Travel talk: where the experts holiday

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Sarah-Jane Goodall, senior sales and marketing manager for Namibia Tourism Board, chats to CD Traveller about swimming, sightseeing and the rewards of a holiday in Namibia – one of Africa’s youngest countries

Sarah-Jane Goodall, senior sales and marketing manager for Namibia Tourism

Sarah-Jane Goodall, senior sales and marketing manager for Namibia Tourism

What do you like to do on holiday?
I like to keep active and spend my time cycling, swimming and sightseeing. That said, I’m always up for spot of R&R in a spa.

Where did you last go?
Perth – the capital of and largest city in Western Australia. Perth is one of the most isolated metropolises on the planet: the nearest city with a population over one million is Adelaide in South Australia and that’s 2,104km away!

Sarah Jane's last trip was to Perth

Sarah Jane's last trip was to Perth

Do you know where you’re going this year?
I am heading to Namibia – partly for work and partly for pleasure.

Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why?
That’s easy: Namibia– which is why I represent it for the UK market! Namibia never fails to enthral its visitors with its contrasting landscapes and wonderful climate.

Namibia never fails to delight

Namibia never fails to delight

Which destination do you wish to travel but haven’t been?
China. The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing have helped make the country one of the world’s top travel destinations.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I would say the least highlighted information is on the cultural experiences to be had with the tribal communities in Namibia.

How do you plan your holidays?
I use guidebooks and travel websites when planning a trip and also talk to travel agents and friends who have already visited my intended destination for their tips.

The 2008 Olympic Games have catapulted China onto the hit list

The 2008 Olympic Games have catapulted China onto the hit list

How often do you go away?
At least three times a year.

Who do you travel with?
Usually it’s with my fiancée.

Sarah Jane's favourite destination: Namibia

Sarah Jane's favourite destination: Namibia

Where do you see tourism in your country in 10 years time?
Advancing quickly. Namibia is one of the few remaining untouched wildernesses but it won’t be long before the secret is out.

Thanks Sarah-Jane!
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