The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

First and foremost let’s just address a little something completely unrelated to the whole rest of this post.

Despite not being a ‘Christmas gift guide, this is my recipe for mulled wine and these are the perfect Christmas getaway destinations’ kind of blogger, I am most certainly aware that it was Christmas the other day. And you know what? I had a jolly good time!

Santa (otherwise know as Stepdad Steve) came up trumps, and if adulting means receiving nothing but books, socks and edibles for Christmas every year then I am 100% down for that! So yeah, my Christmas was absolutely smashing and I sincerely hope all you lot had as much festive fun as I.

Now moving on swiftly… I recently got involved (and by involved I mean I joined a group on Facebook and haven’t actually made any sort of active contribution yet because I’m forever a silent lurker) in one of those really fun looking blogger train type posts, which is probably the worst way of describing it but you all know what I mean, right? Somebody starts off, answers question and links to the next person, then the next person, then the next person, and so on and so forth into eternity.

If you’ve been around these parts for any length of time you’ll probably already know how I’m rather partial to a bit of Q&A, and this particular train-Q&A-challenge type thing is right up my alley. Started by Steph over at her aptly named blog, Stephanie Fox, the questions are completely and utterly travel-focused, designed specifically to encourage reflection on 2016 and looking forward to 2017, as a way to share experiences, knowledge and recommendations. Molto divertente!


1. If you had to move to a country that you’ve NEVER been to, and live there for ten years, where would you go?

Oh gosh this is a hard one! Ask me to choose a country I’ve actually been to and I’d have enough trouble with that, so this is the worst. Umm… Costa Rica, probably. It’s a practical choice because, you know, I speak Spanish so I’d be able to get a job there, order my own food and what-not plus it just looks blooming marvellous!

2. If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?

Alright, so my first instinct would be to say Pooram International in Thrissur, if only because I basically lived there for the best part of three months anyway and me and the security guard might just be BFFs. But every single veggie dish on their room service menu tastes exactly the same and I don’t think I could deal with that for the rest of my life.
Other than that one I can’t really remember the name of any of the hotels I’ve stayed at recently, they’ve had that much of an impact on my life. As I’m mostly a budget travel kind of gal, when I do stay at hotels it’s only because they’ve got a jolly good deal going on and more often than not they’re pretty grim – none of them really worthy of the rest of my life. With all that useless nonsense being said, I’d choose the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Haven’t actually been in the hotel, nor have I stayed there, but it looks pretty fancy from the outside and is on its own little island so I’d be safe from all the Rajasthani monkeys  what more could you want?!

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3. If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?

Indian, Indian, Indiaaaaan. There’s so much variety from, like, all the places and states and stuff so I don’t think I’d ever get bored of it.

4. Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?

Nobody in particular but more or less anyone who’s on holiday right now!
There are a lot of people – complete strangers – who I come across every single day on Instagram or on their blogs, all of whom seem to be having an incredible time in some far-flung country and I’ll be completely honest when I say that I do momentarily become overwhelmed by the green-eyed monster. However, when I think back at all the incredibly memories and amazing things I’ve seen and done in all 16 of the countries I’ve visited this year, I am grateful. And I just know that my turn to visit Jamaica will come one day…

5. If you had to look at the same sunrise or the same sunset every day, where in the world would you never get bored of seeing?

The sunset in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan is by far the most beautiful one I’ve ever experienced, and I imagine sunrise in the same spot wouldn’t be too shabby either!

This photo definitely doesn’t do it justice!

6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your home town, where would it be and what would you recommend others to do?

The only thing to do in my town is go to Iceland, Asda and Gregg’s, walk up a mountain and maybe buy some drugs if you’re lucky. So for the purpose of actually having something nice to say, let’s pretend I live in Cardiff. Whenever people ask me what there is to do in Cardiff I always say the same three things: visit the castle, take a trip to St Fagan’s and go for a walk down Cardiff Bay. It’s really quite a pretty city if you manage to get there on one of the 3 days a year it’s not raining!

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7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?

Tempted to say the day I landed back in India even though I didn’t really do anything of note, just because I was so happy being back. But no. To be honest I don’t think I have one single perfect travel day that I could pick out of the bunch. Strangely enough, one of the days that sticks out more than most was the time we drove for what felt like days from Thrissur to Bangalore via Mysore, tried to catch the sunrise but kind of failed and then didn’t see anything else because we were all too tired to function. Hardly a newsworthy day but one of the ones that I don’t think I’ll ever forget!

8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?

Only went and crossed off the whole thing, didn’t I?! Okay so that’s an exaggeration but the main thing ‘on my list’ has always been to see all 7 of the New 7 Wonders of the World – and in visiting Christ the Redeemer, Chichen Itza and Great Wall of China this year, I did it!

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9. What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?

I’m taking 2017 as the perfect opportunity to hone my stalking skills and visit every Game of Thrones filming location I can manage… starting with Croatia in February. I’d also quite like to visit Athens for non-Game of Thrones related reasons.

10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?

There’s no particular reason for this being my favourite, I just quite like it.

A photo posted by Wales to Wherever (@stteyaja) on


And I’m done!

