My Travel ABC’s

This won’t be a typical posting for me.  The below survey was passed on to me from another blogger.  I decided to do it because when we take the time to retrieve memories like this it is a form of journaling in a very fun way.  I couldn’t go through this without smiling and getting an incredible feeling of happiness with recalling some great experiences I am grateful to have had.  I went through with answering the first thing that comes to my mind.  Because of that, you will see some of the same places pop up because the places held incredible moments for me.   You will also see more photo’s than I typically post- I am not a photographer but love taking pictures so figured this is the perfect time to share.

I encourage all of you to take this whether you are an avid traveler or not.  It is a great way to smile and remember all the great things you have seen in your life.

A: Age you went on your first international trip: It was Canada and age is hard to say.  If I had to guess I would say 7 or 8, but I thought it was beautiful…even if some of it looked similar to my home in NY.

B: Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where: Mountain Goat and I was around Melbourne Australia.  It is this great brewery that only locals really know about since it doesn’t even have a sign.

C: Cuisine (favorite): Without question I will say Pizza.  Majority of my diet is very healthy and light but I find it very important to balance so every now and then I allow myself an amazing piece of good NY style pizza.

D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: Not incredibly exotic but one of my favorite places to go is Sedona, AZ.  There is such an incredible peacefulness in the landscape that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.  I can immediately feed on the energy and life seems simple and serene.  Least favorite is L.A. (Sorry CA folks!).  I don’t really love cities in general; I am much more of a nature girl.  I also believe very much in keeping my life simple without too many things.  L.A. seems to be the very opposite of those two things, more so than anywhere else I have ever been.

A Taste of Sedona

E: Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: In a rainforest in southern Australia.  Walking through it was so green, beautiful and untouched.  The age of the plants really put life in perspective.

F: Favorite mode of transportation: I don’t get to do it often enough but I love trains/lightrails/trams.  Watching the landscape and being able just enjoy is peaceful to me.

G: Greatest feeling while traveling: The excitement taking it all in.  Just standing around looking at things you have never seen before in awe is something I will never get tired of.

H: Hottest place you’ve traveled to: More like living in but the hottest is my current home- Phoenix, AZ.  A couple summers ago reaching that 117+ was hottest I have had.

I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where: Nothing in particular stands out.  I will keep thinking on this one but as a general theme sometimes the smallest towns have the little hidden places that are so grateful to have you.  I always love that.

J: Journey that took the longest: Flying back to NY from Australia.  Going from Melbourne to LA is a long leg, then cross the country to NY felt like it would never end.  I did get to read a ton though which I always appreciate.

K: Keepsake from your travels: I usually buy a journal if I can find one when I go somewhere.  Keeps the memory and is something I can use.  I have some stunning ones; the best are handmade 🙂

L: Let-down sight, why and where:  Sorry if this is lame but I got nothing for this one.  I try really hard to look at everything with no expectations and finding beauty in everything, so there is never a let-down.

M: Moment where you fell in love with travel:  I can’t pinpoint the exact time but growing up we were always on a car ride somewhere.  My father was a dog handler so we were always in the car on the weekends going to some city for a dog show.  May be unusual travel to most kids but I got to see a lot.  I still love road trips the best.

N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: Honestly I haven’t stayed in any really nice hotels.  I generally end up crashing wherever I can find within budget.  I do love staying in anything with a mountain view.

O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling? Sunrises and sunsets.  I don’t even have to be traveling.  I have my phone and camera filled with beautiful ones I have seen on my way to work or walking the dog.  I could stand for hours looking at the colors- it is even better if I can get a mountain or tree in it.

Here is a photo from my phone at an airport. Amazing Sunrise!

P: Passport stamps, how many and from where? Just got a new passport so starting at none…I will work on that though.

Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:  I don’t search for these things so it was on accident, but in a small town in Northern AZ on my way north there is a plaza with what claims to be the World’s Largest Kokopelli statue…It is a Native American deity that is very common here in the southwest.

R: Recommended sight, event or experience: Scuba diving…. anywhere really but if you can get on a shark feeding it is amazing!

S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: This would be really situational for me but if I think it is an experience I will never get a chance to do again I will happily pay for it.  Hot air balloon ride, skydiving, scuba diving, a show, etc.  If I think I will never get a chance to do that again in that location I will justify it.

T: Touristy thing you’ve done: Probably the typical Grand Canyon ride around to all the view spots.  I usually try to not just experience things as a typical tourist but I was limited on time.  I did go back and hike down it a couple times so I would get more out of the location.

A friend we ran into hiking down the Grand Canyon

U: Unforgettable travel memory: I was able to go to a Picasso exhibit while in Melbourne.  He has always been my favorite artist and I was lucky they were having his work displayed at the same time I was there.

V: Visas, how many and for where? I have only traveled to Australia long enough to need a visa, and I got two.  I really try to avoid them if I can.

W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where? I don’t know enough about wine to really do this question justice.  I can say I never liked Red wine until I had an amazing glass of Merlot in Canada.

X: eXcellent view and from where? From a hot air balloon in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  The sunrise was amazing and it looked like endless mountains with a touch of snow.  I have never seen anything so serene.

A View From A Balloon! 🙂

Y: Years spent traveling? This is really hard to answer.  It would be impossible to add up completely and I haven’t been able to spend a substantial amount of time traveling at once…yet. 🙂

Z: Zealous sports fans and where I was very fortunate to be in Melbourne downtown while they were playing in the World Cup.  It was an incredibly fun experience with the game playing through gigantic projectors on screens.  The amount of pride was amazing.

I’m supposed to pass this on to five other travel bloggers.  Since I am newer to this world, I don’t know five travel bloggers, or really know five total bloggers (especially if I take out the one that sent to me).  With that said I would like to pass on to any of the bloggers that follow me- but also to everyone that reads it.  As I said, it is a great exercise in recalling happy memories and that is critical in holistic wellness.

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