Jet-Setting with Liezel van der Westhuizen

liezel van der westhuizen

Television and radio personality Liezel van der Westhuizen chats to us about her travels to Bali and lists the Northern Lights as her dream.

Where have you recently travelled?
I have just returned from a business trip to Bali where I was Master of Ceremonies for a conference. I have also been fortunate to have also visited, Madagascar, Rome, Venice, Mozambique and Munich.

Do you prefer a window or an aisle seat?

I prefer a window seat.

What’s in your carry on bag?
I always carry a giraffe shaped neck pillow, toiletries, a change of clothes, a Russell Athletic Hoodie. My tablet with a guidebook of destination I am visiting downloaded onto it, collapseable water bottle and a snack.

Resorts/hotels that you stayed in whilst in Bali?
I stayed in the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel in Kuta.

Your favourite tourist spots on your trip?
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

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Most memorable moment about this trip?
Going diving on my day off with people I had met on the flight over to Bali.

Try any interesting cuisine?
Betutu – whole chicken – with traditional spices, wrapped in banana leaves, then enveloped tight in banana trunk bark before it’s baked for seven hours.

Fave item you bought?
The strangest thing I bought on my trip was Kopi Luwak – this is a rare and gourmet coffee from Indonesia that is made from beans passed through the digestive system of monkeys. I also purchased beautiful crocheted and embroidered table-cloths whilst in Madagascar.

What do you love the most about travelling?
Travelling gives me a reason to be myself and to capture memories. I love exploring new destinations, meeting new people and experiencing the way the locals live in each destination.

Travel items you can’t do without?
I can’t do without my camera, portable charger, small first aid kit, a good book, sunblock, scarf, chewing gum, toiletry wipes and good inner soles for my shoes.

Dream holiday destination and why?
Madagascar – I love this beautiful undiscovered island, it is located so close to South Africa and it’s often overlooked. My other dream holiday destination is to see the Northern Lights.

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Travel tips?

  • Always make a duplicate certified copy of your passport and visa (keep this separate)
  • Carry a small water mist spray bottle — to keep cool when traveling in warm climates
  • Pack duct tape in your case, it comes to the rescue if a sandal strap, purse handle, or backpack breaks
  • Pack a tennis ball to roll under your feet to keep from getting stiff and sore on a flight

Best holiday experience?
My best experience was being invited to dance in a Bali stage show on a passenger cruise ship! I looked like a tall giant dancing amongst all the locals.

Worst travel experiences?
My worst experience was forgetting to pack my portable charger and my phone died whilst on a day trip to the sacred monkey sanctuary. On a trip to Seychelles, the airline stopped flying to Seychelles and I was stranded for a couple of days, this also happened to me in Zanzibar when 1Time stopped flying and I was also stranded.

Biggest packing mistake?
When I packed a pair of winter boots on a trip to a tropical island!

If you were offered a trip to any destination in the world, where would you go?
I would love to go to Mexico and go diving at Cancun’s Marine National Park.

Have you ever taken anything out of a hotel room that didn’t belong to you?

No.

Do you prefer five-star hotels or self catering?
Self Catering Air BNB.

Who is your ultimate travel companion?
I love travelling with my partner Mike Fannin. We love adventure holidays. Earlier this year we went on a dive holiday to Madagascar. We are busy planning our next trip to being to take part in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in Colorado, United States.

If you could travel with any Hollywood celebrity, who would it be and why?
Tiger Woods because he is apparently a qualified Dive master and a specialised cave diver.

What’s the strangest cuisine you’ve eaten?
In Madagasar I tried ‘Ranovola’ – which is actually burnt rice tea. The locals in Madagascar take the bottom of the rice pot and mix it in with water for a few hours to create a refreshing drink.

Liezel van der Westhuizen

Have you ever learned about any different customs or traditions?
I always learn a couple of local words before I go on a trip. For my German trip in September I dressed up in traditional Dreidel for the October Beer Fest in Munich.

Is there a particular destination that you will never get tired of visiting?
I would like to go back to Bali as I didn’t get enough time to explore this beautiful destination.

If you were offered a trip to any destination in the world, where would you go?
Id love to travel to Mexico and go diving at Cancun’s Marine National Park.

Have you ever taken anything out of a hotel room that didn’t belong to you?
No.

Do you prefer five-star hotels or self catering?

Self Catering Air BNB.

Who is your ultimate travel companion?
My partner Mike Fannin, we love adventure holidays , earlier this year we went on a dive holiday to Madagascar and our next trip being planned to take part in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in Colorado, United States.

If you could travel with any Hollywood celebrity, who would it be and why?
Tiger Woods beause he is apparently a qualified Dive master and a specialized cave diver.

What’s the strangest cuisine you’ve eaten?
IN Madagascar I tried “Ranovola” – Its actually burnt rice tea. People in Madagascar take the bottom of the rice pot and mix it in with water for a few hours to create a refreshing drink.

What are some of your favourite things you have bought?

Beautiful crocheted and embroidered table-cloths in Madagascar.

Have you ever learned about any different customs or traditions? I always learn a couple of local words before I go on a trip. For my German trip in September I dressed up in traditional Dreidel for the October Beer Fest in Munich.

Is there a particular destination that you will never get tired of visiting?

I would like to go back to Bali as I didn’t get enough time to explore this beautiful destination.

Where to next?
I will be heading to the United Kingdom next year as Master of Ceremonies for another conference. I also plan to travel with a trip to the Kruger National Park with my family for a safari holiday.

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