1.19.2011

Travel Questions

Last week Tiffany from Wandering Airstream made a lil' Q&A with me (thanks girl! :D) with loads of exciting travel questions! This is certainly a topic I get asked about a lot so I thought I'd share my responses with you all ;) (with some never before seen images and real vintage shots! :D) So here it comes... all your travel related questions answered (feel free to formspring me if you have any more!)



1. When did your love of travel begin?
Hmm… at birth???  Since I can remember the only thing I wanted to do is travel the world. I used to go to travel shows, collect the info packs, cutout pictures and plan my dream vacations.  I spent my first salary on a plane ticket and even these days there is hardly a month when I don’t go somewhere at least for a weekend. It’s also fair to say that most of my friends are abroad and my boyfriend’s family lives in Italy so most of the time I travel to visit someone I know.

2. You have lived in 4 countries.. how has adjusting to cultural differences been?
Different in each country. In the Netherlands I was a student surrounded by other international students, so there was no cultural shock. In Spain it was easy breezy, I love the country, the people, the culture, and I spoke the language when I moved there which helped a lot. Germany was different… much harder.
The people are more reserved and harder to warm up to. I’m just in the process of moving back (from Hungary) and while I was not thrilled at first, I am becoming excited again. Now that I speak the language, have some friends, and a new goal (to become a photographer), things will be easier I hope!


 3. When living abroad, what did you find you missed most about “home”?
Food!!!!! Sure I really missed my family as well, but we talk on the phone and skype a lot, while unfortunately there is no substitute for my favorite dishes.

4. Of the 20+ countries you have visited what are some of your favorites and why?
Spain is one of my absolute favorite countries. It’s really hard to define why… I just love the weather, the people, the smell in the air, the easy going attitude… I hope I’ll have the chance to live there one day!
My favorite vacation has been to Zanzibar, Tansania. Untouched paradise!!! While I was fortunate enough to visit some amazing countries like Egypt, Thailand or Tunisia I find that the usual vacation spots are spoiled by scammers and by the abundance of tourists. In Zanzibar I really felt like I had landed in another world and could get a glimpse into a whole different life. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and I advise everyone to go before the rest of the world discovers its beauties!

 5. Have you found more differences or similarities in people as you travel the world?
Difficult question. I think more similarities! I have danced with masai soldiers to the Macarena, which has highlighted that at the end of the day, we are all the same. We all drink Coke and dance to the same music! Not that I’m crazy for the idea that one day globalization will take over and masai soldiers will dress the same as the Western World. It might sound a bit cliche but the beauty of traveling is seeing different things and meeting different people. I hope that we’ll be able to preserve what’s unique in the different countries and cultures for the next generations. It would be a shame not to.

6. What have you experienced in your foreign travels that you don’t see as being prevalent in the United States?
Well, I don’t live in the States but I guess Western culture can be brought under one umbrella…and my answer is appreciation. People in developing countries can appreciate and be thankful for the smallest of things. Our consumerized world has no appreciation for things anymore, we want more, we want better, and we are never satisfied. One of my new years resolutions is to appreciate the little things!



7. What travel tips can you share that you have learned?
Planning and organization is key. Be prepared, read articles about the place where you’re traveling, and know what you want to see or do, otherwise you can easily get overwhelmed.
Also, book well in advance to save a ton of money!

8. You recently shared on your blog that you took the leap of leaving your job to pursue your love of photography…
Do you plan to travel just as much while pursuing this, or are you taking a break from travel?
The answer is that I’m planning to travel more!  I’m hoping to become a photographer without borders! My absolute dream would be to have my own little business where I’d do travel photography all over the world for magazines and websites and I’d do wedding and portrait photography all over Europe.
Plane tickets within Europe are very cheap so I don’t think it would make my services too expensive, in fact I think I’ll be able to offer more affordable rates than if someone would have hired a local photographer in let’s say France, or the UK.

9. What places are on your must-visit list that you haven’t crossed off yet?
Too many to list! The number one on my list is New York right now. I cannot believe that I’ve never been! I’d also love to travel to South America, especially to Brazil and Argentina and I’m really interested in Indonesia and Japan as well.

10. Do you ever plan to travel the U.S. extensively?
I’ve had a road trip with my family for 5 weeks in the US. We started in Phoenix, Arizona and we made our way through San Diego, LA, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone Park, Bryce Canyon and The Grand Canyon. It was truly one of the most exciting trips of my life! However I’m an East Coast virgin which I’m hoping to change soon!


11. A popular question we get asked is how we can afford to take off and travel full-time. Although your travel is not full-time it does require a great deal of airfare, and concentrated spending, do you have tips on how to country hop like you do on a budget?
Traveling within Europe is really cheap these days. With low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet or Wizzair I hardly pay more than 100 euro for my return tickets. I normally stay with friends or family which eliminates the accomodation costs. I usually only have one or two bigger trips in a year for which I save up.  What I really want to start doing in the future is home swapping (like in The Holiday) so if anyone is interested in a trip to Berlin, let me know and let’s swap! I have friends who have done it and they had an amazing experience. I really believe home swapping is the future of traveling on a budget, as I’d personally rather stay in nice homes than boring, ugly, hotel rooms.

