Wanderlust With: Michael Turtle

Stephanie Yip 10 August 2018 NEWS

We travel through time and space with the Time Travel Turtle.

A born storyteller, Michael Turtle has done it all from newspapers and television to radio. Now he prefers to work for himself, travelling the globe and telling his stories on his blog Time Travel Turtle. Not so you can live vicariously through them (although there is that), but to share his tips, tricks and experiences so you too can make the most of your travel experience.

We delve deeper into the travelling life of this "turtle":

Q. What's the last holiday you took?

A: I spend almost all my time on the road and it always feels a bit like a mix between a holiday and work. My latest trip has been to Lisbon in Portugal. It's an incredibly beautiful city with so much to explore!

Q: What about the first holiday you took?

A: The very first trip I went on was to England when I was just a few months old. But I don't really remember that, so it probably doesn't count. The first holiday that I remember was to the US when I was about six years old. Apparently we went to some incredible national parks… but I don't have many firm memories of those. At the time, I was much more excited about Disneyland and I can still remember a lot of those details!!

Q: What's your favourite destination in the world?

A: My favourite country in the world is Japan. I have been quite a few times and I enjoy it more each time I visit. I just love everything about it – the food, the nature, the history, the traditions, the modern culture and even the language.

Q: What are the top three things you like to do there?

A: If I was going to suggest three things for the first-time traveller, I would say to explore the temples at either Nara or Kyoto – they are an amazing glimpse into the history. I would recommend going to an onsen for a traditional hot springs experience. And I would suggest you go to an "izakaya" (which is like a bar) and have a few drinks, eat fried meat on a stick and chat to the locals!

I think I would have made a pretty good samurai! :)

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Q: The top 3 things you can't live without?

A: I can't live without my phone these days because I use the GPS on it constantly to find my way around – I even make my own maps and routes in advance that I follow when I've got a list of things I want to see. I also always take a good pair of running shoes with me because I do a lot of walking and need some comfortable shoes for that. And I carry a hoodie jumper with me because it's the perfect comfort clothing for all sorts of situations and makes a good pillow on planes and buses as well!

Q: If you could only pick one – beach, city or mountains which would it be?

A: I would choose mountains. Over time, I have become increasingly interested in hiking and long walks through nature. Some of the best hikes I have ever done have been in the mountains and I think I would never get bored of the different views!

Q: Lastly, can you share with us your absolute favourite photo?

A: I have taken tens of thousands of photos in my travels and I have so many that I love. But my favourite photo is the one that always makes me smile – and it was from Australia. It was when I went swimming with seals off the NSW coast at Narooma and a baby seal that apparently had only started going into the water a couple of days earlier came up and wanted to play with me. It was a really magical moment!


Finder's Wanderlust With is a monthly series featuring travellers and bloggers from around the world. Check back every 10th of the month to be inspired for your next journey.

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