Hello, I'm Rachael!
I am a communications and government relations professional with a passion for new people and places. My travel style is focused on local specialties and always incorporates an element of adventure.
Favorite place you’ve visited so far:
Thailand. I loved the adventure aspect of going all alone. From the beaches of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, to treks in Chiang Mai and the hustle and bustle of Bangkok it was a wild ride from start to finish.
Place you’re dying to see:
In 2017, I checked Scotland and Mexico off of my list, although I would certianly go back! Hungary, South Africa, Jordan, Slovenia, Malta, Costa Rica and Vietnam top my list right now.
Must have travel accessory:
A smartphone is key because you have access to so many features – GPS/wi-fi/music/games/guides/books/language tools/photos/videos. I would suggest female travellers pack a scarf – they are so handy! Stay warm on a plane, use as a beach cover up, wrap delicate items, dress up a travel outfit…
Worst travel moment:
I had my passport, wallet, ID, credit cards… stolen my second day in Sydney, Australia. After a long and exhausting day of sightseeing, I decided to investigate an internet café. Being a naïve small-town Ontario country girl, I was totally unaware that the girls fidgeting with the computer beside me had actually made off with my purse!
Yadda yadd yadda…I was stuck in the Darwin airport at midnight en route to Singapore, being interrogated by Immigration because my replacement passport didn’t mention the student visa that I had entered the country with.
Lesson: photocopy (2 copies!) all of your important documents – one to take, one to leave at home. Never hurts to have another copy in your phone, too.
Best travel moment:
Watching the sun come up in the Mediterranean Sea the morning after my wedding.
When the hotel shut down our reception, my new husband and I took four of our closest friends downtown to spend the remainder of the evening at a beach bar. We spent the wee hours of the morning dancing the night away, and ran into the sea as the sun was rising. It was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen, to top off one of the best nights of my life.