One of my goals for 2017 is to be more serious about blogging. I would like to be more disciplined about it. Develop a schedule and write more regularly. Hone my skills a bit. Of course, one of my other major goals for 2017 is to complete a full first draft of my dissertation. So, writing is going to be a big part of my life! As for blogging, I figured I could kick things off a little early by participating in the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge, started by fellow travel blogger, Stephanie Fox.
Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge
These ten questions were designed to encourage reflection on 2016 and looking forward to 2017, and as a way to share experiences, knowledge, and recommendations.
You can read the other Travel Whispers blog posts by clicking the link through to the next blog at the bottom of this post, and so on. Take the time to read a few more—you might find some new bloggers to follow and some great ideas for your own future adventures! You can also find links to Travel Whispers blog posts on Twitter and Instagram at #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?
Sweden. My mother went to a summer camp there as a child, and she has told my siblings and I stories about it our whole lives. I have wanted to go for as long as I can remember, and I would be totally fine with just packing my things and moving there sight unseen.
2. If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
Much of my travel has involved moving abroad, staying with friends, or using Airbnb to find accommodations, so I don’t have much to draw on to answer this question. That said, a recent favorite is Hotel Madera in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC, one of my favorite cities. The customer service was on point, there was a complimentary wine hour in the evenings, and the bed was incredibly comfortable. Plus, the room came stocked with a plush leopard print robe and a yoga mat.
3. If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
This is a tough one! Food is one of my favorite things about travel, and there are so many foods and cuisines I love. But, if forced to choose… I think I’d have to go with Korean. It’s vegetable heavy. It involves some amazing soups and stews. It’s the cuisine that gives us kimchi. It’s generally healthy, with a side of Chimaek (a combination of fried chicken and beer; the term is a compound word formed from the first syllables of chicken and maekju, the Korean word for beer). I’m pretty sure I could eat just bibimbap every day for the rest of my life, so I think I’d be just fine having access to the full repertoire of Korean cuisine.
4. Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?
I have a friend who travels internationally a lot for work. Seeing her seemingly never ending Facebook posts about all of her travels has resulted in several cases of travel envy.
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?
I would want my sunrises to be in Cappadocia, Turkey, preferably seen from a hot air balloon, and my sunsets to be in the Florida Keys.
6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?
Bloomington, Indiana, USA. My first recommendation would be to visit during the annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, if possible. Enjoy brunch at either The Village Deli or The Runcible Spoon. Wander around one of the most beautiful university campuses in the country, Indiana University (full disclosure: I’m an alumna, so I’m a bit biased). While there, you can check out one or more of the various museums on campus: The IU Art Museum, The Mathers Museum of World Cultures, The Lilly Library (rare books and manuscripts), or the Wylie House Museum. Take a brewery tour at Upland Brewing Co., and then head next door to their Brewpub for a tasty dinner. Or, if wine is more your thing, do some wine tasting at Oliver Winery.
7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?
I spent three months in Istanbul earlier this year. One of the best days (well, afternoon/evening, really) was spent taking a cooking class with Istanbul Cooking School.
8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
Well, I haven’t quite yet… But, I’m leaving on an adventure to Cuba late this evening! You can expect a full blog post after I get back.
9. What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
A return trip to South Korea. I lived in Seoul in 2010-2011, and loved it. I am really feeling the desire to go back for a little visit.
10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?
This one, from Istanbul:
Check out the previous post, by Tracy’s Travels in Time.
And, the next post, by Travel Gal Nicole!
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