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!
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!