Dave Waiting & Natalie Burls.

Dave lives in Virginnia USA, with his wife Natalie Burls. He is a telecoms engineer and she is a university professor.

1. What is your idea of the perfect holiday?

I like to keep busy on my holidays; no sitting on the beach all day watching the waves lap the shore. I need to be out sailing, golfing, skiing, riding, or any other activity that makes me feel like I’ve experienced my destination rather than just observed it.

2. What has been your best holiday so far, and why?

One of my favorite holidays was spent paddling a kayak down the Orange River on the border between South Africa and Namibia. Being on the river gave us ever-changing views of spectacular scenery and provided plenty of thrills over the rapids. In the evenings we would sit around a campfire and then sleep under the stars. I can’t think of a better way to brush off the stress of modern living than being completely immersed in nature and detached from technology.

3. Where is your next trip?

A skiing holiday in Whistler, Canada with a group of friends. I love skiing because the top of the mountain feels like a different planet; so isolated and completely devoid of everything we expect to see in everyday life. No cars, houses, roads or shops. It’s the same with scuba diving. You get teleported to a place that is totally incongruent with our typical habitat. It almost feels like fiction.