TV worker Monica Boundy talks travel in Europe
By day she’s a Promotions Coordinator for Channel Nine, but by night 24-year-old Monica Boundy is a food enthusiast with an obsession for entering competitions. In addition to taking photos of everything she eats, Monica is very much a traveller at heart, aiming to enjoy an international holiday every year. Here she tells us about her latest adventure – one that involved over ten countries.
How many countries have you travelled to?
I think about 17 countries.
If you could narrow it down, what would be your top three?
This is almost impossible to answer and I've already spent 10 minutes trying to decide! Every country is unique and has its perks and pitfalls. But if I had to choose it would be Greece (Greek Islands), Italy and America.
You travelled to Europe earlier this year, tell me about your itinerary?
I travelled with one of my best friends for five and half weeks and we did some independent travel as well as an 18-day Topdeck tour. Being our first time to Europe we wanted to see as many places as humanly possible in the short period we had. We covered most of the places on our tour and the rest at our own leisure and allowed extra time in London, Dubai, Barcelona and Greek Islands. For some of the places we only had a half day as we were just passing through to our next destination.
Our itinerary included Dubai, London, Barcelona, Paris, Swiss Alps, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Verona, Venice, Tyrol, Mauthausen, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brugge, London, Mykonos, Ios, Santorini, Dubai, Singapore.
What was the highlight?
I would have to say Greek Islands. The views were simply breathtaking, the weather was perfect, the hospitality of the locals was endearing, and the food was to die for. It is one of the few places that I would happily go back every year for a holiday.
My favourite activity was canyon jumping in Tyrol. My biggest ‘wow’ moment was seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time at night and seeing it all lit up.
What city would you like to go back and spend more time in?
Definitely Paris. So much to see, so little time…I had a full week and I don't even think I got through a quarter of the list of 'things you must see and do in Paris'.
The best food you found?
Vegetable paella in Barcelona and the many mouth-watering pastries in Paris.
These paintings that I bought from a local artist while we were in Santorini. They are such a beautiful illustration of the views from our apartment.
Craziest moment on your trip?
Riding our bikes on the roads in Barcelona after a long sangria session on the beach. I hadn't ridden a bike in a few years and on foreign roads with heavy traffic - very dangerous when you are slightly intoxicated!
How would you describe your travel style?
Organised but spontaneous. I'm pretty laid back if things don't go to plan but at the same time I don't like not having some kind of plan as to where we’re off to next or where we are staying.
Where are you planning on travelling next?
Back to Europe or to Canada.