I had a message from the always hilarious, clever and fabulous Daffy, who writes the blog Batcrap Crazy, today asking if I'd posted here recently. Daffy wasn't asking to nag me about my lax posting schedule, or to point out my faults (she was asking because she was worried her RSS reader wasn't working - Huh. If there's nothing new on Daffy's reader, I must not be the only bloggess neglecting to update her blog) but it still gave me a nudge. Thanks Daffy!
So let's jump right in, shall we?
Elaine from The Miss Elaine-ous Life (who has two boys and a brand new baby girl) and Jen from Buried With Children (who has triplets, plus a big brother to keep them company) took the time out of their obviously very busy schedules to ask where I'd like to travel if I could go anywhere.
I like to think of myself as adventurous, spontaneous and well-travelled, but the reality is that I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to travel. Exotic destinations kind of scare me - I worry about strange diseases, contaminated food and (this is the big one) enormous poisonous bugs and giant angry animals with sharp, sharp teeth. Canada is pretty safe when it comes to these things, you see. Almost none of our insects or reptiles are poisonous. We do have scary animals (grizzly bears, coyotes, polar bears (in the north), mounties) but I'm a city girl, so it's not really an issue.
Have you heard about all the stuff that can kill you in Australia? Have you heard about their crocodiles? Have you? They're terrifying. I learned about them in Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Country. I wish I could quote it here, but I don't actually own a copy (which is ridiculous, I love Bill Bryson - there's a point at which religious library use becomes an issue... this is that point). Anyway, Bryson makes Australian crocodiles sound epically terrifying.
All this to say that my dream travel destinations are pretty tame.
I've never been to western Canada. I'd love to visit British Columbia. I'd like to tour Europe as well. I'm dying to go back to the UK. I want to visit Ireland. I want to go to New Zealand. NZ sounds amazing. It was described in my travel destinations class (back when I was studying Travel & Tourism) as containing all the worlds' climates on its tiny little self. I want to see the grand canyon and Las Vegas. I want to take the kids to Disney World. I want to go home and visit my family. I'd love to rent a cottage on the south shore of Nova Scotia. I'd like to spend some time in Montreal. And I'd like to visit Newfoundland.
But my #1 travel goal right now is to do a walking vacation in England. They have a great set up. The walks are gorgeous and often historic (with ruins and castles and English town and all that good Europy/British stuff) and there are tour companies who pick up and move your stuff from one inn to the next on your itinerary, so you don't have to carry it with you while you're walking. England has an extensive, well-established trail system. You spend your days walking and stop midday at an English pub for pub food and a pint. Yeah! That's my kind of adventure.
The brilliant Ami of Writing: My Life and Write Out Loud asked: Of all the places you've been in your life, what was your favorite and why?
Like I said in the previous question, I like to think of myself as well travelled. I've been to 6 countries (including Canada). I've visited all of the Maritime Provinces (extensively), Quebec city and Montreal in Quebec, and much of southern Ontario in Canada. I've visited Maine (especially Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor), New Hampshire, Vermont, New York City (several times on class trips), Boston (twice), Florida and Salt Lake City (I was there for a wedding) in the states. I've visited Iceland, Spain, France and England in Europe. I'm not exactly well-travelled, but I'm not a total newb either.
I'm really not good at picking favourites... and travel is no exception. I love Iceland. It's a magical place. Really special. We were there on a four day stop-over on our way home from visiting England and France. We stayed up all night driving around, exploring and visiting waterfalls (it didn't get dark... it was twilight for a while, though). In Spain, my favourite place was Ronda, a small town on a huge cliff-side up in the mountains in Southern Spain.
Now you share with me: What is your favourite travel destination? And where would you love to go if you could go anywhere?
If you've got a question you want me to answer, just put it in the comments.
Coming soon: Ask the Reluctant Housewife - Parenting Edition.