We just got back from hanging out with my parents in Normandy, so I figured it would be fun to do this wanderlust tag.
1. Your most treasured passport stamp?
None. I don’t treasure these things.
2. Can you recite your passport # from memory if asked?
3. Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles?
When I lived in Toronto, I would have said planes because I liked to travel far. But now I’m perfectly more than happy to travel by train or car. Last weekend we drove for 6 hours from Germany through Netherlands, Belgium, and northern France!
4. Top 3 travel items?
– comfy shoes
– my phone (has all my maps and saved wiki travel pages on there!)
– my hot guy (not that he’s an item or anything, keke. he’s just really cute and I like me some eye-candy!)
5. Hostel or hotel?
Neither, I prefer Airbnb or staying in an apartment/house. I like having a kitchen, and it’s usually so much more flexible with check ins/outs, plus it connects you to a local who you can hit up for travel advice. I also like to see how people live in real homes rather than just the inside of a hotel chain.
6. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
Ugh, I’m a total repeat visitor. I can’t help but want to re-visit places I’ve already been, sometimes several times. Like I’ve been to Paris 8 times, and London 6 times! None of these trips were work trips either (okay one to London but I extended it for some after work fun!).
7. Do you read up on your destination (culture, history, safety) or do you wing it?
I used to research like crazy when I travelled less frequently, but now that travelling is EASY since I live in and travel mostly around central Europe, I tend to wing it. :)
8. Favorite travel website?
I like happycow (to look up vegan restaurants!) and wikitravel. But I also like to look up blogs from people who have travelled to whatever spot I’m going to and who happen to want to write about it verbosely. :)
9. Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name city & why.
Honestly, where Martin and I got married was AHHHH MAAAAZZINGGGGG. Fly to Calgary, drive to Banff National Park, and then to Jasper National Park. The drive between Banff and Jasper is like 3 hours, but it will take you 9 hours because you’ll have to stop and absorb the beauty. It’s soooooooooooooo nice. I wanna go there now.
Other than Alberta, I’d recommend you visit somewhere in South East Asia. I hear Vietnam is very nice and underrated as a travel destination. I have only been to SE-Asia earlier this year for our honeymoon in Bali, but that has really woken me up to see MORE. It’s incredible!
I would also recommend that you visit north-west Germany, because I live there and am a super cool person to visit. 8-)
10. You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?
It’s hard for me to answer these questions because money is never NOT an option for me, and I also prefer it that way. If I could just throw money at every turn, it wouldn’t be fun anymore. I like figuring things out, trying to stay on budget, and working with what I’ve got at that moment.
Like when we were in Beijing, we could have booked a private driver for the day to take us to the Great Wall and back for less than the cost of going out for dinner here. But instead we looked up the local train schedule and figured out how to get there even though we don’t read Chinese. Taking the Chinese train was an experience in itself, and not one that I will soon forget (in a good way).
Instead of sitting alone together in a nice car, or sitting on a bus with other western tourists, we sat with local Beijingers who happened to be touring the wall too. I peed in a squat toilet on a fast moving train! We had to RUN to get a seat because everyone else was also running (there were like a thousand people!). I laughed with glee as I tried to run with the crowd as fast as I could to catch a seat (and I was running slow because I was laughing ^_^). Everyone ended up getting a seat anyway because even though there were a thousand people, there were like 1,200 seats! Asides from the actual Great Wall itself, taking the train there was one of the big highlights of my China trip. And the price? A whopping $1.50 each. Or should I say: Priceless. :mrgreen: