Twipper of the Week: Megan Singleton from Blogger at Large

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Current city: At home in Auckland where I divide my time between our little cottage on Waiheke Island and our home in east Auckland.

Age:  40-ish!

Total countries visited: I’ve just done a Google search of all the world’s countries so I could count them: 38 (out of 197!)

What makes you interesting: I’m the funniest person I know (although my sister likes to claim that title), but what she can’t do is play the spoons like I can.

What brands do you love: I’ve been an Apple girl since the Mac Classic. I wouldn’t say I’m an early adopter, preferring the price to come down and the bugs ironed out and I’m wishing my iPhone 6 was smaller. I also love my home airline Air NZ and my new shoes from a New Zealand startup called All Birds.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: It always hurts to break the bank, but when it happens it tends to be an experience involving food and/or alcohol. The latest one was a frightfully expensive high tea at the Goring Hotel in London involving both vices.

What is the most impractical item you have ever packed: I’m often returning home with ridiculously impractical items, like the glass lantern from Istanbul and another one from Mexico. But leaving home, probably an umbrella. Why??! Just jump between rain drops.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: That the way I grew up and the worldview I have, consciously and unconsciously, is not the only way. Or even the best way, or the right way. The more I meet people when I travel, the more my own horizons are expanded and I like to think, more tolerance and understanding has made me into the person I am today.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: A family holiday to Sydney when I was 12. First time on a plane and I’ll never forget the feeling of the G-forces when we took off.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: I’d choose Petra in Jordan. I’m always astounded by man-made architectural feats and this has been on my Bucket List ever since I heard about it.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: My husband volunteered Chicago: a little bit sophisticated and lots of fun. I like that.

Next travel destination: Houston and New Orleans to attend IPW then maybe a cruise in the Caribbean – if I can work out the timings.