauna of the Australian bush.