Wayfarer: Julie Gough

jgI think I’m just going to admit defeat now — I’ve come to terms with the fact that the majority of my Wayfarers are coworkers. I can’t help it, though. I’m surrounded by people who have been EVERYWHERE — I’m sure between the lot of them we can probably cover a good portion of the world.

Julie’s no exception. In the past four years that I’ve known her she’s probably gone on at least six or seven trips. On top of that, this lady runs marathons and participates in triathlons. It’s hard to keep track of her adventures because she’s always on the go.

Julie’s never short on stories about where she’s been or where she’s going next, and frankly it’s dangerous for me to talk to her about travel in general because all it does is stoke the flames of my wanderlust (so basically I’m screwed because we talk about travel about 90% of the time, seeing how that’s the industry we’re in).

What countries have you visited? Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State (Holy See), Viet Nam.

What is your favourite place to visit? I love London, England. I can go back time and time again and discover new things. However, after just visiting the Galapagos, I would have to say that is my favourite place right now. I’m sure this will change after my next adventure.

What’s one thing you’ve learned from your travels? That you have to have patience and not let the little things upset you. Something (a flight delay or cancellation) or someone (the tour mate that doesn’t stop talking about themselves) is inevitably going to annoy you and you just need to go with the flow and not let the little things upset your experience.

What’s one thing you must always bring with you on a trip? Besides from the usual camera, my beanie neck pillow. I can’t tell you how many times its helped get a good nights sleep on planes, trains and in hostels and hotels.

What are the top three destinations on your travel bucket list? Kilimanjaro, Peru and New Zealand.

What’s the craziest thing to have happened to you while on a trip? I don’t know if I would call this crazy, but it’s ended up being one of the funniest things that has happened while I’ve travelled. While I was on a camping trip on Fraser Island we were set up for the night, sitting around the camp fire talking about the dingo encounter we had earlier in the day. All of a sudden one of the other campers looked beside him and there, just sitting as if he was our pet, was another dingo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen five adults move so fast as we scurried into the jeep.



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