With a short week after Labor Day, today I am feeling a chilled out kind of vibe. Get to get to know the secrets of your favorite fellow wanderlusts with this A to Z, Q&A!A: Age you went on your first international trip: A Caribbean Cruise with the family at age 8. It began in San Juan, Peurto Rico and sailed to St Lucia, St Croix, St Thomas, Barbados, and Antigua.
B: Best foreign beer you’ve had and where: Hefeweizen from southern Germany. Not a huge beer connoisseur but loved this lighter wheat taste with notes of bananas and cloves. Oktoberfest where you at?!C: Cuisine [favorite]: It’s a toss up. I am low key obsessed with the food of the Mediterranean: Greek gyros, hummus and tzatziki. I also love Malaysian, a rich fusion of Chinese and Indian, which reflects the multicultural makeup of the country. In my opinion, Malaysian cuisine is severely underrated and isn’t getting the global recognition it deserves, especially in the USA.
Least Favorite- Phuket, Thailand was too touristy for my liking. Nadi, Fiji lacked exotic wildlife and was packed with overpriced luxury resorts full of honeymooners and anniversaries. I got bored laying by the pool all day and was aching for more adventure.E: Experience that made you say wow: Sex show in Amsterdam, and not in a good way as you can imagine. The guys I was traveling with were pulled on stage and
harassed. Just wow.
F: Favorite mode of transportation: By foot. I avoid buses and trains whenever possible. Exploring a new city and discovering hidden gems is my favorite past time.G: Greatest feeling while traveling: That literally “on top of the world” feeling of arriving in a brand new place. In the moment, it feels like nothing can bring you down. I know I can’t be alone in that traveler’s high, stronger than any drug will ever be.
H: Hottest place you’ve ever traveled to: Singapore felt brutally hot in the middle of the summer, perhaps because there was no beach to retreat to. Locals were wearing pants and long garments, while I was sweating my tits off in a tiny sundress. If I could’ve been naked, I would have.I: Incredible service you’ve experienced: Anywhere in New Zealand. They were by far the most friendly people I’ve ever met. Crazy to think they don’t even work for tips and must be genuinely good people.
J: Journey that took the longest: Australia hands down! Flight to LA for six hours, then a layover, then 15 hours to Sydney. Any flight since then has felt like a walk in the park.K: Keepsake from your travels: My favorite souvenir to bring home would have to be food from the region to share with family and friends, so they too can get a taste. (I guess that’s not really a “keep” sake, but I generally don’t bring home that much, my pictures and memories are my keepsakes.
L: Let-down sight, where & why: Leaning Tower of Pisa. Honestly was quite underwhelming from the amazing structure I had built it up in my mind to be.M: Moment when you fell in love with travel: After moving across the globe to Australia, I had a sudden desire to see as much of the world as possible.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed at: Back before my Airbnb and hostel days, all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and Riviera Maya. (Thanks mom! 😉O: Obsession- what do you take photos of while traveling: Vibrant street art and edgy architecture.
P: Passport stamps- how many & from where: 30! Several from coming in and out of Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and only a few from Europe because several in the EU didn’t require entry stamps. Boo!Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited & where: Shacking up in treehouses in the rainforests of Nicaragua with howler monkeys swinging from the trees. We were a short 5 minute walk from a private beach on one side and mountains on the other. The best of everything.
R: Really frightening- a place where you felt unsafe or uneasy: Hmmm, Bangla Rd in Patong, Thailand where my beautiful friend and I were being learned into the bars and clubs with shots so that we would attract men to come in. The Red Light District in Amsterdam where prostitution is legal and there were half naked women in the doorways was a bit uncomfortable as well. S: Splurge- something you have no problem spending on while traveling: Excursions and events special to the region. Trains up to the highest point in Europe, mountain climbing, paragliding, festivals and more. I take these once in a lifetime experiences over fancy accommodation or souvenirs any day.
T: Touristy thing you’ve done: Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, or and elephant trekking in Thailand.U: Unforgettable travel memory: The entirety of my 18 country Eurotrip this year. Sigh, gush, gasp. Take me back!!!
V: Visas- how many and for where: Skilled working 457 Visa to work for a bank in Australia. Luckily for American passports, very few visas are needed for travel purposes. W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where? Verdicchio from Tuscany.
X: eXcellent view: From paragliding over Lake Tekapo in Queenstown, NZ, hands down.Y: Years spent traveling: 16 but most heavily weighted since after college. 22 countries in two years, and I don’t plan to quit any time soon!
Z: Zealous sports fans and where: Oddly enough, in my hometown of Columbus. The Ohio State Buckeyes have quite the cult following. I’m not a huge fan but certainly get around the tailgating and parties during football season!
Now how fun was that! Come play along and share your answers with the world.