Travel Tales: Julie Tyers, journalist, mother and domestic goddess
Occupation: Journalist, mother and domestic goddess
Favourite travel destination? Why?: Close call between Koh Samui and NYC – but I reckon Thailand wins as it never fails to relax and nourish me on many levels.
Worst travel experience?: Last June we flew to the UK with our two kids. On the advice of a naturopath, I gave the eldest (then aged 3) a homeopathic teething tincture in order to relax him and make him sleep on the plane. But oh my lordie – the only thing it relaxed was his bowel. He pooed all the way from Sydney to Singapore. I think it got to a point where we were getting a round of applause every time we emerged from the toilet.
Best tips for beating jetlag?: Set your watch to your destination time as soon as you take off and try to get into a routine of that time zone.
What is the one thing you don’t leave home without?: Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream.
Do you stay in touch with people while you’re travelling?: I email and text but can I take this opportunity to champion the revival of the aerogramme? Come on – there must still be a need for flimsy sheets of baking paper with un-navigatable, self-adhesive folds. A return to Old Meeja, I say!
Best meal you’ve ever had while travelling?: I had my very first seafood chowder overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco. The dish was gorgeous and served piping hot in a big sourdough bread cob. It was my very first trip to the US, I was 19, backpacking and felt very cosmopolitan and as if I knew everyhting about everything. Good times.
Best kiss?: The one from my dad as I arrive into Newcastle Airport, UK.
Best/scariest/funniest drive?: I drove from Cairns to Ayers Rock in an ancient Volvo that would overheat if you went over 40kms. I was travelling with my then boyfriend who I’d decided I hated. We only had one cassette (yeah, it was 1994) to listen to – U2’s Joshua Tree. It was a long, long journey, Ivan Milat was still at large and ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ took on a great new meaning.
What has been the big WOW moment of your travelling life?: Another tough one – but it has to be seeing Ground Zero within a few days after 9/11. However, if you need something more upbeat – doing the boat trip (with requisite blue ponchos) under Niagra Falls. It was then that I realised the true power of the natural world.
What is your number one travel tip?: Vacuum bags.