Travel Style: Meg Jerrard

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Meg Jerrard

Meg Jerrard

Name: Meg Jerrard (Megan Claire)

Occupation: Travel blogger! Though in Australia I’m a qualified lawyer and in America a lively cocktail waitress!

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania

Residence: Florida, USA

College: University of Canberra

College major: Journalism/Law

Website: mappingmegan.com

Twitter: @mappingmegan

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Short bio: Meg is an Australian journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure! Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Meg and Mike travel off the beaten path in search of adventure in each country they visit. Never content with merely seeing “the sights,” they fully immerse themselves in each new culture to truly discover a destination. Together they have camped in Africa, hitchhiked through Australia and hit up every romantic destination in Europe. They haven’t been everywhere—but it’s on their list!

Languages spoken: English and a little Japanese.

How often do you fly? As often as possible—have been grounded for the last year while US Immigration processed my residency, however starting May 2014 we have 7 months of travel planned and have flights scheduled once a week.

How many countries have you been to? 35

How many continents have you been to? 4

Earliest travel memory: Traveling within Australia—my parents put me on a plane from Tasmania to Canberra to visit relatives. As a 10-year-old I was so excited to have my first bank card and get to make my own purchases, and went a little crazy spending my allocated funds. I quickly learned the value of money while traveling!

Favorite American city: Savannah, Georgia. It’s straight out of the pages of a fairytale with an unbelievable charm and character.

Favorite international city: Budapest—the city is stunning, especially at night when the Parliament Building is fully lit; the whole city is radiant!

Least favorite country: The Vatican. Hopefully God doesn’t smite me for this answer, however my Vatican experienced was ruined due to the overwhelming crowds and the sensational hype which it just didn’t live up to. I’m a Catholic, so was truly looking forward to my visit, however having been on two separate occasions now it’s just too touristy.

Country with the meanest immigration officers: Traveling into the UK you get given the third degree! Worse so than the interrogation my father gives men we bring home!

Favorite airline: Qantas—Aussie pride.

Aisle or window: Aisle for longhaul flights, window for domestic. I don’t like having to bother people to get up on international flights and enjoy the freedom of being able to walk around at my own convenience.

Favorite airport lounge: British Airways—they have amazing cheesecake!

Favorite international airport: Melbourne—it’s incredibly simple and easy to navigate and immigration is quick.

Favorite travel credit card: Chase Sapphire Preferred—amazing amount of travel rewards offered (like travel insurance and travel savings) and great start-up perks. 

Favorite island: Australia! Within Australia, however, Hamilton Island (Great Barrier Reef) and Tasmania top the list.

Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Fish & chip joints anywhere along the coast of Ireland.

Favorite fruit: Strawberries.

Favorite food: Italian—who doesn’t love pizza, pasta & gelato!!

Least favorite food: Airline food—I call it “plastic food.”

Craziest thing you’ve eaten: Reindeer—on pizza in Finland! Very gamey meat. Have also eaten Kangaroo and Emu on what’s called a “Coat of Arms” pizza in Australia!

Favorite travel movie(s): Eurotrip is one of those classic comedies which I can re-watch over and over again.

Favorite travel show(s): Anything with Anthony Bourdain.

Favorite travel book(s): Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China.

Right now I am reading: Eyewitness travel guides in preparation for our next trip!

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Afar Magazine, National Geographic (of course), and Travel & Leisure.

Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! The Planet D, Everything Everywhere & Wanderlusters.

5 things you bring on a plane: Clean underware (you never know when/if you’ll need it), headphones, laptop, a book, and a travel pillow.

What do you always seem to forget? My watch. Everytime!

What do you like least about travel? Jetlag—7 years of travel and it still gets me!

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? I would honestly rather put the money towards our next trip!

Most embarrassing travel moment: Flying from Milan to Prague I wore 5 kg of clothes onto the plane to avoid paying excess baggage fees. And I have the kind of friends who would prefer to video the process and post it to YouTube rather than help to unpack! Needless to say, me dressing myself in everything from pajamas to towels in the middle of the Italian airport provided entertainment for the whole terminal—and I couldn’t stop laughing myself! 

Worst travel moment: Catching a mild case of malaria while in Kenya. Mild in that I wasn’t hospitalized but it did take me out for a few days—and a tent in the scorching African sun with not much access to proper sanitation and clean water wasn’t the most ideal scenario to fall sick in! Honestly, who knows if it was malaria or not—but it was a pretty severe sickness!

Best travel tip: Never leave your bag unattended. This may sound like straight forward advice, but you would be surprised how often it’s overlooked. Especially on beaches when you’re in the water and possibly have thousands of dollars worth of electronics like phones, iPads, and credit cards lying unattended on the sand. And if you leave food unattended in your bag, human thieves are the least of your worries!!

Comments

  1. So, so. Only mildly “interesting.” Eager for next one to be “better.”

  2. Thanks for publishing my travel style! Honored to be featured here amongst many other great travelers!

  3. I am amazed at how you can travel for 7 months on only a cocktail waitresses salary. That is an inspirational story, for sure! The trick for enjoying the Vatican is to go right at sunrise, when the services are going on but the tourists aren’t up yet.

    • Thanks Jessica! ‘No rest for the wicked’ as my mother used to say! Work long hours while we’re in the country to enjoy long hours abroad when we’re not!

      Thanks for the Vatican tip – will have to remember that when we eventually get back to Italy!

  4. I love your page Meg! So neat to learn all of this about you! Reindeer pizza! Now that’s crazy! I tried a reindeer burger in Iceland! I’m with you in wearing all of my clothes-AND my friends videoing it! I actually put them on in the middle of a NYC airport and TSA clapped when I made it through…haha…

    I also flew alone for the first time at 10 to see my grandparents and I thought it was such a fun adventure! I remember the clouds and they let me sit in first class when it was empty!!

    • Thanks Anna! We’re actually in Iceland currently so I’ll be sure to look out for a reindeer burger! Also have been told I need to try fermented shark while I’m here, but we’ll see! Not sure if I’m too keen on that one :S

      Sounds like our travel experiences have been pretty similar!

  5. Wow, Megan – it’s nice to read about another adventurous traveller. Have been a fan and still am one! Sounds like you are really doing it right! Reindeer, malaria, wearing all your clothes – we have a lot in common! Not sure about Budapest being my favorite international city, but I’ll let that one slide haha :)

    I also loved your comment about duty free – we are the same way. Why spend money on stuff when you can put it towards a more meaningful experience?! Love it.

    Look forward to following more of your awesome adventures!

  6. Wow! So proud of your Travel Style profile, Meg! Love the layered clothes story. Hilarious!

  7. I’ve been following Johnny Jet and you for awhile ~ fun to see the two combine. Love your travel style. Mine is a little different as we are a family who moves frequently and then we travel within the area we’re living (Germany, UK, Guam and now the DC area). Makes for little to no jet-lag which I’m prone to get. I get such inspiration from your more exotic travels ~ thanks for sharing your stories!

  8. Love love love. But Qantas, really? Haha.

  9. Great interview! That extra clothes story is very funny. It’s like the extra kgs you try shoving in your hand luggage – a certain skill required to make it look as light as a feather! I’m sure you’ve seen already, but if not, you have to watch Ricky Gervais’ Idiot Abroad – hilarious.

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