A: Age you went on your first international trip: I'm not actually entirely sure. I think I must've been three. I went to Mexico. I remember there being a pinata. I didn't take another international trip until I was 11, I went to England to visit my uncle.
B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: I'm actually allergic (please don't say, "Me too! It gets me drunk!") to beer, but while in Australia I did splurge once or twice (tipsy AND hives - SEXY!). Cascade is probably my favourite. But that might be because it has a Tasmanian Devil on the bottle.
C: Cuisine (favorite): Indian, I love that I can eat it! Nom nom nom.
D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: I think it's pretty obvious that my (continuing) journey to Australia has been my favourite destination. I have never felt as at home and comfortable while traveling and experiencing so many new and beautiful sights as I have in Australia. My least favourite was probably Turkey. And it was not entirely Turkey's fault. There were so many incredibly things to see in Turkey, but mostly what I remember about the 10 day trip was being starving all the time. I had finally gotten a diagnosis from 6 months of stomach pains which was parasites that I had picked up in India and was on some pretty heavy duty drugs that literally ate everything in my stomach. So I was hungry and while many will not believe me, I'm here to tell you that I cannot survive on Hummus alone. I struggled to find gluten free vegetarian food in Turkey, and I cried a lot out of hunger.
E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: Walking into the grounds at the Taj Mahal was just absolutely breath taking. I'm a country girl and the hustle and bustle of Indian cities seemed dirty, outlandishly busy, and then the serenity and cleanliness of the Taj Mahal was just perfection!
F: Favorite mode of transportation: I love walking until my feet hurt.
G: Greatest feeling while traveling: There are probably two greatest feelings. One is that feeling of strength and confidence I get from being some where new and strange - I hardly ever feel like that in my safe shell at home. And second is learning how different average people lives are in different places down to how coffee is ordered and sipped to how pedestrians are treated at road crossings. And I like the similarities too - no matter where you are teenage girls are giggling about some boy.
H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to: In 2009, I experienced heat like I've never felt it before. There was a giant heatwave in Melbourne that led up to the bushfires which devastated whole communities. In Melbourne on the day of the biggest and deadliest bushfires it was 48 degrees Celsius or 118 degrees Fahrenheit. But if that isn't hot enough (and trust me when I say it is) the wind that was like sauna with its incessant blowing - ladies and gentlemen I'm pretty sure that is what hell feels like.
I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: Iririki Resort in Vanuatu. It is on its own small island and the people went way out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home.
J: Journey that took the longest: The longest non-stop flight I've ever taken is from Los Angeles to Melbourne it's 14.5 hours. The longest trip that I've taken is once while trying to fly home from Australia I had to (for unknown reasons) fly from Melbourne to LAX to JFK to Boston.
K: Keepsake from your travels: I buy postcards a lot - I send a lot of them to family and friends but often keep a few for myself. I hardly ever go clothes shopping so if I find a piece of clothing that I love, I adore to add it to my wardrobe as a memory of where I've been! T-shirts from zoos and aquariums are favourites.
L: Let-down sight, why and where: The Giant Ginger Beer in Noosa. It was no longer. I've never been so disappointed.
M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: I went to Germany in 2002/2003 to visit an exchange student who had been in my highschool! It was magical.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: I loved the Eloise books when I was little. So, when I was quite young my grandmother took me to New York for the weekend to stay at the Plaza hotel like Eloise. They screwed up our reservation and had given our room to someone else. My grandmother, understandably upset, talked to them and instead of just a normal room, they gave us the Honeymoon suite for the night. The luxury was absolutely incredible!
O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?: I'm really bad at taking pictures while I travel. I tend to either get obsessed with taking pictures and then I don't really experience what I'm doing - and I hate that feeling. Since I can't seem to experience AND take pictures, I'd much rather just experience it.
P: Passport stamps, how many and from where? I have quite a few - mostly from Australia. France, Turkey, India, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, Iceland are also represented.
Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: Probably the underwater post box in Port Vila. AWESOME.
R: Recommended sight, event or experience: I think everyone should experience living overseas for a while.
S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Things that make me feel safe. Traveling is quite out of my safety zone so paying a few bucks to make sure I feel better (even if it's kind of a token gesture), I'm all for it. Nicer hotels v. hostels or whatever it might be are examples.
T: Touristy thing you’ve done: Hot air balloon ride in Turkey in Cappadocia.
U: Unforgettable travel memory: Looking up at the stars on a beach somewhere in Western Australia. There is absolutely NO light pollution and I've never seen so many stars or the milky way that bright before.
V: Visas, how many and for where? So many. One to India, Turkey, I have two pasted in my passport right now that allow me to leave and reenter Australia. And I've had three electronic ones that let me live in Australia as a student.
W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where? I don't drink. But I enjoyed the wine tours through the Barossa Valley in South Australia last summer.
X: eXcellent view and from where?: I had the best view ever growing up.
Y: Years spent traveling? All my life. When I was three my parents took my brothers and I sailing around the Florida Keys for 8 months. But I don't think I could possibly stop now. And now that I've married an Australian, I think I'll traveling through hemispheres for the rest of my life.
Z: Zealous sports fans and where?: Melbourne is absolutely filled with zealous sports fans! Home of Australian Rules Football, the Australian Open, golf tournaments, and Cricket.
Tag you're it!
- Melbourne on My Mind - I've met her in real life and was totally astounded by all the travel she has done!
- Crazy Shenanigans - She shares my love for travel and loves Elvis which I totally respect! :)
- Evolving Revolver - Seriously, my bloggy soul sister!