A) Age you went on your first international trip:
My first international trip was at the ripe age of 14. I went with Girl Scouts to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France (!!!). Although I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age, I would really like to go back and visit these places because I don’t remember everything (or very much at all, to be honest. Thank goodness my mom FORCED me to make scrapbooks of my trip!)
Getting a sketch done in Paris!
B) Best foreign beer you’ve had and where:
I’m not really a beer fan, but I went to the Shanghai Beer Fest a few weekends ago and had this delicious fruit beer. I have no idea what it was called, but it was delicious and tasted like kool-aid!
C) Cuisine (favorite):
I’ve always been a big fan of Mexican and Italian foods.
D) Destinations–favorite, least favorite, and why?:
Favorite- Orlando, Florida will always have a special place in my heart for many reasons. But if we are going to go #international, definitely Thailand. It was amazing! Costa Rica was also really gorgeous as well.
Least Favorite?- I really honestly can’t pick one. My least favorite trip was probably the Europe trip before high school, just because I was young and I don’t think I could fully appreciate it.
E) Event you’ve experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:
Scuba diving. Hands down. As someone who has always been afraid of fish and underwater life (yes, really), becoming a certified scuba diver has been awesome. I’m so excited in Iceland to go dry suit diving between TWO DIFFERENT continental plates! #nerdingout
F) Favorite mode of transportation:
I’m one of those weirdos who really, really enjoys flying! I hardly ever get nervous and love the uninterrupted time to read magazines and books. Haha.
G) Greatest feeling while traveling:
When you are driving through a new place at night. Nothing can beat seeing the skyline of a new place.
H) Hottest place you’ve ever traveled to:
Costa Rica was so hot. So was the Virgin Islands. And Thailand. (Apparently I travel to a lot of hot places! Ha!)
Chiang Rei temple in Thailand!
I) Incredible service you’ve experienced and where?:
I find that when you go to small, local places to eat, you get really great service! However, when I was traveling in Thailand, I got AWESOME service from Mojo Divers in Koh Tao. I felt like they were really helpful and cared a lot about us understanding how to get certified to scuba dive!
J) Journey that took the longest:
My journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Shanghai. OMG you guys, it was insane. Right when I got to the airport, our flight was delayed and we had to fly to Dullus (I have no idea how to even spell that, it’s right outside of Washington DC), then to San Francisco, where our flight got delayed two hours, then to Soeul, Korea. Because our flight was delayed, we missed our connecting flight to Shanghai and had to spend the night in Korea. Although now I feel like I would be fully equipped to deal with that, at the time I felt so overwhelmed and when I finally got to Shanghai and my luggage was missing, I burst into tears upon arrival. Ha!
K) Keepsake from your travels:
I actually don’t buy a lot of souvenirs. I tend to prefer to spend money on experiences and more importantly, food! 😉
L) Let-down sight, where and why?:
Honestly, the Forbidden City in Beijing was a bit of a let down for me. I really, really enjoyed the Summer Palace, however!
M) Moment where you fell in love with traveling:
Growing up I wasn’t a HUGE journaler, but I remember my first trip abroad I wrote so much. I still have those notebooks somewhere! I love how traveling makes me feel inspired and motivated to write.
N) Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:
In Phuket, Thailand we stayed in a really great hostel called the Fin Hostel. There was such a great community feeling there (we met people there and went out with them a few nights!), the rooms were clean, and there was a huge living room where people could watch movies together. Definitely my favorite hostel I’ve stayed at!
O) Obsession–what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?:
I really don’t know. When I’m traveling, I love to take pictures of everything!
P) Passport stamps-how many and from where?:
Costa Rica, Mexico, Korea, China, Thailand (my passports from Europe are on my old passport!)
Q) Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where?:
Have you heard of the Oregon House of Mystery? Essentially it’s a place where optical illusions come to life due to something with the magnetic poles being different. Honestly, I’m not really sure, but it was definitely quirky!
R) Really Frightening: where’s one place you’ve visited where you felt unsafe or uneasy?
I’m lucky that I’ve never been in a situation where I felt really unsafe.
S) Splurge-something you have no problem spending money on while traveling:
Food. Always food.
T) Touristy thing you’ve done:
I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland. Seen the Mona Lisa. Went to the “North Pole” in Alaska. All three awesome.
U) Unforgettable travel memory:
Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time. There are just no words.
V) Visas-how many and for where?:
I obviously have a visa to live in China 🙂 I also had a temporary visa upon arrival for Thailand!
W) Wine–best glass while traveling:
You guys, I’m a sucker for any type of red. One of my favorite glasses of wine is at one of my favorite Italian restaurants called La Vin. It’s so good!
The view from the Eiffel Tower is pretty gorgeous, I must say.
Hmmm… I’ve been traveling since I was 14 but I wouldn’t consider it the kind of traveling I do now. So let’s just say 9 months!
I don’t really care much about sports, but I do cheer for Cleveland sports because that’s where I’m from!
Inspiration from this post is from Ashliegh @ The Darling Daily! Feel free to snag these questions and play along!