Honoured to be recognized by a fellow blogger
Last week Deborah of Tag Along Travel bestowed the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award on Destinations Detours and Dreams. Deborah frequently tags along with her husband Steve on his many business trips. The couple also loves to travel for pleasure. And Deborah blogs about it. Like me, Deborah lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but we have not yet met face-to-face.
The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers honours comes with rules. You must answer 10 questions asked by the person giving the award and you must then give the award to 10 other bloggers with 10 of your own questions.
My answers to Deborah:
- How do you cope with jet lag?
I try to catch some sleep on the plane if I will be landing in the morning. The first day is crucial and I try to live it out according to local time as best I can, adjusting to meal times and bed times. If I am very tired and cannot go on, I opt for a short nap, but set an alarm so I do not sleep the day away. Sometimes that works and by the next day I am in sync with the new time zone. Other times, I don’t cope very well at all.
- What’s your favourite travel photo from your collection? (post it please)
Wow, this question is tough. It sent me on trips down memory lane as I looked through my photo collections. I have favourites from England and across Canada. I love the scenery in Arizona – the mountains and the desert landscape. I love the blooms in spring. I have lots of wonderful photos. And then there is Barcelona. But, for this post, I’ve decided to share a picture from Nevis. Nevis is a Caribbean island I fell in love with in the 1980s, but after three trips there in less than three years, I never made it back until twenty-five years later. I approached that return with some trepidation. Perhaps the inevitable change over the years would lessen the island’s appeal and tarnish my memories. I did find change. Some of the quaint, isolated characteristics no longer existed. Some changes added to our enjoyment of the island. Underneath all the change, the charm and essence of the island and the people remained. I realized I may not have been at all comfortable on the island if I’d found things exactly as they’d been 25 years prior. I and the world had changed too. A short lesson on travel and life.
(Now, like the wise shopper who stops looking for the best price after finally making a purchase, I will stop looking at my photos and thinking about other favourites.)
- What’s the most overdone travel quote you see on social media that makes you groan the most (e.g. travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer)?
I really dislike quotes that distinguish between travellers and tourists, such as “the traveller sees what he sees, the tourist what he has come to see.” The statements seem arrogant, implying there is something inherently better or nobler in certain ways of travelling. I disagree with that.
- What is the best hotel amenity that you have come across on your travels?
I think it might be the heated towel racks in the hotel I stayed at in Scheveningen, Netherlands years ago on a business trip. Although after long days travelling in the car, a microwave in the room and microwavable dinners for sale at the front desk are a big plus too.
- If you could take a trip with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I like travelling with my husband. We appreciate similar things and enjoy each other’s company. I tend to want to be busier than he does and have been known to plan to do more in one day than makes sense. Sometimes I spend part of the time exploring on my own, but he is often the voice of reason that slows me to a more sensible pace. I enjoyed a trip with my sister a couple of years ago. We’d planned to each go our own way and explore what interested us. It turned out we did most of our sightseeing together because we were interested in the same things. I discovered that my sister likes to pack in full days too and can actually sustain that pace longer than I can.
- What makes you feel uncomfortable when travelling?
Being accosted by people trying to sell you something and who won’t take no for an answer.
- What is the biggest misconception people who don’t travel have about travel?
I don’t know what misconceptions non-travellers have. I admit to being surprised and a little baffled by people who have absolutely no desire to travel or who have no interest in exploring when they wind up somewhere other than home, but whether their attitude is due to misconceptions or not I can’t say. They may simply have vastly different interests than I do.
- What is the must-do attraction or experience for someone travelling to your hometown?
I think there is a lot for a visitor to see and do in Winnipeg and have written many blog posts about its attractions. What I would suggest to a visitor varies by what their interests are, but the one place I’d consistently recommend is The Forks.
- Where was your last trip and from 1 – 5 with 5 being amazing, how would you rate your experience?
I visited my daughter in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visits with my daughter always rate a 5.
- Where are you going next and why?
Next week, we’re off to the Whiteshell area in Manitoba where we will visit a friend at her cabin. Why? Because summer in Manitoba and chilling at the lake just go together, and because, no matter how much we travel, we’re still taken with the beauty so close to home. We’re planning a trip to England in fall. Why? To visit friends we haven’t seen in a long time and because it’s England!
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- Anita at No Particular Place to Go
- Betsy at Passing Thru
- Carol at Generation Z. Cruising in an RV.
- Colleen at Traveling Light
- Doreen at Chocolatour
- Irene at More Time To Travel
- Michele at A Taste for Travel
- Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox
- Susan at Solo Trips and Tips
- Why did you start blogging?
- How did you select the name for your blog?
- How do you like to travel? Alone, in a group, fast-paced, laid-back, luxury, budget, structured, unplanned, . . .
- What has been your most unusual travel experience?
- What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten?
- What do you do to plan and prepare for a trip?
- How has blogging changed your travel experience?
- Where will you go next?
- What is your favourite thing about blogging?
- What is the most important thing travel has taught you?