Question Bonanza Part III

Today I’m happy to bring you the final instalment of this slightly narcissistic mini-series where I answer lots of questions about myself. Check out the previous parts of the series to find out what on earth is going on.


Ashley from Wandering Weekenders
I was delighted to be nominated so thoughtfully by Ashley, and I’m ashamed it’s taken me so long to respond to her post. Ashley writes about her weekend exploits from Texas, and I love reading about what travels she gets up to in her weekends and precious vacation days. This is how I travel too, so I like getting ideas about what she’s managed to squeeze in. Some of my favourite posts are the ones about her trip to New Orleans, and trips to weddings, because it highlights to me the little cultural differences that you wouldn’t necessarily know were there.
Why did you decide to start a blog? I will try and answer this without too much navel-gazing – I wanted a place to record life, and find people to be friends with in my new town. I was having a bit of a very rough year and when I’m stressed, I’m forgetful. I didn’t like the feeling of my life slipping through my hands and not being able to remember what I’d done, what I’d enjoyed, who I’d been with last month, or 6 months previously. So I started posting about it here, and it’s definitely improved my memory if nothing else!

If you could live in one city, what would it be? Sydney. Hands down. I am my happiest self when I’m there.


Say cheese….


What is the best piece of travel advice you’ve received? The shallow advice: There are shops where you’re going! Which is helpful for serial overpacker like me. Most places I have travelled to, or will travel to, have plenty of shops, so if I forget to pack something it’s not the end of the world. I can buy it there. 

The slightly deeper advice: Remember to put down the camera for a minute and just experience. For someone who likes taking all the photos, particularly as I can tend to be a bit blog-oriented about things, it’s a helpful reminder to put all electronic devices away and just immerse yourself in wherever you are. That stuff stays with you, and affects you more than photos do.

I definitely had to remember to put the camera away at Angkor Wat and just absorb the incredible atmosphere

Is there one place that you have no desire to visit? I mean, aside from places with wars, human rights issues or oppressive regimes, something I know a lot of people would love to do but that has never held that much attraction to me would be to go on safari. Don’t know why, because I love animals and nature and that, it’s just never taken my fancy. Probably quite lucky, as it’s so expensive!

What is the one thing you can’t live without when you travel? Sorry to be repetitive but lip balm. Always lip balm. In fact, a colleague just brought me back a sweet gift of an EOS lipbalm from a trip to NYC, because as she observed, “you use lip balm a lot…”. Rumbled.

Also, I tend to bring a lot of food with me wherever I go, on account of being coeliac. Sometimes it’s hard to find food that I can eat, especially on planes, where you tend to get things that look like this…

That’s boiled fish, boiled mushrooms, and boiled spinach. How the poor tomato escaped being boiled as well I don’t know.

Is there one souvenir that you always get from your travels? There’s nothing that I pick up in particular, but I usually try and get something nice for our house. Nothing you’d look at and go, oh that’s a souvenir, but something a little more obscure that only I know the story behind. Something new S and I have started doing since he got his Instax camera is taking a polaroid (I guess you can’t call it that anymore – taking an Instax?) everywhere we travel, and then sticking it on the relevant place on the giant world map we have hung up in our study. I won’t show that because it’s a bit bare and boring at the moment, so instead here are some other souvenirs from around our house:

Our most and least obvious souvenirs: candles from Budapest / Aboriginal paintings from Australia

Are you a spontaneous traveller, or do you have everything planned out for your trips? For me, a mix of the two works really well – I prefer to have flights and accommodation booked as far in advance as possible, and then one or two things per day that I definitely want to fit in for the time I’m there. I also tend to need to research food in advance, what with my difficult gluten free needs. The rest I like to just go with the flow, depending on how I feel or what opportunities arise. As for packing, I’m definitely a last minute kinda gal.

Do you ever get homesick when you travel? Generally not. I’m not really a homesick type of person, luckily. I mean, I do miss my family and friends if I’m away from them for a really long time, and I sometimes miss being in my own environment with all my own things around me. Usually I’m just happy exploring a new place.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chocolate. Or ice cream. Hmmmm chocolate ice cream maybe?

Chocolate, ice cream and I have had a solid relationship throughout the years.

Where are you travelling to next? Paris! And I can’t wait!
And finally, my nominations for my Sisterhood of the World Bloggers. I’ve chosen people both local and far away, whose writing I find interesting, amusing, or thought provoking. Or all three. 

Jessi is a Kiwi in London whose posts tend to make me instantly hungry. She’s recently been on a meringue making course that looks basically like magic. 

Kelly is a fellow Bedford lass who I met recently and she’s just as fun in person as she comes across on her blog. We have all sorts of things in common and I love reading her super helpful travel tip posts, particularly how to make your spending work for you!

Kristen writes about all kinds of things, but never fails to make me laugh. Sometimes she writes about travel, sometimes she writes about Target, it’s all good.

Lauren is on an epic road trip at the moment, which I’ve been following via her Snapchat. She likes travelling and shopping so basically I’m interested in everything she writes.