I really had a lot of fun writing up this post so kudos to Steph for starting up the challenge. Please do check out her take on it riiiiight here as well as a few other lovely ladies who’ve already published theirs:

Josie Wanders

Young and Undecided

Where’s That To

My Own True North

And if you fancy having a go yourself, do join the Facebook page and let’s be friends. Yay friends!

P.S. In case you can’t tell, I finally bothered reading up on how to embed actual Instagram posts into the blog. Très magnifique and exciting, yes?!

 

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19 Comments

  1. 27th December 2016 / 11:45 am

    I love this concept! Thinking of doing it myself. Just went ahead and requested to join the FB group, and I’m excited to see what’s in store. Enjoyed reading your answers1

    • rhiydwi
      27th December 2016 / 1:55 pm

      You should definitely join in, it’s a lot of fun and great way to connect with other bloggers you wouldn’t otherwise have heard of! 😀

  2. 27th December 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I just love your writing! I have spent way too much time (since it is late here in Australia and I need to get up in a few hours for work) looking around at your blog, so this challenge has worked! You have been to a lot of the places I have on my list for next year, so I’ve enjoyed reading about them and looking forward to some of the upcoming places too.

    • rhiydwi
      27th December 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Aw thank you so much Josie, I’m glad you enjoy reading! 😀 The challenge is great, right?! So many blogs I’d never come across before and now I’m hooked. Very much looking forward to following along with your adventures in the coming year!

  3. 29th December 2016 / 11:22 am

    I loved reading this! I’ve joined the FB although I’m not really a travel blogger, they’re some of my favourite posts to read and write.

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk – Amy

    • rhiydwi
      30th December 2016 / 12:51 pm

      Yay! I was going to say I’ll keep an eye out for when you post it, but then just scrolled through my Bloglovin and see you already have haha, so I’ll get to reading that in a bit! x

  4. 1st January 2017 / 1:42 pm

    All 7 Wonders of the World?!? Woah! That’s incredible. I’ll be seeing the Great Wall in April! I’m so excited 😀

    • rhiydwi
      1st January 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Ahh I know, I still can’t believe I managed tbh! Oh wow that’s exciting!! Are you going from Beijing or elsewhere?

  5. 4th January 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Such a lovely post! I love your writing – it’s literally like I am sitting with you and hearing your answers first hand. Sounds like you have a fun year ahead in 2017 – looking forward to reading all about it 🙂

    • rhiydwi
      7th January 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks Cindy, that’s nice of you to say! 😀 Same to you too, very happy to have come across your blog 🙂

  6. 6th February 2017 / 2:48 am

    This is definitely my new favorite Q and A. I love that it’s all about travel. And might I say my own green-eyed monster reared it’s ugly head when I read that you have now visited all of the 7 wonders of the world. That is awesome and quite an accomplishment!

  7. 6th February 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Great questions, Rhiannon, and I can see you’re an avid reader through your writing, an easy to read writing style. Your hometown in Wales sounds a bit like my hometown in Scotland, East Kilbride – a suburban nightmare. I suppose that’s why we travel. Anyway, I’ve read a few of your posts now and always enjoy them. Keep up the good work, and safe travels!

  8. 6th February 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I’m not good in answering these types of questions so I know I wouldn’t do very well but I do enjoy reading others’ answers….lol! Good luck in accomplishing your goal of visiting all the Game of Thrones filming locations!

  9. 6th February 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Hey Rhiannon, this was so much fun to read! I like your style and candor (and kudos for figuring out how to embed Instagram images). If you do ever get to live in Costa Rica, it’s a fabulous and beautiful country! 🙂 Have fun visiting Croatia and seeing the Game of Thrones locations. Can’t wait to read about more of your adventures!

  10. 6th February 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Fantastic posts! I loved reading your answers and coming along with your for the ride. It’s always fun to answer questions and show a little different side. Congrats on fulfilling that bucket list item!! That’s a great one! And I love your memories of what you can’t forget. Sometimes the ones that seem the least special end up leaving an imprint on us the most. Thanks for sharing!

  11. 6th February 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Holy cow- All 7 wonders of the world is so impressive! I think I’ve only seen 1- the Great Wall of China. Maybe someday I’ll get to the others. I’d also love to check out some Game of Thrones filming locations!

  12. 6th February 2017 / 11:44 pm

    I had never heard of this challenge, but it’s super interesting, especially because the questions are pretty in-depth! I’d have a hard time answering these myself, but you did a great job. I could definitely seem myself living in Costa Rica for a while as well. Also, OMG I want to visit GOT spots too!

  13. 7th February 2017 / 12:02 am

    Wow, I absolutely love your photos- especially that first one of Lake Pichola where the framing just fits the image perfectly. I’ve never heard of the challenge before but really enjoyed reading your responses as they were a little more in depth than your average Q and A! 🙂

  14. 7th February 2017 / 1:39 am

    I agree, this is a really funny platform to get to know other bloggers. I am with you, Croatia is high on my list, the hiking in natural wonders look fantastic. Can’t wait to see what your favorite Instagram post will be for next year 🙂

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