The Wanderlust Tag

The Wanderlust Tag

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,

1. Your most treasured passport stamp?

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.

2. Can you recite your passport # (number) from memory if asked?

Unfortunately not, although I do know my ID number if that counts. And I keep a copy of my passport on my phone and in My Dropbox, in case my actual passport gets stolen.

3.     Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles?

My favourite mode of travel is not listed here – ships. I absolutely love travelling by cruise ship, then luxury trains, then planes and lastly automobiles.

Splendour of the Seas

Cruise Sunset

4.     Top 3 travel items?

1)     My Canon Camera

2)     Smartphone

3)     A collapsible bag for all the extra things I end up carrying around.

5.     Hostel or hotel?

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.

6.     Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

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.

7.     Do you read up on your destination (culture, history, safety) or do you wing it?

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.

8.     Favorite travel websites?

I always use Tripadvisor to research places when travelling and to get advice from the forums. I use and Airbnb to find good accommodation deals and make hotel bookings. What I like about 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.

9.     Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name city & why.

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.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

10. You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?

The more I travel, the more my bucket list grows. I want to go to Japan, Australia, the Silk Route and the list goes on.

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!

16 comments on “The Wanderlust Tag”

    1. I'd love to read your responses. Tag me if you do it Christie. My Twitter handle is @InAfricaNBeyond

    1. I'd love to read your responses. Tag me if you do it Susanna. My Twitter handle is @InAfricaNBeyond

  1. oh my goodness you have traveled girl a lot it must be amazing, I love South America too I want to go there too (Visa Free Bonus)

    1. Haha, Moipone. I live to travel. South America's top of my bucket list right now. We should go before they change the visa requirements.

      1. Oh wow! Didn't realize that some houses in Venice looked so cute and colorful like that :)would love to go there one day!

        1. It's a small island near the main Venice island. You go there by water ferry. It's like a make-believe world.

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