I learn something every time I travel! That’s one of the best things about traveling. I have learned from many different cultures and people. Traveling has definitely shaped my personality. It’s part of me. One of the main things I learned is: expect the unexpected. More specifically, I learned how to read Russian (not necessarily understand it) when I went to Russia. I also learned how to ski abroad. But really, I could write a book about all things I have learned while traveling. Hey, maybe I should! What do you think? ;)
Since no travel quote came to mind I just read one hundrer travel quotes and chose my favorites, here they are:
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut
I have been traveling since I can remember. The first time I flew across the world, I was 6 years old. I guess my parents would be my first influence for traveling and I have always been interested in travel. There was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to study abroad after high school. The first time I moved from home, I moved across the ocean and experienced independence for the first time in a foreign country. Traveling is in my blood.
Of course! That’s kind of the point of traveling, to have new experiences. :)
Some of my “firsts” while traveling were: did a pub crawl in Berlin, took a bike tour, went skiing in Canada, rode a rickshaw in India, traveled by train through Europe, rode on a motorcycle while doing Kate’s famous Titanic move in India, attended a symphony orchestra concert in Austria, went to the movies by myself in London, swam in a cenote and with dolphins in Cancun, fed a camel and went inside a cave in Budapest, got lost in a labyrinth in Vienna, found a bear at the park in Russia, had a drink at an ice bar in Amsterdam, and many more!
The first thing for me is a camera. I love taking pictures and capturing those unique moments, places and people while traveling. The other thing is toiletries. You can pretty much get those anywhere but whether you pack them or buy them, they are essential. The last thing for me, is ibuprofen. Headaches and body pains are annoying and ibuprofen will help ease the trip. And the most obvious one, passport.
From Britain: “Someone Like You” by Adele, and The Beatles! From Sweden: “Ochrasy” by Mando Diao. From Spain: “Desaparecido” by Manu Chao. From Italy: “Tu vuò fà l’americano” by Renato Carosone. From France/Israel: “New Soul” by Yael Naim. From Austria: pretty much anything by Mozart. From Iceland: Sigur Ros. From India: any songs by Satyajit Ray. From Russia: pretty much anything by Tchaikovsky.
I am going to say Italian and Indian are my favorite. More specifically, I love risotto, and italian ingredients like parmigiano, olive oil, and prosciutto. In India, my favorite is chicken tikka and naans. In France, I love pain au chocolat. In Spain I love paella. In Hungary I loved cinnamon and sugar Kürtőskalács (google it, it’s amazing). I could go on and on because I love food!
That would be definitely the food; there’s nowhere you can get Mexican food like in Mexico. I also miss my bedroom which used to my sanctuary, the place to relax, make art, and be at peace. I kind of also miss my car, VW Bora, we had bonded. And of course, the fun I had with my friends there.
For the longest time, home to me meant Mexico City, where I grew up. Even when I lived in London. But right now, home means wherever I am with my husband, which currently is in North Carolina. But I can see ourselves moving around a lot in our lives. We are both travelers.
My favorite touristy moment was getting gelato and walking through the shops along the water canal in Rome.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
When I went on a eurotrip with my best friend, we were on a budget and it was a big challenge to try to keep our budget about 30 euro a day. It was a challenge to decide what to spend on and mostly what to eat. We shared small meals many times and although I don’t remember starving, buy the end of that trip I was the skinniest I have ever been. But I don’t regret any of it, it was so fun.
Since I love traveling there are so many places I would like to visit but on my top list right now are: Australia, Jammu and Kashmir, and Venice!
There are so many places I love. But on a broad perspective I love Italy and India. On a more narrow perspective, I loved: The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Hyde Park in London, New Hampshire during the Fall, Disneyland, and the Haus der Musik in Vienna. :)
30 Day Travel Challenge
Day 01- Favorite Place(s) you been to
Day 02- Where would you like to travel to next?
Day 03- An adventure or challenge you had while traveling or living abroad
Day 04- A picture of you in another country
Day 05- Favorite touristy moment
Day 06- What does “home” mean to you?
Day 07- Besides people, what do you miss from home?
Day 08- A favorite food from another country or culture
Day 09- A song you like from another country/language
Day 10- Essential things to pack on every trip
Day 11- Did you have any milestones or first while traveling or living abroad?
Day 12- Someone who influenced you to go abroad
Day 13- Favorite travel quote
Day 14- What did you learn from traveling abroad?
Day 15- Advice to someone who’s thinking about traveling outside the country
Day 16 - Which countries have you visited?
Day 17 - A bad experience while traveling.
Day 18 - Favorite airport.
Day 19 - Memorable moment while traveling.
Day 20 - Country/Place you first traveled to.
Day 21 - Favorite place to vacation.
Day 22 - A favorite foreign movie
Day 23 - Did you have any milestones or “firsts” while travelling or living abroad?
Day 24 - Favorite hotel to stay in
Day 25 - A place you would never travel to again.
Day 26 - Country you would want to spend the rest of your life in.
Day 27 - Pet peeves whilst traveling.
Day 28 - A place you would travel to work/volunteer/make a difference.
Day 29 - Biggest travel challenge.
Day 30 - Your future travel wishes and plans.