I thought it would be fun to share a little travel Q&A post on the blog today! If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I love to travel. Being able to explore new places and learn about new cultures is so eye-opening. Some of my favorite memories are from vacations and trips that I've taken over the course of my life. I'm diving into tons of travel details in this Q&A and answering questions about things like my scariest travel moment, my bucket list travel destinations and the items I can't travel without.
What has been your favorite travel destination so far?
I think my favorite destination was Santorini, Greece. My husband proposed to me there while our families were on a Mediterranean cruise together. It's such a beautiful place and since it's the spot where I got engaged, it holds a special place in my heart. I wrote a post all about how he asked back when I first launched my blog.
If you could swim with dolphins or go shark diving, which would you pick?
I think it would be so much fun to swim with dolphins. I've never done it, but maybe it's something I'll do in the future. Shark diving seems like it would be intense. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to ever do that.
What place is at the top of your bucket list?
There are so many places that I want to visit. I honestly don't think that I could name just one. My travel bucket list includes destinations like Australia, Thailand, Denmark, French Polynesia, St. Lucia and Iceland. Hopefully I'll be able to cross all of these places off my list one day.
What is something that you can't travel without?
A camera! Whether I'm taking photos on my phone or with my DLSR, I need to have something to capture the scenery when I travel. I'm always carrying around a camera bag and snapping pictures wherever I go because I want to be able to look back at the photos I take a relive the memories of my travels.
Do you prefer solo travel or with someone else?
I definitely prefer traveling with others. I've traveled solo before for business trips and it can be a little lonely. If I'm going on a vacation, I'd much rather travel with my husband or our families. It's more fun to create memories with others when vacationing, in my opinion.
Who is the person at home that you miss the most?
Although he's not a "person," I always miss my dog when I travel. He's a big part of the family and going days without seeing him is a little strange. Leaving a vacation destination is always bittersweet because I'm sad to leave a new place that I've explored, but on the other hand I'm excited to go home and see my dog after being away.
What home comfort do you miss the most?
I think that I miss my bed the most. Typically I don't have any problems sleeping in hotel beds, but there's just something so comforting about sleeping in my own bed with my own pillows and blankets.
What has been the most interesting item of food you've tasted?
I can be a pretty picky eater, so I'm not normally one to try exotic foods.
Which country has the friendliest people?
Canada, hands down. I lived in Canada for a year when I was in 8th grade. The people there are beyond nice. I had no problem making friends when I first moved there. Several people came up and introduced themselves to me and actually wanted to get to know me, even though I was the new girl at school. It was refreshing to live in a place where the people were so friendly and willing to welcome a new face.
What has been your scariest travel moment?
I witnessed a girl trying to pickpocket other tourists while waiting for a water taxi in Venice, Italy once. She looked like she was a teenager or in her twenties. She wasn't very discrete and I saw her try to reach her hands into other people's purses and bags. Luckily, she wasn't successful at stealing anything and people caught her every time. I quickly noticed what she was doing because she kept darting around in the water taxi waiting area. She would move from one victim to the next, hoping to get her hands on something. I alerted my sister and parents right away and we kept a watchful eye on our belongings (all of which were locked and secured anyway).
What was your most embarrassing travel moment?
My husband and I recently went on a trip to Cabo San Lucas. On the way home, we had a layover in Dallas. We had to change terminals to get to our gate after going through customs, so we made our way toward the SkyTrain. The train that was heading to the terminal that we needed to go to had just arrived as we reached the top of the escalator and my husband wanted to get on it. He squeezed through the doors just as they were closing and I was left to wait by myself for the next train. It was so embarrassing because I looked like a fool trying to get on the tram, only for the doors to shut right in my face in front of tons of other travelers.
How many foreign words have you learned so far?
I studied Spanish for four years in high school. I'm not exactly fluent, but I can still read some words. I know enough to help me get by when traveling to Spanish speaking countries. As mentioned above, I went to Cabo this fall and while there, my husband came down with a cold. We had to go to the pharmacy and pick up some medication so I had to read all of the labels and determine the best product to get for his symptoms. All of my Spanish skills came in handy during that part of our trip!
What's the longest you've been away from home?
