I was tagged by the lovely Loren from Minkys in the wanderlust tag. Being a travel addict, I couldn’t resist completing it of course.
So here goes,
That’s a tough one but I’d have to go with my Schengen Visa because it opened up the way for me to visit so many countries. I first got it when I went on a Contiki tour many years ago and then again in 2013, when I went to Italy and on a Mediterranean cruise. A few years later, I applied for it successfully to go to Spain and Portugal, and subsequently to Hungary, Austria and Slovakia.
From all the visas I've applied for thus far, only the US and UK visas rival the complexity of the Schengen visa.
3) A collapsible bag for all the extra things I end up carrying around.
Definitely hotel – preferably five-star. I see my hotel as a sanctuary when I’m tired after a day of travelling so it needs to be a place where I am comfortable. Also,I’m an introvert and could never share my private space with strangers in a hostel - never mind share a bathroom.
Although I have visited some places more than once, I prefer to explore new places. My view is that there are so many places to still see in the world, so why go to the same place twice.
I definitely read up on it. I want to be as prepared as possible because I don’t want to end up in a position where I come back home and realise that I hadn’t seen something significant in the place I’d just been to. (I have a severe case of FOMO.) And yes, that happened to me in Singapore. So I’ve learnt my lesson.
I always use Tripadvisor to research places when travelling and to get advice from the forums. I use Booking.com and Airbnb to find good accommodation deals and make hotel bookings. What I like about Booking.com is that most bookings can be cancelled until just before your trip – so you don’t lose money on your accommodation in case something unexpected happens and you have to cancel your trip. I also use Travelstart and Skyscanner to find the best flight prices.
I’d say Istanbul. It’s a magical city, full of history, interesting architecture, fascinating culture and good food. It’s also the only city in the world which spans two continents, Europe and Asia.
Another place I really want to go to is Norway, to see the Northern Lights, although I don’t know if I’d be able to bear the cold.
I tag anyone else who would like to do this tag post!