I hope that you’re all traveling well in the journey of life #cornytimes, for those who celebrate Easter, I hope you had an enjoyably chocolate-flavoured day and for the rest of you, I hope you also managed to eat some choc just for funsies. Chocolate all around. Today I have three blogs for you to get back into my schedule for posting! First up is this Travel Tag! These questions are taken from the beautiful Tamara from Traveling Natural so check her out!!
Just a little intro:
For those new to girlandsuitcase.com, I’m Lucy, a 21-year-young cool cat from Australia. Currently studying in North-Eastern France and voyaging around glorious Europe. I typically update the blog twice a week while also documenting my adventures on Twitter and Instagram. Would be delighted to have you on board!
And now let’s hop into the questions…
1. How many countries have you visited?
I feel incredibly fortunate to have traveled to 16 countries as of late March, with a few more on the 2016 itinerary. So far I’ve made it to the following:
Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong (not technically a country, but you know what I mean)
Europe: England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg
Others (because I don’t want them to feel lonely by themselves): United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Australia and Vanuatu.
2. Why do you travel?
There are so many things I’ve experienced from travel, I think it is a terrific way to broaden your ideas on the world and the people in it. You make heaps of friends and have a new appreciation for people and their similarities. I feel like this couldn’t have been more vague, but the immense benefit of travel escapes description. If you’ve the means, just do it.
3. Favorite city or country?
Okay, so this is super difficult because there are so many special things about every country. I’ve had stellar times in each and every city I’ve visited, and you always make friends along the way.
Okay, so I’ll settle on the following three, but really all 16 of them are ridiculously beautiful:
England. Because I’ve been the most massive Anglophile since I was about 3 and told my parents I was going to live there. Still the life goal. It’s the sense of humour, the accents, the Queen, the weather (I’m crazy I know), I love it all!
Favourite cities: Bath, Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge and, obviously, London.
Thailand. I met some of the loveliest people while I was there in 2012. Everyone was so accommodating and welcoming while I was staying in Pattaya. Also, Thai food is just to die for and I stayed in the most amazing hotel in Bangkok. Think glowing, blue pool, on top of a skyscraper, in 25-degree heat. Yes, please.
Favourite cities: Bangkok and Pattaya.
Australia. Because it’s home, and it’s also pretty cool. It’s like a world in itself with so many varied landscapes and sights, from Darwin to Adelaide, from Cairns to Melbourne. Also, so many of my family and friends live here so it will always be precious.
Favourite cities: Melbourne has stolen my heart, but I love Cairns and Port Douglas. Byron Bay is beaut as is Adelaide. I really want to go to Hobart in Tasmania too! #goeverywhere
4. Most memorable experience abroad?
Again there is a story for every place!
London (2014 Trip) takes the cake, though… A trip that managed to include me getting my passport pickpocketed in Trafalgar Square, like an idiot, yay! Visited Australia House (Gringotts) to sort it all out, also made a trip to the hospital with the flu on my birthday- Bastille Day and had a nurse talk to me in French?? I don’t understand why that happened? + Fainted in a red phone box + Went on the Leavsden Harry Potter Tour with my one of my best friends and cried from all the emotions.
Honourable mentions to:
Christmas in Dallas in 2012
Chilling with my gorgeous American family including a ridiculous amount of good food. Always feel very lucky to have an uncle who is a chef!! Plus it snowed. Actual snow fell from the actual sky, love actually at first sight.
USA Trip 2000
A trip/few months living in the US with the family. Such an amazing visit- including beautiful Dallas, as always, New York, Chicago, San Francisco. We lived in a tiny town in Pennsylvania above a diner. Fun memories of onions rings and the roof falling in when our neighbours forgot to turn off the bath. Also, we lived super close to Pennsylvanian Dutch Country which was incredibly fascinating. One time some tourists even thought my dad and little brother were Amish because our family is so hip and with it style-wise.
I have the most vivid memory of arriving in the airport to crowds of people and then getting on a little bus to drive to our hotel. And then noticing a man next to the bus, waving at me, while driving a motorbike that was also carrying his wife, a newborn, a toddler, a chicken and about 5 bags of rice. Multitasking game = strong.
5. Best item purchased abroad?
Ohhh so I have bought many pretty-cool things as a complete shopaholic… but truly I’m so easily amused. My favourite things are probably my fake food magnet collection because #hardcore
Some of my faves are the waffle magnet I got in Brussels, the cheese platter from Versailles, the stir-fry noodle bowl from Hong Kong and the chocolates, complete with desiccated coconut, from Zurich. Aren’t you so glad you’re friends with such a cool cat?
6. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been spoilt rotten and truly have been so fortunate with all these opportunities to travel. It’s one of those things that depends firstly on finances and secondly on where home is/how far it is from everywhere else.
My top tips would be, don’t discount the experience of traveling your own country. Especially if you’re an Aussie pal of mine, because Australia is freakin’ massive, but I’m sure it would be the same for many places, even those slightly smaller.
And secondly, where travelling physically isn’t an option, try to travel through learning languages, reading books set in foreign lands, making friends from around the world, trying different cuisines.
7. Travel accessory you always pack?
I never travel anywhere without a notepad and pen. But, in addition to that, a working sim-card and willingness to try new things, are travel essentials for me.
8. And now a question for you!! Exciting! So I have been incredibly flattered to see all 33 countries on the map where I’ve readers, from Morocco to Japan to Iceland, and wanted to ask you all a question! You can comment below or you can tweet me or email or anything 🙂
Tell me your favourite thing about your country of origin?
So that’s it! Cannot wait to hear from you!