Cailin’s Travels A-Z

Melissa from the MellyBoo Project tagged me in this chain letter type of post. I thought it was a neat idea and a great way to get to know other people so from A-Z here are my answers. Check out at the bottom to see who I am tagged next.

A: Age in which you first internationally travelled.

I was young… probably 2 or3 and it would of been a trip to Florida if we are saying the states are international. The first time I left North America was when I was when I was 21 and I went on a 24 day trip through France with my University. That was when I fell in Love with France, Paris, crepes, trains, gargoyles, Gothic churches, everything.

B: Best (foreign) beer and where.


IMPOSSIBLE question!

Well I never liked Guinness until I tried it at the Storehouse in Dublin (cliche I know) but it was soooo yummy there and now I enjoy it everywhere. On that trip to France that I mentioned above I had my first Hoegaarden and it was in a glass the size of my head. That was enjoyable too. I try beer everywhere I go so its hard to say as I love most. I do however hate an Australian beer called “Little Creatures” blech, it tastes like shampoo!

C: Cuisine (favorite)

hmmmm impossible as well, which you will soon find out about as I am starting a new food blog. I like my food. If I had to pick something I would probably pick gazpacho. When I was in Spain in 2009 I had some amazing gazpacho and literally fell in love with it.

D: Destinations (favorite) and why? Least favorite and why?

Pretty much everywhere I’ve been is a favorite of mine so I bet everywhere I haven’t been yet will be too… I always try to make the best of things and every place has its own thing that makes it different and unique in some way. Least favorite? I’m sure there are a few places I would make a point of not going back to but nothing that sticks out in particular. hmm wait Christchurch… hated Christchurch it was so blah.

Post La Tomatina

E: Event you experienced that made you say “wow”

In August 2009 I went to La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain and that was probably one of the craziest “wow” things that I have experienced.

F: Favorite mode of transport

Aside from knowing when to get off at the right stop making me very anxious I really like trains! Maybe its a bit because we hardly use them here in Canada that they are a bit of a novelty to me so whenever I can take them in Europe I get excited. I do also enjoy planes, cars (road trips!) and I have yet to try a dogsled or segway but I’m sure they could be entertaining.

G: Greatest feeling while travelling?

Not only checking off bucket list items but also checking off bucket list items that I never realized were on my bucket list before until I’m actually doing them and being like “damn, if I wasn’t doing this right now it so should of been on my bucket list of things to do in life!” An example of this would of been enjoying a fancy afternoon tea in London recently with my friend Kelley. This was my seventh time to London but I had never thought of doing it until she invited me along and it was awesome!

H: Hottest place you’ve ever travelled to?

While in Sydney, Australia a couple years back I definitely experienced the hottest weather ever. It was the middle of their summer and it reached 43 degrees not even figuring in the humidex. I was determined to be out and around in the city sightseeing but after a few minutes in the heat I literally headed to a mall for the air conditioning and a little pampering and got my nails done. Such a girl I know.

I: Incredible service you’ve experienced and where?

There was a lovely attractive man named Frank in Cuba at a spa two friends of mine and I went to that gave us great service. The massage while floating in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland was pretty awesome. The room service at the Mint Hotel in London that I stayed in in March after I won two nights there at TBU was pretty great. The people at the Uprising Resort in Fiji were pretty hospitable and gave me amazing deep friend coconut…. I could probably keep going…

J: Journey that took you the longest?

I guess that would have to be any time I’ve been Australia. To get there I have to fly YHZ 2hours to YYZ 5 hours to YVR 15 hours to SYD and then you count all of the waiting around in airports. Sometimes I’ve had 8 hours or more between flights once I’ve gotten to YVR.

K: Keepsake from your travels?

I’ve got a bunch of keepsakes but one thing that I make sure I get every place I visit is a post card or two. My grandfather had a postcard collection that I always thought was a neat idea and they are so easy to travel with and don’t take up any room. I also really enjoy getting jewelery from various places and lately I’ve been hooked on feather hair pieces. Yes thats right.

L: Let down sight?  Where and why?

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Not so much of a let down but more of a “what the heck?”. When I had thought of it before I saw it I assumed that the “Creation of Adam” the iconic image of the Sistine Chapel of God’s outreached hand to Adam’s was massive, I thought it was the biggest thing on the ceiling and was pretty much the whole thing. But boy was I wrong. I walked in and it actually took me a couple minutes to find it on the ceiling in a sea of everything else on the ceiling. Maybe that was just my poor knowledge of it, who knows.

M: Moment where you fell in love with travel?

I’ve literally been traveling since before I can remember but I know the moment I fell in love with solo travel was on my first solo trip in 2007 on a Contiki tour in Europe. That has still been one of my favorite trips to date and I have made such great friends from that trip.

