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Don’t Ever Look Back From A To Z

Don’t Ever Look Back From A To Z

After being nominated by both GQ Trippin and The Smart Girl’s Travel Guide, it’s time we shared our ABC’s with you. This might be information overload to some, but for those who are interested in getting to know the two of us a little better these answers will help.

A. Age you went on your first international trip:

Amy: 20. It was November 2007 and Kieron and I went to Bali.

Kieron: I was taken abroad for the first time to the Philippines with my parents when I was just 1 and then again when I was around 10. My first international trip as an adult was with Amy after I just turned 23.

B. Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where:

Amy: Bintang in Bali. So refreshing in the hot, humid climate!

Kieron: The Southeast Asian beers are hard to go past but my favorite is probably the ice-cold Tiger Beer I had on the river at Clarke Quay in Singapore. Mmmm…

Tiger Beer in Singapore

C. Cuisine (favorite):

We like a little bit of everything. Thai is great (but not too spicy!) and we obviously have a soft spot for home-cooked Filipino food, but I honestly think we’re just waiting to get to Italy so that we can finally have a definitive answer to this question!

D. Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why:

For both of us, the favorite destination we’ve visited is Iceland – it’s just so unique and beautiful with many adventure activities to keep you entertained. If it’s not already at the top of your bucket list, add it now!

As for our least favorite, it would have to be Manila. We totally adore the rest of the Philippines but this city is way too congested and polluted for our liking.

E. Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:

This would be the Sinterklaas Festival in Amsterdam. It’s extremely lively, many foreigners think it’s incredibly racist (St Nicolas’ servants are all painted in blackface) and the locals absolutely love it! It’s just something that is so bizarre that it left us without words and has to be seen to be believed.

Sinterklaas Amsterdam

F. Favorite mode of transportation:

We’re not big fans of transportation (why can’t we just close our eyes and be at the next destination already?!) but it’s hard to go past the trains in Europe. They’re fast, reliable and very comfortable.

In terms of fun transportation, getting around Hawaii on mopeds was awesome!

Riding a moped in Hawaii

G. Greatest feeling while traveling:

Amy: Every day feels like a Saturday… you don’t need to worry about what the date is or mundane things like work or bills.

Kieron: I think it would be seeing that famous landmark or attraction for the first time. You get such a rush when you get that first glimpse of something like Niagara Falls or the Eiffel Tower.

H. Hottest place you’ve traveled to:

It’s gotta be in the South of the USA during summer – Las Vegas was pretty damn hot, as was San Antonio in Texas. Definitely didn’t want to be outside for long in either of those destinations.

I. Incredible service you’ve experienced and where:

We would probably say the Traders Hotel in Malaysia. Everyone was extremely friendly and they went the extra mile to check us in at 8AM after an extremely long flight from Paris.

J. Journey that took the longest:

We purposely avoid long journeys but it would probably be our trip from Melbourne to Los Angeles.

We had to fly via Sydney with a few hours stopover and then got stuck on the tarmac in LA for just under an hour that felt like forever. In total we’d probably guess it was around 17 hours before we arrived at our hotel.

K. Keepsake from your travels:

We collect shot glasses – at first we bought them in every city but have now cut back to one from every country (plus a few more special ones).

L. Let-down sight, why and where:

We really struggled to answer this question but if we had to come up with an answer, it would be the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines. We visited at the wrong time of the year when they were green (not brown) and it just wasn’t quite as spectacular as we had expected.

Chocolate Hills Bohol Philippines

M. Moment where you fell in love with travel:

Our first trip together to Bali. After a quiet first night, we stepped onto the streets of Bali to explore the next day and instantly fell in love with travel – the smells, the sights and the experiences drew us in and we’ve never looked back.

N. Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:

Crown Towers in Melbourne – we splurged and stayed in an Executive Club Suite for Amy’s 21st Birthday. It didn’t come cheap but it was extremely luxurious!

O. Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?:

We try to take pictures of anything and everything, which is an obsession in itself! We always take photos of the beds/hotels we’re staying in, the food we eat and obviously the city we’re visiting.

P. Passport stamps, how many and from where?

Plenty! I think both of us have 5 or 6 stamps from Malaysia alone as we’ve gone through Kuala Lumpur several times (thanks AirAsia!).

Q. Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:

Amy: For me it would be FAO Schwarz in New York – the giant piano, the nurse caring for the baby dolls (even when nobody was looking!) and the life-size Lego creations. Can you tell that I’m just a big kid at heart?

Kieron: We’ve seen some pretty odd things on the road but it would probably be our most recent road trip to some of the big things of Australia.

Nurse at FAO Schwarz

R. Recommended sight, event or experience:

This list could go on forever, but if you have a chance to go whale watching we’d highly recommend it.

S. Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling:

The experiences. No matter what it costs, we’ll always fork out the big dollars if it means creating lifelong memories such as our interaction with Beluga Whales or a spontaneous visit to Disneyland.

Beluga Whale SeaWorld San Antonio

T. Touristy thing you’ve done:

The two of us are instantly attracted to the touristy things when we reach a new destination, but perhaps our recent experience at the Eiffel Tower took the cake.

We took as many ‘touristy’ photos as we possibly could with hilarious results.

U. Unforgettable travel memory:

Can we mention our interaction with Beluga Whales again?!

V.Visas, how many and for where?

All of our visas thus far have been ‘visa on arrival’ however the one time Kieron did apply for a Canadian Working Visa, he was rejected due to a very minor driving offence.

W. Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?

Amy: You wouldn’t believe it but my favorite glass of wine while traveling was an Australian Wolf Blass Chardonnay in Singapore! We also enjoyed Missouri Wine while traveling through St. Louis – the Dry Vignoles at Montelle was great.

X. eXcellent view and from where?:

Wow, this is a tough one. For a spectacular landscape, you can’t past the Grand Canyon and our best view of a city would be from The Peak in Hong Kong.

Let’s just leave it at that before we start ranting.

The Peak Hong Kong

Y. Years spent traveling?:

We’ve been traveling together since early 2007 so that would make it 5 years.

Z. Zealous sports fans and where?: 

Obviously from the sporting capital of the world – our hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

7 Comments

  1. Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I don’t know who invented this Travel A to Z thing, but I always get a kick out of reading different people’s responses.

    Clearly I owe that man a beer. But it won’t be VB – that stuff is terrible :-p
    Chris recently posted..Goonies Never Say Die – A Goonies Tour

    • Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      You’ll be surprised to know that I completely agree that VB is awful. If we’re sticking to Aussie beers, give me a Coopers any day!

  2. Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Great list. I remember visiting FAO Schwartz and finding the nurses and the adopting centre to be hilarious.
    Alouise recently posted..Around Edmonton – The Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village

    • Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      We could’ve spent all day there – it was just so entertaining, even for us big kids.

  3. Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Always splurge on the experience.. couldn’t agree more! Love it! Can’t wait to see you guys next week. ;)
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Bay of Islands: Cruising on The Rock!

    • Posted January 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

      It sounds like you guys are having some amazing experiences over in NZ which is so cool to see… looking forward to catching up soon!

  4. Posted February 14, 2012 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    I totally agree with “S” – it’s always worth it to pay the extra money to have an unforgettable experience while you are traveling!

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