TRAVEL THURSDAY: Quick fire questions ROUND TWO

Barcelona

After last week’s quick fire questions were so well-received, we decided to team up for another round this week! You can check out our previous answers here, if you missed the first installment.

Buckle up, it’s about to get weird…

11. How many different currencies are you carrying?

AJ: Three. Mostly Australian, very minimal amounts of Canadian and one quid British Pound.

Hayden: Four. New Zealand dollar, Japanese yen, Singaporean coins and I think I still have some coins from Fiji.

12. What have you bought that you haven’t used?

AJ: Bought myself a tent that I’ve not used yet. Soon, though. Soon.

Alyce: I bought myself a portable fan to take to festivals, but I always forget it.

13. What has been the most useful item you’ve bought?

AJ: My phone. Good lord, I would be so lost in cities if it weren’t for Google Maps.

Alyce: My current phone. I mean, I loved my Blackberry but the Maps app on here has saved my life more than I can count.

14. What’s the best piece of travel advice you’ve received?

AJ: Pack light. You don’t need 27 shirts and that floral dressing gown you think is cute. I always pack 3 shirts, a jacket, a pair of shorts, some socks, underwear and some jeans. Saves me a fortune on check-in luggage.

Hayden: Pack your bag and then take out half of it. It’s crazy how many people over pack, and I’m no exception. I didn’t even touch half the things on my last trip to NZ. Leaves more room in your bag for cool knick-knacks and new shirts, too!

15. What’s the worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?

AJ: Go straight in the deep end, don’t worry about the what ifs. If it works out? Sure. But it never hurts to have a backup plan in case things go south.

Hayden: Someone once told me to not go to Japan or Singapore because they don’t speak English there, but that someone was incredibly close-minded. Other than that, you can get cards that convert your cash for you without bank fees, but 80% of the reviews I read online told me it didn’t work out. People were screwed because they put all their eggs in one basket. It’s much safer to get cash out.

16. How did your relatives feel about your trip?

AJ: Worried, for sure. Thankfully I’m surrounded by incredibly supportive people.

Hayden: I think they’re mostly okay with me seeing the world. It’s a better form of education and much easier than getting a house in the current market here in Melbourne.

17. What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?

AJ: 9 months in the winter of 2012, when I lived all over Queensland in Australia.

Alyce: Uhh… I guess the week of the school trip to Plas Pencelli.

18: What’s your dream job?

AJ: Travel journalist, writing for something like Lonely Planet. I’d love to travel the world as my job!

Alyce: Copy-editor.

19. Where would you most like to live in the world?

AJ: Wouldn’t mind giving Barcelona a crack.

Barcelona
Who wouldn’t want to live in Barcelona?!

Alyce: Canada. My boyfriend dreams of going there to plant trees, and I like that idea a lot.

20. Who would win in a fight: a panda with a dart gun, or a kangaroo with nunchucks?

AJ: Kangaroos with nunchucks, definitely. That sounds absolutely horrific! Roos are scary even without nunchucks, can you imagine a kicking, hand-flipping death machine?

Alyce: Panda for sure. It’ll be too cute to attack and then BANG, poisoned as you go in for a snuggle!

Thanks once again to AJ, for making these posts so entertaining. See you again next week!