Carol Perehudoff is a freelance travel writer based in Toronto, better known by her online persona (and the title of her blog) Wandering Carol. She's a freelance writer with a particular interest in luxury travel, and a smattering of degrees from around the world.
Carol's travel articles have been published in Toronto Star, enRoute Magazine, Review Magazine, Pure Canada, Royal Wings, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post Dispatch, New Orleans Times-Picayune, New Hampshire Union Leader Post, Halifax Chronicle Herald, _Vancouver Sun and St. Petersburg Times _-- and many more!
Carol was kind enough to answer a few of our burning travel questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Carol: I've been traveling ever since I could afford a plane ticket. Travel has always been my passion.
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Carol: I'm a luxury travel blogger with a focus on adventure, fine hotels, spas and history. That's pretty much everything, isn't it?
TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken? Where did you go and why did you love it?
Carol: Argggh. This is like asking which is my favourite child. (Except I don't have children.) Visiting the Galapagos Islands with Metropolitan Touring earlier this year was an amazing trip -- where else can you see blue-footed boobies up close? -- and I've always love the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train through the Canadian Rockies.
TA: What's one place you've always wanted to visit?
Carol: The Silk Road.
TA: What's one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
Carol: Ear plugs.
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Carol: Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone, but always watch your bags.
TA: What are some of your favorite travel blogs and communities?
Carol: I have a lot of friends who are bloggers: Michele at Atastefortravel.ca, Deb and Dave at ThePlanetD.com, and bloggers who've become friends through Instagram like Claudia at Myadventuresacrosstheworld.com.
TA: What would be your #1 recommendation for a place to travel in 2019?
Carol: The Galapagos Islands or Siem Reap.
TA: Do you have any good airport or flight hacks for people traveling by plane?
Carol: Use points to book business class for long hauls -- though it's getting harder and harder.
TA: What is the best piece of travel advice you've ever been given?
Carol: Be adventurous, but never leave your caution at home. (Actually I just made that up.)
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Carol: If you travel like me, you worry about everything, especially the night before a trip. Sometimes you just have to push through.
TA: What's a travel scam travelers should be wary of?
Carol: If someone bumps you, look down at your bag. I've found a pickpockets hand in my purse this way!
TA: What is the most beautiful and affordable city you've ever visited? (Any specific locations people need to see there?)
Carol: Is any city affordable anymore? I do love Prague, Paris and New York, none of which are affordable.
TA: Which underrated destination deserves to be more famous?
Carol: Saskatchewan, my home province in Canada. Because we have big skies. And bears.