This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today I’m interviewing Sally about her G Adventures Cambodia tour. See more about traveling with tours here. All photos provided by Sally except Pinterest image.
Tell us about yourself and your travel experience.
From a young age, I have travelled extensively, seeing all our amazing country of Australia has to offer. When I was sixteen I went on my first overseas adventure to Fiji as a prize holiday our family was lucky enough to win.
That same year, I ventured to Italy solo as an exchange student and that experience has shaped the course of my life ever since. I have currently travelled to 25 countries over 4 continents at the age of 24 including a lot of countries in Western and Eastern Europe, South East Asia, the Americas and the Pacific.
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Where did you go on your tour and how long was it?
I went on a 10 day tour called Cambodia on a Shoestring which started in Bangkok, Thailand, went through Cambodia and finished in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
What tour company did you use and why?
I chose G Adventures as I had use them in the past and I knew they had a good reputation and brand story. They are all about authentic experiences rather than seeing the tourist sites.
Why did you choose a tour instead of traveling independently?
I have done a lot of solo travel in the past but I chose a tour for this trip because it was a location I was unfamiliar with as I hadn’t been to South East Asia as yet. I also wanted to meet like-minded people from all around the world, which I did.
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What did you like about the tour? What was your favorite part?
My favorite part of the tour and the reason I chose it was because Angkor Wat was on my bucket list. Getting up at 4:30am in the morning to go and see the sunrise over Angkor Wat was one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of my travels.
What was the most memorable or eventful part of your trip?
We did a homestay in Vietnam for a night where we slept in very basic accommodation under mosquito nets. It was such an authentic experience with a local family where we even learned how to cook Vietnamese pancakes.
Was there anything you didn’t like about the tour?
Although overall I liked the group tour experience, I am at heart an introvert so I do need my own space and time to recharge. I didn’t always get that on the tour and next time would opt for a shorter tour.
Did you eat anything amazing on your trip?
All of the food in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam is delicious but I did try a few things which stood out. The first was Amok in Cambodia which is a Khmer dish that is generally fish curry. The second was a drink called a coconut shake which was unbelievably refreshing especially with the humidity over there.
What inspired you to take this tour or travel to this destination?
I was foremost inspired by my bucket list item of exploring Angkor Wat. It was also a region that was cheap for me to travel to as a student at the time. Check out my post on other budget friendly destinations.
Would you recommend this tour? Would you change anything about it?
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to do Southeast Asia on a budget. As a travel agent I often recommend G Adventures as a tour company as they have great tour guides and a great company culture. I wouldn’t change anything about the tour. It was perfect for me at the time!
Do you think this tour would be good for a new traveler? Why or why not?
I think any tour is good for a newbie traveller. This tour in particular had more flexibility in terms of free time so if the traveller was wanting something more regimented then maybe this wouldn’t be the tour for them. If however, they wanted to meet people but have the security of a tour guide then I would go for it!
Author bio: Hola! My name is Sally and I am a travel agent and founder of Travel Blog Squad, a community that helps travel bloggers launch and grow their blogs. Among many other experiences, I have skied down the Austrian Alps on Christmas day, gone for a ride in an army tank through the mud in Slovakia, woken up before dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat and attended university in Mexico. My non-travel-related interests include tea (of any and every kind), TED Talks and running (although I’m hopeless at it). You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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