Interview with Gail leach

Are you happy at the moment?
If my mind and body is still working and I'm still breathing when I get out of bed in the morning, then that's a great start to the day!
If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now, what would it be?
You are better than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can do.
Whats the most important thing you have learned this year?
Listen to your gut and keep going no matter what.
Aside from your book what are you most proud of in your life?
My daughter, she has grown into a really beautiful young woman and has overcome a lot of obstacles in her life. She now studies at university and I am so proud of everything she has achieved.
What's the most important thing you have taught your daughter?
I grew up in UK in the post war era when people helped one another.
To share and help others was not seen as a weakness it was just simply a good thing that benefited the community. Today, the world is a different place and if you help people or share it is seen as a sign of weakness and signals that you can easily be exploited. I realized that I had to teach my daughter a different way to live as she was being bullied for being kind. I taught her the aircraft lesson-when the oxygen mask comes down look after yourself first and help others later.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was an Airbnb host in Sri Lanka and had many backpacking guests who were always asking me for information. I had been in and out of Sri Lanka for years and had accumulated a lot of knowledge travelling around, so i started helping them with their travel plans.They all said I should write a book, so I did!
What was your funniest moment?
I had many really frustrating times trying to get information confirmed with the tourist board, rail network and bus services, but there was one incident that was so frustrating it was hysterical. The Sri Lankan tourist board were either too lazy to check the information I had requested or it was too difficult, so they asked me "Have your tried Google?"
Published 2016-02-15.
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Books by This Author

Backpacking Sri Lanka
You set the price! Words: 41,030. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
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The essential guide for the independent traveller planning a tour of Sri Lanka. The guide includes top attractions, heritage sites, beach resorts, as well as travel advice on how to tour Sri Lanka. It includes insider travel tips to avoid the tourist scams and to stay safe and healthy. It provides helpful advice on transport options and includes train and bus routes and schedules.