I’ve recently realised that my readers may not know that much about me, but I thought it a bit self-involved to start sharing my darkest secrets when you haven’t asked for them. Fortunately, my favourite North East family travel blogger nominated me to answer 11 questions about myself. Fantastic, a chance to talk about me!
The blogger challenge: 11 things about me
Thanks for nominating me Sam! You can get ideas for fun things to do as a family on her website, North East Family Fun. It’s been a great source of inspiration for weekend activities since I moved to this neck of the woods.
1 – Can you share your favourite childhood holiday memory
My mum took me and my brother to Canada when I was about 11 and I remember driving around in this huge car looking at all the doughnut shops and wholesome-faced kids on bikes. It was pure suburbia and I couldn’t believe a place that spoke the same language could be so different from home.
2 – Where is the most memorable place you have stayed?
I slept in the jungle in a wooden longhouse at the Northern tip of Borneo a few months ago, and it was definitely memorable! The first night I was alone and it was really scary but once my friends arrived the next day, it became an amazing experience. Blogging about it very soon!
3 – If you had to choose would you go for a Beach, City-break or Countryside holiday?
It really depends. I’m a bit of a travel slob at times and love just chilling on a beach with a book if I’ve been working really hard. Now that I have to squeeze trips around a job though, I do really try to do city breaks so I get my dose of culture! My last one was a weekend in Amsterdam.
4 – List three places on your bucket list
I want to travel a large part of South America, go to Plitvice Lakes in Croatia and see Cape Town. Those are the three places I lust after most, but my Bucket List is never ending.
5 – Anywhere you’ve been and wouldn’t return?
I probably wouldn’t go back to Vietnam. That’s not to say I would tell others not to go – I think everyone should see things for themselves. I think I was just a bit world-weary when I was there because I had been backpacking for three months at that point and desperately needed a proper cuppa and a bar of Dairy Milk!
6 – What are your holiday plans for this year?
I’ve tried to schedule a trip for every month, even if it is just to Scotland to see family or London to see uni pals. My boyfriend and I are going to Cuba in a couple of months and I can’t wait. I’ve always been so intrigued about Havana and I’m going to drink all the rum!
7 – Two week holiday or lots of little trips?
Both! I try to do one big trip a year and have a few smaller trips to nearer places. I need something to look forward to, the assurance that I will be out in the big wide world soon enough. It gives me something to work towards. I wrote a post about balancing travel with a career here.
8 – What was the last travel souvenir you bought?
A bracelet in Bali. I have to limit my souvenirs to trinkets because I try not to hoard!
9 – What sort of packer are you? (Last minute? List writer? Light packer? Packed months in advance?…..)
I usually write about ten different lists then just throw everything in a rucksack the night before. There are a few travel essentials I just leave in my bag for the next trip though.
10 – Where was your first holiday as a grown up (or teenager) without your parents?
I was quite independent as a kid and started leaving Isle of Man on the boat with my friends when I was about fourteen to go to what we called ‘The Mainland’. My first real trip was to Benicassim Festival in Spain.
11- Where did you/would you love to go on honeymoon?
Oh God this is going to freak my boyfriend out, best not to answer. (Italy).