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Jemima Lang

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Jemima Lang

Having worked for a number of years in the City of London, Jemima decided to put lifestyle first and moved to Chamonix where she could enjoy her weekends skiing and navigating the slopes rather than London's tube refurbishment works.

She has always loved live music and is particularly fond of the Apres Ski scene and the various music festivals that take place in France throughout the summer month (especially the Fete de la Musique where at least dancing like a crazy person in the street is expected).  Once the snow melts away, Jemima tends to spend the majority of her spare time trying out various hiking routes. Jemima is responsible for all commercial inventory within the SeeTheWorld websites.

Destinations visited

With a father in the army, I have spent time living in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia growing up. I currently live in France. I've visited Austria, Barcelona, Budapest, Bratislava, Copenhagen, Cyprus, Dubai, Dublin, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Lanzarote, The Maldives, Mallorca, Morocco, New York, St Petersburg, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Also see: Explore Chamonix, France

Favourite destinations

Rome in September is definitely high on the list. It combines many of my favourite things, history, architecture and food, all in a warm Mediterranean climate. It is hard to beat the staggering feeling of sitting on a small rustic restaurant terrace, eating delicious focaccia in the sunshine whilst staring out at the Colosseum; or alternatively walking through the cosy and vibrant cobbled streets at dusk, strolling past monuments like the Trevi Fountain on your way for a glass of wine with friends.

Another destination would be Chamonix. If I am not on holiday to visit cultural sites, it is for activity. There is nothing like spending a week skiing, hiking or kayaking to discover an area, reduce stress levels and really switch off from everyday life completely.

Top tips

Obvious, but I am going to have to put this in as you'll be surprised how often it can happen. Check your passport is in date before you travel. Otherwise you'll have to do a very expensive one day trip to your local passport office before catching your flight, or spend the night queuing outside the London Victoria passport office for an emergency appointment the following day. I can attest to the fact that neither of things things are a fun way to start your holiday.

My other obvious, but very important tip is take the time to do a little bit of research on your destination. The number of times I have heard of people arriving in Chamonix and being bemused by the fact that it is not a ski in and ski out resort and that all the different ski areas aren't necessarily connected, will shock you. A bit of light reading will not only get you excited about your break but will also pay dividends in the end. I would suggest trying to find a good overview of the area, what the climate is likely to be like at the time you are travelling (skirt vs thermals!), the key sights and maybe even a little history. If you are a sporty or adventurous type then you can make even more of your holiday by checking out what activities are on offer or if you're a foodie, what local restaurants shouldn't be missed!

Also see: FAQs for Chamonix, France

Travel buddies

I usually travel with friends. Other than being great company, you will almost certainly find having people around you with different holiday interests and priorities a catalyst for discovery; you are bound to end up seeing something you would of otherwise missed, try out a great restaurant you would of walked by or even have a go at a new activity you may have been too nervous to try on your own.

Also see: You & Chamonix

Favourite places to stay

I am definitely not a package holiday person. I can understand the appeal of having everything organised for you from flights, to accommodation to meals and optional excursions. However, I prefer the freedom to explore for myself, discover the local culture! Personally, I'd look for small quirky boutique hotels or charming self-catering apartments, chalets or villas, in a fantastic location that offer a unique, private, experience where I can choose between testing-out local restaurants or cooking with local ingredients.

Also see: Accommodation in Chamonix, France