World First's Seven Wonders: Annabel Candy
Annabel Candy is a travel writer, blogger and also, as she says herself, a delightful misfit. She runs a blog called ‘Get In the Hot Spot’, a massively successful site that gets literally hundreds of thousands of hits. She blogs about travel, travel and travel and has had her work featured in travel magazines and blogs all over the world. We are very pleased to present her Seven Wonders.
1. What draws you to a life of travel?
Adventure, meeting people from diverse backgrounds, and being exposed to alternate ways of living. I also love learning languages and I'm from England where the weather is terrible so travel was an easy choice. I'm a restless soul and love exploring. I've lived in eight countries so far and I'm sure there will be more.
2. What’s the best piece of travel advice you can offer?
Spend as long as you can in one place. Don’t try to rush and see every landmark or tourist attraction in Europe on a short vacation. You’ll have more fun and get a better experience if you just choose one place and hang out there for as long as you can.
3. What’s the one item you can’t travel without?
My diary. I love writing about the people I meet and silly things that happen on the road. Writing helps me makes sense of my travels, remember them better and take time to work out what’s important in life.
4. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you on your travels?
The funniest things happen while you’re traveling, I think that’s another reason I love it and write endless funny travel stories on my blog Get In the Hot Spot. It’s impossible to pick the funniest but this week I had a laugh writing a story about how my husband got locked in the bathroom of our house in Costa Rica. He told me to kick the door open to get him out but my tough guy fantasies took over and I actually kicked the door right off its hinges leaving my poor husband shell shocked by the noise. Apparently I didn’t need to kick it so hard. Ooops.
5. Do you have a favourite travel photo?
We rented a house on Bocas del Toro, a small island on the Caribbean coast of Panama for a month. It’s the blue house in this photo. We were living with the locals over the water which was an incredible experience for us as a family. You can see our three kids sitting on the deck and I love that all the usual developed country rules of health and safety such as swimming pool fences are being flouted. Of course all the other families nearby had kids too and our children would play with them in dugout canoes or swimming. We live with too many rules and regulations so this photo really means travel and freedom to me.
6. What’s your greatest remaining travel ambition?
I have so many of them so that’s an interesting question. If I could do only one it would be to go to South America so I could practice my Spanish more and spend more time in the jungle with monkeys, toucans and sloth. I’m not sure which country though. Brazil would be great but they speak Portuguese there!
7. Where are you visiting next and why?
I can’t do so many big overseas trips now my children are older but we’re off camping to a local Queensland travel spot called Mount Barney near Brisbane next month. We always see a lot of wildlife camping here in Australia and I’m hoping to climb the mountain too. I think it’s about a four hour hike. I love walking and being rewarded with a great view. I guess the other reason I don’t travel so much is because I live in Noosa which is one of the best beach resorts in Australia and has near perfect weather. Even though I’m working and doing family stuff most of the time I really appreciate living in a beautiful place. I walk on the beach most days and if I can’t manage that I take time to sit down near the sea and just watch the waves and surfers for a while. You can’t get much more relaxing than that.