Where the experts holiday: Elisa Rosales, adventurer, presenter and translator

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Elisa worked as a university professor of Spanish literature in America for 20 years before relocating to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she co-hosts a TV travel show called ‘Adónde vamos? TV’ (Where are we going?) that aims to introduce viewers to interesting leisure/holiday activities. Elsewhere Elisa is also involved in a motorcycle parking business designed to provide safe and secure parking for adventurous travelers who want to buy and park a motorcycle in Argentina (www.xfiltrate.com). As a side project, Elisa translates books including the New York Times bestseller, ‘Tango Zen: Walking Dance Meditation’

What do you do like to do on holiday?
I like to load the saddlebags, tail bag and tank bag of one or the other of my two motorcycles, a Honda NX400 Falcon in Argentina or my BMW G650-GS in Spain, with my camping kit, a cocktail dress, tango shoes, a handlebar mounted Garmin GPS, and a map of South America, or of Europe and Asia. Then I saddle up and ride off.

Where did you last go?
I left Buenos Aires in January 2014, and rode my motorcycle through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador all the way to Southern Colombia, where on a muddy mountain trail, I fractured three toes.  In excruciating pain, I managed to ride 100km to the nearest pueblo, San Agustin, where I was able to obtain medical care. Instead of returning to Buenos Aires, I parked my Honda, hired an ambulance to run the coffee grower inspired roadblocks and made my way to Bogota and flew to Arizona.  After three months at my ranch in Arizona and a complete recovery, I returned to San Agustin, Colombia and continued my South American adventure. I rode back through Ecuador, Peru and into Chile where I crossed the Andes at Paso de Jama at 5,000m. It is easier, and safer to camp in Argentina than any other country I have visited.

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Do you know where you’re going this year? 
No, but, when I grow tired of city life, I will ride my motorcycle onto the Buquebus, (ferry) and sail from Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay for a restful weekend or a week. I will wait until next year before I take another longer trip

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?
Several years ago I rode my BMW G650-GS motorcycle from northern Spain through France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey and then I rode back to Spain.  Riding through rural central Turkey was very interesting and much more real than the country’s crowded tourist resorts.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
Discovering who I am is a destination I would like to travel to.  I have some ideas, but have not quite completed that journey.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
As a tourist in Spain, or in any other country, just open your eyes and look around, that is all you have to do to see the world.

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How do you plan your holiday? (Guidebooks/website/agent/recommendations etc)
I seldom plan holidays, other than make sure my motorcycle is running properly, and that I have visas and insurances for any of the countries I might visit.  For the last 10 years I have been taking acting courses and have appeared in several short films and commercials so if I do plan a trip, it’s usually around foreign film festivals where someday I hope to make the connections necessary to become a star!

How often do you go away?
I prefer to work for one year solid and then ‘holiday’ for a whole year.

Who do you travel with?
Usually I travel alone or else with like minded people who feel comfortable in any destination.

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
I worry about the future of tourism not only in Spain but in the whole of Europe. Due to terrorism, the totalitarian controls being imposed on travel, and the immigration crisis in Europe, in the future it may become much more difficult to cross borders.  Therefore, I advise those who want to travel abroad to do it now.  Travel as we know it today may not be possible in 10 years.

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