Today, we’re honored to interview a Dame Traveler we’re absolutely obsessed with. Get to know Geneva of A Pair & A Spare!
Your favorite place in the whole wide world?
This little restaurant called Kiki’s that overlooks the tiny secluded bay called Agios Sostis on the island of Mykonos. They only do fresh salads, grilled meat and white wine but with the best view in the world, that’s all I need!
The moment you realized you fell in love with travel…
My parents took us travelling a lot so it’s something I fell in love with early on – they took a year off work and took us to live in Sri Lanka when I was 11 (my dad is Sri Lankan) and I think that experience of really being immersed in an unknown place cemented a life long love of travel for me. It was great for learning that life isn’t always easy and you have to be resilient and adventurous!
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by anything and everything creative and I guess that’s the basis for my love of travel – exploring creativity all over the world!
How has travel changed you? What growth experiences have you learned from it?
Travel has this amazing knack of teaching you just how small and insignificant you (and your problems) are relative to what’s happening in the rest of the world, and I think that’s such a humbling and eye opening experience. That and experiencing the sheer beauty that different places have to offer.
Where has travel taken you so far? Where to next?
In the last few years I’ve caught 57 flights, so I’ve visited a few really amazing places in that time including Greece, Spain, Vietnam and China. On my list next? I would love to visit Marrakech, Jaipur and Cuba. I really want to do those this year, but in the next few months I’m booked to head to Bali and back to Sri Lanka.
What equipment do you use for capturing those gorgeous photos?
I usually shoot on a Nikon D750, or on my iPhone for quick snaps. I’m getting into more video though and think it’s time to add a GoPro to my arsenal of photography equipment. I would also LOVE a drone!
What does being creative mean to you?
I think creativity can be a lens through which you see the world, where you look quizzicaly at everything and try to understand it better – I love working out how to make and create things myself, whether that be a dress, a recipe or a traditional weaving technique in Thailand. There’s so much to learn out there!
What are some ways in which you make travel happen?
For me it’s all about just booking it and going – not being too hesitant because everything usually falls into place if you just commit!
How has exploring the world impacted your life?
Travel really opened my eyes to other cultures and allowed me to understand just how much our differences make us. I feel so lucky to live between Hong Kong and Australia, and be able to get to experience two amazing places on a regular basis.
What’s your best advice for aspiring travelers?
Make a budget, pick and date and just do it. It may sound cliche but travel is truly the only thing you can buy that will make you richer – in experience, life and knowledge.