We’ve been traveling domestically and internationally for many years, but we have gotten older now, which may seem a sad thing, but for our travel life it is a very happy thing. Besides having an empty nest, my husband has now retired so he always enthusiastically agrees to any travel ideas I throw his way. Anyways, a dear Twitter friend, Laura @countryexplores, has nominated our blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award and I am thrilled to participate! Thank you for the nomination, Laura, and I am honored that you thought of me! I also appreciate your posts!
So here I go:
1. Why did you start your travel blog? What was your inspiration?
We have been traveling more frequently so we have had more stories to tell. I’ve been sharing my photos on Instagram for a few years, but although a picture supposedly speaks a thousand words, I think I have a least 400 I’d like to say personally about each experience. I usually tell my stories to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen. A friend actually encouraged me to start a blog.
2. Where is the next place you are visiting and why?
We are going back to Costa Rica next week! EEEEEEE! We love Costa Rica. In fact, we are considering trying to find a way to live there for a while some day.
3.Where has been the best place you have visited and why?
My favorite place was Paris. We loved Paris. We stayed in the Latin Quarter, which is a quiet and unpretentious neighborhood in the 5th arrondissement with a very intimate feel. We didn’t do a lot of touristy things in Paris. We mostly sat at cafés and sipped cappuccinos and ate chocolate croissants. My husband sketches, so this is his bliss.
4.What is your long term goal for your travel blog?
I would love for people to read it. I would love for people to be inspired.
5.What are your top things to take with you on your travels and why?
My phone (which is also my wallet), my lip gloss and my glasses. Ha! Everything I need is this, the clothes on my back, and my passport.
6. What are your top 5 destinations on your bucket list and why?
We want to experience more of Costa Rica, Cape Cod is the very next trip on our list. We are planning a trip in the fall to Branson, Missouri, which is a total tourist trap, but I’ve never been and I’m pretty excited about it. Other than that, we’d like to visit Portugal and Ireland in the near future.
7. What are your hobbies?
Learning Spanish right now. I like to eat. Does that count? And of course, travel! ha
8.Which social media site is your favorite for travel inspiration?
I would have to say Twitter. I have really loved setting up my Twitter account and finding folks to follow. The traveler community on Twitter is a very open and friendly community and I see so many wonderful photos and find a lot of great information and ideas!
9. Do you have any advice for other travel bloggers?
Mostly to work your Twitter account. It seems to be one of the best places to get exposure and find readers. Also, be yourself and share your stories, even the stuff that goes wrong.
10. Have you ever used Couchsurfing when travelling? If not, what are your reasons for not using it?
Well, we travel as a couple, so I don’t think this is an option for us. We have used Airbnb, but I mostly prefer hotels. We enjoy our privacy and solitude at the end of a day.
Thanks again, Laura, for nominating our blog. I found this to be a great opportunity to share a little more about us and our travels!