Why do you love travel?
It's a running joke in my family that I travel through my taste buds. I've always loved food and those experiences are up there as the top reason I like to get away. I keep a running log of the best pizza (Napes with NYC as a close second) and did a year or testing margaritas around the world. But more than just food, what I love about travelling anywhere is that it creates the opportunity to see and do things I rarely prioritise doing at home ... wandering aimlessly through a city, going into a gallery “just because” or stopping to people-watch in a random cafe.
What's the most interesting trip you've taken?
My most interesting trip was a month-long, self-drive tour of Tunisa back in the early 2000s. We were three western women (two blondes and a redhead), travelling independently for the month and we saw barely any other tourists. The Sahara Desert was spectacular, we stayed in the hotel that was the film set for Star Wars and we learned early on that if you wanted a good meal for the equivalent of about $0.50 you ordered a bric - a mouth-watering hybrid pancake/pastry savoury snack that you could get anywhere.
Who do you travel with?
These days I mostly travel with my husband and daughter. I'm also a proud PANK (professional aunt, no kids) with a large blended family and a circle of friends that primarily includes kids under 10... so that means most of my trips include travelling with children. Professionally, I've spent much of the last 7 years filming and travelling to all the corners of the country with families of all shapes and sizes.
Name three places you'd recommend for families visiting Australia
My teenage nieces have just visited Australia from Switzerland for the first time and so this whilst we were planning the trip this was a hot topic of conversation at home. After much consideration, for families with teens, I'd recommend Sydney, Cairns (including the Barrier Reef) plus the Red Center as a way for a family with teens to get a good feel for the range of experiences, natural attractions and sub-cultures that we have Down Under.
What's your favourite family holiday experience?
I'm a beach girl when it comes to holidays and of all the places I've travelled, a beach holiday at Copacabanna on the NSW Central Coast is my absolute #1 pick. We've been holidaying there since I was in primary school and it will always hold a very special place in my heart.
How many countries you've visited
Only 51 so far, but one of my ambitions is to have visited every country before I'm 80. For me, a visit only counts if you've left the airport precinct and seen at least something of the destination and have tried some of the local food.
The 50: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, USA, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK (all component countries), Vatican, China, Hong Kong S.A.R, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau S.A.R, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Samoa, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Vanuatu
Where were you born?
Where were your parents born?
Both were also born in Sydney, Australia