I set out to ask some of the most experienced, knowledgable travel bloggers a few questions about their experiences. I asked where they’ve been, to share their favorite experience, a funny disaster story, and lastly one piece of advice for all of you newbie/ aspiring globe trotters. From their answers, I hope you can learn more about what to expect, know, and love about traveling (I know I did)!
Where have you traveled?
“I have so far traveled to 3 continents and over 20 countries. Some of the countries I have been to are: USA, Thailand, Amsterdam, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Jamaica and Tenerife.”
“India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, United, States, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, Morocco and of course England, Scotland and Wales.”
“So far only Europe. I’ve interrailed across Eastern Europe, driven around Iceland & Norway, been to Lapland 8 times and seen a total of 23 countries. I aim to double that in the next 5 years. “
What is your favorite memory?
“Whenever I travel, if I am not in a place long enough to immerse myself completely in the culture, I always try to have what I like to call ‘live like a local day.’ My favorite LLL day would have to be my trip to Florence. I rented a moped with a friend of mine and we drove through the cobble-stoned streets of Italy. We even got chased down by Italian foot cops for driving through a pedestrian only street! We had no idea. Although we only had the bike for an hour, I have never felt so free in my life. That feeling is something I will always cherish and I will forever think fondly of my Italian ‘live like a local day.'”
“Reaching the top of Preikestolen, Norway, with 600m drops on all sides of this amazing rock pointing out into the Lysefjord…it really is a spectacular place with incredible views! Sat here it is so easy to imagine Viking long ships sailing past returning with their plunder from from foreign lands…it is a place where time really stands still.”
“It’s a bit cheesy but when we got engaged in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The city is so beautiful and one of the most romantic locations we have ever visited. Darren proposed on top of the St Lawrence Fortress which overlooks the old city. He couldn’t have chosen a better spot.”
Everyone’s had something go wrong while traveling, what’s a funny story where something did not go as planned?
“Through my travels, I have had many, many experiences where things have gotten a little crazy. The time that most sticks out in my mind was my trip to Monaco. A large group of us went to the Monte Carlo Casino. It was a big night out where we all got dressed up and has a lot of fun. On the ride back, I fell asleep on the bus and since I was in the back row with only one other person (who was also sleeping), nobody noticed us or thought to wake us up. Next thing you know, I wake up to hear the bus driver locking the door! We had missed all the bus stops and the bus was back in the yard for the night 20 minutes away from the hotel. When I approached the driver, he was so startled, saying “this has never happened before! I have never had anybody be left on the bus.” Lucky for me, he was very nice and had his friend (who didn’t speak a lick of English) drive me home. Then to top it all off, when I got back to our hotel, the gate was locked for the night so I had to hop the fence in my fancy dress and five inch heels! Looking back, I was very fortunate to have run in to the right people. Things could have gone very differently if not for their kindness. But, nonetheless, it is a night I will always remember!”
“It was my first time abroad at the age of 17. Me and my best friend went to Brighton (UK), and we were staying with a host family we met back home. As soon as we enter the house, their over-friendly dog comes to greet me and completely rips off my shirt. I am left standing there in my underwear feeling like I am about to die with shame.”
“I was in Key Largo with my friends because we had bought a Groupon for a one hour Jet Ski and all day kayak. First of all, the service from the people that worked there was rude. So it started off a little shaky. lol But once we were out in the open water with the Jet Skis we forgot all about it. The water is so amazigly blue, it was unreal. After our one hour was up, we went and switched to the kayaks. I have never been kayaking before so I was all about it. If you have never been to Florida, then you don’t know how quickly weather can change.We had only been out maybe ten minutes when the clouds started rolling in. I kid you not, we saw the clouds and said maybe we should head back but some of the guys thought we had a few more minutes. WRONG! Literally within seconds it was like we were in the middle of a hurricane. The workers from the company came out to get the others that were on Jet Skis, so we thought “ok cool, there be over to grab us too.” Yeah no…they left us stranded in the middle of the ocean. I am not even exaggerating when I say the wind was outrageous as was the rain. We were paddling for our lives basically. There was a dock that we had to get around before getting back into the canal but the wind was so strong we were getting thrown under the dock. Somehow we managed to get around it but once we did the rain and wind seemed to intensify to the point where I couldn’t see anything and the rain felt like hail against my skin. As we are trying to get back through the canal, there are also boats that are trying to get through so it was a struggle for us staying out of there way. Not only that, the wind was either pushing us back or swaying us into parked boats along the canal. After what seemed like hours of an ordeal, we finally made it back to the shop. It’s safe to say, you should definitely check the weather before going out on the water.”
What’s one travel tip you’d like to share with my readers
“Don’t book accommodation solely on website photos. We’ve lost count of the amount of rooms we’ve checked into that look nothing like they did on the website. Do a little bit more digging online. Trip Advisor’s traveller photos are always good for more up to date images.”
“As a solo female traveler, the best advice I can give is to always walk with confidence. If you give off an air of self-assurance, people will assume you know where you are going and what you are doing… even if you don’t. This could make all the difference in terms of safety. “
“Never try to overplan it. I did this for our trip around the east coast of the USA, and while it was great to be at home and know exactly where we were going and what we were doing and having paid for it all, when you get there you just want to soak it all in. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you didn’t have enough time to explore! Not to mention you don’t always feel like doing something strenuous everyday and may feel like having a day off every now and again!”
“Things will happen: planned and unplanned, but always keep an open mind. You never know: that one terrible moment in that trip you took may be something you’ll look back on fondly – or even be the catalyst for life long friendships and hilarious photos.”
Thank you to everyone that contributed! I got a lot of great responses, too many to post! So I will be featuring even MORE in a later article 🙂
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