So I have been invited to join in the ‘Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge’ it is a cool way for us to round up 2016 and look forward to 2017, whilst hopefully inspiring and meeting new people in the process.
If you had to move to a country that you’ve NEVER been to, and live there for ten years, where would you go?
I think I would choose Canada, the landscapes look incredible. Fantastic hikes, skiing, rural areas, mountains and lakes, I know I would never be bored on my days off from work! Niagara falls is on my bucket list too and it would be good to be closer to the USA as I have only been to New York so far and their national parks look incredible too.
If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
Salve Verde Eco lodge, Costa Rica. With rooms nestled in the rainforest and a long bridge over a flowing River to a National Park with guided wildlife tours, I would have loved to have stayed there longer. There aren’t many hotels where you have toucans nesting outside of your room, poison dart frogs hopping across the pathways and a sloth chilling n the canopy above.
If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
I would choose Caribbean, as a meat fan there is a good choice of different dishes, jerk chicken and curry goat are my favourites. I haven’t made it to the Caribbean yet, but I expect their spices will blow my head off more than those dishes which have been adapted to suit the British pallet.
Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?
My friend is currently back-packing across Thailand. Thailand is somewhere I have always wanted to go, my Uncle and cousin have both lived there. The combination of amazing scenery, insane activities and a great atmosphere is oh so appealing. I find myself making lots of screenshots about where she has stayed, ready for when I get there.
If you had to look at the same sunrise or the same sunset every day, where in the world would you never get bored of seeing? Please don’t say sitting outside Cafe Mambo in Ibiza.
I was fortunate enough to be taken to Zambia when I was about 8 years old, My Grandmother used to live there teaching maths. When we went to Livingstone, we had an evening cruise on the Zambezi in a double decker catamaran. We could see elephants on the shore, tearing down trees, hippos swimming in the river beside us. We were eating good food, the adults were drinking some beer and my brother and I were allowed to steer the boat. The Zambians began singing and dancing, soon everybody had joined in, we were using glasses, saucepans, the bamboo bar and anything else we could find as percussion. All the while the sun was setting, the reflection over the river mesmerised me and I took so many photos on my disposable camera! Only after we got off the catamaran did we find out that hippo’s could overturn it.
If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?
Bristol, UK. I am lucky to live in such a diverse and vibrant city, you don’t need to go far from my front door to be transported to India, Morocco or Nepal using your taste buds. There are a bunch of free events here, Bristol Balloon Fiesta (the second largest in the world, after Albuquerque), St Paul’s Carnival which is similar to Notting Hill in London and the Habourside festival celebrating ships and all things nautical.
If you aren’t here when there is a free event, I recommend marvelling at Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s engineering, by stepping back in time on the S.S.Great Britain, which is situated beneath the suspension bridge. You can then head to the Llandoger Trow, one of Bristol’s oldest pubs (1664) for a spot of food and a pint in the pub rumoured to be the inspiration behind the Admiral Benbow pub in Treasure Island. To finish, you can see a musical in the hippodrome, which gets some shows from the West end as it has a large stage.
Describe your perfect travel day of the year?
I think my fondest travel memory this year was the first day of my honeymoon, in Costa Rica this April. We had a rather unconventional honeymoon, being that the first week was on a coach with 18 strangers, that being said the first two activities ensured that we got to know each other pretty pronto. We did horse-riding first which certainly broke the ice, followed by river tubing. River tubing is laying down in a rubber ring, drifting down the river and occasionally picking up some speed on the rapids. It was so peaceful, with the sun beating down, howler monkeys leaping through the canopy and the giggles of everyone else having fun, I loved it and cannot wait to do it again.
What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
I spent three days in the glass igloos at Finnish Lapland and whilst that was on my bucket list, I was able to tick two things off at once because I also saw the Aurora Borealis. I had geared myself up to missing the lights, because lots of people are chasing them for years, so I was very lucky that they made an appearance for me. Still, as I had anticipated I want to see them again!
What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
For 2017, my husband and I are going to Southern Africa, on safari. We go from South Africa, through Botswana and Namibia and end in Zambia. This will be my husbands first time on safari, which is super exciting because I know he will love it. I am looking forward to camping in the Namib desert and returning to Zambia, where the travel bug bit me over 15 years ago.
Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?
Picture taken in Costa Rica, a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time.
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