Discover Ferries’ inaugural ‘Blogger of the Month’ is Susan Schwartz.
Susan is a UK-based American travel writer and blogger, who has visited almost 50 countries and counting. Her award winning blog ‘Best Bits Worldwide’ is for those who savour both an authentic and luxurious holiday.
Susan is a big fan of ferry travel and her love for it started at a young age when every summer she would take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts:
“Every August of my childhood, I went on a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts to spend the month of August there. For a child, the six hour journey from Philadelphia seemed interminable, but as soon as we were in line for the ferry at Wood’s Hole, the summer began. One by one the cars went on and then after parking, we zoomed to the top deck to watch the island come into focus. Thirty minutes later, we were in another world where sun, swimming and clambakes made up the rest of the summer.
Last year, Susan travelled to the Isle of Wight with Discover Ferries during National Ferry Fortnight. She has fond memories of the trip:
“I was delighted to have been invited to travel to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel and Wightlink for National Ferry Fortnight. A quick train ride to Southampton from London and we boarded the ferry in less than ten minutes. No long lines, no getting there two hours in advance, no weighing of luggage, no checking of liquids… and there’s business class! Anywhere you arrive by boat has that luxurious feeling and the Isle of Wight is on a list that includes Venice, Martha’s Vineyard, Koh Lanta, and Shelter Island. Less than an hour later, we were on our way to visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s beloved home, enjoying a glorious lunch overlooking the gardens, and even a short trip to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Back on the ferry, we toasted to the glorious weather we had and a pretty regal day out.
Always planning her next ferry trip, Susan is keen to see more of Scotland next:
I love exploring Scotland, but have only been up and down the East Coast. Considering whisky is a passion of mine, I would love to explore Raasey, which just opened its first legal distillery, Campbeltown and Islay – sampling the different whiskies along the way.
Susan is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and her work has been published in Condé Nast Traveler, Grazia UK and the Mail on Sunday to name a few.
As well as ‘Best Bits Worldwide’, Susan runs the ‘Lush Life’ podcast, where she interviews the movers and shakers in the drinks industry. Susan has great fun speaking to bar owners, bartenders, brand ambassadors, distillers and more. To accompany this, just last year Susan also launched an all-drinks travel blog called ‘A Lush Life Manual- the How-To Guide for Living Life One Cocktail a Time.’
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