The lovely Anna of Anemina Travels has passed me the baton in my first blogging relay! She has asked me to respond to 11 of her travel questions, which I’ve recorded and answered below. Next, I’ll pass the baton to six other writers who will respond to 11 of my questions. So here it goes… ready, set, blog!
What does adventure mean to you?
For me, “adventure” is simply seeing or doing something that I’ve never before seen or done. While I love to travel to far-off, exotic places, I also consider going to a new restaurant in my hometown to be an adventure. I thrive on eating new foods, walking through neighborhoods I’ve never before explored, and driving down roads that are foreign to me. If it’s a new experience, my adventurous spirit feels satisfied.
If you could chose any travel companion – who would you chose?
I love to travel with my partner. He has a true thirst for knowledge that really inspires me to consider things I would otherwise overlook. Traveling with him means going to museums I would normally skip, trying weird foods that seem a little scary, and doing background research on the cities and sights that we visit. He encourages me to absorb culture from a different angle.
Is there a city or country you would never visit?
There are definitely some places that I currently have little interest in visiting. I steer clear of countries where there is unrest or conflict. And I don’t have a desire to visit places with extremely cold temperatures. But never say never, I suppose.
Which means of transportation do you like most?
I love traveling by train! Trains allow you to see the countryside without the responsibility of operating a the vehicle. On a train, I can sit back, relax, and immerse myself in my surroundings. There is also a feeling of old romance that I associate with train travel. Though the Orient Express days were before my time, I can still channel a sense of mystery and intrigue when I board a train.
Do you remember your first holiday fling?
My senior year in high school, I attended a leadership conference in Washington, DC, my current home town. On the first day of the conference I met the first boy that I had ever been really excited about. We spent the week touring the city together. Perhaps that experience was a good omen for my dating life in DC; it’s where I met my current partner!
What is the most hideous souvenir you ever bought?
I honestly try to avoid buying junky souvenirs. When I travel, I like to buy nice articles of clothing that really channel the local culture. For example, on a recent trip to Germany, I bought an authentic dirndl, and when I visited Ireland last year, I got a great hand-knit, wool, pom-pom hat. Distinctive pieces of clothing always end up being great conversation starters!
What is the most beautiful part of your hometown?
The drive from Arlington, Virginia over the Memorial Bridge, and into DC is stunning at night. The Lincoln Memorial is lit up, as are the Washington Monument and the Capital, which you can see in the background. This view makes the city feel alive, and the illumination of the monuments seems to highlight the important role that the city plays in the governing of our nation.
Is there anything you would never leave home without?
I’ll admit that I would never leave home without my I Phone. I don’t like to use it a lot when I’m traveling, as I really like to be disconnected from technology on vacation. However, it can be a really handy tool when I’m lost and in desperate need of a GPS.
Who is the addressee of your postcards?
Sadly, I do not send postcards! I’m very bad with etiquette-oriented rituals like postcards, thank-you notes, etc. I probably should resolve to improve on this in the New Year, but I wouldn’t want to make any promises that I’m unlikely to keep
Beach or hillside?
Hillside - I get bored at the beach! I think mountains inherently provide more opportunities for exploration.
Why did you start blogging?
I love traveling but can only do it for about five weeks a year. Blogging was a way for me to keep my travel spirit alive in between my trips.
Now it’s time for me to pass on the baton, and I’m giving it to Heather and Alex of Outside the Den, Gloria of On the Go with Glo, Stephanie of Stockings and Snorkels, Kerry of Planes, Trains, and Plantagenets, Jane of Magic and Pasta, and Lauren of Too Much Pepper in My Paprikash.
What is one truly hidden travel gem that you’re willing to share?
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about yourself while traveling?
Of all the cities or countries you’ve visited, which was the most disappointing?
What is your dream “themed” tour (e.g., “19th Century British Authors” or “Best Street Food Stalls in Thailand”)?
Describe the craziest night you’ve ever had while traveling.
Have you ever pretended to be someone that you’re not while traveling?
Have you ever visited a country and seriously considered moving there?
In your opinion, what type of landscape is the most beautiful?
Describe the best meal you’ve had abroad.
Name a city that you’ve never been to, but it feels like everyone else in the world has.
Partying hard while traveling: yay or nay?
I hope you enjoy answering these questions, and I can’t wait to read your responses!
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