“Travel is a new experience that can transport you out of your everyday routine to create memories with the ones you love.” – Brian Chesky
DutFreeList in conversation with super excited, super energetic and superbly talented travel blogger, Carol Perehudoff
What were the 3 most memorable experiences you had in the year 2018?
I did a bucket list trip – the Galapagos cruise I did on the Santa Cruz II was unforgettable. It was like floating through another universe, filled with sharks, seals and birds of all kinds. Another memorable experience I had was staying in a deluxe private home in the centre of Venice.
A former palace called the Palazzo Grimani, it’s been newly-restored by the renowned British architect John Simpson and now can be rented out. Imagine hand-painted ceiling frescos, chandeliers and crimson settees. Finally, I’d say the Blue Mountains in Ontario up by Georgian Bay was a welcome respite from the life in downtown Toronto. I need my nature fix, and hope to explore my beautiful province more.
What is that one destination that you would want to go again, especially for the food varieties it offers?
Rocky Mountaineer! As a brand ambassador for this luxury train through the Canadian Rockies, I’ve been lucky enough to ride almost all of their routes. Dining is one of the highlights; you’re served gourmet cuisine that focuses on local produce while travelling through scenic mountain landscapes. And their oatmeal cookies are irresistible.
Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are the top 2 things on it?
I want to cycle the Loire Valley from chateau to chateau. The Loire Valley of France has been on the forefront of cycle tourism and I can’t think of a more romantic way to see castles. Slow travel is my favourite way to explore. I’ve also always wanted to see the Silk Road.
What has been your favourite past time to do inside a big beautiful suite?
Work. I find it totally inspiring to write when my surroundings are designer glam. I guess that’s why I always blow my budget on luxury hotels.
Tell us something unexpected that has happened to you on your travels.
I was once stopped on the street in Seoul, Korea, and asked to be in a movie. I didn’t have a speaking role but I had a name and a job, Susan Smith, British spy.
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