People are often asking me how I learn about these crazy adventures, experiences, or places to travel that are on my Bucket List. Well, the internet of course! I not only scour the internet but I subscribe to numerous travel and adventure blogs out there to learn about the world. That is how I found out about The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge!
The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge is the brain child of travel blogger, Stephanie Fox. Aimed at rounding up 2016 and looking towards 2017, she created 10 out of the ordinary travel questions that would not only share your personal insights on traveling but also introduce other travel bloggers to your readers. At the bottom of this post, I will list several travel bloggers who are participating as well. So after reading, please check them out too. You might find some exciting new bloggers to follow and some great travel ideas for the future! Also, you can find them across Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #TravelWhispers.
When The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge was passed on to me by Sara & Nacho of I Do What I Want To, I was a bit nervous to say the least since The Bucket List Project is still a newbie in the blogging world. However, I found the questions a great way to learn & share not only about myself but my hopes for The Bucket List Project.Reading The Bucket List Project's answers to the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge #TravelWhispers Click To Tweet
So with bated breath, here are The Bucket List Project’s answers to The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge:
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?
I think I would want to go to Cuba since it is where my mother and family are from originally. To live in such an exotic environment that offers an unbelievable culture all while seeing where my family grew up, would be amazing. Plus, being ideally located in the Gulf of Mexico, it would allow me the ability to travel home to see my family in the US, while also, being able to explore other parts of Central and South America.
2. If you had to live in a hotel for the rest of your life, which hotel would you choose and why?
Not gonna lie, I would take a hostel, airbnb, a guest house, or even a tent over most hotels any day. To me, most hotels are just places to store my stuff while I am out and about exploring. However, if I had to be sentenced to a hotel I think I would either want to live in the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans or the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.
3. If you could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever more, which would you choose?
This question is tough. If I could only eat the cuisine of one nationality forever, I would have to either say food from Spain or Thailand (minus the Scorpion on a Stick…been there done that).
When it comes to Spain, I think they offer some of the greatest variety as Barcelona has unbelievable seafood with a Mediterranean flair while up North the pork is phenomenal. With Thailand, I think it offers a great infusion of Asian styles while also finding some modern flavors from around the world in their more metropolitan cities like Bangkok.
4. Who has given you ‘holiday envy’ this year, and how?
Oddly enough there is a couple who I met in Chiang Mai, Thailand during a holiday festival in 2015, called Yi Peng/Loy Krathong. Hands down Chelsea and Mark give me ‘holiday envy’ for all the holidays and festivals they attend. Though they currently living in Dubai, they travel all over the place. In 2016, amid all their awesome travels, I most envied their adventure at Oktoberfest in Munich, which now is on my 2017 Bucket List!
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.
I don’t think anything has ever beaten the sunset I saw in Oporto, Portugal. For the rest of my life, I could easily sit amid the tourists, with a cigar and a glass of port wine, just watching the sun set along the Douro River .
6. If you were taking a ‘staycation’ in your hometown, where would it be and what would you recommend others do?
I am from New Orleans, Louisiana where there is a ton to see, experience, and most importantly EAT! First, if possible, stay at the Hotel Monteleone. Its one of the older hotels in the French Quarter blocks away from all the fun and action. However, the most important thing to do is to go down to the famous Carousel Bar and ride the Carousel while having a Sazerac, a Vieux Carre, or any cocktail bartender Marvin Allen recommends.
During the day, you need to explore the art galleries on Royal Street, see St. Louis Cathedral, wander around Jackson square, find treasures in the French Market, and stroll the Moon Walk along the mighty Mississippi River.
At night, you need to stroll Bourbon Street (even us locals do it from time to time), walk through Pat O’Briens courtyard, listen to old school jazz at Preservation Hall, or head over to Frenchman Street to hear some modern Jazz and New Orleans Funk Music. Drink Sazeracs, Pimm’s Cups, Daquiris, Hurricanes, any beer from Abita Brewery or explore any of the pre-prohibition cocktails served throughout the city.
To eat, it really doesn’t matter cause it’s all great! Head over to Café du Monde for beignets if you want a light breakfast. Though you may want Stanley’s for a hearty breakfast by the cathedral. For lunch grab yourself a poboy or even better, head over to Central Grocery for a muffuletta sandwich, a bottle of Barqs Rootbeer, and a bag of Zaps Crawtators and head up to the river to eat and watch the river boats! As for dinner Antoine’s is by far the #1 fine dining restaurant in all of New Orleans in my opinion.
7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?
My summer was packed with unbelievable days on the Camino and in Portugal afterwards. But if I had to choose a perfect day, it would be with Darcee in Nassau, Bahamas this past March. We had taken a boat out to the coral reefs for snorkeling and then to scratch off Bucket List #202) Ride in a S.U.B. (Scenic Underwater Bubble). It was amazing.
8. What have you ticked off your bucket list in 2016?
2016 was a very exciting year for The Bucket List Project as we added many items to the 2016 Completed Items list! However, I would say the highlight was my pilgrimage along the entire Camino de Santiago. Not only was it amazing to explore all of Northern Spain, but along my “Walk,” I learned a lot about myself and met some amazing friends. You can read Excerpts from My Personal Diary Along the Camino here.
9. What is top of your travel bucket list for 2017?
I tend to be ambitious and perhaps a bit over zealous when it comes to planning out my Bucket List travel plans every year. 2017 is no different. When I wrote my 2017 Bucket List Hopes and Goals I realized that I had listed 7 countries outside the US & at least 3 different states from Louisiana. But I guess that is because I am one of those Shoot for Stars kind of guys. With that said I would have to say which of the 10 destinations is top on my list this year it would be a tie between Alberta, Canada and Morocco.
Alberta escaped me last year, but this year it’s a must for me, if not for Banff National Park alone. We have all seen the remarkable photos of Lake Louise in Banff and that marvelous mountain skyline. Well, I want to see that in person. Plus Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of their National Parks. So all entry is free for the entire year of 2017! You can get your Free Pass HERE!
As for Morocco, exploring the Blue City of Chefchaouen, checking out the markets of Casablanca, and taking a camel safari into the desert are all hot on my list!
10. Share your favorite Instagram photo of 2016?
So The Bucket List Project only started on Instagram in September of 2016. But slowly I have been posting up some of my favorite Bucket List Project pictures from the past. In November 2015, I was fortunate enough to go to Thailand’s Lantern Festivals of Yi Peng & Loy Krathong. It was probably one of the best experiences of my life. While we were all lighting and setting sail to our balloons, I was able to catch this mother and daughter sending off their hopes and dreams into the sky!
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