I’ve had this list saved in my drafts folder ever since Val posted it in December 2011 – OUCH. Luckily, I’ve done a lot of travelling since then, so I have lots of new things I can talk about!
A: Age you went on your first international trip: I actually have no idea. We went to France a few times when I was a kid, but I don’t know how old I was the first time I went!
B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: I, erm, don’t drink beer. But I had quite a few delicious cocktails in Mexico, if that counts for anything.
C: Cuisine (favorite): Chinese, without a doubt.
D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: Singapore was fantastic – so clean, so British! Portugal was not so amazing – getting kicked off a train for something that wasn’t your fault will skew an experience slightly, I suppose.
E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: Chinese New Year was pretty cool We haven’t really experienced many events abroad – I’d love to go to the snow festival in Sapporo tho. One day!
F: Favorite mode of transportation: Train. Planes are too, too frightening.
G: Greatest feeling while traveling: Lying somewhere near the sun (not in it, this redhead wasn’t built for heat) reading a book and then slipping into the pool to cool down.
H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to: Bali. 40 degrees and above. I burnt like toast.
I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: Mexico was pretty epic but it was a 5 star resort, so, it would have been a bit of a letdown if it’d been anything but, I suppose?
J: Journey that took the longest: Travelling to Australia. 22 hours, three changes, one grandmother threatened with a gun.
K: Keepsake from your travels: Q and I collect snowglobes now from every place we’ve visited together. The tackier the better!
L: Let-down sight, why and where: The Acropolis at Lindos in Rhodes, for being shut after we hiked all the way up that damn hill in the blistering heat. Couldn’t have mentioned the opening times at the bottom, guys?
M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: I’m not sure that I have, yet? I love visiting new places but the actual act of travelling between them is not something I love. Unless I’m by a pool with a limitless of guacamole and books to read then I’m always happy to come home.
N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: This one, where we went on our honeymoon.
O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?: Food!
P: Passport stamps, how many and from where? 6: Canada, Macau, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia. Bloody Europe and their lack of stampage.
Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: We missed out on the museum of Erotica in Prague, but we did see the Merlion in Singapore, which was pretty cool.
R: Recommended sight, event or experience: Chinese New Year is a must (people give you money sometimes, which is a nice added bonus). I also loved snorkelling off the coast of Greece – something I wasn’t expecting to be bothered about but ended up loving.
S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Food, as long as it’s good.
T: Touristy thing you’ve done: We did the Eiffel Tower in Paris recently, which was pretty damn touristy.
U: Unforgettable travel memory: Sitting on beach in Mexico, watching the sun come up.
V: Visas, how many and for where? One, for Indonesia. I’m still smarting about that – they charge you to get in and out of the country. Cheeky.
W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?: I don’t drink wine!
X: eXcellent view and from where? Anywhere tall. The CN Tower in Toronto, The Eiffel Tower in Paris. See also: window seats on planes.
Y: Years spent traveling?: 24, on and off.
Z: Zealous sports fans and where?: Rugby fans in Wales take the cake for this one.
Let me know if you do this too? I love hearing about the rest of the world. I really need to make more time for travelling. The more of the world I get to see the more of it I want to experience. TRAVEL TO ALL OF THE PLACES.