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A bit of a fun post this week as I am having a little break – I saw this on where Allison shared her Travel ABC’s so I decided to have a go too! Thank-you Allison!


A  –  Age of first international trip:

In Europe – I think it was a trip to Italy when I was about 5 with my Mum and Dad. I first left Europe aged 13 when we moved to South Africa. The pictures below are of a trip to Majorca in the early ’70’s – love my Dad’s moustache!! And of me aged about 13 in South Africa!

Why Travel: a Little Dose of Travel Inspiration

B – Best Beach you’ve been to: 

This is easy! Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays takes top prize!

A review of our Whitehaven Beach Day Trip with Cruise Whitsundays

C -Favorite Cuisine:

Indonesian when I can get it otherwise Moroccan – I love couscous royale! The last time I had this (or something similar) was in Paris at Le Marche des enfants rouges.

a plate of cous cous


Top tips when visiting Paris France for the first time

D – Favorite Destination:

Haha thats impossible to choose! Norway is the most beautiful country in my opinion. In Europe if not Norway then it is probably Italy. Outside of Europe – South Africa or Canada. I am really looking forward to spending time more exploring South-East Asia.

South Africa a photo of cape town


Things to do in Cape Town South Africa - an insider guide

E – Experience that made you say wow:

Sailing up the fjords in Norway. It really was somewhere I will never forget.

norwegian fjords


Best things to do in Flam and Gudvangen in Norway

  F -Favourite mode of transportation:

Train! I love travelling anywhere by train and I would love to travel as much of the world as possible this way at some point!

Mt Pilatus in Switzerland


A Complete Guide to the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus Lucerne Switzerland


G – Greatest feeling while traveling:

Seeing new sights, trying new food – the sheer awe of seeing new places never leaves me. It is a bit addictive though!

Solo travel - How travelling solo in my 20's changed my life

H – Hottest place you’ve ever traveled:

Botswana – I lived there for 18 months. It was over 50 degrees in the day and even 36 degrees in the middle of the night.

Botswana a man on a boat


An African safari in Botswana - what it is really like!

I – Incredible service you’ve experienced:

Well we had a fantastic trip to Bosnia with a company in Dubrovnik who were really great. Also one year we stayed at the Megaro Hotel near St Pancras (our usual stay when catching the Eurostar). When we checked in the receptionist asked where we were going and I mentioned we were off to Paris for my birthday. Half an hour later there was a knock at the door and the receptionist standing there with 2 glasses of prosecco and a birthday cake! It was so unexpected and such a lovely gesture!!


How to enjoy a Bosnia day trip from Dubrovnik Croatia
Review of the Hotel Megaro in London

J- Journey that took the longest:

I once took a bus from Gaborone in Botswana to Johannesburg then a bus from Johannesburg to the airport, onto a flight to Athens, connecting flight to Heathrow, bus from Heathrow to Victoria coach station, coach from London to Newcastle then taxi to my grandparents house! Took 44 hours door to door!! I was pretty exhausted!

K – Keepsake from your travels:

Photographs – I love my photographs! I have been known to buy the odd fridge magnet too. And maps – I love maps!

Top 15 gifts for map lovers | Tracy's Travels in Time

L – Least favourite destination:

I don’t really have one! I can’t think of one place I have been to that I wouldn’t return to! Cairo airport was pretty awful but that was 27 years ago!

M – Moment when you fell in love with travel:

Age 7 or 8 – I just had to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Table Mountain! Now achieved!

N- Nicest hotel you’ve stayed at:

Interesting question – we try to budget our hotels as I prefer to stay somewhere for a longer period of time rather than pay loads for an expensive hotel! However we have stayed in a lovely hotel in Singapore a couple of times. The Swissotel Merchant Court is in a great location opposite Clarke Quay and has a great pool area.

singapore merchant court hotel


O – Obsession (what you take pictures of the most while traveling):

Sunsets! This one was taken in Croatia!

sunset in Croatia - Travel ABC's

The Best Croatia Itinerary: Dubrovnik to Zagreb
15 photographs that will inspire you to visit Laerdal Norway

P – Passport stamps (how many and where from)?

More like work visas – I have ones for Canada and Botswana (expired now) The fact we can travel freely in Europe is so fantastic (on a UK passport) and really hope this is something we can retain. (I am not a fan of Brexit to put it mildly).

I also hold a permanent residence visa for Australia.

Q – Quirkiest attraction you’ve visited:

The Palais Ideal Facteur Cheval in France!! It was just amazing and fascinating – I’m not telling you why but you can find out more on the link!


R – Really frightening (a place you have felt insecure/uneasy):

Turbulence when flying terrifies me. I don’t like really hate flying!!

an airplane flying at sunset
a smooth flight to Copenhagen

S – Splurge (something you have no problem spending money on while traveling)

A good meal! Also good tours – we had taken some excellent tours in Bosnia, Montenegro and Italy. I think you can find out so much on tours the wandering around yourself! (I also love the walking tours now available in lots of cities – the walking tour we did in Berlin was excellent. And free!)

Montenegro Travel ABC's


Top things to do in Berlin for your ultimate Berlin itinerary


T – Most Touristy thing you’ve done:

I always do the touristy things (there is a reason everyone visits to see certain things (Eiffel Tower anyone) or do certain things!! (a trip to the Top of the Rock in NYC?) and I really hate snobbery around tourists vs travellers!!!!!!

top of the rock

My all time top ten New York sights

U – Most Unforgettable travel memory:

I have so many! In my 20’s probably travelling to Hong Kong on my own! In my 30’s the trips to Malta with my daughter and in my 40’s probably the trip to Norway to visit my husband when he was there for 12 weeks.

