Sally Balibouse

Experienced travel writer and editor Sally Balibouse has called Switzerland home since 2007 and knows and loves the destination. She makes frequent trips throughout the country to snowboard, hike and swim and is constantly looking to experience more of this wonderful place. Her favorite things about Switzerland include swimming in crystal-clear lakes, hiking in stupendous Alpine scenery, snowboarding on broad sun-drenched pistes with mountain views seemingly at arm's length, cozy restaurants and cobbled Old Town quarters in efficient, thriving cities packed with great museums -- all of which she's put together with insider knowledge but an outsider's perspective. Sally has written about Switzerland for Lonely Planet, Jetsetter, Frommer's, Yahoo!, and many in-flight magazines, newspapers and websites.

You asked...we answered!

  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Train travel, of course! Closely followed by a nice Swiss ferry. I like travel where there’s room to move, a nice window to watch the world go by and just enough time to read a good book or doze.

  • 2
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?

    It depends on the journey. I’ve enjoyed myself traveling solo (India and Europe) and loved traveling with friends and family (especially for surfing trips in Portugal and taking the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railways). Solo travel allows you to make your own itinerary, free of consideration for others, but it also leaves you longing for a good chat at times. Travel with others means you really ‘share’ the moment, but it also makes you less likely to chat to strangers.

  • 3
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    Yep. And unfortunately, I was under contract to write about it. It wasn’t that it was such a terrible place — more that I was the wrong person to go there and sing its praises.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Try to fit as much in as you can — not luggage-wise, but experience-wise. You can sleep on the plane when you’re done!