Question Bonanza

I am deeply flattered to have been nominated recently* for not one, not two, but three Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards in quick succession. The problem then came of how to respond to each and every one of these lovely ladies without doing the most self-centred post ever (whilst I also worried about how my Rolls Royce drives much too fast, my thoroughbred pony doesn’t love me, and this giant diamond ring is just too heavy for my finger…. ahem). So, I’m doing a post for each and spreading them out a little so as you don’t all get completely and entirely sick of me. So! On with the questions.

*Well, it was recently when I started writing this, but then I had that little unplanned hiatus and now it’s absolutely ages ago. Sorry, girls!

Fairlie / Alison from Feet On Foreign Lands

I was delighted to be nominated by Fairlie, who writes from her home base of Melbourne. She has a family with older children, and writes interesting posts on the topic, which I’ve enjoyed despite not having any children of my own. I also like that not all her posts are travelling-with-children orientated – which there isn’t anything wrong with, it’s just nice to have the variety. Anyway, some of my favourite posts of hers are about the perils of swimming in Far North Queensland and the series about her trip to Japan

Here are the questions she asked. 

What was the first blog post you wrote? A little welcome note. You can see it here. Not much to it, unfortunately! You can also see how my ideas about what I might be posting about have changed. I’m not sure I’ve ever had pretty nails to write about!
Have you ever had a brag-worthy upgrade travel experience? This one probably won’t sound like much, but when S and I were poor brand-new graduates, having just got engaged, we went on a brief camper van tour up the coast in WA. Our poky, entry level van got upgraded to a bostin transit with a kitchen and bathroom! We were delighted, and our time in this van is probably my favourite trip we’ve ever done.
[Me and Ben]

Is there anywhere you would never, ever, in a million years return to? The hostels in Hobart. There were only three, two of which we know are absolutely disgusting, having stayed in both. The third didn’t look much more promising. I’d definitely go with a hotel next time! There are some beautiful looking ones around Salamanca.

Check out this trifecta of disgust. This was just the showers. Hashtag Nofilter. There were also dirty dishes hidden in the dresser in our room when we arrived. Whyyyyy.

What’s the top three destinations or experiences on ‘your list’? Alright so let’s go 1. NYC 2. Santorini 3. Machu Picchu. Spoiler alert: I’m lined up to go to 2 out of 3 of these places next year…!

What do you enjoy most in other people’s blogs or social media feeds? I like getting to know the people behind the blogs. Stories, personal anecdotes, and truthfulness above all else. Some beautiful photography that I can aspire to helps, as well!

What type of carry-on luggage do you have and what’s in it? I have a rolling black suitcase that does for most travel occasions. It’s standard cabin baggage size and the contents totally vary depending on the situation but you can usually find some chargers, some camera equipment, earphones, a book, lip balm and some chocolate!
What’s the first thing you do when you get to a new destination? Throw down my bags, change, and head straight out of the door. I don’t care where it is, I just want to get out and get to know the new place. Especially if it involves ice cream at any point.
[Me, looking rather Plane Fresh and bemused, beginning to explore Split. Which involved ice cream at many points]

If you could pick anyone (dead or alive, and other than your usual travel companions) to sit next to on a long-haul flight, who would it be? Gerald Durrell. He’s my hero (and I think he’d be hilarious).

What is your most popular blog post? This one about Unexpected Castles, which got a lot of traffic from StumbleUpon. I have no idea, I guess someone really liked castles?
[Personally, I think it was the Castle Selfie that did it.]

What makes a memorable moment for you? When all the stars align, the world seems at peace and everyone’s just pure and simply happy. Or, places where the history is so rich you can almost touch it, like at Angkor.

 Or breathtaking views.

[Looking at the coast of France from Jersey]

And food. I have an uncanny memory for food. Just me?!

Thanks again for the nomination, Fairlie! I’ll be nominating my own sisterhood in the last of these three posts.

See you next week for Part II!




  1. 24th September 2015 / 21:31

    Was nice to read more about you! I’m especially jealous of your free camper van upgrade, what a great result! 🙂 My friend used a super cheap camper to road trip up north, it broke down, she was stranded for 3 days and eventually she made it back home safe. Where they tried to charge her for the “extra days”, ha! Of course the main thing was that it worked out in the end and she has a very funny story to tell! 🙂

    I’d love to road trip around Australia and see more of it, but hubby is a ‘get to the destination and relax’ kinda guy so it’s not happened yet, until I can twist his arm a little more! 😛

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 24th September 2015 / 21:49

      Nooo that sounds awful! Your poor friend! Good thing it all worked out ok in the end, and glad she didn’t have to pay extra for the pleasure…!

      I’m pleased you liked the post, I had fun thinking about the answers. I highly recommend a road trip (especially if you can score a deluxe vehicle like ours…!), good luck persuading the reluctant husband 😉

  2. 25th September 2015 / 16:43

    That hostel looks gross though, honestly, it doesn’t look much worse than our bathroom right now! I am so ready to move out of rented accommodation!

    • 29th September 2015 / 09:34

      Oh man. Renting is the worst. I really hope your bathroom isn’t as bad as the one in the hostel 🙁 one night of that was more than enough!

  3. 28th September 2015 / 19:46

    That one bathroom is scaring me just by looking at the pictures! And that’s so awesome that you got upgraded to a camper with a bathroom and a kitchen in it. Upgrades are definitely the best!

    • 29th September 2015 / 09:39

      It was a truly terrifying experience. The camper more than made up for it though, it was the best thing ever. It even had a cooker! And a microwave! And plug sockets! Such luxury. Miles better than the hostel.

  4. 6th October 2015 / 06:32

    Oh! Great answers to my questions. I can see why you don’t want to return to those Hobart hostels!! Urgghhhhh.

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