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The following Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge questions are designed to be a lot more interesting than simply ‘where is your favourite place to travel’, and intend to pass on the experiences and knowledge that travel bloggers have, as well as a bit of a 2016 round up, looking forward into 2017. I’d always prefer to take recommendations from bloggers than brands or travel companies, and whenever I’ve heard these questions asked they always spark a long and varied discussion – especially among people who love to travel. At least you know you’re getting a thought out answer!

Each Travel Whispers blog post can be found by clicking the link through to the next blogger at the bottom of the post, and so on, so take the time to read through a few – you might find some exciting new bloggers to follow and some great travel ideas for the future!  You can also find them across Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TravelWhispers.

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?

It would be really easy to go with a similar country to Australia and pick New Zealand or Canada, but I think that would be too easy. I like a challenge, so instead I’d choose India. Yes, completely crazy choice, but I think India is such a varied and complex country that it would take the whole ten years to get to know and understand it. It also has so many different places to live that surely I would find somewhere suited to me.

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

I don’t have a whole lot of experience with hotels since I prefer AirBnB’s or other similar accommodation. Assuming money is no option, maybe I would try out the world’s only 7 star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Surely it would have to be pretty amazing!

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Burj Al Arab

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

Indian. I simply love good Indian curry. And naan bread! Yum. There is also a great range of really tasty vegetarian foods available to keep me happy.

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

So many people! This year I have really discovered travel blogs, and have read about so many amazing places. I am obsessed now with hiking through the Accursed Mountains in Albania next year and I had never heard of them before!

I have also seen some pretty cool photos on Facebook and Instagram from some of my friends who have travelled near and far. Surprisingly it’s some of the photos from other parts of Australia I haven’t been to that have really had me envious. There are still so many places in my own country I haven’t been to yet.

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? Please don’t say sitting outside Cafe Mambo in Ibiza.

This might be a bit of a lame answer, but probably at home here in Adelaide, Australia. I live only about a hundred metres from the beach and we look directly west, so see some pretty good sunsets year round. I’ve been here over twenty years now and I’m not bored yet 🙂

Otherwise I would choose somewhere tropical, to see those huge red sunsets as the sun dips into the ocean.

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Largs Bay Sunset

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

I would plan it for March and stay in the Adelaide CBD. This time on year is known as Mad March as we have many festivals and other events happening. There are lots of people out and about, and always something to do. Here are some other things to do in Adelaide.

If I could travel a little further afield, I would head over to Kangaroo Island and stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge for a couple of days. It looks like the perfect luxurious weekend getaway.

7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?

My perfect day was one that began with hot air ballooning at dawn over Cappadocia, Turkey. It was followed by a champagne breakfast, then a full day of site seeing around this unique region. I think I said “wow” about a thousand times that day.

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Hot air ballooning over Cappadocia

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

Hot air ballooning as mentioned above to start with. Visiting Turkey itself had been on my bucket list for a few years, to see places like the Blue Mosque and Pamuakkale. We also got to Santorini, which is pretty much on everyone’s bucket list, isn’t it?

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

Top of my list this year is not a place, but rather long term travel itself. Finally being able to slow down and take our time as we travel rather than trying to cram a holiday into four weeks. We will be travelling for twelve months from April 2017. We will be leaving Australia and flying to Oslo, then backpacking back to Australia through Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?

It’s so hard to choose just one of my favourites, but I think the below is close. It’s in the backstreets of Naxos in the Greek Islands. I just loved the narrow, maze-like laneways of the old town.

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Naxos Backstreet

Since this is a Whispers challenge, thanks to Young and Undecided who has passed this on to me. Now in turn I pass this on to Wales to Wherever. Please take a look at their blogs – you never know, you may find the exact inspiration for your travels in 2017

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