Recently I was completely out of ideas for blog posts. I know I haven’t talked about it a lot, but I have been very sick and was even admitted to hospital. I am now doing a lot better (woohoo!) but I am still feeling a bit weak. As I am low on energy at the moment, my attention span is very short so obviously, when writing blog posts, you have to do a lot of research, and at the moment I don’t really have the right frame of mind to do that.
So I ask some of my friends what I should do and they said to do a travel Q&A. I thought that was a great idea, so I got quite a few questions and I will answer them underneath. I hope you enjoy this post.
How can you learn about a culture and meet locals without speaking their language?
There are other ways of communicating with people without actually taking, surprising I know, we are so accustomed to our language of speaking. People who have traveled know that you can hang out with a local and see sights without actually understanding each other.
There is pointing, there are hand gestures, there is just following each other etc
You definitely don’t have to speak a language in order to become friendly with the locals or to be clearly understood.
What is your favorite thing about traveling?
This is going to be a cliche answer but seeing new locations, cultures, and people. You meet so many people during your travels, learn to appreciate your life back home and learning how other people live it often a massive learning experience.
Which country is your favorite that you have visited?
What made you decide to start traveling?
The Netherlands is VERY small and from the time that I was a baby, my parents took my sister and I to different countries on our summer holidays. So I loved going to different countries ever since I was little. I studied Tourism and that also includes travel, so it has always been part of who I am. I love ticking off countries from my bucket list and seeing new cultures, something I recommend everybody try at least once.
What is the most overrated place you have visited?
Don’t hate me, but Singapore.
Not that interesting? Just another big city. There was a lot of phoe-ha around the city when I went to see it, it just didn’t live up to my expectations, unfortunately.. maybe another time?
What are the best places you have traveled alone and where would you recommend traveling with a companion.
I think if you have a bit of common sense, you can travel alone to pretty much any country. I don’t think that is an issue, just do your research before you go somewhere that you are unsure of.
I think the best place I have traveled to alone was Airlie beach. I know that doesn’t sound too exciting(and I may be biased as I live in Australia) but a lot of places I went with friends so I didn’t go completely by myself. I went to Airlie beach in 2017 after becoming the GM of a hotel. I had worked the summer season and had to de-stress – BIG TIME (you feel me :O). I went to Airlie Beach for the first time and was absolutely blown away by its beauty. I need to go back as I want to go on one of the many cruises to the great barrier reef, but I haven’t had time (plus, I get motion sick on boats, so I’m not 100% convinced yet)
Best advice for sleeping long distance on a plane?
Take a sleeping pill (Or motion sickness pills)
If you have trouble sleeping and your flight is 18 hours, why struggle? Just pop a pill so that you are out for a few hours. I don’t understand why people who cant sleep on flights wouldn’t do that. Baffles me. Same goes for Jet lag? Pop a pill for the first few nights to help you sleep, and you are over your jet lag so much faster.
Any airport hacks?
For long flights or layovers, I suggest getting access to an airport lounge. When they are not too busy, you can get access to them for around $25,-
They have more space, free food, clean showers and are a lot quieter to relax in. It is 100% worth spending that extra money and relaxes you during your layover.
If I visit Amsterdam what’s the one meal I shouldn’t miss?
I don’t know if most of my followers know this, but I am originally from the Netherlands. I have lived in Australia for about 6=7 years now (I’ve lost count) There are a few treats that you should try when visiting Amsterdam. I have listed all of them in my Amsterdam guide if you would like to check it out below. Some things that I would advise you to try are:
- Krokketen – Breadcrumb, fried food roll
- Puddingbroodje – Cream or custard sweet roll
- Bitterballen – Dutch version of meatballs
- Stroopwafels – Dutchie waffles (Oh yeah, that’s right they are THE bomb!)
What these are check you can check it out in my Amsterdam city guide.
Which airline is the best?
They are not the cheapest, but my favorite airline for long distance flights is Emirates. I love their service, their food, their seating and the legroom that you get. Since I’ve been traveling with them for quite a while now I have now become a Gold member with them, meaning I get some extra perks like access to their lounges etc Extra bonus and who doesn’t love a good bonus.
Short haul flights I don’t really care, I normally choose the cheapest airline I can find. Not a big fan of Tiger Air (Australian airline though, their leg space is non-existent)
Do you advise getting travel insurance?
YES and YES!
I was so stupid not to get travel insurance on my last trip (Bali)
I am not sure yet what happened, as I still need to undergo some testing, but long story short: I got SUPER sick and had to call a doctor in the middle of the night. I got an IV and a shit ton of medications and I was not allowed to fly back home. (I was supposed to fly that day) I had to stay an additional 3 nights, rebook my flight and miss several days of work. I had no travel insurance so I had to pay everything myself. Total cost $1,500,-
What is the biggest WOW moment you have had so far?
Hmm, good question. I think I had a wow moment in the Maldives with the clear blue water and the eye blinding white beaches.
I also had a WOW moment when I saw the red center in Uluru.
If you could only pack 5 items in your luggage, what would they be?
- My passport – Cause you need it! haha! can’t travel without it
- My contact lenses – Blind as a bat without it
- My DSLR camera – I love taking pictures
- Laptop – To keep blogging and to stay in touch with my family
- A comfortable dress – cause I shouldn’t be naked…
What is your dream destination?
I have quite a few destinations where I would like to go next, but if I had to choose I would say: Exmouth to swim with the whale sharks and New Zealand because well, Lord of the rings 😉
If you have any questions then leave them in the comments underneath.