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MEG Hall has been a pas­sion­ate trav­eller since her stu­dent days and com­bines busi­ness with plea­sure as gen­eral man­ager of ad­ven­ture spe­cial­ist Ku­muka World­wide. She has ex­plored more than 60 coun­tries dur­ing the past 15 years as an in­de­pen­dent trav­eller, tour leader and driver. Now based in Syd­ney, she trav­els reg­u­larly to New Zealand for busi­ness and in­ter­state to visit fam­ily. Her most re­cent trip was to Viet­nam and Cam­bo­dia with her hus­band, 18-month-old son and in-laws. www.ku­muka.com. COPPERLINKA, MOUNT BARKER, SOUTH AUS­TRALIA My par­ents live here and my fa­ther, Kym Af­ford, is a tal­ented artist. The Ade­laide Hills prop­erty is cov­ered with eclec­tic sculp­tures, and the house is full of strik­ing por­traits of Aus­tralian char­ac­ters. The gallery is open to the pub­lic on re­quest. Hunt Road, Mount Barker; (08) 8391 0182; http://users.big­pond.net.au/af­ford/. LIVE THIS, LE­ICH­HARDT, SYD­NEY Ali Mont­gomery, pro­pri­etor and man­ager of this store in Syd­ney’s in­ner west, has an eye for style and stocks clas­si­cal and ec­cen­tric home­wares and gifts. You’re sure to make at least one unique pur­chase even if you’re not looking for any­thing. 152 Nor­ton Street, Le­ich­hardt; (02) 9560 3661. HOI AN, VIET­NAM The tai­lors in Hoi An of­fer amaz­ing value. The seam­stresses are in­cred­i­bly tal­ented; within hours they will sew any gar­ment to fit you per­fectly. My tip is to pack the ma­te­rial you want from home as the lo­cal Viet­namese fab­ric wears quickly. www.vis­ithoian.com. SPICE MAR­KETS, IN­DIA I love to cook, so just walk­ing into fresh mar­kets in In­dia sends my taste buds on a jour­ney of their own. Taste and smell aside, the colours, ac­tiv­ity and cul­tural ex­change in such a place is an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed. www.in­cred­i­blein­dia.org. MADANG BAY, PA­PUA NEW GUINEA My favourite ho­tel is a small shack on an is­land in Madang Bay in Pa­pua New Guinea. If you visit, you will be hosted by a lo­cal fam­ily and will be the only vis­i­tors to the is­land. In the dis­tance, 4000m-high moun­tains burst out of the jun­gle, while be­low are pris­tine coral reefs full of myr­iad trop­i­cal fish. www.png­tourism.org.pg. THE CAR­NI­VORE, NAIROBI, KENYA While it’s hardly a favourite with veg­e­tar­i­ans, this restau­rant of­fers fan­tas­tic bar­be­cued meats. As well as stan­dard chicken and beef dishes, there’s wilde­beest, ostrich, ze­bra and croc­o­dile. The at­mos­phere is ec­cen­tric, and so is the food. Lan­gata Road, Nairobi; +254 20 338 959. THE INCA TRAIL, PERU It’s a four-day hike through the Andes en route to the fa­mous an­cient Inca city of Machu Pic­chu. Most trav­ellers don’t re­alise there are nu­mer­ous Inca ru­ins to visit along the way. Add the Andes as a back­drop and you have one of the most stun­ning (al­beit a lit­tle tir­ing) his­toric tours in the world. www.in­ca­trailperu.com. EVER­EST RE­GION, THE HI­MALAYAS Stand­ing amid a 360-de­gree panorama of the high­est moun­tains in the world and lis­ten­ing to the echoes from monks mark­ing the start of the day by blow­ing on low-pitched horns as black­birds drift sky­ward on ther­mal air cur­rents . . . you feel tiny, you feel tall. www.ku­muka.com. I AL­WAYS PACK An open mind. Sharon Fowler

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