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Wanderlust Wednesday- The ABC’s of Travel

I saw this post done a while ago, and thought this would be fun to do, so I saved the template for a few months, and now seems like a good day!


A: AGE you went on your first international trip

I went to Canada at 11, but I really count France, at 15, as my first international trip.


B: Best (foreign) BEER you’ve ever tasted

I do not remember what it was called, but I had a Turkish beer at a restaurant in Athens that was very tasty!


C: CUISINE (favorite)

Italian. Italian. Italian!


D: Most and least favorite DESTINATIONS

I don’t have a least favorite destination, so I’m going to cheat and do my two favorites!

Hosios Loukas Monastery

Seward Alaska


E: EVENT you experienced that made you say “wow”.

When my dad and I were in Yellowstone National Park and we were 2 feet away from a mama grizzly and her two cubs! 


F: FAVORITE mode of transportation

Car!  I love to take road trips!  Sure, my butt gets sore, and it takes a long time, but you can pull over and see anything you want, you get to see the country pass by you and it’s a great time to get closer to your friends and family! 


G: GREATEST feeling while traveling 

The greatest feeling I’ve experienced traveling (besides the general rush of experiencing new things) is when I have successfully communicated in another language!  It’s a great sense of accomplishment, and I feel like a more independent traveler.


H: HOTTEST place you’ve traveled to

I think Mexico is the hottest place I’ve visited, luckily water was always around!


I: INCREDIBLE service you’ve received and where

 Flights!  Any time I fly Lufthansa I always receive the best service!  Also, on British Airways!  I just feel like the flight attendants go way out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable!


J: JOURNEY that took the longest

When I drove to Alaska!  We  did it in three weeks, but with me being in school and my dad still working, that was all the time we had.  I would love to do it again very soon and make it a 6 month journey! 


K: KEEPSAKE from your travels

Too many things… Always postcards, though.  I also love just random little trinkets that aren’t typical.


L: LET-DOWN site; why and where

I think the closest thing to a let-down wasn’t as much a site, but a city.  I expected Athens to be a more beautiful city like the cities in Italy or France and so many other places in Europe, but it was very modern, and that disappointed me.  However, the people there were some of the nicest I’ve ever encountered on my travels, and I would still go back, it just wasn’t what I initially expected.


M: MOMENT that you fell in love with travel

When I was 8-years-old.  My family went on a road trip to the southwest and I don’t think I stopped smiling once!  I wanted my parents to live on the road forever, I wanted to explore all over the national parks and take pictures on the disposable cameras my parents bought me!


N: NICEST hotel you’ve stayed in

The resort in Mexico.  I don’t really spend money on nice hotels- not my thing. 


O: OBSESSION- what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while you travel?



P: PASSPORT STAMPS- How many and from where?

 Germany, Canada, England, France, Greece, Italy, and Mexico… A lot more to see!


Q: QUIRKIEST attraction you visited and where?

 Signpost Forest in Watson Lake, Canada.

R: RECOMMENDED site, event or experience

The National Parks.  I’m so proud of our Natural Wonders and think everyone should experience them!  (So far my favorites are Zion National Park in Utah and Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska!)


S: SPLURGE- something you have no problem spending money on while you’re traveling

I’m a budget traveler…. I’d say traveling itself is a splurge!


T: TOURISTY thing you’ve done

Went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, probably.


U: UNFORGETTABLE travel memory

 Anything with my family.  I am truly blessed to have shared so many experiences with them and I love, love, love the time I spent with them!


V: VISAS- How many and from where?

Zip!  I seriously need to get on doing some long-term travel, huh?  Can’t wait to be done with school!


W: WINE- Best glass of wine you’ve had, and where

 Ooo I have a blueberry dessert wine in France, and it was heavenly!


X: EXCELLENT view and from where?

The Bell-Tower in Siena or the Duomo in Florence.



Y: YEARS spent traveling 

I’ve been traveling since I was 4!  So 18 years!


Z: ZEALOUS sports fans and from where?

New Orleans Saints fans at the Superdome in ’09.  CRAZY!



Well there are my ABC’s of travel!  I really enjoyed reading other people’s… I hope you guys do too!

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    April 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Nice series of photos..

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    April 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    These questions would be great to ask with a group of friends. I think I am going to copy them down for the next social event. Thanks for providing them and for your answers! The photos interspersed made your responses even more interesting!

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      April 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      That would be a good idea to ask those questions with a group of friends who also love to travel! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Little Fingers
    April 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Nice Ashely, and I get to know more abt you..And many places I felt I am like you 🙂

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      April 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you! I feel like we have so much in common, as well! I really hope we get to meet when I go out your way this summer, my plans have changed slightly, I’m now going with my dad and brother and we’re staying in that area for almost a full week, so maybe I can make it down to Portland!

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    May 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Thought-provoking post, remarkable for someone just into their twenties (if I did my math right.) Lists like these prove how well you organize yourself, resulting in interesting material for your stories, and delightful entertainment for us. It’s tough trying to imagine all the different ways you might use your skills in the future.

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      May 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you very much! I really appreciate your comments, and your math is right, I’m 22. Thanks for your compliment, and I hope to do something exciting in the future- if I’m lucky involving lots and lots of traveling!

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        May 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        Just by working at it enough and keeping your eyes open for opportunities will bring you your dreams faster than you can imagine. You’ve already got a head start.

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