In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week I have the pleasure of hosting a new found travel blogging friend, Lyn from The Travelling Lindfields.
Lyn and her husband David live in Sydney and travel regularly in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S and South America. They are in their late 50s and have two grown sons. Travel blogging is something Lyn does to stay sane while they are on the road. Since the day they met, more than three decades ago, David has always been a keen traveller and Lyn has just tagged along.
But don’t get her wrong, she likes to travel but left to her own devices she would not have spent quite so much of her life doing it. By sharing their successes, disasters and everything in between Lyn hopes she can make life a little easier for fellow wanderers.
Read on to find out what inspires Lyn from The Travelling Lindfields.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
David, my husband, and I have travelled together for almost three decades. When we met he had a trip to Europe already planned. Within a couple of days, he talked me into coming with him and that more or less set the template for the rest of our lives: David plans a trip and I get talked into coming along.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
My first overseas trip was a cruise with my mother and sister. We flew to Singapore to join the ship and cruised around South East Asia for three weeks before flying home from Darwin. We called in at all sorts of exotic ports; Keelung City in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu and Ambon. It was a great adventure whenever we were in port but I was seasick every single moment we were at sea. I came home really thin and have never again been on an ocean cruise.
What’s one travel planning tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
If you get seasick, airsick or motion sick, find a good medication and never be without it.
Best travel experience so far?
A few years ago David and I were in Egypt with our then fourteen year old son. We planned a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. About 50 km south of Luxor there is a lock at Esna. It is closed twice a year for maintenance and while it is closed the cruise ships can’t get through so instead of starting at Luxor you have to get a bus to Esna, quite a long way south, and begin your cruise there. We knew the Esna Lock would be closed around the time we wanted to go and we were very careful not to book for those dates, but something went wrong and instead of taking the first cruise after the lock re-opened we found ourselves on the last cruise while the lock was still closed. We were terribly disappointed when we realised this.
It turned out to be the best thing which could have happened. Nobody wanted to cruise then so we, and a small group of others, had the whole Nile to ourselves. There were thirteen of us in a ship which could hold eighty passengers and hardly any other ships on the river. By the end of the first day we knew each other really well and spent the next four days like a large extended family exploring the Nile temples and towns in complete isolation from the rest of the world.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
David – he always has at least three future trips planned. I have to be very careful what I wish for. David has been known to go from idle suggestion to holiday completely booked in less than 24 hours. I have a tongue-in-cheek whinge about this problem in my blog – click here to read it.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Connect with Lyn
Thanks Lyn for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to You!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.