MY TRAVEL ABC’S
I’ve got a light-hearted, cheesy post for you all today!
I’m going to jump right in with my answers to the travel ABC’s. I had so much fun answering these – it really made me reminisce on so many amazing adventures, and who doesn’t love to do that?!
Age you went on your first trip:
My very first trip was when I was just a few days old – I visited Queensland with my parents for a short getaway (not much of a vacation for me as you can imagine). But throughout my entire childhood I visited New Zealand on regular basis to visit my family, so I guess that’s what you would call my first real trip.
Best Beverage you’ve had and where –
It’s a toss-up between the Hot Chocolate in Switzerland and the Sangria in Barcelona. Two very different drinks no doubt, but both absolutely delish.
The cuisine in Italy has by far been the most memorable for me. It’s very simple, full of carbs and sooooo tasty. I could have had a margarita pizza for breakfast lunch and dinner in Italy – which I almost did. When I’m at home though, I really love Mexican. But, I’ve never been to Mexico so I’m not entirely sure how authentic my take on their food really is.
Favourite / Least Destination and why?
How could I pick only one favourite?! I honestly can’t rate any place I’ve visited in order of preference, as I’ve enjoyed every single one for different reasons. A few that I love though are India, Iceland, New Zealand, Switzerland and Borneo.
The one place I really didn’t enjoy, was Anchorage in Alaska. I absolutely looooooved Alaska as a whole, but Anchorage was a city that I was ready to leave after less than 10 minutes. It was not a friendly, nor inviting city to say the least.
Most enjoyable Event you’ve been to-
To be honest, I’ve never been to an event overseas. I’m pretty low key, but I guess the closest thing that comes to mind was seeing Lion King at London’s West End. That was pretty great!
Which Flight has been the most memorable?
This one isn’t for any good reason… On my flight to Borneo in Business Class (lucky I know), I happened to drop my phone down a crack into the base of the seat. A few of the Royal Brunei staff tried to remove it for a good 20 minutes – they even had a pair of tongs wrapped in fabric to avoid getting a shock on the electrics. I had to stand in the aisle whilst they attempted to remove it, but they were sadly unsuccessful. For the rest of the flight, I was forced to sit with the leg rest up (even during landing) to avoid cracking the screen. They pulled apart the chair when we arrived at Brunei, and they finally retrieved my phone… But the screen was sadly shattered. Hilarious!
Greatest feeling while travelling –
Being immersed in Nature. Throw me into the jungle, the forest, on top of a mountain or on the edge of a waterfall and I’ll be in literal heaven. I love forgetting about everything stressful in life and being in the middle of somewhere that’s basically untouched by man.
What is the Hottest place you’ve travelled to?
In terms of humidity, India was incredibly muggy and sticky. Fiji on the other hand, had the strongest sun I’ve ever felt in my life (remember that I live in Australia, so I’m used to the very hot sun). But in Fiji I burnt more than I ever have – even when smothering myself in sunscreen – So much so, that I had blisters on my shoulders and behind… It was definitely a killer.
The most Influential moment from your travels –
The one that really stands out to me, was when driving through the state of Sabah, Malaysia, and witnessing the extreme destruction caused by Palm Oil Plantations. It made me realise how important it is to make ethical decisions, and how much our impulsive purchases can cause such devastation to the environment and our wildlife. From that moment, every purchase and decision I made were thoughtful and positive.
Which Journey took the longest?
Coming home from Iceland consisted of 5 flights; Northern Iceland to Southern Iceland, Iceland to Paris, Paris to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Melbourne (with an unwanted diversion to Sydney of course). We left Iceland at midnight Australia time on Friday and arrived home at 12 AM on Monday. Let’s just say, 48 hours of non-stop travel is something I will never do again.
