The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

Mount Rinjani Summit View

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.

 

Beach Siquijor Philippines

 

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).

 

Sunset Siquijor Philippines

 

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.

 

Tübingen

 

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 🙂

 

Snorkeling Apo Island

 

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

Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia

 

Mount Rinjani

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.

 

Siquijor Cambugahay Falls Wedding Couple

Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor, the Philippines. Instagram: @dorohenrietta

 

Check out the previous post by The Sane Travel & the next post by Chiera over at Young and Undecided.

If you want to get involved, join the Facebook group!

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17 Comment

  1. Nicki says: Reply

    Its like you took the words out of my mouth. I could definitely see relocating to Ireland. Pizza is also life. I did a tour of italy a few years ago and ate pizza for several days straight. No regrets.

  2. Krista says: Reply

    Ahhh this is so cool! Loved this!

  3. Tracy says: Reply

    Great post! I have yet to visit the Philippines but they look amazing!

    The food question is so difficult – I don’t think I chose in the end but Italian was a contender!

    Happy travels in 2017!

  4. This one is a good meme with good set of questions, especially from a travel bloggers point of view.
    Hope your dream list for 2017 comes true!

  5. Aaah! I’m working on my Whisper Challenge, too, and I LOVE your picture of the bride and groom! What an amazing experience to get to witness! <3

    1. dorohenrietta says: Reply

      Oooh that’s cool, looking forward to reading yours!
      Thanks Jennifer:)

  6. How awesome, climbing volcanoes in Indonesia. That has now been added to my ever growing bucket list when I get myself to Indonesia. My grandmother grew up Indonesia and had the most amazing stories, I’m definitely planning a trip to South East Asia next year. What a cool bride and groom, jumping in the waterfall, how awesome that you were able to capture it!

    1. dorohenrietta says: Reply

      Indonesia is such a beautiful country, I’m sure your grandmothers’ stories must have been really interesting! 🙂

  7. Chiera says: Reply

    Your talk about the Philippines is giving me serious travel envy! Looks absolutely beautiful! Snap for chosing Italuan food forever! Haa

    1. dorohenrietta says: Reply

      Italian food is the best 😀

  8. neha says: Reply

    I had not heard about this challenge before. It seems interesting. The questions there are very interesting too. And I guess the best part is getting to know the blogger behind these posts better through the answer to the questions like I got to know about you today 🙂

    1. dorohenrietta says: Reply

      Check out the fb group I have linked at the bottom of my post if you are interested in joining 🙂
      That’s true! I really enjoy reading all the travel whispers posts 🙂

  9. Congrats on climbing three mountains this year. Your pictures are beautiful! By the way, I love this Travel Whispers challenge. It has me thinking now and I may have to post my own.

    1. dorohenrietta says: Reply

      Thank you very much 🙂
      Go for it! Just join the facebook group, there you can see which links to include in your post 🙂

  10. bavani says: Reply

    If I have to live on one food, it would be indian dal and chawal 🙂

    1. dorohenrietta says: Reply

      That’s a really good choice too 🙂

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