My ABC’s of Travel

Michael from Easy Hiker invited me to tell you my ABC’s of travel. This tag is for the travel bloggers – and I’m glad I was invited to answer. So, here’s my ABC’s of Travel.

A: Age of first international trip: I guess many could laugh for I was old – compared to many other travelers – when I made my first international travel. I made a very-very short trip to Bulgaria – one or two hours and later a full day – and then, later in 2008, my husband and I went to Austria (Vienna) and then to Germany. I had 26 years.

B: Best (foreign) beer: I don’t usually drink – a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve qualifies as much J. I tasted however a beer in Germany that I liked. It was Becks with lemon flavor. I bought some at home too – and sometimes I share a glass with my husband or with our friends.

C: Cuisine (favorite): Not that I want to sound patriotic, but given that I didn’t visit too many countries, I have to stick to the Romanian cuisine. After this comes the German cuisine (I love Wiener schnitzel).

D: Destinations, favorite, least favorite and why: Favorite is definitely Europe – Austria and Germany (my roots are there and I love the spirit, the places, the sights and people!). My least favorite is the Arabic countries – never been there but the way a woman is seen there doesn’t make me want to visit them. From the countries I have seen, I cannot say I disliked any.

Schloss Schoenbrunn

E: Event experienced abroad that made you say “wow”: The Schoenbrunn Palace and its Zoo in Vienna. Really happy animals and an amazing palace. Yes, I know there are many other great places, but I simply loved it here, and I also found out some interesting curiosities.

F: Favorite means of transportation: Definitely the car. Of course, you cannot take it everywhere, but in Europe it is rather accessible and I comfortable to go by car and I simply love traveling by car.

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G: Greatest feeling while travelling: Here I have to say I share Michael’s opinion: “The excitement of discovering and experiencing great new places.” It is always lovely to discover a city, a town, a country or even a museum you already visited. I cannot wait to show my son the places I saw and to experience new and great places together with my family.

H: Hottest place travelled to: Oh, I so avoid traveling to hot places due to the fact that I don’t cope well with heat. I always plan my travels in order to avoid heat so… no place to mention here.
I: Incredible service experienced and where: I cannot say we didn’t have a good service somewhere. I never went to either all inclusive or 5 star hotels. But I was really impressed by the Zipser hotel in Vienna.

J: Journey that took the longest: The trip back from Germany (near Mannheim) to Bucharest – 23 hours, almost non-stop (save a few breaks), by car – my husband drove. Not an experience to try again. Not something ANYONE should attempt.

K: Keepsake from travels: Oh, I like to collect souvenirs. I have many fridge magnets, I have several keychains, a wooden jewelry box and many more. I shared some of them in the dedicated category – travel souvenirs and I’ll keep sharing them. I have to admit that a precious souvenir is a red matrioska doll – offered to me by a friend and received in the morning of the day Eric was born.

L: Let-down sight, why and where: I wasn’t let down – so far 🙂

M: Moment where you fell in love with travel: When I went on vacations with my mother when I was growing up. I always liked to travel – did that within my country.

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N: Nicest hotel you’ve stayed in: As I already mentioned – I don’t have a big experience, but I liked Zipser Hotel. An interesting experience was at Herren Haus in Germany.

O: Obsession—what are you obsessed with taking pictures of while traveling: I admit I like to enjoy the view and only afterward to photograph it.

P: Passport stamps, how many and from where: None – I started travel in Europe after Romania entered the European Union and I’ve never been to a country outside EU. Now that’s a surprising answer – right?

Q: Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited and where: The oldest glacier in the world. A funny road – and an amazing experience – to go from +24 degrees centigrade to -10. And we had only one and a half hour to visit the glacier and the cave, since the dog was in the car – which we left half in the sun.

Scarisoara - road to the cave and glacier

R: Recommended sight, event or experience: The Apuseni mountains with all their caves and special places, including a fossilized snails mountain wall.

Fossilized snails wall - detail

S: Splurge; something you have no problem forking over money for while traveling: Buying something I need for the house :).

T: Touristy thing done: Of course – visiting museums.

U: Unforgettable travel memory: First visit in Vienna.

V: Visas, how many and for where? None.

W: Wine, best glass of wine while traveling and where? As I already mentioned I don’t drink. So I really don’t have an answer for that.

X: eXcellent view and from where?: Also the Apuseni Mountains, Romania. Amazing views. Also Vatra Dornei and Dornei Mountains from Romania.

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Y: Years spent traveling? I’m not a seasoned traveler. I traveled in my country since I was several months old. In other countries I only traveled since 2008.

Z: Zealous sports fans and where: Steaua – football team, Romania.

I’d be delighted if

Gray //
Simon //
Abby //
Diana //
Alina //
Silvia – //
Cumi & Ciki//

will have the time to share their ABC’s of travel. You’re tagged 😉

Later edit: it seems I missed Gray’s post, so I’m adding to the list Cameron and Nicole  – //


I’m offering public relations, communications and image counseling in everyday life and I have a PR agency – PRwave INTERNATIONAL. I am passionate about reading, blogging (I also have a blog in Romanian) and traveling. Follow me on Twitter - @violetaloredana (Romanian) and @TravelMoments.

14 thoughts on “My ABC’s of Travel

  • 3 February, 2012 at 19:06

    That IS crazy about the passport stamps!!!

    • 3 February, 2012 at 19:40

      🙂 I thought there might be someone niticing that 😉 Yup, I don’t have a passport – and, thus, no visas :)) Funny – I know. I’ll probably end up doing one along with my son – for he will have to have one :).

  • 3 February, 2012 at 19:54

    Great ABCs for a budding traveller. I envy you your forthcoming excitement and delight in discovering new places. Here’s hoping your travelling days will extend till your old age allowing you to share your excitement and delight for travel with your children.

    • 4 February, 2012 at 17:24

      Thank you, Michael. I’m sure you had many such wonderful moments with your son. I know – I could say my life as a traveler is just beginning 🙂

  • 4 February, 2012 at 01:45

    People visit museums for all sorts of reasons. Why is visiting a museum touristy?

    • 4 February, 2012 at 17:45

      I visit museum in my own country and as many touristic attractions as possible – of course talking to people and other activities ar included. But I noticed that many travelers (let’s say professional travelers or travel bloggers consider visiting museum as touristy). But, even if it is a touristy thing, even if it isn’t, I still do it – and like to discover interesting museum all over the world 🙂

  • 13 February, 2012 at 18:32

    Thanks for a super informative and unique version of your travel ABCs. I am young and not a seasoned traveler by any means, but I would like to plan for vacation trips. My idea of travel is spending the day in NYC visiting galleries and museums, then relaxing in a cafe with some lattes and biscotti. I’ve never been a fan of German food, but that beer you mentioned with the lemon flavor sounds great. Hopefully I can get some travel in this summer with a location that’s more than an hour away!

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