How I Roll – The ABCs of Travel

I’ve been happily tagged by Leah of Leah Travels to take part in the ABC’s of travel series. Without further ado from A-Z:

Age you went on your first international trip:
I’ll say 11. A family road trip through Ontario and Quebec, with lengthy stays in Toronto and Montreal. The start of many trips to Canada in the years that followed.

Best (foreign) beer you’ve had and where:
I’m not a huge beer drinker, but I would say Monteith’s in New Zealand. Really took a liking to all of their varieties of beer when in Christchurch. Does the Crushed Pear Cider count too? Tasty. 🙂

Monteith’s Beer - New Zealand Monteith’s - New Zealand - Crushed Pear Cider

Cuisine (favorite):
Asian and Filipino. Always on the lookout for Asian and Filipino dining opportunities, a favorite being Japanese Hibachi. My favorite so far is Tokyo Steakhouse in Findlay, Ohio.

Japanese Hibachi - Tokyo Steakhouse, Findlay, Ohio

Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why:
No doubt New Zealand. You’ll see that throughout this post and in my writings in general. The fact that you can go from the rainforest to desert and from the prairie to the mountains in the blink of an eye is amazing. You want to constantly get out of your vehicle or off the bus and take pictures. Everyone is so nice too.

View of ... from Mt. Eden in Auckland, New Zealand

Sure there have been places I’ve liked more than others, but I can’t think of one that I would call my least favorite.

Event you experienced abroad that made you say “wow”:
Went to an outdoor wedding in Cancún, Mexico right along the Mar Caribe. Was in awe of the setting.

Favorite mode of transportation:
That’s a toss-up. The plane because that means long distance traveling. You also have the good old vehicle too for that random (day) road trip.

Greatest feeling while traveling:
Traveling means always seeing new places, new terrain, new weather, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures and food. The best feeling when in a new place is knowing that every time you turn the corner you’ll going to see something you’ve never seen before.

Hottest place you’ve traveled to:
The middle of the desert in California. No humidity, but boy that dry heat.

Incredible service you’ve experienced and where:
I’d say when I flew V (Virgin) Australia from Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne and back. The atmosphere and friendliness throughout was exceptional. When checking in at LAX, there was music playing, everyone was so nice and it felt more like hanging out versus the standard boring, undescriptive long lines and waiting around for your flight.

Journey that took the longest:
The aforementioned trip above. Twenty-four plus hour journey from the eastern United States, through Los Angeles, Sydney/Melbourne and on to Christchurch. 🙂

Royal Botanical Gardens - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Keepsake from your travels:
The photos you get from those touristy places where you stand in front of a green background and they Photoshop in the background. You can then view and purchase your photos at the end of your time there. Some of the best pictures I have are from these because it’s usually with my family and loved ones.

Let-down sight, why and where:
Nothing comes to mind. Would have loved that I saw something new, even though it might not have lived up to its billing.

Moment where you fell in love with travel:
When I was a kid, we were always going on vacation with long road trips and lot’s of flights. I always remember being the navigator watching the travel signs everywhere and with all my maps in hand.

Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in:
The Hyatt Cancún Caribe Resort. It’s right along the beach and the crystal blue waters of the Mar Caribe. There were pools everywhere including a romantic one with beds on the water and the bar set-up with-in.

Hyatt Cancun Caribe Resort pool

Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling?:
Water and skylines. Be it the ocean, a river, lake, bay, or even a creek or puddles after it rains, a photo must be taken. I’m always looking to get skyline shots from as many places and angles as possible when in a big city. Just combine the two and wow.

Auckland, New Zealand skyline, harbour

Passport stamps, how many and from where?
A lot of stamps, but a lot are from the same places. I definitely need to increase the variety with more international travel in the future. 🙂

Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where:
I’d have to say Odette Sculpture Park along the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Some interesting contemporary sculptures by some world-renowed artists. Down below is Morning Flight by Gerald Gladstone and Eve’s Apple by Edwina Sandy.

