The Joy of the Open Road
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I like the destinations I visit to have a real local vibe, be it a festival, carnival or market. Here are my favourite places for soaking up the buzz.
My favourite and most memorable holiday was to Atlanta, Georgia with my best girlfriends. We listened to jazz and spoken word poetry on a hot day and enjoyed the warm welcome of traditional southern hospitality.
Nightlife is relaxed, bars spill out onto the streets for a chilled carnival vibe. The cuisine is classic soul food – fried chicken, mac n cheese and cornbread.
The Rotterdam carnival is firmly on my annual calendar. The festival is a mixture of Notting Hill meets Rio with every nationality represented in amazingly colourful costumes.
I always start the day with some fuelling carnival food before dancing the night away! I fly from City Airport – so quick and easy and feels like a much more civilised way to travel.
Morocco was a fascinatingly diverse trip. I stayed in Palmerie, a quieter district away from the bustle of Marrakech, although we loved evenings in the buzzy Jemaa el-Fnaa square. I found out I’m pretty good at bartering in the souk!
We also heading out on a 4×4 trip to the Atlas Mountains for dizzying views and an interesting visit a Berber village to see how they lived. I also recommend experiencing the hammam – I was scrubbed, polished and massaged with Argan Oil and came out soft as butter and just so relaxed.
New Zealand fly drive with first class flights followed by a lazy week in Bora Bora in a water bungalow with my partner and my own butler of course!