Wanderlust: strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world
I go through phases of wanting to settle down, buy a house, have kids and so on and so forth and then suddenly an urge to spend all my dollars on new experiences in new countries takes over and I realise that I’m not quite ready to put my money into anything else.
Until Edd and I did our trip in 2014 where we visited 11 countries in 2 months, I had been overseas twice. I was pretty under experienced when it came to overseas travels and countries other than New Zealand and Australia. Since our trip, you could say that I have caught the wanderlust bug pretty bad.
My feet are itching to get back on a plane and see more of the world, my wallet right now is saying no. A girl can dream though.
The beautiful Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Genie from Bunny Eats Design proposed a bit of a weekend project amongst the #brunchclub bloggers to do a Wanderlust tag, and after getting immense enjoyment out of all the great blogs that came out of it I couldn’t help but do it myself.
Me sweltering in the hot Roman Sun, soaking up the cities incredible history
Where was your first plane to?
I flew domestically between Palmerston North and Auckland pretty frequently as an unaccompanied minor which meant that I got to hand everyone their lollies and then have way more than the allocated 1 or 2. It was a pretty big deal back then and I thought myself quite the jet setter. My first international flight was to Sydney to visit my Dad and it stands out in my mind because there was an issue with my passport and me and Grandma were pretty stressed out thinking we wouldn’t be able to fly.
Edinburgh in the beauty of the setting sun
Where have you traveled to that you would love to visit again?
So many places that I would love to spend more time in but Scotland is high on the list. We spent a few, wonderful days in Glasgow and Edinburgh but I would love to go back to explore the Scottish Highlands. I also can’t wait to return to Paris and Amsterdam, two of the most wonderful cities in all of Europe.
We stayed in the perfect area of Amsterdam and fell in love with the cities character as well as its canals
I dreamt for so long of visiting the Eiffel Tower, and now I dream of getting back there.
You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?
Japan. This is the next country on my list and I hope it will be our next international trip. The beautiful scenery, the incredibly polite and lovely people and the obsession with cats. I feel like me and Japan would get along pretty well. I would also love to go back to the UK, hire a car and spend a month or two road tripping around Wales, England and Scotland.
Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or car?
After training across a large proportion of Europe I have fallen in love with this form of transport. The way that you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as well as the chance to meet new people and chat about different experiences.
Favourite method of travel? Definitely gondola.
Favourite travel website?
We used Tripadvisor to death when planning our trip to Europe and also when trying to decide on what activities to partake in. Blog-wise, I love the World of Wanderlust and browse this frequently when I need to get my travel fix.
The famous Charles Bridge in Prague
Where would you travel to just eat the food?
I would travel back to Italy in a heartbeat, and that is largely due to the incredible food that we had each and every day. Also, it was the ideal place for a couple of travelling Vegetarians and we never had an issue finding something delicious to eat. Oh and need I mention gelato? We lived off the stuff. Somewhere not yet travelled that would be amazing food wise would be Thailand and Japan. I love both of their cuisines and can see myself eating my way through both countries quite happily. Sidenote: Brighton had the best vegetarian restaurants and I needed more days to try them all.
Brighton, a bit of a change from New Zealand beaches, but charming nonetheless.
Living off pasta and cheese in Italy.
Is there a place you would never go again?
Luckily, and also unluckily I guess, pretty much everywhere we have visited I would love to go and see again. The one place that wouldn’t reappear on a travel itinerary, even if I was in the area, is Cannes on the French Riviera. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful spot and a charming town, in a weird kind of way. But I think there are much better places to experience the lavish lifestyle on the French Riviera such as Nice. Cannes was just lacking in character, was expensive but dated and didn’t have the right atmosphere for me. Lesson learnt, take advice from family.
We found that Cannes was most beautiful after the sun had departed and the people had returned to their expensive hotels and casinos.
Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?
Considering I can barely remember how old I am, it should come as no surprise that my passport number is a pretty big mystery to me. But I do always have a photo of my passport details saved somewhere secure just in case of an emergency.
One of the most unique sights we saw, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
Do you prefer the Window, Aisle, or Middle seat?
If it’s a full plane, aisle always. I get a bit claustrophobic and fidgety and like the ability to get up and wander around without climbing over people. If it’s just me and Edd in a row then I love the window because the views can be spectacular. I’ll never forget watching the sunrise, somewhere over Eastern Europe/Asia on our way to Hong Kong. It was pretty spectacular.
Don’t ever put me in the middle. I would rather sit on the floor or in the toilet.
Burano, a coloured little world of canals on an island near Venice
How do you pass the time on the air plane?
I doze through movies and re watch favourite series that don’t require too much focus. I also get really excited by the plane meals, although the vegetarian options can sometimes leave a lot to be desired.
Watching a puppet show on Montmatre as we watched the sun go down over Paris. Just one more memory I won’t ever forget
Because every traveller needs someone to share the experience with. Can’t wait to create more adventures with this dude.
Take a lengthy look at the rest of the wonderful posts on Wanderlust by the #brunchclub ladies!