Based out of Sydney, Australia, David and Lyn Lindfield are baby boomer travelers who love to write about the highs and lows of their adventures across the globe on The Travelling Lindfields blog. They were kind enough to answer some of our questions about their opinions, interests and experiences with travel. Read their full interview below.
TA: Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
Lyn: David and I are baby boomers in our early sixties who have travelled together for more than 30 years. Through The Travelling Lindfields blog we share our successes, disasters and everything in between in the hope of smoothing the way a little for fellow travellers.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Lyn: We have travelled together for more than 30 years. David has always been a traveller – never happier than when sitting in an aeroplane headed to somewhere new. Marriage to David means travel – I had no choice but to get hooked on it.
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Lyn: Independent travel at the luxury end of the market.
TA: What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Lyn: Egypt – who couldn’t fall in love with the pyramids, the temples of Luxor and cruising the Nile. The great news is we are going back this year.
TA: What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
Lyn: The Kimberley Region of Western Australia. We went there a few years ago but now I want to go back again, and again, and again.
TA: What’s one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
Lyn: The passports – and a little torch (flashlight) for finding your way around strange hotel rooms in the middle of the night.
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Lyn: Try not to stress when things go wrong. They can always be fixed and the worst experiences make the best dinner party stories when you get back.
TA: What are some of your favorite travel blogs and communities?
Lyn: I am not sure I have a favourite travel blog. I hop from one to another whenever something takes my eye. I think I am a travel blog junkie.
TA: What would be your #1 recommendation for a place to travel in 2019?
Lyn: Egypt. The troubles have settled down and the tourists are beginning to return. Go now before it gets re-discovered.
TA: What are the top 3 websites you use for research/inspiration when planning a trip?
Lyn: TripAdvisor (who doesn’t), Google Maps (invaluable for planning road trips), any travel blog post which catches my eye.
TA: Do you have any good airport or flight hacks for people traveling by plane?
Lyn: Choose your seats beforehand. It costs a bit but it is worth it not to find yourself sitting in the middle seat of the back row – or worse. And if you are on a Qantas A380 go for 35J and 35K. They are the best economy seats in the sky. You can read my blog post about them here.
TA: What is the best piece of travel advice you’ve ever been given?
Lyn: Plan your trip then cut the itinerary in half. You can’t see everything in one trip and you’ll enjoy what you do see a lot more if you aren’t rushed.
TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?
Lyn: Seeing everything on your first visit to a place.
TA: What’s a travel scam travelers should be wary of?
Lyn: The guy that sprays something horrible on you (surreptitiously) then offers to help you clean it off, and helps himself to the contents of your pockets/bag while he is at it.
TA: Which country has surprisingly good food?
Lyn: Argentina, for the steak of course.
TA: What was the most romantic place you ever visited with a partner?
Lyn: Iguazu Falls on the Argentinian/Brazilian border. Don’t miss The Devil’s Throat – La Garganta del Diablo
TA: What is the most beautiful and affordable city you’ve ever visited?
Lyn: Cape Town, South Africa. Don’t miss Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, especially in October.
TA: What’s one way people can get the most out of their cruise experience?
Lyn: Don’t try to join every excursion. If it is a river cruise spend some time just watching the world go by.
TA: Have you ever met someone while traveling who changed your life? Who were they?
Lyn: We once saw the Pope giving his Christmas Day address in St Peter’s Square. It didn’t change our lives (we aren’t even Catholic) but it was an amazing experience.
TA: What are the best places to travel solo and why?
Lyn: We travel together, always.
TA: What’s something that other tourists do when traveling that drives you crazy and why?
Lyn: Taking forever to take a selfie and blocking everyone else’s view.
TA: Which underrated destination deserves to be more famous?
Lyn: The Western Cape Province in South Africa. The scenery is beautiful, people are friendly, food and accommodation are reasonably priced outside the Cape Winelands and you can drive yourself anywhere.