Morning Flight - Odette Sculpture Park - Windsor, Ontario, Canada Eve's Apple - Odette Sculpture Park - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Recommended sight, event or experience:
Everyone needs to experience San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, China Town, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Golden Gate Park, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and so much more. The city as an international feel, great scenery, amazing food and you’ll always find something great to do.

San Francisco, California skyline

Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling:
Great food and coffee. Not at one coffee shop or restaurant/food stand, but I just try to experience as many local dishes and caffeinated beverages as possible when traveling. Finding great pizza seems to be the latest thing.

Touristy thing you’ve done:
Every trip will include some touristy stuff. The tourist in me grabs every brochure and map from rest areas, stores and tourist centers and attractions.

Unforgettable travel memory:
A family road trip when I was younger to New England via Canada. My dad and I tried New England clam chowder from every place we could find on Cape Cod. Also lots of time in Boston, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont. It was also the last trip in which my grandmother came which made it even more memorable.

Visas, how many and for where:
Not to many, definitely need to increase that in the future as well!

Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where?
Several choices I could give from the various wineries in the North Georgia wine country. Will go with a glass of 2009 Montaluce Dolce at Montaluce Vineyards.

Montaluce Vineyards - North Georgia wine country Montaluce Vineyards - North Georgia wine country

eXcellent view and from where?:
The view of the skyline, stadiums, hills, leaf colors and the three rivers of Pittsburgh from up-top the Duquesne Incline and the Mt. Washington neighborhood. You can drive, but the best way to get to the top and the views is by going up in the historical cable cars.

Pittsburgh - Duquesne Incline, Mt. Washington

Years spent traveling?:
From as far back as I can remember. Lot’s of family trips growing up. Traveling solo for the most part since the college years.

Zealous sports fans and where?:
That’s a tough one. I’ve had the chance to attend MLB and NFL games in many stadiums over the years. I’d say the dog pound in the original Cleveland Stadium back in the 1980’s and early 90’s. They were especially zealous against the Steelers and the John Elway lead Broncos. Lots of passion for their team there. 🙂

What a great travel exercise. Just as I was tagged, I get to tag others. So…

Karla at travellersoul76
Deej at The World of Deej
Tiffany at The Good Travel Life

TAG! Your it!

10 responses to “How I Roll – The ABCs of Travel

  1. Loved reading this! I would have put Monteith’s Crushed Pear Cider too, but I was afraid it didn’t count. I LOVE that stuff. It is the nectar of the gods!!!!

    • Thank you!!! Always seemed to start with the Monteith’s beers, but kept gravitating towards the pear cider. Just something about it yum, definitely agree with your assessment.

  2. Monteith looks absolutely delicious!!!! I would love to visit New Zealand as well, but just out of curiousity where would be your 2nd favorite travel destination??

    P.s – You didn’t post your least favorite destination… Would you mind telling me?

    • The Monteith’s is very good. My second favorite destination/area is San Francisco and Napa Valley, can’t get there enough either. 🙂 Honestly, I don’t have a least favorite destination (places I’ve been), never really been anywhere where I didn’t have at least some great times.

  3. Awesome list man…thanks for tagging me. Guess I have something to write now:)

  4. Wow, great stories Aaron! I too loved reading it. You got the travel bug indeed. Now I feel normal ha ha I’m very happy to share my love for travel with other like-minded individuals who know what it feels like to go out there and venture into new territories as well as experiencing new cultures. Life gives us amazing opportunities 🙂

    Thank you very much for tagging me and I will prepare my responses soon!

    Happy travels!

    Karla

    • Thank you Karla! 🙂 Your welcome, look forward to seeing your ABCs and learning more about your travels. Hope to explore new places and cultures soon. Happy travels!

  5. Loved reading your answers. I’m on a quest for Asian food right now, too! Thank you so much for tagging me. Ican’t wait to post my own ABC’s of Travel!

    • Thanks! Asian food yum, let me know what you find. Your welcome on the tagging and can’t wait to read your ABCs! 🙂

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