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What was your greatest holiday?

I got married in Thailand a few years ago and spent a happy month in the country. We travelled overnight on a sleeper train from Bangkok to Koh Samui, where we met up with my family from Australia and my husband's family from the UK. I drove everyone around the island in a twin-cab ute, all the oldies hanging out in the back enjoying the breeze.

Our wedding suite on Koh Tao had an infinity pool with a 180-degree view of the horizon and 24-hour room service, we didn't venture much further.


And the worst?

My dad flies small planes and it fell out of the sky on a trip from Mittagong to Lismore in 1985 on our way to visit my grandparents for Christmas. The engine had failed but he managed to land it, with the wheels up, in a field and we all got out safely. The next worst part was we had to hire a car and drive the rest of the way, squeezed in with Mum up front and four of us girls in the back.

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing?

I am not very good at sitting still, so after a few days under a tree near the beach, reading a book, swimming and chilling out, you will most likely find me adventuring on foot, on a bike or going to places least populated by fellow travellers. In a city, you will find me shopping for authentic clothes.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?

Left the hotel without the address to get back. I've done it more than once.

Aisle seat or window seat?

Window every time. I love to while away the hours watching the earth pass beneath me.

Complete this sentence: I can't travel without ... An eye mask for sleeping, a good book and a bottle of water.

What's the best travel tip you've ever been given? Set your watch to local time and just get with the programme when you land, don't think about what time it is back home.

What was the most memorable meal you've had while travelling?

I didn't eat it, but we went to a restaurant in Tokyo where you sit at tables around a large pool and literally fish the fish out of the water with a fishing line. The fish is then taken away and bought back to your table moments later, as Sashimi, but with its tail still flapping.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?

A husband.

Favourite airport to land at?

Sydney because I know my Mum and Dad are waiting to pick me up, and it's nearly the end of a 30-hour, door-to-door trip from London.

What's the next trip you've got planned?

I'm in New York for Halloween!