Zipkick Bloggers: Paula McInerney
Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
I traveled to Samoa because I had read a lot of Somerset Maugham and this is the place that I had set my heart on. The rest is history. Like him, I have not stopped.
If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
With unlimited resources I would like to fly first class always so I can sleep in a bed. I would like a Northern Lights expedition and a ski trip in Norway.
What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
I am afraid of heights and haven’t really overcome it, though I have got a lot better in that there are more things I will do, that previously would have freaked me out. I guess the courage comes from not wanting to miss out. What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier? My social media ones for sure, I would be lost without them. Shazam to identify songs that I can’t remember the artist. True.
What place do you wish more people have seen?
Everywhere probably, but definitely Nozawa Onsen in Japan. I want everyone to see what a beautiful and traditional village it is, how the onsens are hot, and the powder is deep, and the people are wonderful.
Best advice you have been given and by whom?
It was a line from a movie, Strictly Ballroom. “A life lived in fear is a life half lived” – it made sense.
When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
Constantly. When I fainted at the Sumo and these businessmen looked after me. When a taxi driver in Rome ran up a steep hill yelling and waving my handbag above his head. People are very kind. That is why I love traveling so much.
What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?
We live in Australia so anywhere is a long way away. Much as we love our home if we can stay for a long period of time and try to feel like a local, we do. When people start to recognize us, then we know that we are starting to be part of the scenery.
I am a zipkick blogger because….
This is big. We have always advocated bespoke travel planning and this is what Zipkick does; providing personalized travel plans. It syncs perfectly with our philosophy. Also, there are people that I admire greatly who are also zipkick bloggers. I want to be a part of this from the start.
Thank you Paula McInerney for being part of our ZipKick Blogger interview series!
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