It had been two years (never will I let that much time pass again) since seeing relatives and friends – and I’ll share my wonderful experiences in a separate post – but it was a great and much-needed time with loved ones. Europe always leaves me feeling immense joy, pride, a sense of belonging and excitement, and I can’t wait to write about it soon!
For now, and this is overdue, I would deeply like to thank Elizabeth and Dale of http://elizabethanddaleabroad.com/, Deb of Tag Along Travel, and last but not least, Adrian Ann of www.adrianstraveltales.com. I admire you all tremendously for your writing, guts to travel and for opening others’ eyes to the world. I also appreciate the stories and photos you share of your journeys on #CultureTrav. This wonderful community would not exist without your support and enthusiasm. Our world can sometimes feel so immense, but through our conversations, we are connected by a tight-knit community of people who travel to discover other cultures, share experiences, and in the process, grow by learning about themselves.
I am humbled that you selected me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. This award is given in appreciation of fellow bloggers! And, while I love to write, I find more and more inspiration from other bloggers every week, and happily share their impressions.
Now, for the questions… There are lots of interesting ones, so please grab a comfy chair and a drink.. and enjoy the Q&A (hopefully!)
ELIZABETH & DALE:
- What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel and why? Traveling is very exciting to me no matter the mode of transportation, but I particularly love train travel. I love seeing changing landscapes, looking at little houses along the way, and imagining the lives of its inhabitants, and the history of towns we pass by.
- What type of travel do you prefer (jet setter, back packer, weekend warrior, slow travel, beach, city, mountains, etc.) and why? All types of travel lend themselves to fun, enriching experiences. I’ve enjoyed exploring cities by foot, camping, or climbing mountains or even taking shorter day trips. I believe travel is enjoyed fully by embracing the setting as best you can – whether that’s lounging on the beach, going on a self-guided city tour, or waking up early to hike a mountain.
- Who is the most interesting person you met while traveling and why? It’s tough to pinpoint one person, but most recently I really enjoyed meeting my #CultureTrav co-host, Jessica Lipowski and Maaike of TravellousWorld! We had a great afternoon/evening in Amsterdam with lots of laughs, fun exploring and memorable conversations that I’m still reflecting upon. Overall, I’ve met so many interesting people during travel, and funny enough, also by staying at home in NYC! When you live in NYC, you have the chance to meet lots of people who visit and you can easily strike up a conversation anywhere!
- Would you rather have your flight delayed by 10 hours or have to fly 1 hour through bad turbulence and why? This question is unbelievably fitting given my recent trip. Our flight was canceled, and though it was tough to deal with that news because I was eager to see family and spend more time together, I’d rather not deal with the turbulence! If I had already been in Europe or traveling elsewhere, I wouldn’t mind a delay at all – more opportunity to venture out and see something new!
- We all have our own preferences and experiences, but what is one place that you would prefer not to visit again? Why? A great question! I cannot say I feel so strongly about one place that I wouldn’t visit. Quite the opposite…my list is always expanding! 🙂
- When we travel to other countries we learn how people do things differently than in our own home country. What is something you would like to take back to your home country that you learned while traveling abroad? When traveling abroad, I love to notice little details in communication – how does one person greet another? How are strangers approached or greeted? What does body language tell us? How does someone respond to a joke? It’s in these moments that we learn a lot about humanity, and these are glimpses into how others like to be treated. When I return home, I hope to have learned these nuances and gained appreciation for their meaning and respect when I encounter people from that country.
- What is your funniest ‘lost in translation’ moment while traveling? I enjoy literal translations of menu items, which result in lots of laughs and curiosity about the actual contents of the dishes!
- Okay, my most serious question: How many pairs of shoes and what type of shoes do you pack for a trip that lasts longer than 1 week? I aim for three – comfortable (but stylish) shoes to walk around in for longer periods of time, dressier shoes for evenings/fitting occasions, and sandals for comfort!
- As a female traveler, what are your tips for warding off unwanted attention or what is the most creative way you let someone know you were not interested? Don’t respond in an overly negative or aggressive manner. Try to get out of the situation by being cordial but indicating polite disinterest, or finding the nearest person/group/more publicly visible location (don’t wander off in alleys alone or other places you wouldn’t consider at home, either).
- What do you like to do when you are not traveling? Hobbies? Interests? Photography, plenty of reading, visiting museums/art galleries, and meeting up with friends and family!
- How do you cope with jet lag? Ahh..dreaded jet lag! I attempt to adjust to the local time of the destination at least two days ahead of the trip by going to bed at a reasonable time, packing as best I can (though it can be difficult to be very selective;)), and changing my watch while on the plane to already be in the correct time frame. And, last but not least…I rely on Brode Electrolyte Vitamin to keep me hydrated. I took them on my last Transatlantic flight (super easy and convenient to carry with you anywhere) and they made a big difference in how I felt when I landed!
