Beth Clarke - Travel Mentor
Updated: Jul 10, 2019
Our Travel Mentors series talks to lifelong lovers of travel to give
kids ideas, direction, and motivation around travel.
Do you have a favourite travel memory?
When I was 27 I travelled in SE Asia for five months. I visited China, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. I quickly realized I didn’t know as much as I thought I did about the history of these incredibly beautiful countries - recent history and ancient history. The more I learned the more profoundly it affected me and made me want to learn as much as I can.
How has travel shaped who you are?
Interpersonal confidence. I used to be quite reserved, but when you’re travelling you have to learn to talk to strangers. Meeting fellow travellers and locals helped me empathize with others and better understand other points of view.
Where would you travel to again and why?
New Zealand. I recently spent 6-weeks there in a camper van, but it still wasn’t nearly enough time! It's an incredibly beautiful country full of adventure activities which I love!
Do you have a dream destination that you haven’t been to yet?
Japan. I. Can. Not. Wait.
At what age did you start traveling?
18-19, to Europe with my sister and Australia for eight months on my own. I felt pretty confident travelling on my own and I love koalas so after Europe it was off to Australia I went. When I arrived, I headed toward the Sydney harbour and saw the Opera House and Harbour Bridge right when I emerged from a beautiful park. If I wasn’t hooked on travelling already, I was then.
We’re book nuts here at Education Backpack, can you recommend an amazing travel book? Or even just something amazing you’ve read that reminds you of travelling?
Author: Bryce Courtney. I've read most of his books! The Power of One was hugely impactful and put South Africa on my “have-to-travel-to” list. Courtney also wrote lots of books about Australia. Matthew Flinders Cat is one of my favourites titles. I followed his fictional path all over Sydney.
Do you have a favourite piece of travel gear?
A Lafuma backpack I bought in 2007. I’ve washed it so many times it’s starting to shed, but I will never part with it. We’ve been through too many things together and now our love is too strong!
Can you recommend another travel fanatic to be featured as an Education Backpack mentor?
David Bazin - another fellow guide and world adventurer!