Inspirational People Series: Sarah Duff

Today, I am excited to bring you the 3rd feature in my “inspirational people” series. This feature belongs to Sarah Duff, web and food editor of the hugely popular Getaway magazine. I tend to feature people whose jobs I envy in these posts, so I hope you enjoy it 🙂  

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and go to school, where/ what did you study?

I grew up in Joburg, went to Roedean and then moved to Cape Town to study English and history at UCT.

2. How did you end up at Getaway?

I started at Getaway as an intern, and ended up staying!

3. What are the best and worst parts of your job?

The best part of my job is getting to travel to amazing places. In my three years at Getaway I’ve been to India, Reunion, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana, as well as all over South Africa.

The worst part of my job is having to come back to the office after being on an amazing trip!

Sarah in Tamil Nadu, India

4. What is your most memorable job experience?

The best assignment I’ve done at Getaway has been a road trip to Malawi from Joburg in a Mini Countryman. I travelled with another journalist, and we had so much fun exploring Malawi and its amazing backpackers, and partying at the Lake of Stars music festival.

5. Where is your favourite place to travel to?

Namibia is one of my favourite African countries. I love the epic landscapes of the desert, the open spaces, the silence and the dunes.

6. And the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at?

That’s a hard question… I’ve stayed at some fantastic lodges, hotels and backpackers.

My favourite luxury lodge is Azura on Benguerra Island. You get your own village with a private pool and beach hut, and a butler comes to find you at sunset to give you a sundowner!

My favourite backpackers is Mayoka Village in Nkhata Bay, Malawi. It has a fabulous location on terraces right on the lake, and a great party vibe.

7. Have you ever had any holiday disasters?

Nothing major – a flat tyre or two, the usual hassles crossing borders and a couple of bouts of food poisoning. All part of the adventure of travel!

8. Please share your favourite places to eat in CT?

My favourite Cape Town restaurants are: the Dog’s Bollocks for burgers, Sawadee for Thai, Kyoto Garden Sushi for sushi and Japanese and Tokara for mind-blowing food.

9. Do you have any advice for people who want to work at a publication such as Getaway?

I would advise people to start off their careers at a travel publication by interning – it’s the best way to get your foot in the door. Also, it’s a good idea to start your own travel blog and promote it through social media.

Thanks, Sarah, for sharing a bit of your exciting life with us! Follow Sarah on Twitter here.