My travel life: Australian actor Marta Dusseldorp

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES VISITED

Quite a few by now... with many to still discover…

AISLE OR WINDOW?

Window, but it's always a battle between me and my two daughters. They usually win and then only watch movies and don't even look out the window!

ANY PASSPORT MISHAPS/MISADVENTURES?

I once had my passport stolen out from under my head while sleeping on a train to Christchurch, New Zealand. I was only 19 and thought I would never be able to come home. But it all worked out in the end and I managed to make a meal of the story for quite some time.

MY LAST TRAVEL DESTINATION WAS

to Lebanon and Jordan as a Goodwill Ambassador with UNHCR. We visited Za'atari and urban refugees who are still waiting in limbo, seven years later, to return to their homes (or what is left of them) in Syria. It was the most humbling experience and one I will never forget.

MY NEXT TRAVEL DESTINATION IS

Botswana and Zambia, with my whole family, for a safari under the guidance of travel company, Abercrombie & Kent. We are going to stay at several Sanctuary Retreats camps in the Okavango Delta and on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Apart from a chance to see some incredible wildlife, the trip will also provide all four of us, and especially the girls, with first-hand exposure to some of the fantastic philanthropic projects A&K manages in the various local communities in which each camp is located. These include an amazing bike shop program, the provision of much needed maternity support services in Zambia, and helping with the translocation and conservation of endangered rhinos in Botswana. After South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique, we'll then be heading to Uganda to meet the national director of Australia for UNHCR, Naomi Steer, to support and highlight the incredible work they are doing there, opening a new vocational training centre for refugees.

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO

A bush walk with orphaned elephants in the Okavango Delta which I know will be extraordinary, and the white sandy beaches of Benguerra Island in Mozambique.

WHAT I REALLY WANT FROM MY NEXT TRIP IS

Inspiration

I LOVE TO TRAVEL BECAUSE

It opens your heart and reinvigorates your creative imagination. It allows you to understand that the world is a complex and spectacular place.

MY TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY IS

Try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Memories help to define you, so make them count. Travel the world to fill a blank in your understanding.

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THE ONE TRAVEL MISTAKE I ALWAYS MAKE IS

Getting sunburnt.

THE ONE THING I REALLY DO GET RIGHT WHEN I TRAVEL IS

Booking with a reputable agent. I also always eat the local food and so very rarely get sick.

IF I HAD TO SIT IN THE MIDDLE SEAT THE OTHER PASSENGERS I'D WANT ON EITHER SIDE OF ME WOULD BE

[Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate] Malala Yousafzai and my eldest daughter, Grace. Then I would move to the aisle and let the young people chat. Grace saw her speak recently in Sydney and was so inspired, she told me that she now realised you must never take education and the freedom to express yourself for granted. I think they'd talk about just how possible it is to change the world - no matter your age or your gender.

THE ONE FAMOUS TRAVELLER I REALLY ADMIRE IS

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (1864-1922) better known by her pen-name Nellie Bly who travelled around the world in 72 days with only the dress she was wearing, an overcoat, several pairs of underwear and a small bag. She was an American investigative journalist and also worked for women's rights and charities. She is a huge inspiration to me.

THE ONE FAMOUS PERSON I'D LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH IS

Nellie Bly - she might stop me from wandering and getting lost.

I CAN'T STOP GOING BACK TO

Japan. It is a country full of inventive charm, deep historical tradition and significance and a humble people who are only ever inviting and helpful. Plus the food is some of the best in the world.

AIRLINE FOOD IS

Necessary.

 

AIRPORT SECURITY IS

Understandable.

HOTELS ARE

A place to put your feet up and slip, hopefully, into a comfy bed.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO

The Okavango Delta in Botswana as it is a World Heritage Site full of the most wonderful creatures big and small, and a lush landscape literally teeming with life.

I'VE NEVER WANTED TO GO TO

The top of the Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree as I imagine it would be just my luck to be caught and held captive by Dame Slap and I would need my children to come with Moonface and rescue me.

Marta Dusseldorp is an ambassador for Save the Children Australia and Australia for UNHCR.

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