I was recently nominated for this Travel Tag by Katie, at Fatty McCupcakes. I don’t usually take part in those ‘tag’ things but I decided to make an exception for this one for many reasons…
First, I was really touched by the nomination and the shower of kind words Katie had for me and my little blog.
I also really love Miss McCupcakes’s blog and wait impatiently for new posts every week – she’s sarcastic, intelligent, funny and often makes me laugh to tears at my desk (which get me weird looks from my colleagues who seem confused that I could find anything THAT funny). Have a look at her blog, you won’t be disappointed! Just make sure you can laugh freely first…
And, well, I’ve travelled quite a bit in the last few years and this Travel Tag sounds fun, so why not?
Here we go…
What is your favorite place that you have visited?
I’m not sure I can choose only one! In England, the Peak District has my heart because it’s the first place I visited on my first trip here and that’s where I fell in love with the country. It’s also our go-to place for hiking.
Abroad, I would say New York and Berlin. Edward and I visited the Big Apple to celebrate our first New Year together and we created some beautiful memories there – we even have a ‘love lock’ engraved with our names in Central Park! More recently, Berlin was the perfect escape during a busy holiday season. We had a really good time there and it’s definitely a place I’d recommend for a weekend away.
If you could visit anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Those questions are tough! I think if I could, I’d take a trip back home… I’m not sure I’m ready to go back but I guess I’ll have to someday? It would be nice to hug my dad, have giggles with my sister, go for a drink with my best friend, hike up the Vallée-de-la-Jacques-Cartier with Edward, get a nice meal and taffy on the snow in Old Quebec afterwards…
Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?
A city holiday, always. Though we are travelling to Croatia in a few days and I’m really excited for the sunshine! We are staying on a little island away from any major cities but we will be visiting Dubrovnik on the first day. We will certainly spend some time relaxing on the beach but I tend to get a bit restless so we also have plans to go hiking and rent kayaks.
My top three travel essentials are:
The first item on my packing list is always my photography kit: camera, spare batteries, memory cards, chargers, lenses and a travel tripod. My iPhone is also part of the kit because let’s be honest, we all like to post a few travel snaps on Instagram!
Following a bad experience (and countless blisters) with ballet flats in Paris, comfy walking shoes are now an essential. I still pack a pair of fashionable shoes for the evenings but I wear mostly trainers during the day.
Last but not least, snacks. I always carry protein bars or breakfast biscuits and a bottle of water in my bag. It may seem obvious but keeping your blood sugar at an acceptable level and staying properly hydrated will make any trip much more pleasant, and – I speak from experience here – could avert pointless arguments.
Are you an overpacker or an underpacker?
Definitely an overpacker! It’s always a bit of a gamble to put my suitcase on the check-in scale at the airport but the only time I had to pay an overweight charge was on my one-way flight to London, which is understandable. My carry-on is often overpacked, too. I like to be prepared so I put loads of stuff in there ‘just in case’…
What is your favorite thing about going on vacations?
My love of travel comes from my passion for foreign languages and my curiosity for different cultures. I like walking around a new city to observe and photograph people, listen to their accent, learn new words… But I think my favourite thing about being away on holiday – and yes, I know it’s cheesy – is sharing all of it with Edward. Exploring new surroundings, getting lost together… Like everyone else, we lead busy lives and spending a few days together away from everything that is familiar to us is our way to catch our breath, find our balance and grow closer to each other.
Would you rather go on vacation with family or friends?
I’d say it depends on the type of vacation but I wouldn’t mind either way, as long as it’s only for a few days.
What is the most adventurous dish you have ever tried from another country?
I’ve never had the opportunity to travel to exotic places so I’ve never tasted anything very adventurous. I’ve had many ‘clichés’ dishes: pretzels in New York, croissants in Paris, currywurst in Berlin, etc. Nothing too strange!
To complete this Travel Tag ‘challenge’, I’d like to nominate these amazing bloggers:
Beyond The Camera Shutter
A blog you’ll certainly enjoy if you’re into photography, motorcycles, travel or sci-fi. It’s also Edward’s blog and I know he has travelled to some beautiful places and would certainly have answers for those questions!
La petite Mary qui rêve de voyages et d’Espagne
Mary is a very good friend of mine, a talented photographer and a novice traveller. I’m curious to see what she has to say about her past trips and the many ones to come!
Adventures & Naps
Alanna is a fellow Canadian expat in the UK who blogs about her life in England. I always enjoy reading her blog – I’m certain you would too – and I’m curious to know more about her and her travelling experiences.