The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

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.

If you want to take part then join the facebook group here.

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?

Armogosa Opera House & Hotel, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley, USA Armogosa Opera House & Hotel, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley, USA

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.

Sunset Arequipa Peru

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!!

Sunset Death Valley, USA Sunset Death Valley, USA

6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?

Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield

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.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, Yorkshire

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?

Misti, Arequipa, Peru

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?

Misti, Arequipa, Peru

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?

Ollantaytambo, Peru

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.

I also now pass it on to Sara & Nacho from I do what I want to, read there responses here.

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44 thoughts on “The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

  1. Great post! Choosing where to live is a hard one – I think the Philippines would be interesting – all the pics I see look lovely (sea/beaches etc)

    I haven’t tried Peruvian food but it must be good if you can give up Yorkshire puddings!!

    I hope you get some great travels in this year!

  2. I’m gonna do this challenge I think, I love that.
    It’s funny you think hotels are lonely – never really thought about that until now. I do agree hostels are a great way of meeting people though.
    I’d also LOVE to visit and live in the Philippines, the water and beaches there looks insane.
    And high 5 to the Maldives being big on the expensive travel list ha.

    • I was reading the questions on someone else’s blog and was like these are interesting questions to answer. It took me a while to decide on some of the answers, some were hard decisions!! Look forward to reading your answers too 🙂

  3. I remember reading your article about climbing Misti, well done on that! I actually visited Chernobyl a few years ago before they fitted the new sarcophagus, it’s a disturbing place but a valuable experience. There is a movie filmed there called Chernobyl Diaries, it’s a stupid movie really but you’d see most places you’d visit if you went.

  4. I love all your answers. I have the same last shot of yours too! I would love to go to the Maldives but I know it’s too pricey… will have to wait a while! That little hotel looks so interesting

    • You have the shot at ollantaytambo? Did you climb up the mountain as far as you could go? I want to go to the maldives just not sure if i would feel lonely as a solo traveller!!

  5. Nice post, answering all these questions just wished if most of them could actually come true, like i would love to travel to Seychelles and see the sunset, I wouldnt want to live in a hotel forever to be honest, it would just drive me crazy.

    My visit plan for 2017 is going to maldives. Fingers Crossed 🙂

  6. Such an interesting list. Love your answers. I could never only have Peruvian food though as I’m a vegetarian. I would totally choose Italian food! I’d love to see the Philippines too, but I would want to live in South Africa:)

  7. I have not heard of this challenge before but it seems quite interesting. Your answers are somehow quite unexpected but because of that, it’s fun to read through this post of yours! 😀 I really wonder why you choose the Philippines as a place to live though you have never been there. What about other more popular Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Singapore?

    • Fiona, I had to pick a country to live in for 10 years that I had never visited. If I had a choice of anywhere in the world, then my choice would of been different. I have visited most of Asia already and so I couldn’t pick those countries!!

  8. We’re actually considering moving to the Philippines too. The people there are awesome, friendly and talented. It’s also has so many great islands that it would take years to explore them. The Philippines would be a great place to live.

  9. This is cool, what a great idea to hear about other people’s stories and adventures. Maybe one day I will get to fulfill my bucket list, in the meantime, I will enjoy others travels ☺

  10. Pretty valid answers. I love Malidives as well. I am planning a trip to Maldives this year, maybe after I return from Thailand next month. That place is pretty amazing.

  11. Philippines has some 1107 islands and 10 years are sufficient for you to go and explore the beauty of my country. The rich, mix cultures in various regions will amaze you. I, myself, not being bias are in love with the amazing natures of my country. We have the urban and rural area which both have diverse way of living. Im sure you will enjoy your trip to the Philippines.

  12. I loved reading your answers! What a unique choice for a hotel, I like that you’ve veered away from the typical 5 star luxury choice that most of us have gone for! Those are 2 beautiful sunsets too, but the Death Valley one looks particularly incredible.

  13. Every time I see pics from the Maldives I also get serious travel envy! A friend of mine went there recently and I was so jealous. I hope to make it there this year.

  14. The whispers, bloggers challenge is an innovative and novel concept. A great opportunity for sharing experiences. I think the questions are so designed, probably one would end up discovering new things about oneself.

  15. I’ve been hearing about this all over the place lately! I love that you chose such a different hotel, such a unique choice! My travel envy comes from Africa, but I also envy those who have been to the Maldives. Great answers to inspiring questions!

  16. Great post! The questions are certainly different to what you read in typical interview posts and I think I would have a hard time coming up with answers myself! The colors in your Death valley sunset shots are stunning – but I have agree with sunrises being a little early tho – I’ve always been a sunset kind of girl too!

  17. What a great way of getting to know more about bloggers and perhaps even finding some new ones to follow! I love the fact you climbed that volcano in Peru and have your sights set on Kilimanjaro. Hey, we might even meet up there one day! Now that would be amazing! PS! I read from someones blog that Maldives can be done on a budget!

    • Yeah I heard Maldives can be done on a budget too, is it just too much of a couples destination for a solo traveller though!!

  18. All your answers are interesting. Come here in the Philippines, beautiful beaches and always happy people will welcome you 🙂

  19. My favorite spot for sunrise so far was the Island of Koh ROng Samloem in Cambodia. But I cannot wait to see the sunset in Arequipa: heading there in a couple of weeks. 🙂
    BTW I love your answers – they are not very usual.

  20. These are some great questions! I think #1 is really intense though! How difficult would it be to commit to one place for 10 years, that you’ve never even been to! I guess I’d need to do a lot of research first 😛

  21. This is very interesting challenge! I loved your answers and pictures. I would love to visit Maldives one day too!

  22. I’m right there with you, regarding Peruvian cuisine. It is also one of my favorites cuisines. Staying in a hotel is a difficult one…I love having access to my own kitchen, so I’m not sure how that would work out for me. These are great responses and glad to get to know you!!

  23. Those are great questions, as are your answers. I’m a lover of mountains too and I’d love to visit Peru. Climbing Misti and getting to an altitude of 5,822 metres is a great accomplishment. I have been at those kind of altitudes in Nepal and the going is not easy. Well done. Nice post.

  24. I’ve never heard of the travel whispers challenge. It looks like it is fun to answer all the quirky questions! I too have always wanted to travel to the Maldives! Hope you get to add it to your travel plans soon! 🙂

  25. That hotel sounds absolutely amazing. I’d be super keen to visit there. I’m not much of a hotel person either as I love hostels too. The culture in them is so engaging and comfortable.

  26. Wow. I have never heard of the travel whispers blogger challenge but sounds neat and i live the offbeat questions. I am not a huge hotel persob either and would have a hard tine with that one. Also loved that you picked the Phillipines. Would be so hard to live in a place you’ve never been. Sounds la little like the liebster award but glad I got to know you better.

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