Expert Spotlight: Mark
Born, lived, studied, guided, trekked, researched, eaten, taught and volunteered in more than 90 countries worldwide, Kensington’s award-winning team of Destination Experts are bounded by passion and drive to discover the new and unknown. We could go on forever about how awesome our team is, but we’d rather let them speak for themselves. Check out our quick-fire round of questions and answers – dealing with travel and beyond – with Asia Destination Expert, Mark P.
What has been your favorite travel moment?
Summer of 2016 I traveled to Sri Lanka with my family and girlfriend. We were on the east coast near Trincomalee and took a boat to Pigeon Island. My girlfriend and I are wildlife lovers and thoroughly enjoy snorkeling. We were swimming about and observing the multitude of fish in the area when all of a sudden we found ourselves encompassed by a school of the most colorful fish we’d ever seen. There must have been 500 of them swimming around us in unison. It was an amazing moment to be a part of and really gave me perspective. Life is full of moments, go find them.
If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
1. My mom’s Kiri Bath (Sri Lankan breakfast rice served with curries, sambol, etc)
2. Pad Gra Prow (Thai Basil Beef)
What are your tips for getting through long flights?
Take a sleeping pill after takeoff and request a meal as early as possible. Your body naturally tires after eating and combining that with a sleeping pill will really make sure you’ll be counting sheep. I’ve flown HKG-YVR numerous times and only ever recall being nudged awake by the flight crew after landing. If that fails, pack a hard drive full of movies and tv shows!
What’s your favorite foreign phrase?
During my University year’s at Queen’s, I lived with 6 of my best friends. For a semester we had an Australian exchange student stay with us and he taught us a lot of the local slang. I can’t repeat most of them but he once called the sunrise a “sparrow’s fart”.
If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?
Growing up with Sri Lankan origins, I’ve always felt an affinity towards elephants. That they can be so big, protective and powerful, but still showcase grace, joy, and compassion; there’s a lot to learn from elephants.
What’s the single must-must-must-do experience in your sales region?
Go see a cricket match in Sri Lanka. You don’t need to know what’s going on, buy a cheap ticket and enjoy the day with the locals in the stands. Dancing, singing, drinking – sport is a universal language that brings people together.
What should you always be sure to have in your carry-on?
Passport, phone, wallet, water, and keys. Won’t leave anywhere without them.
What’s the last thing you binged on Netflix?
Not on Netflix, but I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan. I finally convinced my girlfriend to give it a shot, so we’ve been ripping through the seasons trying to get her caught up.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
The connection you feel at some point during the trip. It could be a connection with your destination, a particular landmark, your travel partner, or even yourself. This connection is what we’re really looking for when exploring the world.
To learn more about traveling to Asia with Kensington Tours, email Mark at email@example.com