N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in?

Voli Voli in Fiji

This would most likely be the Mint Hotel in London when I won two free nights there at TBU this past March. I had a view of the Tower Bridge (slightly obstructed), the room had two iMacs one in the bedroom and one in the living room, both were linked to the mac TV and giant flatscreen, there were two washrooms and it had an amazing bar on the roof. Also when I was recently in Tenerife I stayed at the Hotel Paradise Park and I had a fabulous room there with a great view of the Ocean and they had such wonderful pool areas. I can’t forget to mention Voli Voli in Fiji either. Located on the northernmost tip of one of Fiji’s main islands Viti Levu, Voli Voli is hidden away, untouched and just simply breathtaking.

O: Obsession.  What are you obsessed with taking pictures of?

Honestly? Pictures of myself in front of awesome monuments / things / doing awesome things / eating awesome things and things like that…. haha yes thats right.

P: Passport stamps.  How many and from where?

I think my current country count is at 24 or 25 but I’ve been in and out of so many place between the two passports I have I have no idea how many actual stamps I have. A lot to say the least.

Q: Quirkiest Attraction you’ve visited?

Totally stumped by this one. Quirky is such an odd word. I don’t like that idea. I have no idea!

 R: Recommended Sight, Event or Experience?

The Grand Canyon. Pictures literally don’t do the place justice, the size of it is literally unfathomable. I recommend spending a lot of time on the Great Barrier reef. I took a two night 3 day sailing tour around the reef which was just out of this world. Visit Fiji and spend some time in a village. Go to La Tomatina at least once in your life. If you are in your early twenties definitely go on a Contiki tour. I’ve done three of them and they are some of the best trips I’ve ever had.

S: Splurge! Something you don’t mind forking over for while travelling?

Food. I definitely make sure I go out for a great meal every couple of days when traveling. Also I don’t mind spending money on beer, but also experiences. Too many times I have traveled with people who have missed out on some pretty great experiences because they didn’t want to spend that extra little bit of money to do something. You only live once, don’t say “oh I’ll do that next time I visit.” because there may not be a next time. If you died tomorrow that money you saved from not taking the opportunity to do that awesome experience will go to waste.

It runs in the family I guess?

T: Touristy thing you’ve done

I do all of the touristy things everywhere I visit! Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, fighting the crowds to see Mona Lisa, taking the London Eye, visiting the Statue of Liberty, standing on a street corner with a map in hand spinning in circles, talking slowly in English in hopes that it will help the non-english speaking person that I’m talking to understand me better, drinking beer in a Hoffbrauhouse, visiting the red light district in Amsterdam, climbing the Sydney harbour bridge, you name it.

U:  Unforgettable travel Memory.

I was on a University trip to France and while in the George Pompidou Centre I turned the corner and saw a photograph from a favorite photographer of mine that I had never thought I would see a real one of in my whole life. I might of almost cried I was so surprised / excited. That was a cool travel moment.

V: Visas.  How many of them and for where?

Every time I’ve visited Australia  I’ve had to get a tourist one but thats it.

W: Wine. Best glass of wine had while travelling and where?

I don’t really like wine…

X: eXcellent views and from where?

Baseball in San Francisco!

My favorite is the view of Edinburgh from Princes Street looking towards the Castle with a view of the Scot Monument and the gardens. So beautiful.

Y: Years spent travelling?

I’ve never gone a trip longer than 4 weeks from home but I was on my first plane since before the age of 1 so I would say forever?

Z: Zealous sports fan and where?

I’m not in love with any sport in particular but I do love the atmosphere in stadiums and can enjoy almost any sport. Most recently I went to a Giants MLB Game when I was in San Francisco.


Now I have to pass this on to other people, hmmm who can I send it to that might actually do it.

I nominate

Candice from

Amanda from

Seattle from

Tawny and Chris from


  • Reply
    December 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for the nomination, Cailin! Just posted my ABCs today.

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      December 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      I saw it Amanda! Awesome :)

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    December 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the comment Amanda!
    45 degrees! Its unbearable it makes me miss the snow in Canada! haha

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    Amanda Kendle
    December 17, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I’m enjoying reading everyone’s A-Zs, it’s a fun idea. 43 degrees in Sydney is not fun, over the other side here in Perth we get a few 43 degree days (one I remember quite recently when my step-sister and her family came from winter in California to 45 degrees on Christmas Day!) but without the humidity of Sydney – phew!

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    December 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I also found the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to be a let down. I found it to be a lot smaller than what I imagined.

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      December 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Isn’t that weird? Its like the only thing you ever see about it and it was tiny! haha

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