Carol and I at another Travel Massive event
Late last year I attended an event put on by the Toronto chapter of a fantastic travel group I’m part of called Travel Massive. The event, held at the slick and modern gastropub Lisa Marie in Toronto’s West End was a blogger speed dating night.
Now we were not actually speed dating, it was simply an opportunity to meet, share and learn from other travel bloggers on industry topics.
Yes I know it’s not an airport departure lounge per se but it’s a lounge none the less.
Amongst all the great travel bloggers I met that night, I got to meet one, in particular, I’ve been a huge fan of for awhile. The Wonderful Wandering Carol Perehudoff, possibly one of the funniest, wittiest and most creative wordsmiths on the net.
Name: Carol Perehudoff
Travel Blog: Wandering Carol | wanderingcarol.com
Blog Content: An unpretentious guide to luxury travel.
• How do you incorporate luxury and travel together. How do you prepare? Can you give us some tips?
I pick my priorities. If I want to stay at a luxury hotel (and I usually do), I will forgo something else such as expensive meals. Check out my site for more affordable luxury travel tips.
• Share one of your favourite travel stories. How do these type of experiences change you as a person?
I have had so many wonderful and weird experiences on my travels.
The most memorable was probably the time I decided to interview the Japanese mafia (yes, I am an idiot) so I went alone to the red light district in Tokyo in the wee hours of the morning.
Instead of hanging with the mafia, I ended up at a host bar, where good-looking Japanese men get paid to dance and pour drinks for Japanese women. The club was closed for the night but they invited me in anyway. It was hilarious.
They were all very friendly and perfect gentlemen, and I learned that you can never predict what new adventure might happen when you travel. I also learned that host bars in Japan actually exist, something I never would have imagined before.
• What are your top 5 travel rules that you follow every time you travel and why?
I’m not really a rule person, but I always try to get a window seat on a plane, pack earplugs and take as many essentials in my carry on as possible in case my luggage goes astray.
I also always try to have the right shoes for every occasion, which means I never manage to travel light.
My last rule would be to try to travel light, which clearly never happens.
• What are your top 5 travel hacking tips and tricks?
- I’m obsessive about researching hotels and repeatedly check different discount booking sites before booking. I also compare the offered prices with the hotel website itself. Then I go to a travel site I have a membership with, TravelSetGo.com and compare that. I hate thinking I missed out on the best price.
- I save up travel reward points until I can fly business class on a long haul flight. I find flying business is the best way to make the most of airline points.
- I make good use of my hotel concierge, from getting directions to finding the best places to shop. They know everything.
- I read travel blogs when planning a trip. To find them I first type the destination name into Google then add the words: travel blog.
- I walk wherever I can. It saves money and connects you to your surroundings.
• What are your top 5 travel things you must bring in your carry on, purse and/or satchel?
- Lipstick. I look like a ghost without it.
- Lavender-scented hand sanitizer
- Credit cards
- Notepad and cell phone
• What is your most prized souvenir you brought back from abroad and what’s its story?
My most prized souvenir is the Murano glass chandelier that my husband and I bought on our honeymoon in Venice. It only took us a year and a half of having it sit in the living room in a box before we (meaning my husband) managed to put it together, but it’s a cherished possession nonetheless. See What to do in Venice for more.
• Where are you off to next and what are hoping to experience, eat, see and/or learn?
My next big trip is to Vietnam and Cambodia. I went to grad school in Korea and travelled around Asia a lot but never made it to either country, because every time I got as far as Thailand I loved it so much I stayed put. Now I plan on making up for lost time. My goals are to escape winter, eat pho and see Angkor Wat.
You can also find the Wandering Carol here:
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