My longest vacation was two weeks! My parents used to live in Germany, so I was able to use two weeks of PTO two summers in a row to go visit them. The first time I visited them, my family went to Paris, London, and some parts of Germany. When I visited for a second time, we went to Italy and Greece.
Where would you most like to live in the world?
I feel so lucky to live in the U.S. Like I mentioned above, I lived in Canada for a year when I was younger, so I've had some experience living in a different country. I can't really picture myself living anywhere else at this point in my life.
How many countries have you visited?
Nine different countries - Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, England/British Virgin Islands, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece
What's your favorite travel childhood memory?
I learned to ski when I was 7 years old and every spring break as I was growing up my parents took my sister and I out to Lake Tahoe for ski trips. We spent a lot of time at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe (riding on the gondola is a must-do activity if you decide to visit), Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Mount Rose. The mountains out west are so breathtaking. There are beautiful views from practically every angle. I'll never forget all of the awesome ski trips that I went on when I was younger!
Have you ever traveled by train or bus?
For sure! I've traveled by train in Europe. Most recently, my family and I took the train from Rome to Venice. When I visited Germany for the first time, we took the train to Dachau and Neuschawnstein Castle. Traveling by train is so convenient. I love how most trains now have WiFi too. I haven't traveled by bus to get to any specific destination for an extended period of time - mostly just while on tours or excursions to different places.
Do you prefer to have a strict schedule when you travel or would you rather go with the flow?
That totally depends on the type of vacation or trip that I'm going on. Normally I like to have everything planned out, but if I'm going on a beach vacation, I'd much rather just go with the flow and take the time to relax.
What's been the best street food you've had?
Gelato in Italy! I could eat gelato all day. It's so refreshing. My favorite flavors are lemon and raspberry. Back when I was in Rome, my family and I stopped at a little gelato place near the Spanish steps. The gelato shop that we stopped at had so many different flavors. It was hard to pick which one to order.
What destination have you found to be overrated?
I visited The Palace of Versailles just outside of Paris and it wasn't what I expected. I think I thought that it was overrated because it was so busy. There were tour groups all over the place so moving through the palace was nearly impossible. Maybe if I had visited during a different time of the day, or even a different time of the year, it would have been a more enjoyable time.
Do you prefer to travel to cities or places that are more remote?
I like to mix it up! Sometimes I love to visit fast-paced cities with tons of things to do and see, and other times I like to go places that are a little more laid back and remote. I think it's important to find a good balance between the two. I don't think I could go to one city for a week. I'd have to venture out and get out of the downtown area to see what else is around.
Do you prefer to walk, take public transport, or take private transport?
I've done all three of these things. I think taking private transport is the most comfortable option, but I'm definitely not opposed to walking or taking public transportation. Sometimes public transportation is the most convenient option and it's the easiest way to get around in a big city. Walking places is nice to do when the weather is good and there is scenery to see along the way.
Which religious or spiritual sites have you visited?
I've been to several churches in Europe and Mexico. I think the most religious/spiritual site that I've visited is Vatican City. Walking through St. Peter's Basiclia and the Sistine Chapel are things that I'll never forget.
When flying, you do you prefer the window or aisle seat?
I like to sit in the aisle seat if I can! I don't mind sitting by the window if I'm flying to a destination where I know that there will be a cool view when the plane lands. The aisle seat is nice just because you can easily get out of your seat and walk around the plane if you need to.
Would you rather see a lot of places or get to know one really well?
I love to see lots of places when I travel. I love to do things that are considered "touristy," like checking out all of the sights and visiting local hot spots. I'd rather see lots of places or lots of cities in one trip because then I can decide what I liked best out of each spot and plan a trip back in the future.
What was the best hotel you've ever stayed at?
Definitely the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. My husband and I spent a week at that resort for our honeymoon and it was incredible. From the rooms to the grounds and all of the amenities, it was a vacation that we'll never forget. The food at the resort was absolutely delicious and the service was spectacular. I'm so sad that hurricanes Irma and Maria caused so much destruction to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
Now I invite you to fill out this questionnaire! I want to hear about your travel experiences, so leave me a comment below with an answer to one of the questions above!