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Rachel Graves Expert

Rachel has worked in the travel industry for over 13 years, beginning at Flight Centre then joining the Round the World Experts team over two years ago.
Where I've been: China, South Africa, Peru, Middle East, United Arab Emirates

Favourite holiday destination: Tropical North Queensland as I’m a country girl at heart and love to be close to the Great Barrier Reef and beautiful ancient rainforest which surrounds this area. I lived in Cairns for 5 months whilst working at a car hire company, so I had the freedom of having a car to explore the Atherton Tablelands, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree National Park. I’ve stayed in the Bay Villas Resort in Port Douglas before which is an apartment style property right in the centre of the village. I recommend visiting the Waterfront Bar and Grill at The Pier for some amazing Australian steaks. A must for sightseeing is the Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park trip including a cruise along the Daintree River to view the huge wild crocodiles.


Favourite accommodation: I love the Harbour Rocks Hotel in Sydney as it’s such a lovely boutique style hotel situated right in the historic Rocks area of Old Sydney. It’s a 4.5 star hotel with modern and well-appointed rooms whilst still maintaining the old world charm. The Scarlett Restaurant and Eric’s Bar is also a great place to relax after a hard day of sightseeing.


Dream round the world itinerary: I love a good Grand Prix so it would be great to build a trip around following the races. On a separate note I would love to head out to the East Coast of the USA to see Miami and Florida Keys, then down to Mexico to see the Mayan Ruins then to Central America for the rainforests and continue to Brazil and Argentina to see Patagonia’s beautiful Lake District with its glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. Then I’d head across to Australia for a spot of sunshine and then up to Indonesia to see the volcanic landscapes and finish off in Borneo to see the amazing flora and fauna.


Expert tip: I recommend having your main flights booked between countries and include as many internals as you can on your round the world ticket. At the same time be flexible and leave some gaps on your itinerary which you can then fill in with either overland sections or buy local flights to get you to the more obscure areas. Then your trip can be quite flexible and you can get off the beaten track too. It’s also good to have some sections pre-booked with an adventure tour or two to get you into the swing of things and then keep the rest flexible so you can go where ever your adventure feet take you.