Wanderlust With: Jayne Gorman
Meet the queen of luxury travel on a budget.
UK expat Jayne Gorman travels the world sharing her stories via her blog Girl Tweets World. She's a big fan of brunch (as you can see from this pic) and is often booking boutique stays based on their proximity to a lauded brunch spot in the city.
Where does she rate? We sat down for a quick travel chat to find out.
Q: What's the last holiday you took?
A: As a travel blogger the line between what is a holiday and what is work for me is often blurred. I guess the last holiday I took was a four-day break to Tasmania to discover Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay with my husband. I ended up blogging about the experience, I can't help myself, so although it was technically a holiday it turned into work when I got home!
The last work trip I took was to India where I had the incredible opportunity to travel across the north of the country to the likes of Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi on a luxury train. I travelled with 15 other bloggers and writers who I could bounce around ideas with over Kingfisher beers and it was one of the best work trips I've ever experienced.
Q: What about the first holiday you took?
A: I took my first overseas holiday without my parents to Cyprus when I was 16 years old. I was still in school so worked every weekend at Topshop and saved for a year to take this holiday with my girlfriends. It took a while to convince our parents to let us go without them though!
Q: What's your favourite destination in the world?
A: I'm fascinated with Asia as a whole, particularly the range of cultures, cuisines and heritage you find there. My favourite destinations include Japan, India and Sri Lanka. I love that you can have such a diverse range of experiences all within one region at any of these destinations.
Q: What are the top three things you like to do there?
A: Let's discuss Sri Lanka because it has this wonderful mix of beaches, temples and tea plantations. Seeing elephants in the wild is an experience not to me missed, as is climbing the ancient Lion Rock, Sigiriya, and taking the train from Kandy to Ella through the Tea Country – it's regularly named one of the most beautiful train rides in the world and I have to agree.
Q: What are the top three items you can’t leave home without?
Q: If you could only pick one out of beach, city or mountains, which would it be?
A: Can I cheat? I'm definitely a city beach kind of girl and if you throw in mountains too it's my perfect trifecta! That's why I love Cape Town and Rio.
Q: Lastly, what's your favourite travel photo?
A: On my first visit to Japan these gentlemen kindly let me take their photo as they soaked in a steaming hot onsen and the snow fell all around. The whole Tohoku region looks like Narnia in the winter and I feel this photo evokes some of that magic.
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