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Dawn Jorgensen, The Incidental Tourist: Ten Questions

When I was invited on a special media trip to Turkey by Trafalgar and was told I would be joining writers and travel bloggers from around the world I had a feeling I’d get the chance to meet some pretty special people in a very special place. I wasn’t wrong.

As social media would have it, by using the #TrafalgarInsider hashtag I could suss out who else was on the trip before we had even met, and I remember I’d just started following Dawn Jorgensen on Instagram and Twitter when I saw her check into the hotel. I could already feel the great energy around her and it was no surprise to discover Dawn is a conscious traveller, animal lover and earth advocate.

I loved not only getting to know her in the week that followed, but also seeing how she was sharing the Turkey experience as The Incidental Tourist.

Check out this great video that she made of the trip, and then we’ll ask her ten questions…

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people I meet along the way. There’s a magical connection between travellers, a levelling and grounding of hearts. A reminder that no matter where we come from or where we live, we’re very much alike.

If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?

I’d take my dogs with me, I miss them so when I’m gone.

What’s something about your role that you wish people understood?

That as lucky and grateful as I am, most of my travel experiences are linked to contractual demands, long hours and little sleep. It is after all a job. A truly wonderful job, but a job with its own challenges.

What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?

Sleep in a little and then take a long walk on the farm, its very grounding.

What’s a cheap and cheerful food secret you (usually) only tell your friends?

Lunch at The Kitchen in Woodstock. A tiny little place owned and run by the wonderful Karen Dudley, where food is made with more love than most can muster. I almost want to keep it all to myself. The food and the secret.

If money was no object, where would you go for lunch or dinner?

Vietnam for their street food, in a heart beat.

Where do you take a friend when they come to visit?

Cape Town is home and walking the city bowl, a visit to Cape Point Nature Reserve and a trip up Table Mountain are all must dos.

What’s the best shopping experience in town?

The newly opened Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. A hub for local craft and design that will offer a wonderful overview of what creative Cape Town is up to.

Is there a local tourist cliché that’s actually worth doing?

Yes. The African penguins at Boulders Beach truly are the cutest things, don’t miss the opportunity to visit with them.

Is there a tourist attraction nearby that you can’t believe you still haven’t visited yourself?

Diving with the seals off Hout Bay, still very high on my wish list. This summer for sure!

Dawn Jorgensen, The Incidental Tourist travel blogger

You can check out more of Dawn’s travel tips and adventures at The Incidental Tourist. 

You can see Dawn share some of the strangest things that have passed her lips in The Craziest Things Travel Bloggers Have Eaten  and check out Ten Questions with another great blogger I’ve travelled with, Michael Turtle of Time Travel Turtle.

And you can also check out ten answers to Ten Questions from Global CEO of Trafalgar, Gavin Tollman.

Amanda Woods travelled as a guest of Trafalgar however all opinions remain her own. And Dawn’s of course.

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  1. Great interview, Dawn does seem like a free spirit traveller and I love that she would like to take her dogs travelling ( I would too! if I have dogs again, that is!!!) sounds like one great Turkey trip!! 🙂

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