This week’s NileGuide 5 interview features Eva Holland, a freelance travel writer and the senior editor of World Hum. She’s currently mid-relocation from her hometown of Ottawa, Canada, to Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. Follow her on Twitter at @evaholland.
1. What’s the most underrated destination you’ve been to?
Every time I visit New York City I wind up spending a lot of my time in Queens – I actually lived there for a three-month stay last winter – and I’m always amazed that, out of the millions of tourists New York sees each year, so few bother to venture out that way. It’s got great food, cheap(er) beer, and some fantastic skyline views across the East River – what’s not to like?
2. How do you kill time when you’re stuck on a bus or plane?
I usually try to sleep, especially on buses – reading on the Greyhound makes me feel sick. On a plane, I’ll read or watch a movie. Trains are roomier, so they’re the only spots where I’m likely to get my laptop out and do some work. And of course, on a train or a bus I can always look out the window!
3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen or experienced traveling?
When I was an undergrad, my dad moved to Malaysia. On one of my visits I was amazed to learn that he’d found an ice hockey league to join. His team of Canadian and European expats – the Kuala Lumpur Cobras – played on a small rink in the atrium of a shopping mall, with curious Malaysians leaning over the food court railings a few floors up to watch. That was pretty surreal.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at a new destination?
I like to go for a walk as soon as I get settled, to try to get a sense of the geography around my hotel or hostel. Depending on how long I’ve been traveling, food, laundry and a shower are often high on the To Do list, too.
5. If you could give one tip or piece of advice to travelers, what would it be?
Relax – especially when you’re in transit. I used to get really anxious about delays and cancellations and the other inevitable hassles, usually because I was on a very tight budget and disruptions often cost money I didn’t have to spare. But I haven’t been on many flights that landed on time in the last couple years, and learning to just roll with it has really helped make those situations more bearable.
[Photos: Eva Holland]