July 26 2017, updated 5:37pm

The travelman cometh and goeth

Last updated 09:24 04/02/2013
Jerry Bridge
FAVOURITE? I love paragliding, quad biking and skiing, so where other than Queenstown?

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A career bridging the world's travel routes seems logical for Wellington-based Londoner Jerry Bridge.

How often do you get away? A couple of short trips a year within New Zealand. At least three longer ones to Europe and Asia including one extended visit with my family.

Where was your first trip? Butlins, Bognor Regis with Mum, Dad and my three brothers. Childhood summer holidays were spent in Majorca (Spain) but my first independent trip, aged 17, was InterRailling around Europe with a couple of school mates.

Why do you travel - business or pleasure? Travel is in my blood but because of my line of work I am lucky to be able to say both. I am still a director of one of my travel companies, Bridge & Wickers in London, so need to attend board meetings.

What is your favourite destination overseas? India . . . First travelled there when I was 18. I've been back five times and no, before you ask, I am not really an ageing hippy.

And here in New Zealand? Apart from Wellington? I love paragliding, quad biking and skiing, so where other than Queenstown? I also recently honeymooned at Blanket Bay Lodge in Glenorchy, which was really special.

Best trip ever? Flying Concorde London-New York for the weekend, driving round Australia for eight months in a Holden station wagon or spending three days in Las Vegas with Richard Branson - all good times and strong contenders for this but the best trip ever had to be . . . Flying first class (a freebie 'travel perk') to Rio on Pan Am, before roughing it around Brazil, Bolivia and Peru - trekking the Inca Trail, the Amazon jungle and Lake Titicaca.

Worst? Cyprus . . . rained all week, rundown hotel and too many Brits drinking beer with their egg and bacon breakfasts.

What is the wildest sight you've witnessed while travelling? Having a 'Holy Moment' in Varanasi (Benares) I decided to swim with the locals in the Ganges at sunset which was an incredible experience except I wasn't expecting to bump into a floating dead body.

The most heartbreaking? Bombay street children/beggars, sleeping out under large black sheets of plastic during the horrific monsoon rains.

Who (or what) is your favourite travelling companion? Katie, my wife, who is amazing company, loves the sun (as I do) local food, important cultural sites, backgammon, champagne . . . I could go on.

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Where to next? London soon - a combo of business and pleasure. I am really looking forward to catching up with my 80-year-old mum.

Anything you'd like to add? I have just finished the monumental task of uploading family history and travel photos spanning 60 years to form part of my latest travel company World Travel with Bridge. My folks were early travel industry pioneers and as such inspired me from a very early age. Out of all the places in the world I have been fortunate enough to have travelled to, I now love to call Wellington home.

More at worldtravelwithbridge.com

- The Dominion Post

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