Meet Holly Haverson from RMIT. She’s been bitten by the travel bug badly and is longing to explore more of this world, so she can come home with stories that will last a life time.
A bit about yourself: I like to think of myself as an adventurous person- I love travelling and am quite happy to go out into the world alone and come back full of stories. I work as a swimming instructor, which is the highlight of my week- I love working with kids and watching their swimming improve from week to week. I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I love travel and photography and helping people, so I’m going to do all that until I’m ready to grow up.
Favourite Travel Destination: I loved travelling around Italy. It had such a rich and beautiful history, with amazing monuments and incredible food!
In Rome, while walking towards the Colosseum, there were ancient ruins in large pits beside the road. You could just picture walking through the market place, without any cars, or modern buildings, and seeing the Colosseum in the distance.
Florence had such amazing views of the Arno River from Ponte Vecchio, and the Piazza Del Duomo was amazingly picturesque.
We took a Gondola ride through the canals of Venice, seeing all the sinking buildings and individual footbridges, before spending the afternoon eating our weight in Pasta and Gelato. Italy was thoroughly breath taking.
Dream Travel Destination: My Dream Travel Destination would have to be New York City.
I think that just growing up watching shows like Sesame Street, FRIENDS and now Sex and the City, as well as such as Elf, Coyote Ugly and now How to Be Single, has really romanticised the place as somewhere to find adventure, friendship, love and happiness. That may not be the case entirely, but I definitely want to find out for myself.
Hotel or Hostel? Hostel. By staying in a hostel you’re never really travelling alone- there are always other people who are in the same boat as you, just looking to see what the city or town has to offer and willing to chat about their own adventures. Hostels are also usually run by people who know the ins and outs of the city for great advice on activities, transport and events.
Top Travel Tip: My best travel advice is to get lost in the City you’re in. Get out an old-fashioned map and work it out. You’ll always find something; amazing shops, events, cafes, gardens or photo opportunities others wouldn’t even think of. If your plans don’t go the way you intended, just go with it. The most amazing adventures are usually born from plans that went wrong.