Travel Q&A with Cory Lee Woodard
Name… one non-essential item
you always travel with.
I always bring playing cards or a
board game with me on any trip.
It can be a fun way to interact
with new people that you meet
on the road. Everybody loves
…your favorite city if you have
just one day in town.
If I only had one day, I would
visit Reykjavik, Iceland. I’d start
the day by exploring the city
center and eating some delicious
seafood for lunch. Then, I’d check
out a museum or two and end
the day by floating in the Blue
Lagoon, which is surprisingly
accessible and a literal paradise.
…your favorite recent meal.
I recently had a delicious meal at
The Beach Club at Bimini, which
is Virgin Voyages’ private beach
club in the Bahamas. The ribs,
jerk chicken, and plantains were
mouth-wateringly delicious and
not at all what I expected at a
cruise ship’s private island. Yum!
…your favorite thing to do when
you’re visiting a city, but the
weather is bad.
I’m a huge fan of live music or
theater, so I’d see what shows
are happening and enjoy some
indoor live performances. I think
that live theater or music can
really give you a deeper understanding
of that particular culture.
…the friendliest country you’ve
I’ve met friendly people in
every destination I’ve visited,
but if I had to choose where
the absolute friendliest are, I’d
probably say Finland. I have
been to Finland twice and both
times, the Finnish people were
incredibly friendly and always
willing to lend a helping hand.
It’s one of my favorite countries
in the world for that reason!
…your favorite airport.
Amsterdam! The staff in the
Amsterdam airport are always
exceptionally kind, and they are
well trained to assist with transfers
on and off the plane. As a
wheelchair user, I usually dread
the transfer process, but not in
Amsterdam. They have consistently
proven to be a fantastic
airport for wheelchair users.
…a travel habit you’ve picked up.
On the first day in any destination,
I always ask the locals
where to eat and what to order.
This has led me to some pretty
remarkable restaurants and I’ve
been able to try foods such as
guinea pig (in Ecuador), reindeer
sausage (in Finland), kangaroo
steak (in Australia), and even
fermented shark (in Iceland).
Some were good and some
were bad, but it’s all a part of
the travel experience.