I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Carmen, a travel blogger based in Doha, Qatar. She blogs at Wellington World Travels .
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
Read about Carmen’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Carmen. I am from the Philippines, but I am living in Doha, Qatar for the past 8 years where I met my husband and started our family. I am a stay-at-home mom, and I travel mostly with my kids. I have been to more than 40 countries across 6 continents.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
My earliest travel memory was my first trip overseas. I was 18 years old and I was sent to Seoul, South Korea as a delegate of my country to attend an Asian Youth Congress for one month. It was also my first time in an airplane.
3. Where was the last place you travelled to?
I just came back from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have travelled solo to Kuala Lumpur three times already. 2 years ago, I also went there with my husband and son. This time, I was traveling with my 2 kids!
4. What was the best thing you did there?
The best thing we did there was go to the Sky Deck of the KL Tower. The Petronas Tower is just in front of Sky Box 1. We got to stand on glass and admire the view of Kuala Lumpur from above. I’ve got to tell you, I don’t remember much about the view because I was busy looking at my kids.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
For a frequent flyer, it is weird to say that my best holiday ever was our first family cruise! I prefer flying on a plane, more than anything else. So, I didn’t expect to love the cruise experience. It was like a hotel on a big ship. We got to eat, sleep, play, swim all we wanted for a week. Plus we were able to visit 3 countries in just one trip. Just earlier this year, we went on another cruise! And we are already looking forward to our next cruise.
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
Kyoto, Japan will always be my favorite and the best travel destination. The culture, food (sushi!!!), people, traditional houses, traditional clothes, shopping, anime – makes Japan unique and exciting to me.
7. What must one do there?
A lot! See the cherry blossoms, go to temples, palaces, shrines, and traditional house, try out their traditional clothes, check out the UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Don’t forget to try all their foods! You will never run out of things to do in Japan!!!
8. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
I used to travel alone. It was an exhilarating feeling. Since I got married, I love traveling with my husband and/or kids. It’s a whole new domain!
9. Name one item you must have when travelling.
My iPhone. Nowadays, it is becoming a necessity. I use it to store my flight details, as a GPS, as a travel guide, for texting/calling, checking my blog and social media accounts, listen to music, watching videos, and taking photos/videos. I also have kids’ apps just in case my kids start to get bored.
10. Your best travel advice?
At least once in your life, travel alone. Yes, it is scary. You will probably feel anxious. You will have safety issues and a lot more issues! But I assure you, you will not regret it. You will learn a lot about yourself. It will improve your confidence. It will force you to mingle and talk. At the same time, it will improve your communication skills. It will improve your decision-making skills when faced with difficulties, and make you street-smart. You will never be the same again after that one trip.
11. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Antarctica!!! This has been the number 1 on my bucket list. I have been on every continent of this planet, except Antarctica! I am still in the process of convincing my husband. LOL
12. How can people connect with you?
Thank you, Carmen , for sharing your fascinating travels with us!
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales”, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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