Keepsake from your travels –
When watching a ceremony on the Ganges River, amongst the hundreds of boats a young man was jumping from one boat to another, giving spectators and locals roasted chickpeas and masala chai tea. The tea was served in a little terracotta pot that I took home to keep. Sadly a piece broke during the trip, but it still remains as my most cherished keepsake from all of my travels combined.
Which country has the nicest Locals?
The locals in Fiji are so lovely. They’re always open for a chat and have the friendliest smiles I’ve ever encountered. The same goes for the Kiwi’s – There’s something beautiful about strangers smiling and saying hello, and that’s exactly what the people in New Zealand always do.
Moment that you fell in love with travel –
From the very beginning! I always loved ‘going on holiday’ (don’t we all?) but I think my love for travel has always been a little deeper. The moment it really resonated with me was probably in India (a lot about India sorry). I’ve never had a change of mind like I did after being in that country.
Favourite Natural wonder that you’ve visited/seen?
Northern Lights hands down.
What are you Obsessed with taking pictures of while travelling?
Nature; waterfalls, mountains, forests and wildlife. If you’ve ever seen my Instagram, (travelfordifferenceblog), you’ll see that nature is basically all I photograph.
How many Passport stamps do you have?
I just recently had to renew my passport, so my stamp pages are looking a little sad. I only have stamps for Fiji, Malaysia, Brunei, Canada and Alaska (USA).
What is the Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where?
I think the strangest attraction I’ve ever visited was an exhibition in Amsterdam, called Body Worlds. The exhibition is an exploration of the human body and the way that certain organs and elements of the body behave in certain circumstances. The strange thing though, is that all of the pieces in the museum are real, skinned people. The bodies are donated by a donation program and are taken under a process called Plastination, which prevents the body from decaying. Crazy huh?
Recommended sight, event or experience –
I highly recommend visiting Glacier Bay in Alaska; learning about global warming and the damage on the environment is something the whole world should see. And once again, chasing the Aurora.
What do you like to Splurge on whilst travelling?
I’m not a luxurious traveller by any means, although I do like to splurge on a night or two at some sort of luxury accommodation at some point throughout most trips. My favourite so far has definitely been the Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise.
The most Touristy thing you’ve done?
I would have to say that the most touristy thing I’ve done was visiting Disney Land Paris. It was a fun day, but the park sadly didn’t live up to my expectations.
Unforgettable travel memory –
I have 3 in mind. The cruise along the Ganges River in Varanasi was a definite highlight due to its cultural and spiritual significance. Once again, the Northern Lights in Iceland, because… who could forget that? And going on a morning river safari in Borneo to spot wild orangutans and their young. All 3 will be ingrained in my mind forever.
What is your dream relaxing Vacation?
For relaxation, I think the Maldives. It just looks so beautiful, but I also want to dive with the Manta Rays there!
Country with the best Wildlife –
Australia. Because I’ve lived here my whole life, it’s so easy to forget just how much wildlife I’m around each and every day. I see kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, foxes, birds and reptiles on a frequent basis (basically daily). It’s pretty incredible! I really loved the wildlife in Canada too though, and I’m sure the wildlife in Africa will be a sure winner… but since I’ve never been there, Australia’s is the best!
EXcellent view and from where?
I think Canada has shown me the most picturesque views. Lake Louise, Maligne Lake and Spirit Island are the few that come to mind. Rocky mountains and turquoise lakes are something you don’t come by as frequently as you do in Canada.
Years (or longest duration) spent travelling?
I’m not the kind of traveller that leaves the country for years at a time and becomes a nomad. Instead, I like to take smaller trips back and forwards from Australia. The longest trip I’ve done was just over 2 months.
Most Zealous sports fans and where?
I think football fans in the UK are some of the most intense. I’ve never been to a game myself, but I had a tour of a stadium in Chelsea and some of the stories were pretty intense. I’ve watched a few games on the TV and the crowd seem to be very exuberant.
If you’ve done the travel ABC’s, link your post below! I’d love to read your answers too.
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