Antje Rilk - Touch the Arctic Tours - Designer of Unique Journeys
Years of Industry Experience: 9+ years
Years with TOTW Travel: 2+ years
Places Travelled: Germany, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Hawaii, New York City and extensively throughout Canada
Travel Tips: I like to plan my trips well, so I know when the best time is to do the things that I want to do and visit the places that I want to go to. For example, I really don’t want to miss out on the famous farmer’s market only because I didn’t schedule my stay right. I always want to get the most out of my precious vacation time, and good planning is key. That said, a stressful, fully planned out trip with no room for spontaneity isn’t fun either, so always leave some free time for the unexpected adventure or whatever you feel like in the moment.
Favourite Place to Travel: Anywhere new, really, where new experiences are to be found.
Best Travel Moment: This is a tough one as “best” means to me that everything else is less. I try to enjoy every moment when I travel. What comes to mind, however, is when a check in agent cheerfully assigned me the “people connector” (the middle seat in a row of 3), and I ended up sitting beside someone who I tried to get in touch with for a while (we exchanged Facebook names but that didn’t help us). Or when I missed a public bus that left earlier than scheduled and a local saw me waving and running, and she gave me the 2hr ride with a great conversation.
Favourite Travel Accessory: I don’t leave town without my Nalgene water bottle. Bottled water is just a no go for me, no matter where I travel. I’m a big fan of the efficient water dispensers they have at airports now – so quick to fill the bottle and it’s free. No need to wait for the flight attendants either as they make their rounds with water. Especially on long haul flights where it’s so easy to get dehydrated.
Favourite Type of Cuisine: Anything local, fresh, farm to table. Feeling good tastes extra good!
I Travel Because...: It’s the best way to recharge, broaden the mind, get uncomfortable and grow personally, learn, and so much more. A change of scenery is also great medicine.