Brittany’s travel life started at three weeks old, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Born in California, Brittany spent her youth traveling all over the North America, but it wasn’t until she finished university that her passion for travel really took off! In 2007 Brittany left on what was meant to be a year long around the world endless summer holiday that evolved into working abroad, travelling for five years, and circumnavigating the world three times.
She has visited over 40 countries, and lived in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, but her heart belongs to Asia. Every time one of her work visas was coming to an end her first thought was where next in Asia?
When Brittany met her husband one of the main requirements before saying ‘yes’ was that they travel to Asia together. Thankfully he was just as enamoured, and they celebrated getting engaged by travelling for a month in Borneo orangutan spotting in the Kinabatangan.
‘Travel is meant to be a bit unsettling and mind opening. You may not love every second of every day, but it will change you as a person and that is why I will never ever stop seeking out new and exciting places and experiences.’
Brittany has spent time in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore & Indonesia, as well as time in North America, Africa, and Central America. She is a true California girl and loves a beach - the next one on her list is Ngapali Beach in Myanmar.
Countries of expertise: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam
Other Asian destinations visited: Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Indonesia
The sunrise speed boat to Komodo Island was pretty incredible. We zipped past deserted islands as the sun rose over the ocean, and then took a dip in turquoise water at Pink Beach before marching off to find dragons! A travel day I will not soon forget.
I am a total foodie and I’m married to a chef so picking just one is pretty hard, but the first thing to pop into my mind is Bun Bo Nam Bo in Hanoi. Bun Bo is a warm Vietnamese noodle salad, sprinkled with fried scallions, peanuts, and a delectable Vietnamese salad dressing. I recommend eating it on a plastic stool amongst the tooting vespas of Hanoi with an ice cold Saigon beer in hand, there really is nothing better!
I love swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, surfing, whale watching, and paddle boarding; just to name a few! If it is on the water I am up for it! Whether it is kayaking in Cambodia, diving in Thailand, or island hopping in the 4,000 islands, I just love to be on or near water.
Laos is firmly at the top of my list. From the dreamy streets of Luang Prabang to the bohemian islands of Don Det, Laos has my heart. I love the food and the relaxed lifestyle, and the people are so warm and generous, there is nowhere I would return to faster than Laos.
60 second interview
Most likely to say
"YES! Such a small word that makes all the difference to your travels. If something new or different presents itself, say yes to the experience and try something new. It might not always be your cup of tea, but it will make a memory and teach you something."
Who is the person you'd most like to sit next to on a flight?
"Anthony Bourdain, I admired him so much for his writing, his love of food, and his outlook on travel."
What is your favourite aspect of travel?
"A humble sarong is a must have in my luggage. The uses are almost endless, pillow, beach blanket, towel, evening wrap, wet bathing suit carrier, train pillow, skirt, dress, and the ever important knee and/or shoulder covering for an impromptu visit to a holy site. Sarong, never leave home without it! "
"Smile, even when you are saying no. A gentle smiling ‘No, thank you’ will be much better received and will keep things positive even in bustling and crowded bartering markets. Also try and keep in mind that although you are meant to haggle in the market, try not to over do it. Your plane ticket cost more than most merchants earn in a year, so if you get within a few pounds of what you are after, shake hands and make a deal. "