5 reasons visiting Laerdal in Norway should be on your Scandinavian itinerary

W – Best Waterfall:

Victoria Fall in Zimbabwe but also Niagara Falls in Canada/USA – very very different parts of the world but each with wonderful falls!

X – eXcellent view:

Train journeys to some of the most scenic destinations give you awesome views. Switzerland is a great country to travel by train – I recommend the Bernina Express or Mt Pilatus for great train trips!

Norway also has magnificent views! You can’t beat a fjord or two!!

the-view from Mt Pilatus Travel ABC's

A guide to traveling on the Bernina Express

Y -Years spent traveling:

40 plus!!! And another 40 to go I hope!

In my life - My Life So Far 7 Countries on 4 Continents

Z – Most Zealous sports fans:

I don’t really do sport!

So those are my Travel ABC’s – what are yours?

Pin for later – travel abcs


Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, I share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help YOU travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Come and join me as I travel the world one country (and train journey) at a time!

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54 thoughts on “My Travel ABC’s – My travel experiences from A to Z

  1. Katie says:

    Love the idea of this blog! I definitely like to get a magnet or four and we do love a good sunset! Love seeing your pics through the years, so many incredible memories and experiences travelling the world!!!

  2. Tasha says:

    I love the idea of this post. It must be great to look back on many travel memories in such a way. My favourite keepsake for travels are photos too. I take so many and would be deceststed if I lost them! I may write one of these ABC posts too. I’ll be sure to link your blog in it 🙂

  3. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    Great idea Tracy, it’s always nice to learn more of people’s travels in this way. If you love Indonesian food, I bet you can’t wait to start your travels later this year and spend some time here! We have another long train journey ahead of us going through the Thai countryside when we travel from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok, will you get a chance to do that trip? Thanks for sharing your travel memories with us #feetdotravel

  4. Paul and Carole says:

    Loved this post what a great idea! You have had some wonderful experiences and hope many more to come. Marina Bay Sands is amazing and hope that you do get to spend a night there, it is definitely worth it!

  5. Travel Lexx says:

    Love this post and such an awesome idea – great way to relive some fantastic travel memories! Have enjoyed following your adventures in this post and in general! I love train travel too and would love to go on more trips by land!

  6. Ruth says:

    This is awesome Tracy! I would love to meet you one day and talk travel all day. You have been to fantastic places! I am inspired to keep traveling. #WeekendWanderlust

  7. Anna Schlaht says:

    This is a super cute idea for a post; I love it! Looks like you’ve had many wonderful experiences in your travel life and have lived in so many places! I agree with your love of Norway, though; that or Iceland would have to by my favorite country so far. It’s just so pretty and clean! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your travel ABCs!

  8. Garth says:

    Love this post! Totally with you on the tourist v traveller snobbery, what’s that about? why can’t you do both?! We LOVE cheesy landmark photos! So many places you’ve been to, would love to see blue lagoon in Malta, thats on our list! We’ll be going to Niagara Falls in the summer this year, I went when I was younger, but Phil’s never been so we’re looking forward to that trip. Love your travel ABCs!

    • Tracy Collins says:

      Thanks Garth! Malta is one of my favourites! I would love to go back to Niagara – I worked in Canada but a long time ago! Would love to read your travel ABC’s – you guys have been to loads of places on my list too!

  9. Anna says:

    Awww I love this 🙂 And I love the old photos and your answers spanning decades of travel! I still think it’s so cool you lived in Botswana.. can’t imagine the awful heat, but the picture is gorgeous. I don’t stay in nice hotels either.. as I prefer to spend any extra money on food or fun activities! And I agree that there’s nothing wrong with doing touristy activities. After all, they’re popular for a good reason!

  10. Ava Meena says:

    You’ve been to so many places and had so many different experiences! Very cool to see it all compiled like this. Also I love the photos from Norway. 🙂 #feetdotravel

  11. Only By Land says:

    Interesting ABC’s! As an overland traveler I would agree with you about train travel it’s one of my favorites too! I’m surprised you don’t have a least favorite destination, I have a few contenders!

  12. Alex says:

    Aw, I love this – another great way to learn about a blogger. Think I’ll do one (don’t worry I’ll link back!) Flip – that journey of 44 hours was a long one, and to think you only had Newcastle as a reward 😉 And, how did you cope in Botswana? Did you become acclimatised?

    • Tracy Collins says:

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahah Alex!!!!!! And my brother wouldn’t come and pick me up from the bus station so I had to get a taxi!! Was not impressed! No Botswana was hot as hell lol – had to get up in the night have a cold shower and lie under a fan (didn’t have air conditioning!)
      Definitely do one too – its fun!

  13. Jen says:

    This is amazing! You’ve traveled to a lot of places. I want to go to to the Blue Lagoon in Malta and Norway too. Great list of items you have here. Makes me want to update my bucketlist! 🙂 #flyawayfriday

  14. Sheree says:

    What a great idea for an article! Was good to get to know you a bit more through this post. Also agree with what you said about train travel- it’s my favourite way to travel too 🙂 #FlyAwayFriday

  15. kathy says:

    It is lovely to learn a little bit more about you thank you. I too love Moroccan food. I haven’t been to Indonesia but perhaps I need too.
    I too would like to steal it 🙂 I will link it to you though seeing as I am stealing it 🙂

  16. Kana says:

    Oh my gosh, what a fun and creative post! You’ve been to SO many places, I admire that so much. Plus, you always write really unique posts and I enjoy reading them! Thanks for sharing and joining Fly Away Friday, hope to see you again this week! xo

  17. Janine Good says:

    How super cute for a post that really gets personal to share with your readers. This is amazing and I could relate to so many of your answers. I need to try Moroccan food and I must agree on Norway. It is a brilliant place

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