Friday, October 25, 2013

Emmie Dark: Travel tales

My newly released book, “Dance With Me” is a bit of a travelogue—it’s set in Australia, the US and Guatemala. Luckily enough I was able to base my research on these places from my own experience—I’ve been lucky to travel quite a bit in the past few years.

The trip I did through Mexico and Guatemala was one of the most memorable travel experiences I’ve ever had. As a self-admitted “princess” (I’ll go camping the day they invent a tent with an ensuite) I had to adjust my expectations. Our hotels were two-star, at the very best, and our transport ranged from jolting around in a minibus through to hanging on for dear life in the back of a ute (pick up truck)!

This is me on some of the scary Mayan steps!
I made the person taking the photo make sure that you couldn’t really
tell that I’m only about two steps off the ground! 

But all that was worth it for the amazing, spectacular scenery. Mayan temples, thousands of years old, built with an unbelievable precision! There was one temple where all the walls and surfaces were built to amplify the human voice—a whisper from the top could be heard throughout the courtyard in front.

Unfortunately I also discovered a strange fear of heights. I don’t mind being on the tallest building, or going for a ride in a cable car, and I loved my trip on the London Eye. But walking up the steps of the building—each one at least knee-height or above—for some reason was beyond me. No, scratch that, walking up wasn’t the problem, it was the getting down again that I hated!

Are you more of a creature comforts “princess” when it comes to travelling, or are you all for embracing the wilds of nature? Let me know your preference and I’ll chose one random comment to win a copy of Dance With Me.

Dance With Me is available now on Amazon:

About Dance With Me:
Polly’s life isn’t turning out the way she thought—and so she’s embarked on the trip of a lifetime. In Guatemala she meets Josh and they have a fling that is supposed to be short-lived, but instead starts them on a journey that takes them through three countries, two emergency room visits, one incredible dance lesson, and a huge amount of vino tinto. It’s a sassy, sexy, romantic tale about finding your way back to your true self.

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Mary Preston said...

I do like my creature comforts. I had enough of the wilds as a child. I was dragged from pillar to post. Camping is not on the cards ever again.

I love being up high. The steps sound massive.

petite said...

Your experiences sound unforgettable, but at this stage I prefer to travel and vacation with comfort, not necessarily luxury though. I also have a huge fear of heights.

traveler said...

The wilds of nature never appealed to me even when I was younger. I enjoy staying at resorts and condos at the beach and touring historic sites in fascinating cities.

Lory Lee said...

Before I like it comfortable. But now I'm into really wild but unpredictable travels specially if I spend it with my family and friends.

Fedora said...

Wow, Emmie! How wonderful that you've traveled widely and can use that inspiration in your stories! As for me, I do enjoy creature comforts, and while I like exploring new places, I can't say I'm much of a fan of staying in the great outdoors, plus, I pretty much hate bugs ;)

Emmie said...

If you like being up high, you'd love the Mayan ruins, Mary!

Emmie said...

It sounds like we would travel well together! I'm definitely one for comfort these days.

Emmie said...

Definitely another person I can travel with! I like the outdoors, but only as long as there's a hot shower and a comfy bed waiting for me at the end of the day!

Emmie said...

That sounds like fun! Wild and unpredictable sounds great to me, as long as there's friends and family!

Emmie said...

Ugh, bugs!! Definitely not a fan either! That's one of the key reasons hotel rooms beat tents every time!