Where the experts holiday: Amy Everett, travel writer

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Travel and food writer, Amy Everett, shares her travel highs and lows with Just About Readers

 

What do you like to do on holiday?
I’ll go anywhere with a peculiar mix of cultures – I’m happiest spotting beautiful architecture leftover from the French colonial period in Hanoi, Vietnam, or trying food from all over the world in New York City. That said, I’m always attracted to places with stunning wildlife and beautiful scuba diving spots.

Where did you last go?

I travelled to the Cayman Islands to complete an underwater photography course with world-renowned scuba diver Cathy Church, which was super exciting.

Do you know where you’re going this year?

Sunset as seen from Ibiza

I’m heading to Ibiza for a hen party (wish me luck), then to Ancona, Italy for a week-long lie down!

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why?

horse rider on Jamaica Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach in Jamaica

I adored Jamaica, because I’d dreamed of traveling there since I was a teenager – the food, music and people lived up to expectations and then some, and the nightclubs were some of the best I’ve ever been to.

Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?

I’m told the Galápagos Islands are unforgettable, and under threat from deforestation, pollution and overfishing, so I’ll try to head there when I can (and see what tourists might be able to do, to help).

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
A super special party collective called Rumpus run club nights and mini festivals for creatives, with out-of-this-world fancy dress, music, performance and circus acts. Everyone should go once!

How do you plan your holiday? 

I’ll ask colleagues and friends all about their experiences, then cross reference with blogs and guidebooks. Often, I’ll turn up and speak to locals or other travellers – you quickly work out where to avoid and what to splash out on, as their information is the freshest.

How often do you go away?
Five to six times a year (for work and play).

Who do you travel with?
A small group of friends, or a handful of other journalists on a press trip.

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
I think it’ll continue to do well, especially as London’s food scene goes from strength to strength – though what effect Brexit will have remains to be seen..

Thanks Amy! Read Amy’s work at www.fashionbite.co.uk

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