Question Bonanza Part II

Is it time for the second instalment already?! I hear you cry. Actually, yes it is. If you’re not already fed up with questions, here’s the first part of this mini-series which explains what the heck is happening.

Natalie from Mamma Loves Travel

The second lovely blogger to nominate me was Natalie, who writes about travelling with a family from her home base of Melbourne. She’s got Croatian parents, so I’ll be referring to her posts about Croatian food and what to do in Zadar when I head off on my little jaunt just around the corner from Zadar tomorrow. Aside from that, my favourite post of hers is entitled Mummy’s Revenge and does exactly what it says on the tin. You should definitely go and read it.

The questions that Natalie asked me are…

What inspired you to start travelling? I’m not really a traditional ‘traveller’ in the sense that I still work 9-5 and have to fit in my trips to my annual leave, but that’s not really the question. I still think you can still be a traveller within these confines; it’s more of an attitude. I’ve always loved to travel, and I’m lucky to have a husband who loves it just as much as I do. We are both happiest when we’re exploring somewhere new, like these cool stone buildings in Tallinn.


How did you come up with your blog name? I have an interesting dichotomy in my personality, in that I have an insatiable desire to see the world, and keep moving. I love nothing more than new places, new experiences, new things. However, at the same time I’m a total homebody, and I nest like nobody’s business. There’s an interesting tension to that, one I still haven’t worked out. 

What is one destination or experience you have visited or tried that exceeded your expectations? Strahan, Tasmania. We went there because S wanted to, and I thought it sounded alright. Well, I was wrong. It was stunning. We stayed in a gorgeous B&B which was fractionally more expensive than our scummy hostel in Hobart (see previous post) and looked like this:

We had a fireplace in our room, too. No big deal. Then we went on a boat trip, where we saw scenery like this:

And went on a walk in some ancient rainforest that looked like this:

And then the boat stopped at an island with cool ruins like this:

Then the next day we went for a walk along a wooded path and the river was all orange and there was nobody else there and it was as peaceful as you can imagine:

So, quite a bit better than alright, I’d say.

Also haggis. Haggis is much nicer than you’d think it’d be.


What were you doing before you started blogging? Reading other people’s blogs, I suppose. Thinking about how nice it would be to have a place I could record all the things I’m doing with my life, big or small. I’m a hobby-blogger so I had a full-time job before I started blogging and I have that same job still.

What is your favourite quote of all time (it doesn’t have to be travel related)? You know what, I actually don’t have one. There are lots of things I’ve read that have stayed with me, but no favourite quote per se. I’m not quite sure why; I’m either a total Philistine or very fickle. I’m not sure which is worse.
What do you never leave home without? Lip balm. I die without lip balm.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? “You can always earn more money”. This can sound a bit flippant, so let me explain. The premise is that cash is not king. The most precious things in your life cannot be earned (time, family, friends) and these should be prioritised over things that can. Crucially: it’s not an excuse to splash the cash, but rather it stops you from being a miser and missing out.

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

See you next week for Part II!

-Rachel


Linking up with Kels for the return of the Secret Blogger Club. I’d only just found it when it went on a break – I’m pleased it’s back!

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12 Comments

  1. 2nd October 2015 / 22:16

    I feel the same way you do, I want to travel and experience new things, but I really like being at home too. And I love that quote! Sometimes we get so caught up in the chaos of everyday life and making money that we forget that we shouldn’t be living to work, but working to live.

    • 2nd October 2015 / 23:06

      Yes – that’s definitely a simpler way of summarising my ramble! Glad you get it. Have you worked out how travel and stay at home all at the same time?! I feel like if only I could crack that I’d have the secret to eternal happiness…

  2. 2nd October 2015 / 23:06

    Wow, Tasmania?! That is somewhere I have literally never heard of anyone visiting ever, and now I want to go. It looks beautiful and I love ancient, peacefull forests and pretty boat rides. What an amazing place to have been!

    • 2nd October 2015 / 23:15

      It was unbelievable. Like going to another planet! I’ve never breathed air so pure. They say it’s the cleanest air in the world (I suppose they would though, wouldn’t they?!) and so much of the island is untouched and undeveloped. It’s no surprise there are rumours of thylacines living in the forest, because it’s so remote that nobody can be quite sure! I can’t recommend it highly enough (as you can probably tell).

  3. 3rd October 2015 / 06:53

    I love your sage advice. My husband and I have been thinking long and hard about finding “better” jobs at wealthier international schools– meaning jobs that pay better but require a lot more of our time and cause a lot more stress. Finally, we decided that YOLO. We already have more than enough money, and as it is now, we struggle to make time for everything that matters to us. We decided greed and rolling around in a pile of excess cash was actually probably not what would bring us contentment in the long run. And if we turn out to be wrong, we can always earn more money. But, I kinda think we’re not wrong.

    • 9th October 2015 / 12:31

      I definitely think you’re not wrong. The most unhappy people I know are those whose lives are driven by accumulating wealth. However much they have, it’s still not enough. And for what?! Especially if you don’t even have the time to spend it!

  4. 3rd October 2015 / 11:58

    LOVED this interview! i love to travel too and wish i could do that as my job!!

    • 9th October 2015 / 12:27

      A job consisting solely of travel….. Now there’s the dream! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  5. 4th October 2015 / 20:20

    Yay I’m glad you joined in the fun! And lip balm is my life, I can’t get enough haha

    • 9th October 2015 / 12:28

      I think someone might need to stage an intervention at some point… Thanks for hosting!

  6. 9th October 2015 / 00:12

    Another great set of questions and answers! I went to Strahan many years ago…and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • 9th October 2015 / 12:29

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I’ve never found someone else who’s been to Strahan before – in fact most Aussies I know have never even been to Tassie. It’s a beautiful place, isn’t it?

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