Going Places with Halley Gray

Dolphins in Roatan, where Halley had one of the most memorable holiday experiences of her life.

1.      Tell us about the first holiday you remember taking.

The first holiday I took was with my whole family (grandma, aunts, uncles, mom, dad, pesky younger brother) to the beach. The New England beaches won’t make the top ten anytime soon – rocky, cold, an unseemly amount of seaweed – but spending a week in a beach house with my family was unforgettable. Crabbing! Board games! Donuts!


2.      What has been your most memorable holiday?

I sailed a tall-ship as part of a research semester and the one day off I had in Roatan (an island off Honduras), my friend and I found and promptly got chased by the largest, blackest, scariest-looking bull in existence. Heaven knows how we didn’t end up as horn decorations.


3.      What do you like most about vacations?

The unknown! All the new experiences and thrills a different place offers.


4.      What do you hate most about vacations?

Packing. And luggage.


5.      How would you spend your perfect day on holiday?

Picking a country and then city/town at random. Then I’d get there, feel uncomfortable for a couple of days, meet some locals and spend the rest of the holiday living like a native! I love meeting new people.


6.      Where would you most like to go on holiday? Why?

At the moment, it’s Malaysia, because my friend suggested it and who knows what will happen!


Halley is a swashbuckling writer with a blog of adventure, Life of Something New. She writes Monday – Friday on how to live a fulfilling life and spends the rest of the week writing a book on how she helped her terminally-ill mom travel the world.  Contact her on Facebook and Twitter.