- What’s your favourite travel photograph from your collection?
- Two wonderful, candid moments reminding me of childhood in The Netherlands and Poland.
- What’s the overdone travel quote you see on social media that makes you groan the most (e.g., travel is the only thing you buy that makes your richer)? Ha, that one is a good example! Can’t think of any others at the moment.
- What’s the best hotel amenity that you have come across on your travels? Not a hotel, actually, but an AirBnB in Curacao this June! It had ocean-facing breathtaking views, a nice bedroom, a spacious kitchen, and peace and quiet (but also time for fun conversations with the other visitors!).
- If you could take a trip with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Difficult to pick just one person. I’ve been lucky to travel with great companions including family (my parents, especially) who I ventured to Europe with this August, friends, and my boyfriend who I traveled to Curacao with most recently in June. I appreciate the memories and the future opportunities to come!
- What makes you feel uncomfortable when travelling? Weather-related issues during flights (turbulence) and delays when you’re in a rush to get somewhere! Aside from that, disrespectful behavior of overly touristy people who are clueless about assimilating to another culture (i.e. wearing inappropriate clothes to a place of great importance, or not taking the time to learn about local customs).
- What is the biggest misconception people who don’t travel have about travel? That it is too expensive (it can be depending on the situation), or that it is impossible to get to know a destination in shorter time periods.
- What is the must-do attraction or experience for someone travelling to your hometown? Grab a bike and explore town that way! Biking is one of the best ways to get around in The Netherlands, and do as the locals do! Distances within town (Oss, Brabant is where I’m from) are relatively short, so you will cover a lot of ground and enjoy a bit of exercise, too. And, don’t forget (I’m typing this half smiling…): be sure to check the weather and grab an umbrella…you never know when rain may strike!
- Where was your last trip and from 1 – 5 with 5 being amazing, how would you rate your experience? Poland and The Netherlands! It ended last week and I’m giving it a 5! Words cannot describe how grateful and excited I was to see my family and meet up with friends in Europe.
- Where are you going next and why? That remains to be seen! Perhaps an impromptu day trip or another destination for longer? 🙂
- Which would you choose? A trip to the Moon or Mars? Great question! A trip to the Moon. Would be nice to set foot where Neil Armstrong stood, too! And, it’s time to confess that I love NASA (dressed as NASA’s social media feeds for Halloween in 2013)…
- What is one travel necessity of yours that most would think is ridiculous? Hmm, this one is definitely weird, but perhaps it’s too often checking on my keys. I’ll check my bag to make sure I am still carrying them. Why or how they would have fallen out of my bag on a plane or lost on a train is beyond me as I am generally not a clumsy person!
- What is your favorite pair of travel underwear and why? Haha! Definitely something colorful and made of cotton (it has to be comfortable and breathe easy)!
- Are you a savory or sweet person? Oof! The choice between these is always a dilemma, especially when it comes to breakfast! I tend to go savory, but there’s always room for chocolate, right? 🙂
- What is the last place on your travel bucket list? I’d like to make it to some of the places that are listed higher on the list first including South Africa, Japan and Peru!
- How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? I’m going to be very literal here and say it’s 2,500 licks according to a study published by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics…
- If you could only travel to one more place, where would it be? That’s somewhat depressing…I would venture to space (ideally…the Moon with NASA) to get one final glimpse of the world! 🙂
- And finally, what is your favorite breed of insect? Butterflies! They remind me of childhood and the ability to freely roam!
I nominate the following 10 bloggers:
- Maaike of TravellousWorld
- Karlie of Miss Wanderlust
- Dorothée of The Touristin
- Patrycja of Travelopulent
- Marysia from My Travel Affairs
- Jess of Jess is a Wanderer
- Mackenzie of Mackenzie on the Fly
- Lauren of Seegs Travels
- Shannon of The Traveling Scholar
- Rachel of The Imagination Trail
The rules: You must answer 10 questions assigned by the person who has given you the award and you must then give the award to 10 other bloggers with 10 of your own questions.
- What’s one thing you wish you’d discovered about travel years ago?
- Why do you love travel so much, and what do you wish others who don’t necessarily love it would appreciate more?
- Describe a hilarious situation you encountered during travel. What happened?
- What’s your number one savings tip for travel (i.e. miles, booking in advance, staying at hostels, etc.)?
- Describe a difficult moment during travel. How did you overcome it?
- How do you approach travel when you’re visiting a destination and don’t already speak the language (how do you learn the language)?
- Are you a full-time traveler or part-time traveler? How do you make either work for you?
- If you had to choose between having more time available for travel or obtaining additional money for it, which would you pick?
- Where did you have a really memorable travel experience? What made it so special?
- What’s one cultural activity you’d like to try in your upcoming travels?
Looking forward to reading your responses! Be sure to link your replies in the comments. And, thanks again for the nominations, all!
Stay tuned for more updates from me very soon.