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Your first holiday?
Our annual family expedition from
the industrial English Midlands to
my father’s home town of Aberdeen.
A convoy of Fords, Bedfords and a
Morris Minor on a journey with six or
eight to a car that took two days.
Here I learned my ABCs with names
of many beautiful places visited along
Royal Deeside: A for Aberdeen,
Aboyne; B for Braemar, Balmoral
and the sand dunes of Balmedie, C
for Crathie (where the Queen goes to
church), Cults, Cairngorms and Culter.
A journey filled with my gang of cousins,
an accordion, bottles of fizzy Irn Brew,
oatmeal mealie puddings, chips and
brown vinegar and the curious ‘Devil’s
Elbow’ road across the wild, heather
covered Cairngorm Mountains.
Sailing on my honeymoon to Tahiti
over 25 years ago. Sailing between
magnificent Pacific islands with
towering peaks and the coral lagoons
of Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea and
Huahine. The prices were outrageous,
the natural beauty and friendly
islanders were priceless.
Do you travel often?
Yes, to Europe usually three times a year
for approximately four weeks each visit.
Recent destinations include Sardinia,
Alsace, Cornwall, Montenegro, Tuscany
and the Amalfi Coast, Northern Ireland,
the Austrian Tyrol and to France.
In my 20s I backpacked around the
world for five years including a year
hitch-hiking and cycling around
Australia. My wife, who I met on a
kibbutz in Israel, and I wrote probably
the first backpacking guide book to
China and Tibet.
Favourite Australian destination?
Living in Bright in north-east Victoria
I have one of Australia’s top holiday
destinations on my doorstep.
Favourite overseas destination?
Almost anywhere in France but
Provence or the Dordogne are
destinations of choice. The two-week
ride from Bruges to Paris through the
battlefields of the Somme in Northern
France is one ride I have done several
times now using different routes and
barges. Great cycling – following in
part two classic European cycling race
routes; the Tour of Flanders and the
Paris Roubaix – and a visit to Villers
Bretonneaux is a moving experience
and one where Australians can feel a
close connection with our history.
Ultimate ‘I wish’ destination?
My standard answer to this question is
always ‘the next destination’ as I love
to travel and to explore anywhere. If I
could go tomorrow it would be to the
West Coast of Scotland somewhere
between Ullapool and Tongue as I love
the wild dramatic seascapes, the stories
of the clans, of battles and allegiances,
of shipwrecks and smugglers, of
birding and fishing and of the isolation
on the remote outer islands.
Worst travel experience?
Five hours locked in an Etihad plane
at Abu Dhabi Airport in 40+ degree
heat with no drinking water or air-
con and a crew without a clue. Babies
security officials scuffling with Etihad
ground crew, a captain who walked
off without explanation (never to be
seen again) followed by all the angry
Economy Class passengers ... no, no
apology ever given!
Best travel tip?
Never trust baggage handling. Take as
hand luggage, a spare set of clothes,
something to sleep in and documents,
medications, gifts, itinerary info,
electrical adapter and chargers. And
put a copy of your itinerary into check-
in luggage so you can be found if you
are moving daily from hotel to hotel.
Beach lounge lizard, culture vulture
Active traveller, life is the adventure.
Personal travel philosophy?
Always enjoy the challenges and be
prepared to be amazed. And take too
many photos! •
Visit: [@] www.outdoortravel.com.au
Martyn Paterson is Managing Director of Outdoor Travel
Pty Ltd, the active holiday wholesale tour operation
based in Bright, Victoria. With over 25 years in tourism
he pioneered tourism to China, Tibet and on the Trans
Mongolian Railway. He introduced self-guided walking
or cycling holidays in Europe and Australia. Bike & Barge
holidays in France, Italy, Germany, Croatia or Turkey are his
Best view in the world?
Mont St Michel in
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