Travel chat with Sarah MacWilliams

Meet the people behind Cendyn

How long have you been traveling?

Since I’ve been old enough to make my own cash. I took my first solo trip when I was 16. I came home one day and told my dear Mum I had booked a trip to Paris with friends for New Year’s Eve.

What do you do to avoid getting sick?

Drink bottled water. Also, once I got so sick when in Guatemala, I think I gave my stomach an iron casing and now eat street food everywhere I go with no (major) repercussions!

Aisle or window?

Window, at 5’5 I can curl up anywhere.

Tips on how to take a nap on a plane?

Get a super comfortable neck pillow and put something over you for a blanket.

What’s your favorite airline and hotel?

Favourite airline: British Airways (classic) Favourite Hotel: I’ve never been here, but I’m really looking forward to visiting my first client in New Delhi, the Lodhi Hotel. A plunge pool in every room: what is there not to like?

Best way to overcome jetlag? 

Just power through. Go to bed at the right time and get up at the right time, no matter how tired you are. Typically, I will go on an adventure to keep myself awake on the first day.

What is your favorite/worst thing about traveling?

Favorite thing: meeting new people and not knowing what is around the corner. Worst thing: I miss my dogs when I am away.

What is your longest trip to date?

I guess when I came to Canada I was supposed to be travelling, but 11 years later, I haven’t left yet. Does that count?

Do you believe you do not know someone till you have traveled with them?

Oh yes.

What is your travel horror story?

Catching a ferry from Italy over to Croatia at the ripe old age of 19. As we got on the ferry, the staff helping us on board said ‘good luck.’ We weren’t too sure why until we got out of the port and a wave came straight over the top of the three-story ferry. Cue eight hours of horrendous sea sickness as we rode the stormy waves over to Croatia. I eventually fell asleep outside on the deck wrapped up in my sleeping bag (there was no way being inside the boat was an option) I wasn’t too sure if I’d wake up again. Happily, I woke up to sunny skies, calm ocean and Croatia in the distance.

Favorite destination and why?

Vietnam! The people, food, culture, scooters and scenery are awesome. That country has stolen by heart, but I still have lots of places left to go explore!

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