11 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

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!
 dannielle from While I'm Young and Skinny

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).
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  1. July 13, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    That is a terrific post! I thoroughly enjoyed your plans to drink all the rum in Havana (makes me feel better about my own aspirations, when I travel. Ahem). And when you said you need the assurance of having trips lined up, it is like you are reading my mind. If I do not have a holiday to look forward to, I get right down miserable.

    • Dannielle Lily
      July 13, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks Bella – I’m so with you! Always need an adventure to look forward to 🙂

      • July 13, 2015 / 1:23 pm

        Travel is the single most important thing to spend money on, as far as I gather.

  2. July 13, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Love this post – thanks so much for the mention and for taking part 😀 I really want to visit Cuba too – We will visit one day. It is just too expensive with the kids at the moment so one for our travel bucket list when we are aged 40+ I think! I imagine it to be fairly similar to Mexico. Oh your wooden longhouse adventure sounds exciting! Can’t wait to read about that one 😀

    • Dannielle Lily
      July 13, 2015 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks again for nominating me, it was really fun to write. I’ve heard Cuba’s very similar to Mexico but it cost half the price! Hope you get to go one day but until then I’ll take lots of pics for you x

  3. July 13, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    This is intriguing. It’s sweet to see how the travel-adoration grows in individuals and how their travel-dreams map out!

    • Dannielle Lily
      July 13, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks for your comment Dawn, it certainly has grown in me!

  4. July 20, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Oh no! I’m about to head to Vietnam! I get what you mean about missing proper tea though!

    • Dannielle Lily
      July 20, 2015 / 2:39 pm

      Haha I promise you’ll love it. I was just being tired and moody I think!

  5. July 27, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Great to get to know more about the person behind this great blog! Really looking forward to visiting Borneo so glad to see it was so memorable for you!