The Getaway Team
Associate editor at Getaway. I love this job because it takes my brain – and sometimes the rest of me – to wonderful places. I am obsessed with islands, and have a special fondness for forests, midsized animals (meerkats, raccoons, warthogs etc) and childish food. I truly dislike the word ‘convenient’ and everything it stands for.
I have always loved the sound of aeroplanes and lawnmowers. Although I can’t tell you the reason for my affinity with the latter, the call to hop on a plane to some far-away place resounds every time I hear the engines roaring above. My travels have taken me to some truly inspiring places, from sleeping under star-studded skies in Morocco to indulging in local cuisine in western China. I am always on the hunt for the next place to visit and when I can’t afford to travel and feeling a little down, I ensure that I keep my grass long and my visits to the local airstrip frequent!
Curiosity skilled the cat. It’s also what I blame for always wanting to see what’s around the next bend in the road. Just. One. More. Look. Because knowing is better than not knowing, and going is better than staying.
I love diving along the warm African coast, sussing out South Africa's best stargazing spots, setting up tents in Botswana, snorkelling with seals in Cape Town, clambering up Namibian dunes and once I walked 250km through the Karoo.
Michelle Hardie is happiest engaging with people and excels at striking up conversation with strangers. She is thrilled by the surprising connections she has made and once found a distant relative on the Greek island of Samos who served her in a shop. She is not known for packing a light suitcase (on her 2017 list to improve) and always takes a sheet and a pillowslip just in case. A big pot of tea and a bag of liquorice (particularly the salty-sweet Dutch kind) are her comforts.
I am 24 and have lived in four South African cities but consider myself a proud Durbanite. I studied journalism and have an interest in social media, politics, popular culture. A course in travel writing sparked an appreciation and led to an internship with Getaway. My travel goals include Costa Rica, Tanzania, Morocco and if I can brave the cold, Antarctica. Memes are the best thing about Web 2.0. I’m getting ready to see the world.
I love to be immersed in the history of a place and traveling is like opening up a new book, giving me new stories. I have an active imagination, so I enjoy putting myself out there: and besides, no one looks back fondly on a trip to the dentist or the grocery store!
People often say to me, with tangible resentment, ‘So, you must travel a lot.’ Actually, no. I do not. Mostly, I sit in my office reading about other people’s wonderful journeys and deciding what’s worthy of our Getaway readers. I do believe travel makes people better. Why? Because it’s usually fun, and almost always interesting, and people are just better when they’re having a good time. Not that it’s all about you, reader: I hope this year will take me to Morocco, Madagascar and a whole lot of South Africa. Actually, that sounds like I do travel a lot. But at least I’ll pass my finds on to you.
I've long-since decided to invest in experiences, not things. Maybe it's because I find Things so easy to misplace, whereas memories tend to stick around a little longer. Regardless, I'm having the time of my life hitting the road as Getaway's Photo Editor. You can contact me on email@example.com
If you laid all the roads in the world from end to end you could go on a 142-year-long road trip. It's things like this that I think about when I'm sitting at my desk.
I am in constant search of ideas, places and moments that expand my optimistic world view. I like to keep my glass half full, especially if it involves wine. I love second-hand bookstores and try rescue at least one second-hand book in almost every town I visit. I seem to be more inclined towards assignments and adventures that tread a thin line between challenging and embarrassing myself. Having recently learnt to ride a bike and swim, you could say I'm on a quest to reclaim the childhood I spent mostly indoors watching Oprah.