Visited 72 countries out of 195 countries
Lived in 4 countries
News: New York Times
Airlines: Cathay Pacific / Singapore Airlines
Hotel: Our Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia
Cafe: Anniversaire Cafe, Tokyo
Restaurant: Le Petit Maison, Hong Kong
Museum: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Safari: Maasai Mara
Bungee Jumping: Auckland
Horse Riding: Santorini
Cycling: The Netherlands
Skiing: St. Moritz
Salt Flat: Salt Lake City
Northern Lights: Lapland
Hot Air Balloon: Mexico City
You win the lottery tomorrow. Where are you travelling to first?
What is your favourite aspect about traveling?
Navigating a new city, figuring out logistics, hotels, transports, landmarks to visit, and making new friends.
Are you a city traveller or nature explorer?
I like to be both but probably prefer nature a bit more.
Have you ever hitchhiked? If not, would you ever consider doing it?
Not on purpose but have been picked up by nice people who drove me to places when no taxis were available in AlUla, Nanjing and Rotorua.
Have you ever been on a cruise?
Yes but I'm not a huge fan of boats. I get seasick.
Have you ever flown first class?
Yes, accidentally, as we missed our flights and only first class was available from Mexico City to Havana, Cuba.
Do you prefer a window seat or aisle seat on a plane?
Have you ever been camping while abroad?
I have stayed in pretty nice camps in South Africa.
Have you ever been on a safari?
Yes, in South Africa, Kenya, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The elephant safari experience in Nepal, literally riding an elephant on water while checking out rhinos, was the most special.
What is your drink of choice on a plane?
What is your go to remedy for jet-lag?
Melatonin and cappuccino.
What is the most exotic destination you’ve been to?
Staying with nomad family in the middle of nowhere in Mongolia.
What is your main concern when travelling?
Safety! I did not feel safe when I was walking around certain parts of Providence, Rhode Island.
Do you travel with a fixed plan or usually just wing it?
I usually book the must-see places and hotels in advance and then wing the rest.
Where do you prefer to stay?
At boutique hotels or airbnbs close to city center. I prefer staying in accommodations that have interesting architecture or interior design.
What has been your best trip?
Saudi Arabia in February 2024.
Which country has the best food?
Malaysia for sure! Even rice tastes better in Malaysia.
How do you choose where to travel to?
Purely based on whether I can get cheap tickets for the target dates, and preferably to a new country. I'm very flexible with where to go as long as I get to see a new part of the world.
What is your earliest travel memory of being on vacation?
Probably Japan with my aunt and uncle. I recall there was a minor earthquake when we were there.
Do you prefer to travel solo or as part of a group?
Probably solo as I like to have the flexibility to wake up as early or as late as I want and just go with the flow of my feelings. I can get pretty intense with the itinerary as if I'm on a mission to visit as many sites as possible.
What travel apps you you use most often?
Google maps, skyscanner, agoda and trip.com.
What is your favourite foreign cuisine?
Do you prefer novel stimulating experiences or a chilled out relaxed vacation?
Definitely novel stimulating experiences.
What is the most money you’ve spent on a plane ticket? Where’d you go?
Round trip economy flight to Melbourne for the graduation ceremony of my masters degree at the tail end of the pandemic. It was insanely expensive due to shortage of staff and it was only for a long weekend trip too.
Would you rather travel the world by plane, train, or ship?
Plane and train! I get seasick on boats.
Would you rather see a lot of countries for a little bit or get to know one in-depth?
A lot of countries for a little bit! Life is short.
Would you rather upgrade your flight to first class or your hotel room to the penthouse suite?
Would you rather watch the rising sun or the setting sun?
Sunrise for sure. Something quite romantic about being up early.
Would you rather discover the jungle on an African safari or the sea on a cruise?
Would you rather have a summer beach vacation or a winter mountain trip?
Since we have access to amazing beaches in Hong Kong and Singapore, I would rather go on a winter snowy mountain trip.
Is it the journey or the destination that’s most important to you?
The destination. I can tolerate budget economy long haul flights as long as it takes me to my destination.