Welcome to yet another dose of fantastic travel inspiration as we find out what traveling as a family has been like for Brenda of Dish our Town. We love hearing other travelers’ stories and advice, which is why we began our Weekend Travel Inspiration series, and especially our interviews with intrepid travelers called Rendezous with Rovers. So, sit back and find out all about Brenda and her travels.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My family and I are New Yorkers who live typical busy lives in the big city. We do just about everything together, our favorite being travel. Though we love spanning the world, one of our favorite places is home. There’s nothing like New York City; and we recommend people to visit.
What inspires you to travel?
Food is usually the impetus to most of our travel plans. We feel that a country’s cuisine speaks to the culture most. As for the type of places that call to us, we ironically like visiting other cities all over the world, because we feel they carry the most impact when it comes to a full cultural experience.
Describe your travel philosophy.
My family and I share the same travel philosophy, which is to not make too many plans. We like to have experiences come to us. As for actual travel style, we don’t do backpacking, we value luxuries that we don’t necessarily treat ourselves to on the day to day.
What types of things are you interested in while you are traveling?
We appreciate just about every type of travel, but not much in the way of adrenaline driven experiences. History and Art are on the top of the list, but if there was one pastime we enjoy most, it would be spending hours eating and drinking at an outdoor table of a cafe or restaurant and watch the thoroughfare of people passing.
What is one funny, embarrassing, cute, or even frustrating anecdote from your travels?
What frustrates us all the time is how limited we are with languages. When traveling outside of the U.S., people seem to go in and out of languages with no effort.
What is your next destination and what are you looking forward to doing there?
Our next destination is Portugal and Spain. We, of course, look forward to enjoying the cuisine and staying up all hours of the night. Since we have been there before, we also are looking forward to retracing steps we took on earlier travels.
What is one travel book or movie that you can recommend to folks?
My favorite book, and the book that inspired me to travel more than any book I’ve even read is, “The Sun Also Rises”, by Ernest Hemingway.
What is one thing you take with you traveling, no matter what?
Our phones. It has changed the face of travel; especially on the photography end, and keeping touch with home.
How did you get started travel blogging, and what would be one piece of advice you can offer newbie bloggers?
Like many, the motivation was to finally work for ourselves in a medium we had great interest in being part of. If we were to offer one piece of advice to someone new, is to enjoy writing and sharing a bit of yourself; and being authentic.
Brenda, thanks. Wasn’t it great getting to hear some fantastic travel inspiration from a seasoned travel family?
Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.
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