12. Parting words of wisdom???
Life is not measured by the number of steps we take, but by the places and faces that take our breathe away!
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31 comments:

travelkate said...

I enjoyed this Q&A-I love hearing from fellow travelers about their favorite places and experiences!

http://travelmoonblog.blogspot.com

Ivânia Santos (Diamond) said...

Great post!
Loveeeeeeee your bag <33

A La Mode et Plus! said...

I LOVE THIS!! Ok sorry, now that I got that out of the way. I have such a travel bug and haven't done anything major in 2 years. Passport is burning a hole in my pocket! You have me thinking about Tanzania now... :) If you do come to NYC let me know!! And on your east coast stops you should visit DC as well!!

P.S. If I ever get a home, I would totally swap with you :)

Behind the Lashes said...

Great post! I really want to start traveling more myself. I'm in Philadelphia so if you need any east coast help or ideas lmk. xoxo

genevieve, sandbox romance said...

You have such a lovely blog, and it was fascinating to learn more about your travels! I loved your answer to question 6 about consumerism; so true.

Finley said...

I so admire your courage and carefree attitude!! Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

I absolutely loved reading about your traveling adventures! It's really inspiring for me to see someone go out there and see the world. :) Granted, I don't have friends & family to go see. It's still a goal of mine to pinch my pennies and book a cheap trip on Gilt and just do the damn thing!

Vintage is for Lovers said...

Wow! You live the life girlfriend! And such wonderfully inspiring wisdom to share. You learn so much about yourself and life in travel. What a wonderful gift for yourself. You have reminded me to appreciate the little things in life, for we both know, they are actually the big things! xo Samantha

Brittany - Try It On Me said...

Great post! I'm terribly jealous of your travels. But reading about them is almost as fun! XO

http://tryitonmegirl.blogspot.com/

safaribarbie said...

You're absolutely right - food is the thing I also miss most! For some inspiration where to go in Asia or South America, check out my blog. Oh, and if you're interested to swap homes with me in Botswana, let me know ;)

http://thesingaporeadventure.blogspot.com/

Emelie said...

Lovely pictures, I like them !

Great job =)

Kisses

http://vintagetouchblog.wordpress.com

Eda ♥ said...

Fabulous, I've been fortunate to travel a lot but my plans for the future are to see a different city every year for my birthday and visit a different destination for a holiday in the winter. I do love city breaks, I love the hustle and bustle, the different cuisines, the people, the language ♥

*following your blog*

Eda ♥

marissa said...

what a GREAT interview! as a traveler myself, i loved reading your answers gabby! and you have to come to the east coast sometime! and puglia! :)
xoxo
marissa

p.s. just wanted to let you know that i have a little giveaway today if you're interested :)

Bronwyn said...

Wow, lovely! Thank you!

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this free bird said...

You are so lucky to have visited and lived in so many amazing places. I loved reading about your travels, favorites, and especially seeing your pictures. While I haven't traveled even nearly as extensively as you have I totally agree about people in other countries having a deeper appreciation for the things they have vs. all the things they "need".

Thanks for sharing!
Carrie

kirstyb said...

love this post thanks for sharing x

More than Mode said...

Nice!!!!
I loooove travelling too!!
My boyfriend and I made a blog about our 6 months travelling around Asia! If you want you can take a look! It's on my profile!! ;)
Kisses sweetie!!!

*Simply Colette* said...

I love this post! :)

xo,
nicolette

http://www.simplycolette.blogspot.com
http://www.photographygetaways.com

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

Loved learning more about you!

Liesl :)

Michelle said...

I have those gold sandals!! You're so cute!!

http://twentynineblog.blogspot.com

Rita said...

Absolutely loved this post!

I love travelling but it was always with my parents who pay for everything, this Summer I will be going to Italy on my own and at my expense, I am so happy :D

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Kendall said...

This is truly an inspiration! Good for you to go for your dream.

Fiona said...

Your travels totally make me miss the time I spent in London studying. Ryanair makes travel so cheap and accessible to students :) Thanks for sharing!

jetsetbarbie said...

I just stumbled across your blog- love it! I have a love affair with travel as well..and all things fashion :) Looking forward to following you in the future!

http://jetsetbarbie.wordpress.com/

Miyan said...

great post! love the Q&A session. and i think you are right on about the home-swap thing as the future of travel. sounds like a fun idea and i would love to try it. im in israel if you are interested =)

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Nuha Sofiyan said...

So so jealous, I wish i could travel as much as you have..and I loved your comment about appreciation, we take advantage of so much every single day

Kristin said...

Loved this interview - I'm also obsessed with travelling! Definitely following your blog now!

Kristin
http://onthesweetnessofcolour.blogspot.com

Linda | Garden Betty said...

Lovely interview. As a fellow wanderer and traveler, I too love the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things. Being out of your element is incredibly soothing for the soul.

Keep on jetsetting!

gardenbetty.com

Julia said...

That's some really inspiring stuff you have to say. Keep up the good work!

chandra said...

Enjoyed spending time on your site!
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Diana said...

hey i´m glad i´ve found your blog and read this interview. I will look forward to reading about your new adventures in Barcelona. Good luck !! ;)

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