Kristin MacMillan – KristineWanders.com
On this edition of Wide World Stories, we have with us Kristine Macmillan of Kristinewanders.com. Kristine is a Canadian expat nurse who currently resides in Saudi Arabia. She spent most of her 20’s working as a travel nurse all over the U.S. before falling in love with international travel. She is fascinated by the Middle East and has spent about 4 years living in Saudi Arabia over the last 7 years. She’s traveled to 60 countries and visited most of the Middle East. Her proudest travel tales include driving a three wheeled rickshaw 3000km across India, and walking the Camino de Santiago this past fall with her Pops. She always has a trip in the works and writes about her travels and what it’s like to be a western woman in the Middle East at www.kristinewanders.com
[2:45] Kristine’s story of how she came to be in Saudi Arabia including her experience of meeting the King.
[4:30] Kristine talks about how she developed her passion for traveling.
[6:15] Kristine’s crazy travel stories: (1) traveling in a rickshaw across India. (2) As a nurse, helping a woman who went into labor on one of her flights. (3) her story of being the only person on a flight and being the very first traveler with an airline.
[16:14] Kristine’s Best Places on the Planet. (1) West coast of Canada – Vancouver Island and Tofino.
[17:43] Her biggest mistake in traveling is having things stolen. She suggests just being aware of what’s going on around you.
[21:30] Kristine’s Travel Gear: Camera – Olympus EPM2, Journal and medication.
[23:30] What to do when you lose your passport.
[26:25] Travel tips: For solo women travelers, Kristine suggests bringing a door stop and a whistle with you on your journeys. Also checking hotel fares prior to arrival. You can sometimes get a better rate and cancel your previous reservation up to 24 hours before arrival.
[29:02] Must travel non-tourist place to visit – Bangladesh.
[30:48] One place Kristine will definitely go back to – Camino De Santiago.
[33:42] Kristine’s greatest life lesson found through traveling – people are mostly kind.
Where to Connect with Kristine:
Websites – www.kristinewanders.com
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