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I get asked this so any times and although for some it can be difficult to answer I do have a very special place in my heart for 2 places; Bali and Alaska. They are totally different places and offer totally different experiences. Alaska particularly is an undeniably stunning location and some are shocked when I said it’s not always cold!! Home of the bald eagle, black bears, whales, dolphins, mountain goats (and much more!). I visited various places in Alaska and travelled round on my home at the time Disney Cruise Line. I visited Skagway which is a very interesting place to go if you get the chance; with a history of mining and to cope with the approximate 900,000 visitors throughout the summer months, they have the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad to travel around. It’s a very old fashioned town with a population of around 1000, there are many jewelry stores and they sell popcorn in EVERY flavour!!

Sitka was an added extra point of call in my second contract which is close to Jeuno, the state capital! We docked in once a week for the Alaska season and it was just beautiful!

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Jeuno is the state capital and one of my favourite places to go in Alaska! With so many different excursions including whale watching through the ice glaciers, dog sledding it’s difficult to stay on board to catch up on sleep! I ate at a lot of different places around the port with one being up in the mountains.

An amazing place to eat here is the famous Tracey’s King Crab Shack… free wifi, fresh crab and the opportunity to sit outside (where it’s not always that cold!) and see bald eagles! Another one of my favourite places to go was Red Dog Saloon; swinging doors, sawdust on the floor, live country music and amazing burgers!

Ketchikan is known as the Salmon capital of the world! I really did love it here, lumberjack shows, so many good places to eat and lots of shopping to be done!

Ketchikan is also the place where I managed to do a whale watching excursion on a small boat through the ice glaciers, whilst some friends saw orca whales, I was able to see humpback whales and learn so many interesting facts about them. Did you know humpback whales don’t actually have teeth but instead they have baleen plates with bristles attached to them? There you go..

This was my favourite part about the whole Alaska trip and one of the best things I have ever seen in my life! Every Tuesday in our Alaskan season, we sailed down Tracey Arm through mountains to see a huge ice glacier. There was always someone from the local area narrating the journey which had to stop at a certain point so as not to disturb wildlife. The water was a glacial blue colour from the icebergs all around. We were allowed to drink hot chocolate and eat cookies whilst watching the seals and their cubs on the icebergs and natural waterfalls in the mountains. We were here every week of the Alaskan season for both of my contracts and every time I saw these views it was as if it was the first time. The pictures I have are amazing but nothing compares to being there!

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Hand Luggage Traveller

What’s the best thing you have seen while travelling?

The best thing I’ve ever seen is has to be the ice glacier at the end of Tracey Arm Fjord. We sailed down glacial blue coloured waters watching seals and their pups swim round huge ice bergs and through binoculars saw mountain goats up high. Natural waterfalls surrounded us on either side of the ship and I watched in awe as I drank my hot chocolate.

There at the end was a huge ice glacier blue in colour due to the thickness of the ice and it was truly beautiful!

What’s your best travel story?

I have a lot of stories when it comes to travelling but one that really sticks in my mind also happens to be from my time in Alaska. Me and some friends were enjoying some lunch in a beautiful restaurant up in the mountains in Jeuno. When I turned to my right, there looking straight back at me was a black, American bear! He was HUUGEE and I couldn’t believe my eyes, everyone was gathering around to see him and he was happily sitting there picking berries off the trees before he strolled off into the woods. I’m glad I managed to get a couple of snaps of him before that though!

Tell us about your blog

Even though I’ve been travelling around the world for the last 6 years, I only started writing my travel blog in March 2017. I posted it out in October 2017 and in the first 6 months it reached over 60 countries and I couldn’t believe it. I’ve separated my blogs from holidays when I was younger and working and travelling together and I hope to inspire others to work and travel abroad as well as share my stories.

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