Caroline Hermes and her husband, Ashley, live alone on a remote, 2,000-acre grazing property halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, where they’re outnumbered by cows and sheep at a ratio of roughly 600 to 1. Visiting the “known world” typically starts with a nearly three-hour, high-speed Land Cruiser drive to Canberra’s international airport, followed by a day or two spent flying to Asia, Europe, or beyond. Virtuoso travel advisor Kristen Cahill is based 1,000 miles away in Noosa, but she’s intimate with Hermes’ every excursion, transfer, and long-haul upgrade.
Mind-bendingly far. Normally, 24 hours will get you somewhere, but when my sister and I went on a Baltic cruise on board Oceania’s Marina last September, from the time we left home until the time we arrived in Stockholm, it was 40 hours.
If we go to Sydney to see the first settlement, it’s less than 300 years old. I love history, so if I can go somewhere and see something that’s 2,000 or 3,000 years old, it’s worth the trip. I like meeting people, as you can imagine – I see only my husband six days a week. It’s nice to get out there and interact with other humans on a consistent basis.
I went to India with a girlfriend, and then to Wyoming and South Dakota on my own to do a photo workshop. Along with the Baltic cruise, this year I also visited Spain with my sister.