Life is in the detail

If you're ever in New Zealand you need to take a boat ride through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the North Island - just amazing.

Jonathan - Original Traveller


Jonathan Whittaker

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I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe, North America and New Zealand.

My travels


Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • A cruise through the Norwegian Fjords, paired with seeing the Northern Lights if I'm really lucky.
  • South Africa - Safari, Cape Town, Winelands. Everything.
  • Camping in the middle of a desert. Not entirely fussed which one to be honest.
  • Riding the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies.

Best Moments

  • We did a three week tour of New Zealand with another family who were originally from there, so a lot of my "best travel moments" come from that holiday, including luging in Queenstown and taking a small boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
  • Getting completely lost in the maze that is Venice and somehow finding ourselves following/stalking Gok Wan.
  • Disneyland, Florida. Because I was eight and it was Disneyland. Although finding out later in life that my mum had secretly forged a lot of the signatures in my Disney autograph book was a little heart-breaking.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • During the three year roller-coaster ride of family caravanning holidays, we faced two weeks of constant rain during a summer(!) holiday in Brittany. When it came to leaving the campsite, which of course had to be done in the dead of night, we found that the wheels of our caravan had completely sunk into the ground. Trying to lift a caravan out of the boggiest of terrains in pitch blackness and rainstorms while apologising to angry, recently-awoken tourists of all nationalities is not exactly the best way to end a holiday. Needless to say, the caravan didn't last to the next summer.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • My dad and I were sitting in a small bar in Menorca when a small wind storm blew through the street. I secured the bags with the money and passports in, and my dad grabbed his pint. Priorities…

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