Wander shots: Dorothy Black

2012-08-22 15:36

Dorothy Black is a sex writer and supporter of sex-positive thinking. She writes a regular column and sex toy review for Women24 as well as monthly sex and relationship features for a number of publications, all the while blogging far too often on her own site, TheDotSpot.net, in her opinion.

1. Firstly... are you a member of the mile high club?

No. But if there was a mile long club involving trains I'd be the chairperson. I'm a little phobic about flying. Oddly the more I fly the more freaked out I get. From the minute the plane lifts off to the minute it comes to a standstill, I am mentally and emotionally preparing to die. Awesome. Luckily I can sleep anywhere, in any position. So that's generally what I do.

2. Tell us about your most recent holiday?

Most of my travel lately has been local and I've been doing a ton of mini breaks - Chuchhaven, Hermanus, Robertson, Paternoster, Riebeek Kasteel ... that sort of thing. The latest holiday that was a little longer was up the Garden Route, which I love. Lots of forest walking, driving and eating. And drinking. And snoozing. It was cold and raining so little beaching, which is what I love. 

3. What's your top five 5 travel bucket list? How close are you to realizing any of them?

I want to go back to Cambodia, which just got right under my skin ... Bangkok, Chang Mai, into Laos, down the Mekong to Ho Chi Min, into Cambodia and finishing off in Thailand again at Thansadet on Koh Phangan. Walk the full Camino de Santiago. Road trip a US tour - NY down to Mississippi across to California taking in some Rockies scenery. Budapest and Croatia. Take some of Kenya. Maybe India. Italy ... so many places seem lovely.

These are pretty expansive trips that are very far from being realised, though I've already started saving up for either the South East Asia or Camino de Santiago trips. I say ‘either' because I'll decide how I feel closer to the time. 

4. Who is your favourite travel companion and why? 

Internationally I've travelled with different people, so there's no one person. Locally, my friend Gito. He can amuse himself, doesn't need molly coddling, likes to do stuff but can appreciate the time for snoozing and just chilling out.

5. What's been the most useful travel innovation for you?

Eye masks and mosquito nets. That's not really innovation I guess, but I'm not a gadgety traveller. 

6. Do you prefer to stay connected or switch off when on a break?

I never really switch off from what I do, whether there's tech involved or not.

7. What's your absolute worst travel nightmare?

Getting really sick without proper medical care.

8. What is your greatest travel extravagance/indulgence?

Spas. I have spa'ed (Is that a word? It is now.) I have spa'ed in every country I've visited, barring the Southern Africa countries I've visited. I can spend an entire day moving between pool, steam room, sauna, herbal baths and massages.

9. Who would you most like to sit next to on a plane? 

As I'm not a big talker on a plane and generally fall asleep as soon as I can any great name would probably be totally lost on me. Though I'd quite dig to meet Oprah. 

10. Who would you least like to sit next to on a plane

A talker I don't want to talk to or someone who smells. There are very few people who are actually both that ignorant and repugnant you can't gleen some interesting information from them.

11. Do you have pets? If so, what happens to them when you travel and how do they react when they know you're on your way?

No. I live like a teenage boy with money and a flair for the bohemian. I can barely clean up after myself let alone an animal, although I do love them. I have lots of plants though and I put them in a bath (sink, buckets) of shallow water for mini trips, get friends to water for longer trips and for very long stays abroad I cart them all to my parents' house.

Complete the following...

Finding food I like to eat is the thing I dislike most about travelling (I'm vegetarian).

Waking up in one of those stupidly extravagant treehouses overlooking a forest of some sort this weekend would be awesome just because I'm in the mood for something a little ‘other'. 

Are you adding a Mayan spin to your end-of-year break?

No, I've formed a survivor team of a few selected people and we'll be scootering up Table Mountain for a good view.

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