I aim to make my 2017 a year of pushing myself. I want to travel more, dive into blogging more, come out of my comfort zone more. basically I want 2017 to be more! Fellow blogger Stephanie has put together a challenge of 10 questions to help look back over the past year but also to look forward and set goals for next year. So here it is, the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge.

Each Travel Whispers blogger Challenge post can be found by clicking the link to the next blog at the bottom of the post. So take the time to read through a few. You might find new bloggers to follow or some great travel ideas. Use the #TravelWhispers hashtag to find them on Twitter and Instagram.

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?

My first thought was Australia, because I have been dreaming of an Aussie life since I was a kid and used to watch The Sleepover Club. Yes, really. A children’s TV show inspired my travel dreams. But to be honest, if money was no object, I would choose New Zealand. Absolutely beautiful landscape (close enough to Scotland that I won’t get too homesick) and apparently super nice people. Win/Win.

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Photo by Tristan Schmurr

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

I’m a budget traveller when possible so the hotels I’ve stayed in probably wouldn’t be suitable for a lifetime ha! I did stay in a BNB in Canada a few years back in a little town in Quebec called Sherbrooke. It was heaven. I would happily live there forever! It was called Marquis de Montcalm and the rooms/suites were absolutely beautiful. The one I stayed in was called Jardin de Luxembourg

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Excuse my mess.

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

Easy. Italian. I’ve never been to Italy. But I can only assume if I love the Italian food in Scotland, Italian food in Italy would blow my mind. And I’m a big fan of a good cup of coffee. Italian all the way!

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

My friend is currently spending Christmas in Thailand and her Snapchats and Instragrams are seriously making me jealous! Then in contrast to the paradise that is Thailand, anyone who has been travelling Alberta, Canada this year is driving me nuts with how badly I want to go there!

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Photo by davebloggs007

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.

Can I say somewhere else in Ibiza? There are so many places to choose from but having this view from out hotel room in Portiniatx was perfect. I would maybe get bored of the town, but not that view!

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

Glasgow, Scotland. I would go into town and take a trip around the free museums like the GoMa and Kelvingrove Art Galleries. Then I’d walk up to Glasgow University to walk the grounds and pretend I’m in Hogwarts. Go for a coffee and a bite to eat at one of the many lovely cafes in the west end and then head out to Pollok Park to explore and sit by the river. Perfect day.

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Pollok Park

7. Describe your perfect travel day of the year?

I think it may be the day that we tried to climb a mountain, and went in the absolute opposite direction and ended up at this amazing view-point at the head of Loch Lomond 10km away. A great example of getting lost, but it working out for the best.

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Inveruglas at Loch Lomond

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

I used my TEFL Qualification in Romania this summer 🙂

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

Working Holiday to Australia (10 years in the making. Please.)

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Photo by Joanna Penn

10. Share your favourite Instagram photo of 2016?

Definitely this picture from our day in Mugdock Country Park. The colours were incredible and it’s just a nice reminder of a lovely day 🙂

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Mugdock Country Park

Check out other bloggers that have taken part in the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge:

Doro over at Dorohenrietta.com

Josie over at JosieWanders.com

Pete over at AThousandFlights.com

If you want to get involved join the Facebook group!

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63 thoughts on “The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge”

  1. Great post! It’s so much fun reading eveyones answers. Love your photographs especially of Loch Lomond it looks beautiful!

    We are heading to Australia too with a permanent visa – been 6 years in the planning!

    Happy travels in 2017 😊

  2. The Sleepover Club!!! Oh my gosh what a blast from the past! I spent half of my year abroad living in Italy and I’ll be honest when I say I am SUCH a pizza snob now. If it doesn’t taste ‘properly’ Italian I won’t waste a single penny. The same goes for pasta. No more Dolmio sauces for me haha.
    That lake looks incredible – fancy getting lost and finding yourself with such a beautiful view!
    Loved reading your answers Chiera – here’s hoping you find your way to Australia this year!

    1. Ha omg such a good show! I WANT to be a pizza snob! I enjoy the odd frozen pizza but they few times I’ve had the REAL DEAL were absolute heaven.
      Loch Lomond is my fave place in Scotland so it was meant to be! haa

  3. Scotland and New Zealand are very similar. At least in the South Island. In Dunedin the congruence is alarmingly close at times.

    Ayers Rock and a working holiday. I visited there a few years ago, and I doubt it has changed much: stay for more than two night, they give you a job!

    My last visits to Scotland, we discovered single malts. My wife has the palate to properly appreciate the good stuff, and now we’re on a hundred dollars a month habit. Not complaining!

    1. I feel like NZ is just scotland, but on a grander scale! I am ashamed to say I have yet to develop the taste buds for malt and whiskey. i used to like it when I was younger (too young to drink) which is odd, but I can’t handle it now ! Maybe one day

  4. Oh I want to go to Alberta, Canada too!! I absolutely agree, all the pics I saw of it in the last few month, made me a little bit jealous and they are the reason that Canada made it on my list now 😉 #FlyAwayFriday

  5. What a great idea this Travel Whisperers challenge is. It’s so fun to learn more about fellow travel bloggers this way! It looks like you’ve had some amazing experiences this year and even more lined up for next year! I can’t wait to follow along and hear how they all go! And I think I’d choose New Zealand to live in in a heartbeat. It is so unbelievably beautiful and the people are so friendly! #Flyawayfriday