Mica posts what she wears every day from sunny Brisbane. I love seeing what outfits she puts together, because they’re stylish and normal! I especially like her workwear posts for office style inspiration, and the little glimpses into her life in Australia.


Van writes incredibly interesting posts from Tromso in Norway. She writes about life in the Arctic; I like finding out what a Norwegian food festival looks like, and I particularly loved her posts from Greenland.  

There is absolutely no pressure to respond, please just know I appreciate your blogging and accept this awkward internet hug. Equally, even if I haven’t named you in person, please feel free to join the sisterhood and post your answers to these questions, if you want to.

Where is your all-time favourite destination?
Which post are you most proud of?
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead?
Do you have a favourite travel app?
What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
Is there anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new?
Where is somewhere you’ve been or something you did that you didn’t expect much of, but ended up loving?
What’s your pet peeve?
What’s your most treasured possession?

Thanks again to the lovely ladies who nominated me. I appreciate you all!

-Rachel

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10 Comments

  1. 19th October 2015 / 20:15

    i’m so with you on Sydney 😉 that is a gorgeous picture by the way!
    i try and remember the camera advice as well. whether it was a whole day or a few hours, i made myself put the camera away and just experience it. it was SO worth it.
    girl i feel you on airplane food. have i ever told you the time that the air people gave my meal to someone else?! so i was on a plane for 14 hours and they couldn’t give me a thing to eat. they were like ‘we can give you first class food’ and brought out pasta. i wanted to throw it in their face, then pick it up and throw it at the person who wasn’t supposed to get my meal. she fiddled with it, then said ‘i didn’t order this’ but then obviously i couldn’t eat it because i watched her put her dirty little hands all over it, and give part of it to her kid. i was SO MAD.
    ice cream! the ice cream in the middle picture looks amazing, it looks like the soft creamy ice cream i love so much and struggle to find here. so rude.
    i get the same kind of souvenirs as you. sometimes i buy magnets, but mostly i buy random things that only i know are a souvenir. i really like mugs lol.
    thanks again for nominating me, you are so sweet!!

    • 21st October 2015 / 17:07

      Ha, right?! Sydney <3
      Your aeroplane food story makes me want to throw things. What the…. That lady who pawed your food – unBELIEVABLE. I mean it wasn't her fault that she got delivered the wrong meal, but they're clearly marked as special. And they come early. Why did she eat it?! And I can't believe they couldn't find you anything! Once Qantas forgot to pack my meal despite me ringing to book it, and they made me food from first class too. Luckily they had the nous to find me something actually gluten free…. I hope you complained and were suitably compensated! That's just a horrible story. Which airline was it?
      Is it really difficult to find soft ice cream in the US? I did not know that. Now I am less keen to visit. It's just what you want on holiday!

      • 21st October 2015 / 18:49

        oh my gosh it makes me so angry each time i think about it, so i try not to think about it. i think it was delta, which is weird because i never had an issue with them flying internationally (domestically around the US, different story).
        Well, I don’t think it is difficult to find that ice cream in the US, but it is SO hard to find it in KY. So. Just don’t visit KY hahaha

  2. 19th October 2015 / 22:00

    I’m so jealous that you’ll be headed to Paris next! Our friends that just moved to Italy are going to spend Christmas in Paris, and I’ve pretty much already told her how much I hate her. Just kidding, I’m just super jealous!
    I also need to remember to put the camera down and live in the moment. I caught myself recording so much at the past few concerts I’ve been at, and I really started to wonder if I was really enjoying my time there or not.
    I love the idea of having a polaroid from places you’ve visited and then hanging them on a map! It would be so much fun to be able to see yourself experiencing all the fun places you’ve been!

    • 21st October 2015 / 16:58

      Paris is delightful, it’s true. I can’t wait! I hope you manage to visit yourself sometime soon… If it helps I’ve never been to the US, and I’m dying to. Next year!

      Sometimes it’s a bit sad when you’re at concerts and you look out and it’s just a sea of smartphone screens shining back at you, and everyone is staring at them and not at the artist. I think it definitely impacts the atmosphere, as everyone is so engrossed in their own technology. That said, I’ve definitely been guilty of whipping out my phone for a picture or video, it’s just so tempting to want to immortalise the moment!

  3. 20th October 2015 / 09:50

    I love what you say about being your happiest self in Sydney! I haven’t really found that place yet but I’d love to find it one day too! And thanks again for nominating me 🙂

    • 21st October 2015 / 16:54

      I hope you find that place, too. Although for me the hardest part is that I don’t live there! So close… and yet so far!

  4. 23rd October 2015 / 08:09

    Aww thank you for the nomination! 🙂

    I think eating nothing but ice cream or chocolate would be wonderful! I love them both. Although I’m really not a fan of chocolate ice cream. Put chocolate on or in ice cream and I like it, but chocolate icecream itself never tastes quite right to me, haha!

    I won’t answer all your questions or I’ll go on and on in your comments – but thank you so much for the nomination!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 26th October 2015 / 23:17

      You’re welcome! I know what you mean about chocolate ice cream. Sometimes it just isn’t as chocolatey as you need! My stipulation is that it must have actual chocolate chunks in it. That usually does the trick 🙂

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