The crew in premium economy have time to stop and chat and they do so with genuine interest.
After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.
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