Skye is a journalist, a former personal trainer, a freelance writer, photographer, intrepid traveler and a passionate advocate for helping others reach optimal health and wellness. She created The Fit Traveller as both a beautiful online space where people feel inspired, but also a place that will get you thinking differently, moving differently and perhaps looking at your life a little differently.
1. What’s been your scariest moment while traveling?
I got pulled off a bus in Athens by the Police when I was 18. We had no idea what was happening and no idea where we were. Luckily, they didn’t arrest us, they just yelled at us and we scurried away. I have also been chased a number of times in foreign cities which is always very scary. Generally, I’m pretty street smart. My husband would even probably say I’m overly cautious these days.
2. What’s been the best street food you’ve had?
I am not a big street food person but I did pick up some incredible fresh dumplings for breakfast from a hole in the wall vendor in Beijing once and I am always a sucker for a fresh young coconut.
3. What was the best place you stayed in?
I write about luxury travel so I am a bit spoiled for choice when answering this question. I particularly love Santa Marina Mykonos. It’s a family run boutique hotel overlooking Ornos Bay. It has a great story and it is located in the most magical place on the island. I also loved Hotel Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano, Italy. It is this beautiful, historic family owned hotel in the Dolomite Mountains that I could live in if I had the opportunity.
4. What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?
I have spent several one-year stints away from home. I backpacked around the world at 18, lived in Spain for a year when I was 22 and I have just been on the road again for almost a year, travelling full time with my husband.
5. Who was the most inspiring person you met while traveling?
I have met a lot of inspiring people during my time travelling. My friends I made while living in Barcelona have probably had the biggest positive influence on my life. They are still spread all over the world and live different lives but we talk and catch up when we travel and they inspire me every day.
6. If you could pick one person to travel the world with, who would you take?
My husband. I just spent a year travelling with him and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am generally on the road solo again now and the experience is absolutely enriching but there are days I would love to turn and be in that moment with him again.
7. What is the one thing you could not live without on your travels?
Can I choose two things? I can’t live without MacBook or my Canon EOS 7D camera. They essentially add up to my mobile office so I really can’t live without either of them.
8. What’s your favourite place so far?
I don’t have a stand-out favourite because I have fallen in love with so many places I have visited. The biggest surprises in the last year would be Slovenia, the Dolomite Mountains and Norway. I love the locals’ passion for embracing the outdoors and their respect for nature.
9. What place is top of your bucket list?
Alaska, Iran and Cuba are up near the top at the moment. They are likely to be checked off next year. I have a few other destinations already on the agenda for the rest of this year.
10. If you could offer your readers one piece of advice, what would it be?
Have a screen free day for at least one day of your next holiday. Social media and easily staying connected has enabled us to become digital nomads which is incredible, but it has also changed the way we travel. Sometimes we need to really look up from the screen and immerse ourselves fully in the destination again; use a paper map, get a little lost, chat to the locals, try a restaurant you haven’t read about online. Become a traveller, not just a tourist.