Checking Out: Navodinee Wickramanayake

Smart and sassy, Navodinee is the Co-Founder of The Better Tomorrow Movement. Her hobbies are watching movies, thrift shopping and working on her Instagram feed. She likes restaurants that play live music and dislikes untidy spaces, tangled earphones and spaces with no fresh air. 

Favourite travel destination? 

Kyoto in the spring for its street musicians and the carpets of sakura that line the roads and canals, Scandinavia in the winter for its adorable cities and how beautiful and different the landscape is to what I'm used to at home. 

What do you never travel without? 

My phone, portable charger, hand sanitizer, credit and debit card. 

Favourite cuisine? 

Sri Lankan. 

Scary travel experience? 

I've had so many. This is not so much a "travel" experience but where I lived in Japan got hit by a massive earthquake and I had just enough time to pick our valuables and get out of my apartment at 1:00AM. I spent four days in an evacuation centre among constant tremors and tsunami warnings and no safe way to leave the country. It was one of the scariest experiences of my life. 

Top travel tip? 

Have high-resolution PDF copies of your travel documents on a secure cloud or email AND on your phone before you leave for your travels. 

Where would you go if you could live in any other country than Sri Lanka? 

The Netherlands. 

Where did you last go on holiday? 

Trondheim, Oslo, Westfjords of Iceland, Reykjavik and finally Doha. It was such a cool experience spending time in Doha immediately after almost a month in the Scandinavian winter. 

What destinations are on your hit list? 

Alberta for its beautiful blue water lakes and Moscow for its incredible architecture. 

Next big adventure? 

I am moving to The Netherlands this August. I can't wait for the many weekend trips to new countries and cities I haven't yet explored! 

Travel agent or Internet booking? 

If you are travelling solo, use an online service like Skyscanner as it'll get you the lowest rates. However, if you are travelling with a company, use a travel agent for ease of planning. 

What do you enjoying doing most while on holiday? 

Spending time with the locals and seeing the city through their eyes is often the best part of travelling to new places. 

Top five travel destinations you have visited? 

New Zeland, Switzerland, Paris, Iceland, Kyoto. 

Who would be your perfect travel companion? 

I prefer a solo plane/train ride but I do like meeting up with my friends who live where I am visiting and exploring with them. 

Road trip or plane ride? 

I love a good plane ride with a killer view but a road trip with friends and good music is just so much more fun!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Tina Edward Gunawardhana is a journalist specialising in travel, lifestyle, cuisine and personalities. She is also the features writer for Hi!! Magazine. An intrepid traveller, she likes to show readers the world through her eyes and experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - tinajourno tinajourno@gmail.com

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