While you may recognise her face from television appearances or MC gigs, Liezel van der Westhuizen likes to think of herself as the typical “girl next door, living her best life in Cape Town.”
But Cape Town isn’t the only place she loves! Liezel is what we would call a “seasoned-traveller”, and definitely someone we could learn a thing a few things from.
Where is the next place you plan to visit?
Hong Kong in May to MC a 3 day conference and then Portugal in September to take part in the Ironman Triathlon.
How do you do to stay healthy when you travel?
I always try hydrated, and carry my own travel water bottle which I refill every morning at the hotel. Cutting down my use of plastic bottles. I try not to overdo it on the first day in a new city.
Do you prefer to travel with friends or with your partner?
I love traveling solo but I have an amazing group of travel friends who make trips so memorable. My partner Mike is an adventurer like me, so I know that our travel trips always include some outdoor adventure from scuba diving to kayaking.
How can you learn about a culture and meet locals without speaking their language?
I am currently learning a few basic words in Cantonese for my trip to Hong Kong. I also read local travel bloggers and see what local events/restaurant/activities they recommend.
How do you calculate the money you can spend daily during your trip?
I keep a tight budget and plan before the time I plan how much to spend on restaurants and shopping. I am very strict with my spending. In the past I found I over spent on unnecessary items.
What are the options for working out whilst abroad?
I love finding out what fitness activities are happening in the city where I am traveling to and sign up for a few classes. It’s a great way to meet locals. On my trip to Hong Kong, I host a morning 5km run with the conference delegates so this keeps me fit. On other days I have signed up for Kung Fu and Thai Chi workshops.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
I love the excitement of travelling,. planning the trip months before, the packing and then the actual trip. I love meeting locals, love going on adventures and love finding secret spots that only the locals eat at.
Who makes the best travel bags?
TUMI - These travel bags are stylish, durable and lightweight. I am impressed with the strong construction & good quality zipper.
What’s the best way to sleep on a plane?
For me, I wear comfortable clothes, and always try to get a window seat so I lean against and rest my head on the side of the plane. I also set my watch the moment I board the plan, to the new time zone, to start acclimating to the new time zone.
Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?
Madagascar is one of my favourite travel destinations. It’s a quick flight from JHB, and an affordable travel destination, with great scuba diving and beautiful beaches.
Which airline is best?
In my opinion, Qatar