In Celebration of Budget Travelers Sandbox 3rd Birthday…My Personal Travel Trivia

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Canada, Destinations, Halifax, Korea, Myanmar, Uncategorized | 12 comments

Yes, BTS was launched on December 9th, 2009, and in celebration I wanted to share some of my personal travel trivia…

Daecheon Beach, Korea...November 2012(A Korean sunset.)

Did you know?…..

1. I was bitten by the travel bug in 1967 when I visited Expo 67 in Montreal. Our school trip traveled from Halifax to Montreal by train. I fell in love with trains and Montreal on that trip.

2. I traveled to Europe 3 times before I turned 20.

3. I met my first boyfriend in Venice.  No, he was not Italian. He was on the same school trip.

4. I’ve been to Venice 3 times, and would go back again in a moment.

5. I have a picture of myself and two friends taken in a storage room in the Doges Palace in Venice. We are wearing ancient helmets and brandishing swords. The next time I get back to Halifax I’ll find the photo and post it. How did we get into the storage room?? I’m not telling 🙂

Sunset on the Danube, Budapest

(Sunset on the Danube, Budapest)

6. I have traveled to every province in Canada except Saskatchewan.

7. I was held in a locked room at the railway station in East Berlin because we did not have the correct tickets. That was a bit stressful for a 19 year old.

8. I hit a deer one time when I was traveling between Bathurst, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thankfully, I was on Main Street in some small town, so I wasn’t going very fast. Just the same, I think my heart stopped.

9. I have sat under Hypocrites Tree on the Isle of Kos.

10.  I have slept under the stars in the Sinai Desert.

Halifax's Wave

(Halifax’s Wave)

11. I rode both a camel (twice) when I was in Egypt and a goat. Enough said!!

12. I have visited 36 countries, and quite a few of them more than once.

13. I have snorkeled at Sipidin Island off the coast of Semporna (Borneo). (Highly recommended!!)

14. I have seen an orangutan in the wild. (Also in Borneo, and an awesome experience.)

15. I was almost arrested at the Suez Canal for taking a photo. Apparently, that is a big NO NO.

16. I have taken the train to the top of Jung Frau.

Suez-Canal(The Suez Canal)

17. Back in 70’s I took the train from Banff, Alberta to Halifax. I didn’t have a sleeper, so I set in the observation car for the entire trip. Very LONG trip… The incredible scenery made it worthwhile!

18. I have experienced the magic of feeding, bathing and walking with elephants, in Northern Thailand.

19. I’ve cruised China’s Yangtze River.

20. I’ve walked on the Great Wall of China. However, I need to go back and get a photo. I lost the memory card (:

21. I took a photo of the Chinese farmer who discovered the Terracotta Warriors. As you can see he was not amused!! 🙂

Yangtze River Sunset, China
(Yangtze River, China)

Xian Farmer Who Discovered the Terracotta Warriors

Xian Farmer who discovered the Terracotta Warriors, Xian China

(Farmer who discovered the Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China)

22. I became a cross dresser all in the name of travel. Here I am dressed as the “Korean Bride Groom.”

23. I once traveled back from the Quebec Eastern Townships with two butter pecan pies in my hand baggage. It was the best butter pecan pie I have ever eaten!

24. I stayed in a room one time at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City that was so small it could only fit a single bed and the TV was built into the wall. The next day I was upgraded to a huge room with a river view.

25. My first solo trip was to Scotland in 1979,  a beautiful country, with too much rain. When I got back home I had to throw out my jeans and runners. They were moldy!

26. My second solo trip was to Australia/New Zealand in 1980 (or maybe 1981). I traveled by bus, including Alice Springs/Ayers Rock. My clothes were orange when I arrived home!

Korean Traditional Wedding Outfit

(Dressed as a Korean bride groom!)

27. I flew over Ayers Rock in a 4-seater. Awesome way to see it!

28. Fast forward to 2010 for another above the ground adventure; a hot air balloon ride over Myanmar’s Ancient Bagan. I loved this even more than the airplane ride at Ayers.

29. I have played a round of golf in Bermuda.

30. I kissed a cod in Newfoundland 🙂

Balloons over Bagan...close to the river

(Balloon’s Over Bagan, Mayanmar)


Which of these destinations have you been to, and which was your favorite?


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  1. Awesome list of adventures – and I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Clearly I have a lot more places to go and things to se to even get close. But I did notice one small world tidbit – I too was at Expo 67 – my parents took me and somewhere around here I likely still have my “passport” with all the stamps from different exhibits. Happy blogiversary – your site is a great asset to the internet.

    • Thanks so much, Em! It’s a small world. Maybe we were there at the same time. I remember the passport, but have the feeling that mine is long gone. Although, I still have some photographs stored at my Dad’s.

  2. Well, I guess the destination would be Venice. . .it was a delightful post Nancie and congrats on a very successful three years!

    • Yes, Vencie! I still remember it clearly after all these years 🙂

  3. Congratulations and here’s to many more adventures and explorations!

  4. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary!! I haven’t been to Saskatchewan yet either (or Manitoba for that matter) – have to figure out how to fit those in!

    • Thanks, Lisa. Something tells me I might not get to Saskatchewan, but I never say never. I would also love to visit the territories.

  5. Congrats on 3 amazing years and a brilliant list of travel adventures! It is like the post bucketlist list! So, naturally, with such a great list of things done….what does the next bucket list look like?

    • Thanks, Anita. I don’t usually plan too far ahead. More European travel, hopefully and a move to a new country within the next couple of years. That should keep me busy!

      • I know what you mean…my bucket list expands faster than I can cross things off! I do hope to be back in Europe also in 2013-I seem to have developed a crush on the region!
        Happy travels where ever you go!

  6. Congratulations, Nancie, for the blog anniversary, and for aIl your travel accomplishments! We have the Central Australia Ayers Rock/UIuru experience in common, and unfortunately, I can match your deer hitting experience with one with a kangaroo…

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