At an early age I was fortunate to visit Zimbabwe and the numerous members of my family who lived there. This month long holiday laid the foundations of what became an all-consuming desire to explore.
Despite ties to Africa it was the endlessly diverse North America that truly captured my exploratory yearning. From iconic cities, dramatic landscapes, white sand beaches, picturesque vineyards, and Northern Lights hotspots, the continent provides a breadth of experiences to suit all preferences.
Make no mistake, I enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in a beachside property, but for me the adventure begins where the road ends. There’s not much more exhilarating than waking up in a remote log cabin, surrounded by wilderness and wildlife, fuelled with coffee, a hearty breakfast and adrenaline, ready to embark on captivating experiences. Before relaxing around a campfire of an evening.
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Q&A with Bradley
What’s your most vivid travel moment?
The glacier flight in Kluane National Park, Yukon, home to the world’s largest non-polar icefields and Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan, was an unforgettable experience. Tied with the glacier flight is a scenic helicopter flight from the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I had previously embarked on a similar tour from Las Vegas, however, the departures from the Grand Canyon Village take a more captivating route. Flying into and right through the canyon over to the north rim, much of which was covered in snow at the time of my visit.
Which book, film or artwork captures the USA the most?
The answer to this questions happens to be one of my favourite films — Forest Gump. Many of life’s lessons can be learnt by watching Forest navigate his way through the world, the film also takes in some of America’s iconic locations. He begins his run along the rocky coastline of Maine at the Marshall Point Lighthouse, and ends 2,500 miles away in Monument Valley, boarding Utah and Arizona. This iconic film also visits locations such as the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, Hunting Island State Park in North Carolina, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC — which I can still picture reflecting in the water of the pool besides the monument.
Your best piece of travel advice?
Take guided tours when you arrive in a destination. Knowledgeable guides will help you gather your bearings and teach you about the region. You’ll then have time to explore bits you may want to revisit that most intrigued you, but also leaving time for ‘let’s go this way’ exploration. Although hotels can be an experience themselves and have a huge impact on your trip experience, I would encourage travellers to venture outside of the property and firmly tick the destination off your bucket list.