Sarah Storey Q & ABy Sarah Storey -
What 3 words would you use to describe travel and what it means to you?
Adventure, Exploration and Learning.
If you were a country what country would you be and why?
I couldn’t just pick one country as there’s aspects of so many countries i would want to include. I’d create my own land, with just the right weather for lush greenery, sunny days and a genuine winter season. There would be plenty of sporting locations such as mountains, smooth roads, fabulous beaches and great places to eat and spend time with friends.
Where did you eat your fave sandwich?
i’ve been lucky to eat my favourite sandwich in every location i have travelled to! It’s an easy one to take everywhere when enjoying the views or taking in the local area.
Where have you been that genuinely took your breath away?
Canada, we honeymooned there and it was simply stunning to be there as the first snow fall of the season came in. Visiting places like Lake Louise and trekking up past the tea houses and into the mountains there as well as the bitter cold of the Icefields Parkway.
What one piece of advice would you give for accessible travellers?
Plan and research your destination and routes. Make sure you know if there are the facilities you will need and don’t be afraid to ask. Everyone will have different levels of requirements and some have greater mobility or flexibility with using crutches or being able to transfer out of their wheelchair. I know of people with accessibility needs who have been able to go backpacking and move around a lot but they have packed carefully and been mindful of how they would transport their luggage and themselves. Adventure isn’t off limits it’s just needs a bit of creative planning and research of the public transport in the place you are headed.
What's your funniest travel moment?
I was backpacking in Australia on my own just after the Games in Sydney and i had a big back pack and also a front pack. When i dropped something on the platform at Brisbane station i bent over to pick it up but lost my balance and ended up lying on my front pack with my back pack pinning me down and arms and legs flailing while I tried to roll out of it!
Where have you been where you felt most at home, away from home?
I have been lucky to have this feeling in a few places. Lanzarote is quite literally my home away from home and the village of La Santa in the north of the island is where i spent most of my winter training. I also have been to a few places in the USA where i could have seen myself stopping such as South Lake Tahoe. Ultimately though i am a home bird and couldn’t actually imagine leaving our house on the edge of the Peak District!
Where have you visited that you could see yourself living?
What life advice would you have given yourself five years ago?
The advice I took was to follow your dreams, I have always followed this mantra and i think it has ensured I have experienced many adventures. I am lucky that Barney is also an adventurer and our daughter Louisa enjoys travelling with us. I hope I will always be able to follow this ethos.
Where do you hope to visit in five years time?
Well in 3 years time i hope that i will be looking at a trip to Tokyo for my 8th Paralympic Games, but i also hope that we have been able to go to Australia, New Zealand and Canada as a family
Which book would you recommend to take travelling?
i rarely take my own books anywhere these days as I spend most of my time reading with my daughter. Books are great for the more mundane parts of travel such as hanging out at airport, but if books aren’t your thing then travel with a little one as seeing the world through their eyes as well as your own is fascinating.
Would you rather go into space or explore the depths of the ocean?
Neither, there is so much to explore on earth
What's the craziest activity you did abroad?