A Wanderlust Tag

Seeing as I’m currently pottering around the sunny shores of Australia, I thought participating in a Wanderlust tag was particularly fitting.

Where was your first plane to?
Australia! I was 11. We stopped over in Hong Kong and landed in the old airport shortly before it was replaced. The plane came down in between the skyscrapers – I mean you could actually see people at their desks – and I thought this was just the way all planes landed! Needless to say, I’ve been disappointed with most landings since. Also, this was the days before individual video screens so there was just one big screen at the front of every section. Being 11 I couldn’t be bothered with that, so I think I just drew and played games with my sister the whole way. Oh, and subsisted entirely on Jelly Babies, if I remember correctly. Good times.

Where have you travelled to that you would love to visit again?
I’d love to go back to Canada. I previously visited Vancouver, Vancouver Island and some inland BC countryside, and my favourite place was probably Tofino, on Vancouver Island, or Vancouver itself. I was only about 16 when I visited so I’d do things very differently now!

You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?
Normally I’d say Australia, but seeing as I’m there now, I’ll go for Hawaii. It looks absolutely beautiful, especially those long hikes you can go on up volcanoes. Thinking about it, I’ve never been anywhere volcanically active so that would be exciting in and of itself.

Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or car?
I think I’ll go for train, because it’s generally less of a hassle. However for very long journeys I’d say plane, because you can get further quicker and it feels like more of an occasion.

Favourite travel website?
I’m going to be boring and say Skyscanner or Tripadvisor. I’m a researcher by nature and it makes me happy to have all this information at my fingertips – even if I take most of the reviews on Tripadvisor with a truck load of salt.

Where would you travel to just eat the food?
Italy. They’re marvellous at catering for coeliacs plus the food is absolutely delicious. I’m dreaming of burrata, gelato, gluten free pizza… It helps that it’s also a very pretty travel destination with plenty of culture to keep me busy between meals.

Is there a place you would never go again?
This is a tricky one as there’s usually something redeeming about every destination, and circumstances affect your enjoyment of a place immensely. After that heavy caveat, I think I would say Strasbourg, in France. When we visited it was cold and rainy, we were visiting my sister who was having a miserable time there on an Erasmus placement, I was a grumpy teenager who had to share a room with her parents, everyone smoked and it was disgusting, the pavements were covered in dog poo, I did not appreciate the cuisine (lots of pickled cabbage and giant gristly sausages) and I was too young to appreciate the wine that the region is famous for. I’m sure if I went back now I’d have a lovely time – the architecture was certainly very impressive – but that trip was not a highlight for me.

Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?
No… I can remember some of it but have never sat down and memorised it. Maybe I should do that. 

Do you prefer the window, aisle, or middle seat?
Always the aisle seat, always always. Preferably an exit row or bulkhead seat, too, which I’ll happily pay a bit extra for. I have very long legs so I get very cramped in most plane seats. I also have a bad back so I need to keep getting up and stretching it (along with my legs) so people would get quite annoyed quite quickly if I were anywhere other than the aisle seat. It suits me fine – I don’t like to feel hemmed in anyway.

How do you pass the time on the aeroplane?
Anything I can think of to pass the time! I binge watch films, TV shows, and/or documentaries if there’s an on-demand entertainment service, if not then I’ll read or listen to music, chat with my companion, eat, make notes on travel ideas from guide books or in-flight magazines, put on nail transfers (the cheat’s aeroplane mani), daydream. I pretty much never sleep, which is annoying but at least I get good value from the in-flight entertainment service?!

Thanks to Tea from Tea Was Here for posting this tag originally, and if you haven’t done this Wanderlust tag before, then I tag you to complete it too! Post me a comment linking to your post if you do.

Happy travels, everyone!

-Rachel



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