What’s on travel guru’s bucket list?

Font Size:

He is the founder and managing director of Brisbane-based company Travel Team and has visited about 30 countries. So, if anyone can tell us a thing or two about travel it’s Perry Morcombe. He shares his personal view of travel today.

•••

You’ve travelled more extensively than most people on the planet, so what is your favourite city?
Paris. It’s the whole ‘French’ thing, the relaxed lifestyle, the architecture, the casual dining on the wide footpaths, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees. And how about crusty baguettes, baked fresh twice daily, beautiful with ham and cheese, and the boulangeries and patisseries where they create the most amazing tarts and cakes? I’m starting to salivate just talking about it.

And your favourite country?
Well, France, for the same reason as Paris. But having said that, I’m suddenly realising just how little of France I’ve actually experienced, so far. I’ll have to solve this dilemma over the next few years.

You have Antarctica on your bucket list. For such an experienced traveller, why haven’t you been there already?
I guess that until recently, my personal holidays have been with my wife and twin daughters, who are now 24 and work full-time. We usually went to the US or Europe. I’ve always had Antarctica on my personal bucket list, so it’s going to be one of my ‘Live Y♥ur Life’ holidays, early in 2021.

What is your preferred mode of land travel – bus, train, bicycle, walk, drive?
In the travel industry, we refer to ‘buses’ as ‘coaches’, with the distinction being that a ‘bus’ is local public transport, okay for half an hour or so, whereas a ‘coach’ is a comfortable long-distance machine, capable of being sat in day after day for two or three weeks. I enjoy coach travel, I love train travel, and probably my preferred mode of travel in Europe is river cruising, where your ‘hotel’ moves at night, so in the morning, after your leisurely breakfast, you are at your dock, ready to join your expert local guide for a tour of their town or village.

I guess that’s one reason why I’ve been on eight river cruises in Europe – so far!

I personally missed out on having a bicycle when I was a child, so can’t ride a bicycle, but I guess that is on the horizon, as so many older travellers are enjoying bike holidays in Europe, whether that is cycling the whole day or cycling alongside a river cruise ship for a few hours.

What is your favourite place in Australia?
I haven’t done all that much travel in Australia. It’s probably Tasmania at the moment, but Kakadu and the Northern Territory generally are on my bucket list. Broome and the Kimberley are also up there. I haven’t been to the Red Centre since 1976, so it’s about time for a refresh.

International travel for Australians is long-haul. What are your tips?
It is one of the factors that we always consider, just how far we are from Europe, North America, South America or Africa. Long flights are not ‘seniors-friendly’, so it’s certainly well worthwhile booking the full service airlines. You can have stopovers in either or both directions if you wish, or consider premium economy or business class flights. Or you can have the better class on the long-haul sectors, and the cheaper ones on the short-haul sectors. Or you can pay a fairly nominal fee to gain entry to business class lounges en route, where you can relax, maybe have a shower and generally refresh.

The silliest question you’ve been asked?
This is a tough one. There have been quite a few, but here’s one that comes to mind: “What will the weather be like on Norfolk Island in July next year?” Climate, for a particular time of the year, I can predict (well, Google can), but weather for a particular week, I can’t.

Join YourLifeChoices today
and get this free eBook!

Join
By joining YourLifeChoices you consent that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy

RELATED LINKS

Baby boomers are changing the face of travel

Baby boomers are changing the face of travel and Perry has been leading the change.

Travel SOS: Perry Morcombe offers his take on limited mobility travel

Perry Morcombe offers his insider tips on travelling with limited mobility.

How to reduce your plastic waste footprint on the road

These simple tips will make you a more responsible traveller.

Written by Janelle Ward

2 Comments

Total Comments: 2
  1. 0
    0

    Only 30 countries! He needs to get out more.

  2. 0
    0

    Agree with you about Paris- Love that it is so ‘easy’. It is just a delight for the eyes and tummy. France is a great country to get around. We have been to most places except the northern battlefields. Can’t pick a favourite area as it is all so different. Have met wonderful friendly people too. Spain is my other favourite. The people and the food are fantastic. Travelled all over Spain by train without a hitch. Fabulous. Have introduced my daughters and grandchildren to both countries and they can’t wait to go back. In fact the 12 yer old wants to do a Gap year in both countries and attend a language school during that time. Have travelled extensively but those are top of my list.


FACEBOOK COMMENTS



SPONSORED LINKS

continue reading

Diseases

Types of polyps and what to do about them

Polyps are clumps of cells that grow inside your body. While most polyps aren't dangerous, some can develop into cancer....

Finance

How SMSFs invested in 2020 - and what this means for 2021

The size of the self managed super fund (SMSF) market now represents one-quarter of the Australian superannuation industry and sits...

Technology News

Would you let AI choose your partner?

David Tuffley, Griffith University It could be argued that artificial intelligence (AI) is already the indispensable tool of the 21st...

Food and Recipes

How to spice up hummus

Few things are as universally loved as hummus. A blend of chickpeas, lemon, tahini, garlic, olive oil and cumin, whizzed...

COVID-19

Intensive care during COVID like a 'delirium factory', study finds

An international study of COVID-19 treatments has found patients admitted to intensive care early in the pandemic were treated by...

Fitness

The surprising health and fitness benefits of golf

Recently, many have had to rely on walking or virtual fitness classes to keep going with their favourite sports and...

Finance

Five smart moves for empty nesters

So, the kids have moved out, your home is finally yours again and you have ascended to the rank of...

Lifestyle

Why you turn down the radio when you're trying to park your car?

When you're looking for a destination, you might need to cut down the volume. Shutterstock Simon Lilburn, University of Melbourne...

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...