Winston Aldworth talks to Trip Notes hosts Stephanie Holmes and Tim Roxborogh about being paid to travel, and his top tips for river cruising
Getting paid to travel for a living sounds like the dream job, but is it all it's cracked up to be? That's the hot topic of discussion on the new episode of Trip Notes, available today.
Winston Aldworth, the editor of this fine publication, knows a thing or two about the subject - he's been a professional traveller for almost eight years. From opulent palaces in India, to trekking in Nepal, to private Rolls Royce transfers to ultra-luxury hotels, Aldworth has seen it all.
"It is a dream job," he says, "it's one of those mythical things - it's a unicorn job."
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But whatever he might like you to believe, it's not all First-Class flights, penthouse suites, and champagne. We also pick Aldworth's brains about the best destinations for Kiwi travellers, tips for flying long haul, and why we shouldn't complain about plane travel.
And, for this week's Destination of the Week, we round up Cruise Month and talk about the best things about European River Cruising.
You can download Trip Notes now at iHeartRadio, or wherever you get your podcasts. In the meantime, here are Winston Aldworth's top tips for river cruising...
GET ON THE BOAT
The difference between a river cruise and the ocean variety is as wide as the Amazon. And not just because you can hop off the river boat so often and so easily, you're also sliding right past the countryside and little towns — getting a timeless and privileged view into the communities you're visiting as you travel.
GET OFF THE BOAT
There'll be a couple of stops a day with these snazzy river ships. Take the chance to explore a little village. The cruise line will have tours or activities lined up, and they're generally very good, with access to wineries, castle or museums that would be a hassle to line up for yourself. But definitely plan for a couple of stops where you wander off and do your own thing.
GET ON THE BIKE
If there's a cycle tour, join it. Chances are there'll be e-bikes, so you'll barely raise a sweat, and cycling swiftly and comfortably gets you enough distance on your starting point to feel a real sense of achievement.
GET EATING AND DRINKING
There'll be meals provided on board and they'll be good. Depending on the company you're cruising with, there might well be complementary grog flowing as well. But, at least once, make the effort to discover your own hidden restaurant treat for dinner or lunch. It'll mean paying your own money, but it'll also mean telling your fellow passengers all about your own little culinary discovery. You great big gourmand, you!
GET BACK TO THE SHIP ON TIME
I'll give you three guesses what happens if you're late for a scheduled sailing.
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