Travel Tales: Melissa Rimac

melissa-rimacName: Melissa Rimac

Age: Old enough to have a mortgage – too young to be getting overly stressed about the fact that it doesn’t seem to diminish …

Occupation: Writer / Photographer

Favourite travel destination?: El Nido, The Philippines – great snorkeling, knockout visuals and the most melodramatic sunsets imaginable.

Worst travel experience? What happened?: On a remote Pacific island, being stuck for three days in a stranger’s house whilst on a famil – very cringy, and worse of all – he was convinced that journos can survive on words.

Best tips for beating jetlag?: Copious amounts of ginger and camomile tea and don’t take off those fetching eye – shades ( the ones they give you in planes, the sort Joan Collins would wear whilst asking Dexter to grab another bottle of champagne) … for at least 24 hours.

What is the one thing you don’t leave home without?: My mega metal mug – delayed flights, collapsed roads, etc become so much more manageable when you can make a cuppa and sip tea whilst surveying calamity.

Do you stay in touch with people while you’re travelling?:
For short trips, I revel in the feeling of utter, unfettered escape.

Best meal you’ve ever had while travelling?: The buffet at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives – still raving about it three years later.

Best kiss?: When my partner wakes me and agrees he’ll make coffee.

Best/scariest/funniest drive?:
Just about every moment on the road in India  – everyone seems hellbent on colliding with you.

What has been the big WOW moment of your travelling life?: Mountain biking on the Tibetan grasslands – and meeting a yak hearder ennobled with pitch-perfect BBC English.

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