Lizzie Ellam Expert
Favourite holiday destination: I absolutely love Vietnam. It was a total surprise to me as the country is so different from North to South. I visited after writing my dissertation on the Vietnam War so really enjoyed visiting the war museums in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. But then the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, the amazing historic centre of Hoi An and an incredible 3 day boat trip around Ha Long Bay showed how much more the country had to offer.
Favourite accommodation: Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa was amazing, and a great way to start or end the garden route. I’ve experienced a few game drives before but the knowledge of the game drivers really made a difference. The grounds at Long Lee Manor were stunning and the little touches like having an iced tea waiting for you at the end of the morning drive and a hot chocolate or mulled wine in the evening to warm you up were great. But watch out for the warthogs that run around the grounds!
Dream round the world itinerary: I would to travel to Kenya and Tanzania first to visit the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and finally some beach time in Zanzibar! Then I’d fly to Australia to dive the barrier reef, visit Uluru and go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. Then over to South America to start one of Intrepids’ tours that starts in Rio and winds all the way up to Colombia.
Expert tip: Find out and then lock down your ‘must-see’ parts of your trip. I missed out on visiting Alcatraz in San Francisco because I didn’t book my tickets and then they sold out.