I recently joined a few Facebook Groups for bloggers and I’ve found my tribe! Stephanie Fox invited some us to participate her Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge, a creative way for bloggers to round up our year and reveal our travel plans for 2017 by answering ten questions.
Each Travel Whispers post can be found by clicking the link to the next blog at the bottom of the post. So take the time to read through a few. You might find new bloggers to follow or some great travel ideas. Use the #TravelWhispers hashtag to find them on Twitter and Instagram.
The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge
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?
Easy, I’d move to Australia. I have a ton of Aussie friends so that wouldn’t be an issue. The fact that it’s an English speaking country is a plus, not to mention the Great Barrier Reef!
Photo via Frances Gunn
2. If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
I usually travel on a budget, so I generally stay at a mix of hotels and hostels. However, while I was working as a Merchandising Manager for a jewelry designer I would travel to New York at least twice a year for Market. Each time I would stay at the Affinia Hotel in Manhattan. It’s a great boutique hotel that’s right in the heart of the city. It’s walking distance to Time’s Square, The Empire State Building and is across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. They have a program called “My Affinia” where guests can request unique items like a guitar or yoga mat in their room upon arrival. They also have an awesome pillow menu!
Photo via Anthony Delanoix
3. If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
That’s a tough decision, but I think I’d go with Italian. What carb-lover doesn’t crave pasta and pizza?! Not to mention the seafood! Traveling through Europe last fall I had the best food and wine of my life in Venice. Even some of the gas stations have dining areas with delicious panini, pizza, and snacks.
Photo via Carissa Gan
4. Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?
Anyone who has gone to Santorini this year has given me holiday envy, but especially Gabi Gregg of Gabi Fresh! She went on an all girls trip to Santorini for her thirtieth birthday and invited some of my favorite plus size fashion bloggers along!
Photo via Aidan Meyer
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?
The most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen was in Paris. I was on my way to the airport and it stopped my in my tracks as I crossed the street. This photo has no filter!
This ocean sunset in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand didn’t suck either!
6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your hometown, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?
My hometown is Marin County, California. If you’ve driven across the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ve been there. The county limits begin in the middle of the iconic landmark. Marin is the perfect place for a nature lover with ample hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches. There are seriously too many amazing places to list, but I would suggest visiting Muir Woods, the Marin Headlands…and my secret spot, Tennessee Valley. If you want more of a city vibe, San Francisco is just a twenty-minute drive away. Napa County is less than an hour north of Marin, so find some time to explore Wine Country.
The view of San Francisco from the Marin Headlands
7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?
My perfect travel day was more like a perfect 24 hours. I started the day in Thailand with a trip to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the Flower Market. Not only did I see all the things on my list, I was able to get there using public transportation. Later that night I boarded a plane to Beijing and hours later, I was walking across The Great Wall of China!
The Grand Palace
8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
The Great Wall of China has been on my bucket list since I learned about it in school. I got an opportunity to explore it on a layover tour I scheduled after I left Thailand. It’s difficult to describe how incredible it felt to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
But first, let me take a selfie!
9. What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
As you may know, I’m moving to Thailand in 2017. I’m SUPER excited for the change! I’ve visited 14 countries in the last two years and I’ve never felt the way I felt in Thailand at any other place, besides my California home. I felt like I belonged there. So, I have to follow my heart and give it a go. One thing I’m looking forward to is visiting neighboring countries like Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Vietnam Photo via Travel Coffee Book
10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?
Selecting my favorite photo of 2016 was so hard! I’ve had some amazing adventures this year, from Jamaica to Thailand and China, I’ve shared some great moments. Each photo reminds me of how I felt when I was there. I think I’d have to give it to the photo of me at Pileh Lagoon in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. The water was so warm, I’d never swam in water so clear and blue. After jumping off the boat and into the water I didn’t want to get out!