First holiday memory?
My first international trip, which wasn’t really a holiday, was to Switzerland for the Prix de Lausanne, which was a ballet competition. I stayed in a town called Lausanne where I remember having McDonald’s for the first time which was absolutely amazing.
Favourite place in SA?
There are a few places in South Africa that I absolutely love. A few that come to mind are Paternoester in the Western Cape, Magoebaskloof which is beautiful and I absolutely love Franschoek. I definitely think it’s one of the gems we have in this country that has to be seen by everyone; it is gorgeous.
Definitely going on Symphony Of The Seas with Cruises International to the Mediterranean Sea. It was a real eye opener. I loved it because you can travel to multiple countries without having to get onto a plane or repack your bags. It’s one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to travel with such a selection of food, entertainment and fun that you never get bored.
What have you learnt from your travels?
When I travel, I always want to come back with an epiphany or a ‘aha’ moment. It generally happens while I am on the trip or when I get back home. Most of the time though I love to eat and try out new kinds of foods and cuisines that get my palette excited.
Ideal travelling companion?
Somebody who you get along with and that’s accommodating and understanding. Obviously someone you have common interests with as well and of course, have fun with.
Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?
It’s between beach bum and culture vulture because I like to lounge around on the beach, eat and just enjoy my time. But also from a cultural perspective, I love trying out different foods at new and different places. It’s a must with also trying out a Michelin Star restaurant. I also love eating where the locals eat. I’ve heard that locals in Thailand are quite open to inviting guests to their homes, so I would love to experience that.
Greatest travel luxury?
I would say my medic box. I know it’s not a luxury, but I have been sick on a trip before and it’s the worst when you can’t find the medicine that you know is going to help you get better quickly. My little box of medicine has the standard things that will kick you back into gear very quickly.
I generally like to read entrepreneurship books but I am a big podcast fan so if I had a choice, I would listen to a podcast.
Where has seduced you?
Italy. I absolutely loved it. I travelled around the cities on a food trip where I was fortunate to experience culinary wonders such as seeing how Parma Ham is made in Parma. I also saw how parmesan was made from scratch and seeing families that have been making pasta for years. That was a really amazing food trip
Worst travel experience?
I don’t want to say it was the worst as it was still an amazing trip, but I think it was my first shoot traveling overseas and I didn’t pack properly. I was going to Australia and it was the middle of winter and I didn’t pack the necessary items as I wasn’t a seasonal traveller yet. I had to go skiing and I couldn’t believe how cold it was.
I love the Shangri-La hotel group as well as the Four Seasons. I remember going to Hong Kong on a Top Billing trip and the Shanri-La made a cake for my birthday; I didn’t even know they knew it was my birthday. All the staff sang for me and and they made my room extra special. I’ve always remembered that and thought it was really special.
Favourite walk, swim, ride or drive?
I love driving in a comfortable car depending on where I am driving to especially if it’s a scenic route. I enjoy walking as well. I’m definitely not a swimmer, but I enjoy going to the beach for that perfect picture.