Stories from the road is an interview series with inspiring people all over the world. Meet backpackers, expats, nomads and full-time travellers, and learn how you can do it too.
How did you get the travel bug? Why and when did you start travelling?
I was so very lucky to date a pro surfer when I was a young lady. We travelled far and wide – Brazil, France, Spain, Hawaii, Japan, for almost 10 years… and to this day it’s really responsible for giving me my initial travel bug!
How was Follow the Vista born?
I love to travel and people naturally asked me for advice. I started writing wanderlust travel guides and it grew from there.
Tell me about your favourite travel memory
So many… but the USA RV trips with my girlfriends in my late 20s remain some of the most beautiful and fun experiences in my life. However, every trip holds its very own magic – even those little weekend getaways.
What would you say is the best thing about travelling?
Opening your mind, your heart and your eyes. Getting out of your comfort zone and letting the world teach you. Immersing yourself in incredible new cultures, foods and music! It’s just the best.
Tell me about the craziest/weirdest experience you’ve ever had on a travel
Morocco times are always an interesting experience. My best friend and I were treated to the most decadent dinner experience you could ever imagine. There we were (dressed like backpackers after a day in the souk) amongst royalty, gold and rose petals.
Where would you recommend people to visit at least once in their life, and why?
I just returned from a trip to New Zealand so it’s still on the mind. Although it is an island quite close to home (Australia) I could not compare the sheer natural beauty of the islands to anything. Do go in the warm months if you’re not a snow bunny however! It can get chilly.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from travelling?
Let the trip guide you – try not to pre-plan everything to allow some flexibility & always do your research before you fly.
Where is your favourite destination and why?
I adore Tahiti, Hawaii and Bali because it is always 100% relaxation. Yet I also love Tasmania for its raw sense of adventure. I couldn’t pick just one!
What’s still on your bucket list?
There are many parts of Europe I am still to cover. Today, I am dreaming of a wooden sail in Croatia…that’s definitely on the bucket list.
What would be your best advice for people who dream about travelling?
The experience of traveling is worth more than money, but we all know it costs money to travel… Set goals, put some saving away each week and your trip will be so satisfying when you finally arrive to your own infinity pool, cocktail in hand.