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Traveller of the Week: Kim Oughtred

Our fave traveller for the week of April 29th, 2013


Kim Oughtred



Contiki trips taken
Beaches and Reefs in Australia, European Whirl, Greek Island Hopping and Costa Rica Unplugged.

Contiki ‘day song’
It's My Life by Bon Jovi (for Costa Rica) and LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem for European Whirl AND Greek Island Hopping!

Favourite country visited
I have to cheat and give three answers! Greece would be one for the sun, nightlife, and incredible scenery and sunsets in Santorini. Italy would be another for the history in Rome, the canals in Venice and the food! Costa Rica would be another for the rainforest, the animals, the volcanoes, the beaches and the adventure activities (white water rafting, canyoneering, ziplining, ATVs). Three totally different countries, and they are all my favourite for different reasons!

Favourite city visited
I'd have to say Tortuguero in Costa Rica. This place is in the middle of the rainforest - you need to take a small boat down a river for about 45 minutes just to get there! We stayed at the Pachira Lodge, which is an incredibly special resort spread through the trees and lush vegetation of the rainforest. You can sit in a rocking chair on the patio right outside your room and see monkeys swinging by! The main "town" of Tortuguero (I use this term loosely as I think the population may be a few dozen people) is right across the river and was pretty neat to visit, but the best part was the boat ride we took in the morning to explore the area and see loads of wildlife (sloths! monkeys! big birds! - I forget what they were called exactly but I have lots of pictures). At night our whole group would sit in a gazebo at the hotel, listen to music and have a drink or two and get to know each other. This was the first stop on our tour and having everyone all together at night was so nice and we all became incredibly close friends.

Favourite part of the Contiki trip
My favorite part was ziplining in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The cloud forest in Monteverde is incredibly unique and one of the most beautiful places I've been. Imagine flying through the air on a zipline that runs a kilometre long, high above the cloud forest with views of rolling hills as far as the eye can see. It was definitely a day I will never forget as long as I live! The thing that made it so special, though, was experiencing it with all the amazing friends I met on the tour.

Favourite photo from the trip
How am I supposed to pick from the hundreds of Contiki pics I have?! I'll choose the one in Santorini from my Greek Island Hopping tour. It is just such a beautiful place and I have so many amazing memories.

Next trip
I just booked the Andes and Amazon Highlights trip for this summer! I'm going with my best friend - we went on our first Contiki tour together to Australia and now, 6 years later, we're off to South America.

You meet so many amazing people on these tours, go to places you never thought you'd go to and see things you never thought you'd see. You definitely become a lot more adventurous and come away with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

Cheers to Kim for sharing her travel story. Do YOU want to be Contiki's Traveller of the Week?
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