What was your greatest holiday?

Bolivia. Making music and chatting up llamas.

And the worst?
Portugal. Almost getting mugged and by chance starring in a TV commercial for a Polish mobile phone company.

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing?
Looking like I forgot to get dressed and eating a lot of carbohydrates.


If we could teleport you to one place in New Zealand for a week-long holiday, where would it be?
I don't know New Zealand at all so anywhere you'd suggest is good with me.

How about for a dream holiday internationally?
I feel drawn to Iceland.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?
In Nepal, they wash their bums after the job is done in the loo - I picked up the wrong container on my way in, it was petrol!

Complete this sentence - I can't travel without...
An open mind.

What's the best travel tip you've ever been given?
When you get into danger, act more crazy than they do, it worked in Portugal, where I "almost" got mugged. My uncle gave me that advice, he's a horse whisperer.

What was the most memorable meal you've had while travelling?
I hitched and busked around Europe when I was in my 20s and got stuck in a truck stop in Bremen, Germany. After two days I ran out of money. A guy bought me a freshly baked loaf of fruit-and-nut bread. "Hunger is the best pickle."

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?
The lessons learned, one of the biggest being to trust my intuition every time.

Favourite airport at which to land?
JFK - the excitement of New York begins there for me.

What's the next trip you've got planned?
I'm going to Paris for a couple of nights and plan on going to Montmartre at 5am before the rest of the tourists get there.

Irish singer-songwriter Roesy appears at the Tauranga Arts Festival with the Seisiun dance troupe on October 29 (Katikati), October 30 (Tauranga) and October 31 (Opotiki). Tickets from Ticketek.