E – Event you’ve experienced abroad that made you say “WOW”?
It would have to be Glastonbury Festival that I attended in June 2013. Having watched it on TV for years and reading countless reviews I was so happy to finally attend and to top it off get engaged there during the Rolling Stones.
F – Favourite mode of transportation
Just recently in Venice I had the pleasure of having the best airport transfer to date, a beautiful boat down the grand canal right to our hotel or in Las Vegas a stretched hummer up and down the strip drinking cocktails out of a giant glass, can’t really beat that!
G – Greatest feeling while travelling?
Seeing those iconic places, buildings and sights that you have seen for years in photographs in the flesh! Seeing the Colosseum, Eiffel Tower and Big Ben for the first time was a pretty great feeling.
H – Hottest places you’ve ever travelled to?
After living in Thailand for a year I kind of got used to the heat and humidity but nothing prepared me for Las Vegas in July. Stepping outside was an intense heat, thank goodness all those grand hotels have the best air con!
J – Journey that took the longest
No doubt the journey from England to New Zealand is the longest, you literally can’t get any further away so the typical journey is around 30 hours and I’m not going to lie it is gruelling but a worth while one!
K – Keepsakes from your travels
I know this sounds terribly lame but I don’t care – I collect fridge magnets. It has turned into serious business with my husband, we can spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the right one in each destination. I admit it’s a little out of control now but I must say every time I look at the fridge I smile.
L – Let down sight – Where and why?
I thought about this answer so much and honestly I cannot think of a sight that has genuinely let me down. It’s crazy I know but I must be easy to please.
M – Moment where you fell in love with travelling?
I guess once I ventured a little further away from home to Thailand and experiencing a different culture, cuisine and language it really opened my eyes to the world and I really did fall in love with travelling there so much so that 6 months later I moved there!
N – Nicest hotel you’ve ever stayed?
There are two that stand out. Firstly the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas for sheer decadence and the view from the 35th floor! Also here in London The Renaissance at St Pancras station has got to be one of the most extravagant hotels I’ve stayed at but worth every penny.
|The view from The Cosmopolitan|
O – Obsession. What are you obsessed with taking photos of?
Pretty much everything! I take a million and one photos everywhere I go, my husband thinks I’m weird but I’ve got to have pictures on the big camera and the phone (for instagram of course). I do also have a million and one photos of sunsets, you can’t beat a good sunset!
P – Passport stamps. How many and where from?
Well although I am a kiwi I am lucky enough to possess a British passport so every time I travel through Europe I don’t get a stamp but because I have been to 41 countries there are still plenty in there. Australia, America, Fiji, Maldives, Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Q – Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where?
I know Vang Vieng in Laos is firmly on the tourist trail in South East Asia but it doesn’t make it any less quirky. Imagine this – hire a rubber ring, get dropped off in a raging river, drink copious amounts of alcohol, do flying foxes and rope swings, float down a river, stop at bars and then find your way home. It was a crazy few days but brilliant none the less.
Another quirky attraction I visited was in the Czech Republic. It is a church decorated with human bones, it was a bit morbid but also really interesting. You can read about Kutna Hora here.
R – Really frightening. One place you’ve felt unsafe or uneasy?
Tanzania – We drove through Dar Es Salem on a large truck and we had rocks pelted at us, people giving us the finger and to top it off when we arrived at the camp site our tail lights had been nicked. Upon arrival at the campsite we were clearly instructed NOT to leave the campsite or we would be mugged at knifepoint. It’s fair to say none of us left the compound and were happy to leave the following day.
S – Splurge. Something you have no problem spending money on while travelling?
It has to be experiences whilst travelling. One of the most expensive experiences I did was sky diving in Queenstown, I maxed out my credit card to do it but it was worth it! One of the best experiences I have ever done!
T – Touristy thing you’ve done?
Only everything! I love being a tourist, I hate that label of ‘traveller’ not tourist, it’s ridiculous. I love being a tourist every place I go. I see the big sites I walk around with a map and I take photos of everything!
Touristy things I have loved doing: London eye, going up the Eiffel Tower, riding an elephant in Thailand, holding a koala in Australia, doing a jump shot in front of the pyramids in Egypt, throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain the list could go on.
U – Unforgettable travel memory
Waking up on Christmas day in Tanzania and going on safari in the Ngorongoro crater.
V – Visas. How many and for where?
As I said before because I have a British passport there is many places I can travel to where I don’t get a stamp or need a visa but the ones I have got are: Kenya, Egypt and Tanzania.
W – Wine. Best glass while travelling.
There’s not many wines that beat a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but having a cava in Barcelona or a lovely French wine where the bottle costs €3 is also pretty great!
X – eXcellent view and where from?
The view at the Grand Canyon is pretty spectacular and really does take your breath away but there have been so many I have to say a few more. Queenstown in New Zealand, Yosemite National Park in America and Angthong National Park in Thailand.
Y – Years spent travelling
This is a tricky question but I have been travelling on and off for the last 8 years. Having spent a year living and travelling South East Asia before coming to live in London almost five years ago.
Z – Zealous sports fan and where?
I was lucky enough to attend a baseball match whilst in San Francisco and although I had no idea what was going on it was fun to attend with a giant foam finger, drink beer and eat corn dogs!
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