For the second time I am joining in with The Expat to Expat Q & A hosted by Belinda at Found Love Now What and Bailie at the Hembourg Wife.
This months questions are all about Travel.
1. Which airport would you like to never see again?
Sharm El Sheik International Airport in Egypt, the staff were rude, unhelpful and disorgnised. We had to queue for literally hours to check in and barely made the plane. To top it off the man that checked our passports at the gate refused to hand them back to me and literally leaned across me to hand our passports to my husband. Grrrrrr!
2. What is your travel nightmare?
Being stuck somewhere because of adverse weather. I’m pretty organised so I would never miss a flight by being late or forgetting something but Mother Nature is something you can’t control.
3. Would your rather stay in a fancy hotel and do less activities or stay in a hostel and do more activities?
I love fancy hotels but sitting about drives me stir crazy, especially on holiday so it would be somewhere in the middle. I think it’s a complete waste of money and energy to go to a new part of the world and not get out and explore it.
4. Do you have any pre-travel rituals?
We have a leather wallet that holds our passports, tickets, money & travel documents. I always hand that over to my husband the night before we leave for him to pack in his hand luggage. He is never in charge of the money apart from the night before we travel!
5. What is your favorite airline to fly with?
Air Canada. Never had a problem with them, fabulous service, great staff, decent entertainment and food and the seats are usually quite roomy which is really important for my tall Husband and eldest Son.
6. If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
That’s a hard one because we have a tonne of places on our bucket list including many here in Canada and in the States but as we’ve haven’t seen our family and friends since we left the UK two years ago I’d have to say back to England for a couple of weeks to spend some time with them.
7. How do you survive long haul flights?
A good book, my Ipod and noise cancelling headphones. I have a couple of albums of new age/meditation type music which keeps me calm and doesn’t distract me from what I’m reading. I drink lots of water always have a Burts Bees lip balm and I wear layers because I hate being cold.
8. What is your favorite stamp in your passport and why?
The one from our official landing in Canada in April 2010. It represents the start of our adventure and the end of years of stress trying to get there.
Questions from Lisa at Meanderings, Adventures & Crafty Inspirations
1. What are your top 3 necessary items for travel?
My Camera, to snap away at all the sights
A Travel Guide. I like to research and get the inside scoop before I go anywhere. I like the Lonely Planet ones best.
My Straighteners. I know it’s sad and a bit vain but I can’t be without them. 😀
2. What is your off the beaten track trip in your current home?
One of the big advantages of living in such a huge country is that you don’t have to go very far to be ‘off the beaten track’ about 90% of this country is unpopulated. One of the places I really want to go which is off the beaten track is Churchill in Manitoba to see the Northern Lights and the Polar Bears.
Feel free to comment with any of your own travel related experiences.