    1. Ohh Thats so cool to hear! It was a toss up for me between NZ and OZ for my working holiday but from what I’ve heard NZ is more expensive to live. So maybe I can save up in Oz and then hop over ! 🙂

  6. Very interesting thoughts and even more interesting and inspiring answers that you give there!
    I definitely agree to Thailand and Ibiza, such charming and “paradisy” places…
    New Zealand definitely sounds interesting and this is hopefully on our bucket list for next year then.
    Thanks a lot for inspiration and sharing – happy new year 🙂

  7. As a fellow travel blogger I have to say this is an amazing initiative. I will be joining the facebook group to participate so thank you for enabling me to learn about it 🙂 Ps. I would also choose New Zealand 😉

  8. This is great, I love your answers and am going to join the challenge myself as it’s a cool idea for the start of the year! I’m currently in Australia doing just what you want to do. It’s great! We’re in Melbourne now for 3-4 months and it’s a very cool city! A lot warmer over here than home too 🙂

  9. Love the whole concept of Travel whisper challenge and knowing about your favorites ….I would also love to move to New Zealand any day … Love Scotland too .. friendly people and beautiful landscape…

  10. What an awesome blogger challenge! Some great answers. We loved answering the questions when we got the Liebster award! We would also move to New Zealand. We actually moved to England for two years without ever going first.

    1. I worry quite a bit about moving to a country without visiting it first. But when I hear about others that have done it I calm down a bit! You must have loved England if you stayed for 2 years 🙂

  11. Great idea. I loved learning more about you and your travel dreams. When I was a teenager I just wanted to move to the UK so the exact opposite to you. Now I am a (lot) older I appreciate London and all its opportunities but Australia will always be home and where my heart is. Writing this now as I am staring at stars out the window along the Great Ocean Road. Hope you have a chance to experience this soon Chiera #farawayfiles

    1. That’s funny that you wanted to move here, and I want to move there! haa. I feel like I will always love Scotland, but I have been dreaming about that warm weather since I was a kid! . That sounds amazin, Katy! Me too ha 🙂

  12. What an interesting set of questions, so very different! Well done on using your TEFL in Romania and good luck with getting your year’s working visa in Australia – I’m sure you will love it (I absolutely loved it there and can’t wait to return!). Here’s to many exciting travels in 2017!

  13. What a great list of questions! I think I would have a VERY hard time living for a year in a hotel, but could do an Airbnb for sure, something that gave me a little more control over my day to day. My gut for moving would also be New Zealand save for the fact that it would put me EVEN farther away from family than I currently am ! Love this project – thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles. Happy New Year from Copenhagen! Erin

  14. Awesome to read about your goals and dreams. I must say though, as a New Zealander who’s travelled to Australia multiple times, NZ is way better (not biased at all!) Australia offers lots but New Zealand’s beauty is incredibly diverse. Plus you can drive eight hours and actually BE somewhere, rather than still stranded in the outback! And we’re a super friendly bunch 😛
    PS I have Alberta envy too…

    1. Ha! Your driving comment is so funny. It has always annoyed me that if I were to drive for 8 hours I could basically make it from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England. I dream of living in a country where going on a week long road trip doesn’t require driving in circles

  15. If I already wasn’t so far behind with blog posts, I’d probably answer a few of these as entire posts. I think the first question of would you live anywhere for 10 years strikes a chord with me as right now I would say no, I couldn’t live anywhere for 10 years as I thoroughly enjoy the expat life of living in a place for a year at most, but I did, however, live in Colorado for 9 years before I started traveling again. Living in a place versus the travel life of constantly moving is always a challenge. Thank you for the writing prompts for some future blog posts!

  16. I’ll hand it to you; New Zealand sounds perfect. I have two guys in my German class that are from NZ and they seriously give me NZ fever looking at their photos. I love that you’re also a budget traveler-it’s nice to know that there are people out there that don’t need fancy stays. I’m there for the experience. Also, how was your experience with getting a TEFL certification?
    Scotland is on my list this year, I might get in touch with you for some tips and things on your hometown!

  17. Oh my god My dream destination 😍😍😍 you dont know how much I want to visit it. I saw a documentary planet earth about it and now you photos Im literally in love. You took amazing photos . And my answer to question one will be New zealand for sure I could live there for ever

  18. I really enjoyed your quiz questions. You’ve got me thinking so deep and recollect all my travel experiences. These questions really cross our minds at times.. But never penned it down. Thanks for the share.

  19. If I had to choose a country I haven’t visited yet to live in for the next 10 years, I would choose New Zealand as well. Enjoyed reading your responses and your photo of Mugdock park is beautiful!

  20. haha, to answer your first question, I just did that one last year. I moved to UK having never really traveled outside of North America and will be here for many years 🙂 I would have to agree with you on the Italian food, I love it and also Mexican food, could eat every day

  21. I love this!! I’d probably choose Australia too, there or Austria (heard the quality of life is amazing there :)) Can’t wait to see what you share on FlyAwayFriday this weekend!!

  22. Omg what a fun challenge! I just might have to do it!!! Love that you have your TEFL certification, I did TESOL back in college 🙂 Thanks for joining #FlyAwayFriday!

  23. Ooh I love the look of this challenge…
    Looks like we might be mirroring each other a bit if you’re off to Oz this year (hope you get to go – it’s amazing!) I’m hoping to do my TEFL and use that at some point in the 2nd half of 2017!

  24. Great answers. I got stuck on the first question and I am going to be thinking about it all night. I have requested to join the group as it will be interesting to sit down and answer. Enjoy 2017 and Australia 🙂

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