1. The Wanderlust Tag

    I’ve often seen these tags on other blogs online. I’ve always read them (or watched them if they were on YouTube) but never actually done one myself. So when I recently saw a tag that someone had done which was based on travel called “The Wanderlust Tag” I knew I’d give it a go…

    Your most treasured passport stamp?
    Probably the first time I visited Australia. It was a country I’d always dreamed of visiting since I was little and as it’s such a long journey from the UK, that stamp after landing into Sydney seemed such an accomplishment!

    Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?
    Of course – I even know the date of issue and expiry date too. I always learn it straight away as you never know when you’re going to need it and it saves having to dig your passport out of your bag every time you have to fill in a landing card. In fact I can still remember the number from my previous passport that I stopped using in 2011.

    Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles?
    It all depends on where in the world you are. I would normally say plane for everything as it’s quick and some places are just too far apart that you have to fly. The exceptions are Japan where I would always say train as the whole public transport system is just so easy and efficient and some areas of the USA where there’s nothing better than a road trip!

    Top three travel items?
    Top three travel items?
    Apart from money and a passport which I don’t count as they’re essential I would say

    My camera (which includes all the batteries and chargers to go with it)
    My iPhone as you can always look up information of where to go and what to do
    A comfortable pair of shoes – there’s nothing worse than sightseeing with blisters on your feet!

    Hostel or hotel?
    Hotel every time without fail – I need a comfortable bed, decent air conditioning and a nice bathroom with endless hot water when travelling. I’ve never stayed in a hostel and never want to ever – having to share a bathroom with strangers is my idea of hell!

    Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
    A bit of both. I always aim to visit as many new places as possible but I will always try to find new things to do in places that I’ve already been to. In fact this year I have already visited two new countries (Morocco and Thailand) and have also just booked a short break to an area of Italy that I’ve never been to before. I also have a holiday to Florida booked in September which is my guilty pleasure trip – I love doing the Halloween events at Disney and Universal Studios every year.

    Do you read up on your destination (culture, history, safety) or do you wing it?
    From the moment that I book a trip, I am constantly trying to find out every bit of information that I possibly can – I think of it as part of the fun of going away. I would never feel comfortable by turning up somewhere completely unprepared. I have already planned the morning in Funchal when we stop there on our Transatlantic cruise next year as we only have a short amount of time there.

    Favourite travel website?
    My favourite websites are the blogs like this one that people have written after visiting different places and if they include photos, even better. You learn so much more about each destination on these blogs than on commercial travel websites.

    Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name city and why.
    Tokyo and indeed the whole of Japan without a doubt. It’s the most fascinating country I’ve ever visited. It’s such a culture shock when you arrive for the first time but you quickly get used to it and then you realise that no other country will ever match Japan for its efficiency, cleanliness, courteousness and awesomeness ever again!

    You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no option, where are you going?
    This might sound bizarre but I’ve always wanted to visit North Korea as there simply is nowhere like it on earth!

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