Favourites, Firsts, Scary Moments and more!
In the first yeat of writing my Travel Blog I’ve really enjoyed the interaction with my readers especially when I read responses to questions I pose such as what destination is top of your Travel wish list; your favourite holiday spot or travel tip; most memorable experience? etc. I’m regularly asked about my about my own travel experiences too so I thought I’d be nice to share some of my Travel Facts with you. Here they are:
No. of Countries visited – 51 (I don’t think I’ve missed any)
No. of Cruises taken – 28
It’s certainly a fantastic way to see the world and get a taste of destinations you may like to explore further.
Favourite Travel Destination Abroad – The Greek Islands.
I’ve visited 9 plus the mainland and it’s hard to choose a favourite although for beauty it has to be Santorini!
Favourite UK Destination – The Lake District.
One of my favourite walks is around Derwentwater (shown).
Favourite City – Sydney.
Sailing into Sydney Harbour on a cruise ship was fabulous and the city itself is great to explore and relax in equal measure. I just wish it wasn’t so far from the UK.
First Holiday Abroad – Magaluf, Majorca…well, it was the 1980’s!
Age first travelled abroad – 20
Favourite Travel Tip – Have a printable ‘Holiday’ checklist to tick off items as you pack
Mostly travel as – A couple
Although we’ve had some fantastic family holidays to celebrate ‘Big’ Birthdays! including mine!
I Took My Honeymoon in – London for 4 nights (running a business meant no time to go abroad)
It’s Hard To Believe But – I didn’t visit the Lake District until I was 30! especially being from Northumberland! and we loved it so much we returned the following weekend and visit regularly now. I didn’t visit Wales until my 40’s either.
Favourite Holiday Cocktail – A great Mojito
My Holiday Rituals are – Wherever possible the first alcoholic drink I have on holiday is a Pina Colada. It’s not my favourite cocktail but it’s a proper taste of the Tropical and symbolises the start of fun times ahead!
We always holiday in December and never leave home without an advent calendar!
Favourite Airport – UK Newcastle; Overseas Singapore
Favourite Holiday Outfit – A shift dress and wedge sandals
I’d love to – Fly first class return to New Zealand
Worst ever flight delay – 23 hours!! From Newcastle to Cyprus
I missed a flight to – London…for my honeymoon!
I thought our 10.40am flight was 11.40am. The lovely folks at BA understood and put us on the next flight in 2 hours. I was so tired following the 2 day celebrations that I wasn’t too bothered and sitting down for a coffee we both agreed it was the first time we’d had to ourselves to catch our breath and reflect on the lovely wedding we’d had.
Favourite Holiday Reading – I love a great crime thriller so anything by Peter James. If you have any reading recommendations I’d love tho hear them.
Most Memorable Holiday Moment – Being proposed to on the deck of a cruise ship under the Caribbean stars!
I love that my Husband had the forsight to carry out such a romantic proposal and you can read more about that magical moment and our Disney Cruise.
Scariest Holiday Moment – getting stuck in a strong current while swimming in Cyprus.
It was such a horrible experience and proved that effortless swimming out can turn perilous in the most calm and blissful setting.
A close second was on a visit to a farm in Honduras where I was scratched and bitten by a playful Oscelot who decided to use my leg as a sctatch post! One year on I still have the scars. Word to self – never enter a cage with a wild animals! (just to be clear I wasn’t mauled but I got a canny shock!).
I’ll Never – drink Tequila again!
Enjoying great company on board a cruise in the Caribbean I had what I now refer to as ‘My Tequila Moment’! I’ll spare you the gory details but it was messy…I’m sure you get my drift! it became the first AND last time I’ve ever drank the stuff!
I Dream of – Seeing the Northern Lights in Norway.
Upcoming 2017 Travels – South American Cruise; Sandals Resort stay in Jamaica; Cruising the Norwegian Fjords with Cunard.
This image is from our visit to the beautiful town of Stavanger in Norway.
Destinations I’d love to visit soon – Abroad: Hawaii, New Orleans and Austria; UK: Peak District, Kent and more of Scotland following my visit to Dumfries and Galloway. You can read about my visit here.
So there you have it, just a few random Travel Facts. Do you share any of my experiences or favourites, have a book recommendation or maybe a ritual or tip you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them.
Thanks for reading and bye for now.