I’m very excited to be taking part in the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge, which was initiated by Stephanie Fox, a blogger from Newcastle.
The challenge, a spin on on the Whisper Challenge you might be familiar with, consists of 10 questions that are answered by several travel bloggers. Each Travel Whispers blog post can be found by clicking the link through to the next blogger at the bottom of the post.
What’s the idea behind all of this? The questions and answers serve as both tools to reflect on one’s own past & upcoming travels, as well as inspiration from other travelers. It’s super interesting to read the answers of different people, so take the time to read through a few posts – you might find some exciting new bloggers to follow and some great travel ideas for the future! You can also find them across Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TravelWhispers.
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?
I found a new love for hiking this year, so I’d move to a country with great natural scenery that offers lots of opportunities to explore & go hiking. Even though I don’t usually consider this as an important fact when I go traveling, I’d probably choose an english speaking country – either New Zealand, Canada or maybe Ireland.
2. If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
That’s a hard one to answer. Being a budget traveler, I never stay in hotels but always at hostels or with friends. While I’ve been to some pretty nice hostels, there’s no hostel dorm where I would want to stay for the rest of my life 😀 Location-wise, I’d choose some place close to a beach though.
3. If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
First I thought of Thai food, then Indian, but I think I have to go with Italian in the end. Pizza, Pasta, Ice cream – do I need to say more?
4. Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?
While I was traveling in the Philippines this year, I met a girl who had just arrived from Sri Lanka. So there was I, on an absolutely beautiful tropical island, being a little bit jealous. Luckily it only took one fresh coconut at the beach for the “holiday envy” to go away again 🙂
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?
Right off the top of my head, I would say Siquijor in the Philippines (you may notice that there’s a theme going on – I developed quite a crush on the country during the past year).
6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?
Tübingen, Germany – I’d go for a stroll through the beautiful old town, stopping for a coffee at the Hanseatica, my favorite cafe in the town. In the afternoon, I’d take a boat tour on a punting boat, get some ice cream in the Neckargasse and sit down in the sun on the Neckarmauer (the “Neckar Wall”, pictured below). For dinner, I’d get Falafel at the Kichererbse (“Chickpea”), my favorite place for vegan/vegetarian food in Tübingen. On a warm summer evening, I’d end the day at the Neckarmüller, a restaurant & beer garden right next to the river Neckar, where I’d drink a glass (or two) of elderflower beer or spritzer.
7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?
In May 2016, I went on a snorkeling trip to Apo island in the Philippines. I clearly remember telling the girl that I was traveling with, that I had the feeling that the day was going to be amazing. And it was! We met the loveliest people on the boat and the snorkeling was awesome! It took us a little while until we spotted a turtle, but when we finally did, we literally chased it with our GoPro until everyone had their photo. That poor turtle must have been super annoyed 😀 It was my first time seeing a turtle in the open water which I was soooo excited about! So excited that I forgot to apply sunscreen during the rest of the day. I’m a redhead so you can only imagine what I looked like in the evening. It was definitely worth it though 🙂
8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
I have climbed three volcanoes while I was traveling in Indonesia. Mount Bromo & Mount Ijen in Java and Mount Rinjani in Indonesia. Especially the three day trek up Mount Rinjani proved to be a big challenge, but I am very proud to have made it to the summit!
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
View from the summit of Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia
9. What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
Puuh that’s a hard question again. I don’t plan out my travels at all, but rather see what comes up during the year. If it works out though, I’d like to travel to Portugal in January.
10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?
I have tons of favorites, so it is quite hard to choose! I absolutely love the one below even though it is slightly blurry. When we visited Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, the Philippines, a couple was taking wedding pictures there. At the end, they both jumped down from the top of the waterfall, fully dressed in suit & wedding gown.
Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor, the Philippines. Instagram: @dorohenrietta
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