I’ve been meaning to write a little bit more about myself on here, and also I’m aware I need to stop posting about Istanbul before I get mistaken for the Turkish tourist board. So I was delighted to be nominated by Priti from Absolute Wanderlust to answer some travel related questions. What luck! Thanks Priti, here we go…
Describe yourself in three words ¦¦ Reflective, awkward, tall-ish. Yes, that’s a word.
During your travels, which country has surprised you in a positive way and why? ¦¦ So… I’m about to start talking about Turkey again. Whoops. Sorry if you’re sick of hearing about it, but I was totally surprised in the best possible way by Istanbul. We booked our trip sort of on a whim, without really knowing much about Istanbul itself. Before we left, people issued dire warnings about terrorist attacks, scammers and market stall holders who would kidnap wives and hold them hostage until their husbands paid for them back (no, I’m not joking). Needless to say, we we perfectly safe the entire trip and I totally fell in love with the place. Which I’m sure you can’t tell. Everyone was so warm and friendly, we felt unthreatened and as a tall-ish, blonde-ish woman I was not harassed in any way. More than that, we found it to be a beautiful city full of history and culture, with a thriving art scene, and plenty of fun activities to do.
Describe the moment when you fell in love with travelling ¦¦ I don’t think there has ever been a moment when I didn’t love travelling. I mean sure, long car trips down to France with all my siblings stuffed into a car, with a minimum of one sister vomiting at regular intervals, wasn’t always a laugh riot. But any time I’ve ever travelled anywhere I’ve loved it, and wanted to see more. However, I think it’s only fairly recently that I have realised just how good travelling is for me; 2013 was a particularly miserable year for me and it’s no coincidence that I did basically no travelling that year. So we re-ordered our lives and are now able to travel more and it’s made me much happier as a consequence.
Which destination is at the top of your bucket list and why? ¦¦ Hawaii, I think. There are so many places I’m desperate to go to: Bali, Fiji, Myanmar, New Zealand, most of South America, Iceland, more of Canada… It’s a struggle to choose but I’ll go for Hawaii because it looks otherworldly beautiful, and it’s the place I’m least likely to be able to get to anytime soon.
What do you struggle with the most as a travel blogger? ¦¦ Wanting to go everywhere! I read everyone’s posts and immediately want to go wherever they’re talking about. It’s an expensive problem and I only have so much holiday time! Especially now that I’m co-hosting Travel Tuesday there is even more inspiration available.
What’s the strangest food you’ve eaten whilst overseas and was it good? ¦¦ I’m actually fairly wimpy plus restricted with food when I travel due to being coeliac. It’s not often you get adventurous food that’s also gluten free, although I did pass up the chance to eat fried silk worms when we were in Cambodia. They were gluten free, but they were not for me. I’m more of a pudding girl anyway – so I tried grilled sugar palm fruit (also in Cambodia). It was actually delicious, and incredibly sweet which suited me no end.
Besides your passport, name three essential items we’d find in your carry on ¦¦ A gluten free snack because I never know where my next meal is coming from and whether it will be edible, lip balm because I cannot function without it, and my camera.
What is your most memorable travel experience? ¦¦ Probably getting engaged, which happened whilst we were travelling around Australia. You can see a little bit more about that trip here.
This photo was taken shortly after we got engaged, featuring a classic travel pose for me: ice cream in hand. At least I didn’t have two this time. And yes my hair is quite different. Youth… Bonus points if you can name where in Sydney this was taken!
What is your favourite movie or book about travel? ¦¦ I don’t really know of any films that are purely about travel (any suggestions?) so I’ll go for books instead. I loved reading Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes because her writing is ethereally beautiful, and I also found the story behind Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson astounding, and it really made me think. Or there’s Bill Bryson. My favourites were A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island and Down Under. All absolutely hilarious.
If you had the opportunity to travel with a famous person, past or present, who would it be and why? ¦¦ Gerald Durrell, because he’s my hero and he knew all there was to know about travelling to cool places to collect animals for conservation purposes. We’d go to some far flung location, befriend the locals, and look after all kinds of awesome creatures. Maybe we’d dance with a Fon and have dubious liqueur, but it’s all about the animals for me.
This picture shows the closest I ever got to meeting my hero, when S took me to Gerald Durrell’s zoo for our first wedding anniversary. I couldn’t wipe the goofy grin off my face the entire time.
Where’s your next travel destination? ¦¦ Santorini, Greece and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’m doing my packing now so I’ll be sharing that soon…. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me, I selfishly love writing these posts because it means I can go back through my travel snaps from over the years and relive some happy memories. A little while ago I decided that’s what I was going to do with my Instagram, which I’m using to share one off snaps with short stories or memories that go with each. If that sounds like your jam let’s be friends!
And finally, I’d love you to answer these questions as well. If you do, let me know and I will add a link to them here. Or, answer your favourite in the comments. I am keen to hear everyone else’s answers!