Behind the Scenes: Interview with Our Columnist, Charli Moore
So good to have you join the WildJunket team! Tell us a bit more about yourself.
Thanks, it’s great to be joining such a travel savvy team.
I’ve spent the last two years traveling the world as a digital nomad. Choosing a slower pace of travel than most I utilize house sitting assignments to immerse myself in local cultures and put down temporary roots in between periods of permanent travel. Originally from the UK I spent my post university years working for a number of large arts organizations in London before my insatiable wanderlust took hold and I escaped to see the world.
Growing up in rural Norfolk I spent my youth dinghy sailing and qualified as an RYA Assistant Instructor during my teens. I’m a PADI Divemaster, keen runner and culinary enthusiast with a penchant for dark chocolate.
In my spare time I run the niche adventure travel blog Wanderlusters with my other half Ben. A writer/photographer team we’re passionate about world travel and enjoy collating inspiring content for others to enjoy.
What has been your best travel experience?
Joining the crew of a 40ft yacht and sailing across the top of Australia from Darwin to Gove.
While I grew up sailing dinghies on the Norfolk Broads in the UK, this voyage was like nothing I had ever experienced. My most memorable moment was sitting on the deck at 3am during a night watch. Land was no longer visible and the moon was highlighting the peak of each wave. Alone with just a blanket of stars for company, it was a very humbling experience.
What are some of the places you want to go before you die?
Japan and Madagascar are at the top of my bucket list although Bora Bora and Venice are not far behind!
There are a number of locations on my scuba bucket list too. I think I’m the most excited about the Slifra Rift in Iceland and Truck Lagoon in the the central Pacific, however I’m always reading about exciting new dive sites to explore so I change my mind constantly!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?
To be honest I’m a bit of a scaredy cat, although I did pluck up the courage to dive with sharks out at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea.
The reef itself is about 150km from the coast of northern Queensland and provides some of the best diving anywhere on the planet. Descending to 15m you’re invited to perch on a coral amphitheater and watch as the reef sharks circle and feed on large tuna heads.
It was an adrenaline inducing experience and one I’ll never forget!
What’s been the strangest meal of your travels so far?
Sea urchins and sea cucumber. Both have quite a slimy texture although taste just like the sea!
Where are some of the most disappointing and surprising places you’ve been?
The most disappointing place I’ve visited was the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. While the falls themselves were impressive the surrounding casinos, theme parks and fast food outlets negated any sense of majesty and awe.
Nicaragua provided a surprising array of culinary treats. When travelling on the local chicken buses I found myself sampling more and more of the local equivalent of ‘fast food’. The parcels of freshly made tamales and stuffed tortillas were delicious!
Which of your photos is your absolute favorite? Share it with us!
My other half took this when we joined the crew of a yacht sailing in the twilight series on Sydney Harbor. It was our first time in Australia and we were about to embark on a 25,000km road trip around the country. Every time I see it I recall just how excited I was to begin our epic adventure.
Describe your dream trip!
My ideal trip is a healthy mix of adventure and relaxation. I love exploring new environments above and below the water line so the opportunity to hike through a lush rainforest, followed by the chance to scuba dive on a coral reef, and then perhaps a day laid on the beach with a good book sounds perfect.
What is one item you can never travel without?
A good phrase book. I enjoy being able to converse with local people even on the most basic level.
Who is/are the best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while traveling?
When flying out of Costa Rica to the USA I was sat next to a lovely elderly couple. They were returning home from their annual vacation and spent the entire trip showing me photos from their travels all over the globe.
I hope my photo albums are as diverse as theirs when I am old.
Would you rather live without the internet for a year or without travel?
Oh my goodness. Do I really have to choose! I think it would have to be without internet. It’s quite possible I would lose my mind if I wasn’t able to travel.
Do you prefer the mountain, beach, or city?
I’m a beach bum at heart. Although I would choose all three if I could.
Thanks for the interview; you’ve been granted one wish. What will it be?
Can I wish for three more wishes?!