11 July 2013

The Wanderlust Tag

I saw that the excellent Annie at appletoothpaste did this tag a little while ago and wanted to get involved. I am sadly not as well traveled as I'd like to be (the woes of being an unemployed post-grad student) but that doesn't stop me dreaming!

Lovely Lake Konstanz (the Bodensee)

What is your most treasured passport stamp? I don't have any stamps on my passport! I haven't left Europe (yet!) so sadly my little passport is very bare.

Can you recite your passport number from memory is asked? Nope. I think it starts with a 9 and there are four zeroes in a row in it but I don't know it by heart.

What's your preferred method of travel; planes, trains or automobiles? I like them all really! I like being a passenger on car journeys so I can control the music we listen to. I don't mind trains but I get a bit bored after a while and I hate when they are really busy and cramped with no room for luggage and things like that.
I think flying is so exciting; you get into this little metal box and it takes you in the sky to another place; it's really quite cool when you think about it. Plus, I live in Northern Ireland so if you want to go somewhere not in Ireland you sort of have to fly.

What are your top 3 travel items? Assuming money and passport are taken care of, I'd definitely say a camera to capture all the hopefully amazing things I'LL see. Maybe comfortable shoes if I'm doing a lot of exploring and walking around as I don't think gladiator sandals will cut it! And a book (realistically more than one) for the plane/beside the pool/on the beach.

Hostel or hotel? I'm going to have to say hotel as I've never stayed in a hostel before. I don't think I'd mind a hostel too much though, although sharing a bathroom with a heap of strangers isn't really that appealing!

Are you a repeat visitor or do you like to explore new places? I definitely prefer to see new places. There is so flipping much of this world I have not seen yet and I wouldn't want to go back to the exact same places over and over. Having said that, I'm sure there are some countries that would require a repeat visit to experience the different things different regions have to offer.

Do you read up on your destination (culture, history, safety) or do you wing it? Ooh. I don't really check out history or anything beforehand but I usually investigate a couple of key things to see and do wherever I'm headed so I don't miss out on something amazing that other people have recommended.

What's your favourite travel website? I don't have one! I've never really been anywhere on my own yet so I haven't needed to delve to deeply. However, I love Sarah's blog which combines her own travel experiences with places she'd love to go and sets me off on my own travel daydreams.

Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name a city and explain why. Well, the only city outside the UK I have any real experience of is Konstanz in Germany. I lived here for almost a year as part of my degree. It's a really beautiful place situated on the Bodensee in Southern Germany and you can walk into Switzerland, as well as being extremely close to Austria, so it's a good base to explore from. It's an hour on the train from Zurich Airport as well, so extremely easy to get to.
There's a load of gorgeous buildings and statues and quite a lot to see and do, including visiting the gorgeous 'flowering island' of Mainau which is truly beautiful in the sunshine and also has a butterfly house and petting zoo (beware of the goats! I was gored by a particular aggressive little bugger on my second trip there!). There's also the gorgeous medieval city of Meerburg and plenty of other little towns nearby to explore.
I would definitely recommend visiting Konstanz in summer as it was a little grey and very cold during the winter, with quite a lot of attractions shut down over the winter months, but the city really comes into its own when the sun comes out.

You're leaving tomorrow and money is no option; where are you going? This is tricky! I think I'd pick Brazil because I would love to experience such a wonderfully vibrant city. I know the Carnival is in February or March each year though, and I'd time my visit to coincide with that if I ever get the chance to go. I also want to see the statue of Cristo Redentor so, so much; I think it's just such an iconic figure and I think the idea of it looking over the entire city would be a very strange and humbling feeling. (Does that make sense? I don't even know if it would be like that, that's just how I imagine it.)


This is such a tricky question because there's so many places I want to go! I'd also love to see the Northern Lights, swim with the non-stinging jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake (it looks incredible), see St Basil's Cathedral, stand on 'Juliet's balcony' in Verona, visit Manarola and the rest of the Cinque Terre, have jambalaya and listen to jazz in New Orleans, go to Baltimore and find my very own Omar (10 points if you get this reference) watch a baseball game in Fenway Park in Boston and head to beautiful Croatia, to name but a few.
The more I think about it, the more there is I want to do and see out there and I have experienced approximately 0.02% of the world; I really must get a move on!

Let me know if you do this tag and please tell me about your travel experiences or if you've been anywhere that I've mentioned; I will be so very jealous I'm sure! As for me, I'm probably going to spend the rest of the evening planning adventures, and hopefully it won't be too long before I can tick some of my travel dreams off my list.


  1. i agree, i'd love to see brazil one day for pretty much the same reasons you want to see it! i agree about flying too, it's kind of crazy when you actually think about what's going on there haha! x

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  3. Pretty sure you don't actually want to find your very own Omar haha. I might do this tag myself- I loved reading your answers though it has made me itchy to go travelling again! Once I start getting paid from my new job, I'm hoping to book a couple of little bits and pieces to make leaving for work at 7.15am seem a little more worth it ;) xx

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  5. I really want to do this! Great responses to some really interesting questions xx

  6. This has set me daydreaming! I'm full of "One day, I'm going to-"s :) Lovely post :) xx

  7. Loved to read this! I'm thinking about doing this myself! Xx


  8. I don't think of myself as a big "traveller" - probably the actual travelling bit more than anything - but after reading this, I realise there's so much of the world I'd like to see too! x

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