I heard about The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge that Stephanie Fox had started and decided to take part in it, it is aimed at rounding up 2016 and looking towards 2017.
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A set of 10 questions have to be answered, and they have been designed to be a bit out of the ordinary to questions you would normally answer. It’s also intended to pass on the experiences and knowledge that you as a travel blogger have had.
The answers that came to my mind did actually surprise me, and some of them were a fight with myself as I thought I knew where I loved. I guess though the place in your heart you want to live might not be perfect and might not have everything but it somehow stole a piece of your heart.
Each Travel Whispers blog post can be found by clicking the link through to the next blogger at the bottom of the post, and so on, so have a read and see how other travel bloggers answered the same questions – you might find some exciting new bloggers to follow and some great travel ideas for the future! You can also find them across Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TravelWhispers.
1. If you had to move to a country that you’ve NEVER been to, and live there for ten years, where would you go?
This for me is so difficult as most of the countries I would want to live in, I have already visited. I think I would have to say the Philippines, it’s a country I would love to see. The beaches look beautiful and there are mountains too which is where I feel most at home. I think it would be a difficult choice as it’s not exactly stable at the moment and I could of chosen somewhere nearer home within Europe but at the moment I feel pulled to go there and I never like to choose the easy option!!
2. If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
I would hate to live in a hotel, it’s really not me. I have spent most of the past 4 years in hostels and yes it can be hard being disturbed in the dorm rooms but they are great places to meet people. Yes the luxury of a hotel can be nice but they can also be very lonely places!!
My choice would be one probably no one else would choose!! In 2015 while touring the US, I stayed in the Amargosa Opera House & Hotel in Death Valley Junction. It is run now as a non profit and they are hoping to restore it in time to it’s former glory. The story behind it and the location I just loved and I think it would be such an interesting place to live for the rest of my life!!
3. If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
This for me is easy, I love the Peruvian cuisine, though I would miss pizza and a roast dinner (especially Yorkshire Puddings!!).
4. Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?
A friend went to the Maldives. I am so jealous as it’s a place I would love to go and see. Her pictures were stunning and its high on the list despite knowing it’s going to cost a fortune.
5. If you had to look at the same sunrise or the same sunset every day, where in the world would you never get bored of seeing? Please don’t say sitting outside Cafe Mambo in Ibiza.
I have been lucky enough to see some amazing sunsets while travelling. Sunrise is a bit too early for me, but I love a good sunset. The sunsets while I have been here in Arequipa have been amazing but most of the year there are no clouds which is what has made them so spectacular this time.
The best sunset I have ever seen was in Death Valley, I have never seen colours like it and it’s not too far from the hotel I want to live in for life!!
6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?
My home town is Wakefield in the north of England. I would stay in Waterton Park Hotel. My best friend treated me to a spa day and afternoon tea there in August for my birthday. It is set on a island in a lake and the views are stunning.
After that I would drive out to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a walk around the grounds seeing the different sculptures on show. The last time I was there they had poppies falling from a bridge into the river.
In the evening I would go to a local village Horbury for a meal in my favourite restaurant Bistro 42.
7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?
In 2016 I was not able to travel too much as I badly broke my wrist in March but the best day I had was when I returned to Arequipa, Peru and climbed the volcano Misti at 5,822 metres!! It is the volcano that overlooks the town that you can see from everywhere and it was one of the hardest things I have done but also a day I was so proud of myself for the mental strength I had to get to the top.
8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
Climbing Misti and getting to an altitude of 5,822 metres. I had tried it in 2012 and got nowhere near to the top, but this time I did it. I would love to try Kilimanjaro too, it’s slightly higher but knowing I can deal with the altitude I hope I would make it.
9. What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
This year I have so much travel planned, but the thing on my bucket list that I am looking forward to visiting is Chernobyl. I have read a lot about it in the past and seen documentaries and I think it will be so interesting to visit.
10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?
Looking back through my pictures I realise I didn’t share many photos from travels from 2016 as I unfortunately didn’t get away much. My favourite picture which is from the 29 December 2016 is in Ollyantaytambo in Peru. I went to the ruins where there were thousands of tourists but found an open door and a path climbing up the mountain. As I had plenty of time before it closed I decided to climb as high as I could, where I found a boulder to sit on and look at this view. I sat there for ages, reading my book, chilling out and enjoying an amazing view, with no other people around.
This challenge was passed on to me by Julia Hammond from Julia’s Travels. To read her responses click here.
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