A) Age you went on your first international trip:
I was 21 when I said goodbye to America and headed off for a 4 month internship in the land down under, Australia. I was clearly caught the travel bug after my first international trip and I haven’t stopped traveling since.
B) Best foreign beer you’ve had and where:
Beer is not my thing so I am going to swap beer for my drink of choice, wine. The best wine I have had is the white wine Grk from Croatia. The best way to enjoy a glass of Grk, at a local wine festival with men serenading you.
C) Cuisine (favorite):
Greek food all the way! After only eating pasta and pizza in Italy for two weeks arriving in Greece and having our first meal was a refreshing change in cuisine. The fresh vegetables, grilled meats and tasty pastries we enjoyed in Greece completely won me over. If only I could eat gyro’s every day and not gain a pound, that would be the dream.
D) Destinations–favorite, least favorite, and why?:
Favorite: This is a tough one. I am still amazed that I am living out my dream of traveling and tend to fall in love with whatever place I am currently at. I am going to have to go with Australia though. Traveling to Australia completely changed my life and really opened my eyes to the world around me. And Australia is a pretty stunning place, not a bad way to start my travel story!
Least Favorite: Pisa. The odds were not in our favor on our day visit to the city with a rain storm that never seemed to let up. Some of the worst food I have ate while traveling, large crowds and wet clothes did not make for the best experience, I made need to re-visit Pisa again and give the area another chance.
E) Event you’ve experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:
Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Taking in the sunset in Santorini. Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle with lights at night. Wine tasting in the countryside of Tuscany. Every time I travel into the Icelandic countryside surrounded by the stunning landscapes. Travel is all about wow moments for me, every trip I go on I come back with a dozen wow moments!
F) Favorite mode of transportation:
My own feet. Of course this isn’t possible to get me everywhere but when I am traveling I love exploring the area by walking all over and discovering all the little things that make each place so unique. Another favorite mode of transportation is by boat. I love the feeling of the wind in my hair as I sit outside and take in the views around me.
G) Greatest feeling while traveling:
Those first few hours exploring a new area, smiling in awe of everything. Charming streets, adorable little shops, delicious smells floating in the area, the thrill of being somewhere new, especially after months of planning, is such a wonderful feeling!
H) Hottest place you’ve ever traveled to:
Athens, Greece. H and I visited the city for two days in the end of September and it was unbearably hot! I remember walking around Athens our first day stopping in every shaded spot we could find watching locals walk past in suits thinking how are they not passing out of heat stroke! We sucked it up and explored all day in the heat resulting in a major sunburn for H and both of us disgusting sweaty and exhausted by the end of the day. Totally worth it!
I) Incredible service you’ve experienced and where?:
Are adorable accommodation next to the beach in Mykonos, Greece. As soon as stepped off the ferry we were greeted and given a free ride to the hotel and it just got better from there. Free welcome drinks, the best breakfast I have had in a hotel and a scooter rental, (when staying on the Greek islands a scooter is a necessity) everything was taken care of for us.
J) Journey that took the longest:
My trip to Sydney, Australia from Oregon was an adventure for sure. Not only was it my first international trip that took me on a 15 hour plane ride, I also got extremely sick on the plane and spent most of my time running to the bathroom. The journey may not have been the longest but when you puke for ten hours on a plane, pass out and hit your head on the toilet and wake up to a stewardess trying to give you an oxygen mask it felt like a never ending journey!
K) Keepsake from your travels:
It may not be your typical keepsake but the one I treasure the most from my travels is H. Who would have thought I would go to Australia and return home with an Icelandic man! Now I try and just stick to postcards, much less complicated.
L) Let-down sight, where and why?:
Again I am going to have to go with Pisa. Not only was the weather terrible that day but I was also really disappointed when I saw the tower. After hearing about the Leaning Tower of Pisa for so long I had pictured it as this large tower about to topple over. It was still a fun sight to see, just not as grand as I had expected.
M) Moment where you fell in love with traveling:
For as long as I can remember I knew I wanted to travel, mainly because I was from a small town and more than anything I wanted to get out and explore the World. When I was 12 I went to Hawaii for the first time and I remember I was so fascinated by how completely different Hawaii was from where I lived. This trip really sparked my curiosity about other places in the World and I started dreaming up my travel list ready to get out and explore.
N) Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:
The Radisson in Split, Croatia. After traveling around Croatia for two weeks H and I knew we wanted to treat ourselves to a nicer than normal accommodation to refresh before heading back to Iceland. Thanks to some award points from my Dad we were able to spend 4 days at the Radisson where I soaked up the ocean views from our balcony and more than enjoyed the waiters who came around my sunbed every 5 minutes refilling my drink while I lounged by the beautiful pool, it was heaven.
O) Obsession–what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?:
This may sound crazy but I am known for being obsessed with old doorways. Almost every place I have traveled to I end up with a picture of a door I found beautiful. Something about the colors and the vintage look draws me in and I have to take a picture of them! H thinks I am totally weird but hey I have seen some beautiful doors in my travels!
P) Passport stamps-how many and from where?:
Iceland, Australia, and America dominate my passport. Seriously I think I have about 10 incoming and outgoing stamps from Iceland! Since my European travel has all been done from Iceland, an EU/EEA country, I haven’t gotten stamps in many of the countries I have visited. When we were in Croatia this summer though I finally added a new stamp to my passport and I was probably a bit too excited about it!
Q) Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where?:
Did you know that in Reykjavik you can visit a museum that has the largest display of penises and penile parts in the World? The Icelandic Phallological Museum is by far the quirkiest attraction I have ever heard of, and while I have yet to visit this attraction it will happen at some point and more than deserves this spot!
R) Really Frightening: where’s one place you’ve visited where you felt unsafe or uneasy?
I have done most of my travel with H by my side so for the most part I usually feel quite safe. When we were in Naples though I remember feeling very uneasy with all the chaos happening around me. It was one of the most hectic places I have ever visited and I never knew which way someone was going to come driving towards me and the tiny streets at night made me a bit nervous to walk.
S) Splurge-something you have no problem spending money on while traveling:
While traveling I would much rather spend my money on the local cuisine and excursions special in the area than fancy accommodation and souvenirs. I had no problem spending my money on a scuba diving excursion at the Great Barrier Reef and I will never regret my amazing, but pricey, meal I had in Croatia. You can learn more about my travel style here, I am all about experiencing the place I am visiting to the fullest!
T) Touristy thing you’ve done:
Riding donkey’s in Santorini. I mean really, how can you not go to Santorini and ride a donkey down the hillside?! I will say it was one of the most terrifying experiences in my life, it felt like the donkey was going to slide down those slick steps. But it was one of those things you will never forget and I am so glad I joined the other tourist on this attraction. And when you ask the nice old man who owns the donkey to take a picture for you this is what you get.
Good think I had H there to take another picture for me, got to capture those touristy moments!
U) Unforgettable travel memory:
My month long trip backpacking around Europe with H. It was our first time traveling together and my first time visiting Europe. It all feels so unreal now to think that I spent almost 5 weeks visiting 5 different countries, seeing places I had only dreamed off with my favorite travel partner by my side.
V) Visas-how many and for where?:
Two visas, one for Australia and one for Iceland. I have actually gotten two visa for Iceland as I have moved here twice. Each time has been a painful experiencing but I am hoping my upcoming visa renewal won’t be as much of a hassle.
W) Wine–best glass while traveling:
I love my wine so this is a tough one to answer! The Grk wine in Croatia is delicious, wine tasting in Hunter Valley, Australia was amazing, and the wine in Italy, don’t even get me started! Basically I love wine and as long as it is not super sweet it is a winner in my book.
X) eXcellent view and from where?:
The view of Sydney from atop the Sydney Harbor bridge is one I will never forget! As we began our climb at dusk I remember cursing my roommate for convincing me this was a good idea. When we reached the top and were treated to a firework show while overlooking Sydney I more than thanked her. The Sydney Harbor bridge climb is a must do when visiting Australia, an experience and view I will never forget.
Y) Years spent traveling:
My family has gone on a summer vacation every year for as long as I can remember, but for me my traveling truly began 4 years ago. I made my first international trip almost 4 years ago and since then have visited 8 more countries, lived abroad in two of those countries, and am constantly planning my next trip. My traveling is no where near finished!
Z) Zealous sports fans and where?:
I am going to have to go with my hometown for this one. Oregon Duck fans go all out, especially when it comes to football season. I am missing tailgating at home games this year but still have been able to watch a few games and support my ducks!
Question of the Day?
Chose a letter and tell me your ABC of travel!?