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Rhonda Albom from albomadventures.com

Our interview with Rhonda Albom from albomadventures.com:

Why did you start travelling?

Short term travel has always been a part of my life.  Moving it to long term was a family decision we made when the girls were little. As part of our home education plan we actually can’t think of a better way to learn about the world, people, cultures and language, than living it. From our early days together, hubby and I travelled between temperate and snowy weather. First for long weekends, then weeks, months and finally half a year. Sports took over for a bit, then they ended and we returned to our plan. In 2012 we took off around the world, learning, exploring and opening our eyes.

What is the most important during your travels?

That has changed so much over time. When I was young and single, it was more about adventure and fun.  Now, what’s important is  being with my family, learning and experiencing new things together. There is no better way to teach tolerance and understanding than living in another’s shoes.

What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?

This is a really difficult question. Everywhere we go, everyone we meet, everything we do seems important.  A significant experience was a long term home exchange in Spain, as this gave us an opportunity to integrate with locals on a different level. We all made friends, spoke in another language and participated in daily life, rather than being visitors.

What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?

New Zealand has it all, the endless beaches, the steep cliff drops, deep blue lakes at the base of snow capped mountains, lush green rain forests, geysers and glaciers.  There are so many other beautiful places we have been.  Top of my list would be the fjords in Norway, sunset in the Sahara, the ruins of some of the abbeys in England, white houses against a blue sky in Greece, ornate temples in China and the list goes on.

What do you avoid when you travel?

I would like to say we avoid long queues, tourist traps, overpriced cities and foods which make us sick.  In reality, we avoid cities currently in civil unrest, excess baggage and luxury.

What is your biggest travel dream?

Finally, an easy question.  For me it’s Petra, Jordan.  It has been the top of my wish list for years.  Twice during our year around the world we had plans to visit Petra that somehow were changed. It was initially in our first 3 month itinerary on the way to Europe, but the required timing for our Russian visa forced us to change the route.  Then later on our way through the Middle East, I am not really sure what happened, but we missed Jordan.

What are you favourites travelers?  Which blogs do you read?

I read many travel blogs.  A few of my current favourites:
Reflections Enroute – reflectionsenroute.com
Muz-chan’s Gate to Japan – muza-chan.net
Chasing the Donkey – chasingthedonkey.com
Hole in the Donut – holeinthedonut.com
Travel Photo Discovery – travelphotodiscovery.com
Nerd Nomads – nerdnomads.com
Shere y Paul – shereypaul.com
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