Friend Makin’ Monday: Travel

I missed last week’s FMM. This week is one of my favorite topics.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so others can see your FMM questions and answers. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Travel

Where did your most recent trip take you? First stop was to the Plattsburgh, NY area to visit a very dear friend and from there we spent a night in Montreal.

Is there a place that you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet?  If so, where?  Honestly I would go anywhere. I love to travel. A few of the places I have always dreamed of visiting are Machu Pichu, Tibet, Australia, Italy and the Great Wall of China. I would also really like to start seeing more of the United States.

Do you travel lightly, or do you cram as much into your luggage as possible? It depends on where I am going. I like to travel as light as possible but with a small child that can be challenging. When my husband and I went to Bermuda for our anniversary we each took a carry on only. That made for easy traveling.

Do your eating and exercise habits change when you travel? If so, how? I try to continue making healthy choices. I research restaurants and travel with plenty of healthy snacks.

I no longer use travel as an excuse not to exercise. In fact it has actually become a reason to stay fit since we have been traveling to more race locations. If I am not running a race then I use the hotel gym or go out for a run. Travel usually involves lots of walking.

Tell us about a place you’ve been that you’d like to go back to. I would love to explore more of South Africa. I’ve been to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park on safari but there is more I would like to see. I would also love to go back to Bermuda since we were only there for 2 nights.

Do you prefer to travel at a certain time of year? I don’t have a preference, but we do most of our traveling in the winter because it is easier for both my husband and I to take time off. As a mason he often gets laid off in winter and I’m usually not competing with the other 2 nurses at night for time off since most people vacation in the summer.

If you had to choose, would you go to the beach or the mountains? The mountains!

Have you ever needed a passport to travel? I got a passport when I was 20 for a month long study abroad program in Mexico. I have since used it many times for travel back to Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda. The photo in my current passport is horrendous. I cannot wait to renew it.

My son got his passport just before his first birthday and we have to renew it this year already. He is so tiny in the photo. I remember taking him to the post office for the photos and we had to prop him up on a chair. Here I go getting all nostalgic again!

Do you collect anything in your travels? No. I try to take lots of photos to have lasting memories but that’s it. My husband has decided to start bringing home at least one piece of foreign currency from our travels to other countries.

Where do you plan to go next? We have tentative plans to travel to Vermont for a half marathon in May. I am hoping to do a couple of weekend getaways this summer and I am working on plans for a trip abroad in the fall.

Now it’s your turn! Have a wonderful Monday!!

8 thoughts on “Friend Makin’ Monday: Travel

  1. Came by from FMM. Can’t wait to read more of your blog. I should have included Tibet on my wish list. I definitely want to go there as well and thought about trying to go when we go to China in the fall, but we aren’t able to. Someday! I also am intrigued about Mozambique — I’ll have to see if you’ve posted about that and check it out. Seriously, so many places I want to go!

    For me, traveling for races is tricky. If it’s somewhere I really want to explore, I have to give myself plenty of time so I don’t do too much walking right before the race, and so I have enough time that I can basically be incapacitated the day after the race! Haha. I’ve never traveled for a half, but that might be a good balance.

  2. Sounds like you’ve had some awesome travels, Aimee! I hope that one day we get to start traveling 🙂

    Love that Carlos got his passport so early, so cute!

  3. 56 is not the average age of retirement in Canada as far as I know. Teachers however, in Ontario, have a really good pension. If your current age and the number of years you have been teaching add up to 85 then you are eligible to retire with your full pension. For me, I will be 56 years and 5 months old when that happens. My pension income will be more than I make right now as a first year teacher and I won’t have to work.

  4. Wow – jealous of all the places you’ve been! The furthest west I’ve been is Austin, Texas!

    I think I would prefer the beach over mountains. 😀

    I am really learning to love to run, now that I can run a bit faster. Sadly my blood sugar was not cooperating today – it never got high enough for me to run. 😦

  5. So many cool places- I’m insanely jealous because I haven’t really been anywhere. Where would I go? Anywhere I’ve never been that I wouldn’t be likely to be jailed! LOL

  6. I so admire all of your world travels! Italy is on my list of “love to go someday” places and so are the mountains. Vermont would be a beautiful place to go!

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