Travelling and Poking About

My travel contrasts #travellinkup

August 2, 2015
Travel Contrasts. Like the contrast between regular grubby concrete and the concrete every Marilyn Monroe fan for the last 50 years has laid their filthy paws on.

Travel Contrasts. Like the contrast between regular grubby concrete and the concrete every Marilyn Monroe fan for the last 50 years has laid their filthy paws on.

This month’s travel link up blog is supposed to be about the contrasts we experience while travelling. Well, I’ve decided my post will be about my own personality contrasts while travelling. I’ve previously discussed My Travel Personality, and made you all believe I’m relatively normal on holiday, but today I’m going to undo all of that good work and reveal the differences between holiday Frankie and all everyday Frankie.

If you have to wait for breakfast you may as well photograph your coffee

If you have to wait for breakfast you may as well photograph your coffee. Or your husband.


Everyday Frankie: I never eat breakfast. I don’t have time, I can’t be bothered to make time and I’m never really that interested in food that early in the morning. On the rare occasions that I’ve tried, thinking it would be good for me or something silly like that, it doesn’t work out. It just awakens my hunger, so I get to 10am and I’m ravenous and then I keep eating EVERYTHING throughout the day. If don’t eat breakfast I’m fine until around 12 when I have lunch and then dinner later on with light snacking at moments when I need to alleviate boredom. Much better on my waistline.

Holiday Frankie: On holiday it’s a completely different story. If I’m at a hotel that has included a breakfast buffet I must get my money’s worth. I’ll start with a mound of bacon, sausages and toast, before moving to a breakfast dessert of crepes smothered with fruit salad and chocolate sauce. Then I’ll swipe as many croissants, pain au chocolat and Danishes that fit in my pockets and handbag to munch on as I go about my day. If I’m not at a hotel with a built in breakfast I will happily find a little cafΓ© and brunch. Yes, I’m the only New Zealander that doesn’t brunch in her everyday life. Bite me.


Free Alcohol

Everyday Frankie: Ever been to a blogging event with me? You may have noticed that while I enjoy a tipple often, I enjoy it even more if it’s free. I may even overdo it on occasion. *Shame Face*

Holiday Frankie: One would think that I’d be quite the drinker on a plane, especially if the alcohol isn’t costing me any extra. No. I never drink on planes, ever. No matter how much time I have to kill. Drinking makes me need to pee. A lot. Drinking makes me dehydrated. A lot. Drinking too much (a lot) makes me ill and hungover. All shizz I do not need to be dealing with while on a plane or heading through immigration. Just no.



Everyday Frankie: I don’t really watch a lot of television, I just tend to have it on in the background while I work. My husband watches sport, I blog. I’ll put on Netflix and browse Buzzfeed at the same time. But I don’t ever give my full attention to the television set unless something immense is happening.

Holiday Frankie: If I’ve had a huge day exploring from the early hours of the morning I’m usually quite content in the evening to snuggle up in bed in the hotel room in front of the TV, with a variety of snacks spread around the duvet for good measure. Ski jumping championships in German? Riveting. Lord of the Rings marathon in French? Can’t turn away. Seriously, that was homoerotic gold. “Bonjour Monsieur Frodo, j’adore ta bague” *Stares deeply into his eyes*



Everyday Frankie: Not interested, not watching it, not paying any attention. I’m always so annoyed when I click on a trending topic on Twitter that I don’t understand and it’s about a bloody football player. I don’t accompany my husband to cricket/rugby/football games, I didn’t even care about going to the Olympics. Just. Not. Interested.

Holiday Frankie: We’re in Paris the same time that Roland Garros is on and Mark wants to go? Well, buy me a ticket. Mark wants to see the football stadium in Rio de Janeiro? Sure, we’ll swing by together. Hurling championship messing with my journey across Ireland to return a rental car? No problem, I’ll sit and watch the game and learn all the rules. For some reason I have an increased sense of tolerance when it comes to throwing balls around on vacation.

Paris Photography


Everyday Frankie: My husband takes photographs ALL THE TIME. He’s always stopping to take a photo of a funny sign, a bit of street art, a person doing something oddly hilarious in the gutter. He’s a nightmare to walk around the city with when you just want to get from point A to point B. One time I was really unwell and just needed to get home as quickly as possibly without dying or power vomiting on the train. Still though, he needed to make frequent photography stops to catch the pretty sunbeams bouncing off the pub signs and what not. Ugh. In short, I will happily miss many a great photography opportunity because I’m always running late. It’s just the way things are.

Holiday Frankie: Oooh, is that an alleyway? I need a photo with that. Photograph me with that canal! Ooh, did you see the top of that building? We need to remember that brick work with 17 great shots. Yep, let’s eat lunch now even though it’s a little early and we’re not that hungry, because the light is too harsh and bad for photography. In an hour it will probably be better. Of course I have 15GB of hard drive space to store all this video stuff, why wouldn’t I?

Yeah. I’m quite a different beast when I’m on holiday. I’m not sure which one is better, to be honest!

PS – please join the travel link up by writing your own travel contrasty blog and dumping it on Emma, Kelly, Rebecca or Zoe‘s linky page. Because we all bloody love you and want to hear your thoughts.

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  • Although I have to have breakfast every morning or I turn into an angry monster who wants to kill the world, I am just like you when at the breakfast buffet on holiday. At home I’m happy for a couple of weetabix with milk or some cheerios, but at the buffet I’m like EVERYTHING NOW. I always end up filling myself up way too much and bloating out for the day, but then I repeat the exact same thing the following day. I swear it’s something about buffets ;).

    • Buffets are like a challenge that you must win at all costs πŸ˜‰

  • Hahaha love this, I totally know what you mean – suddenly when I’m holiday things change! I never nap but for some reason whenever I’m on a big holiday, I have a sudden need to nap like every afternoon before dinner! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Oooooh I love a good nap. The afternoons are such an unproductive time for me. I’d rather get up early, work, nap, then do some catch up in the evening. I do nap a lot on holiday if I’ve changed time zone, keeps me fresh πŸ˜€

  • Love this, Frankie! As for the holiday breakfasts, I totally overdue it and then my stomach seems to expand and expect more food on a regular basis!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Haha, I’m pretty sure calories don’t count if the food doesn’t cost you any extra πŸ˜‰

  • hahah – love it – with the photographing, I always laugh in London at the tourists taking pictures, then go away and do exactly the same!

    • Haha, I should do more in London because it’s such a great city, but I know how annoying those tourists can be! πŸ˜‰

  • I am not really a breakfast eater and Fredrik is always so annoyed when there is a buffet and I only eat one thing, he always shakes his head in disgust as he goes back for his fourth plate.

    • Haha, boys. Breakfast can be difficult though. Hence why I smuggle so much πŸ˜‰

  • I’m the same as you when it comes to no breakfast in daily life, but breakfast when on vacation. I think I’m generally more care free when I’m away from home. And happier. There are no looming deadlines or aggravating situations/people around to stress me out. And even if something difficult comes up, I handle it better when I’m on holiday. If only I could be Vacay G all the time.

    • Yes! Why do we collect so many aggravating people in our everyday lives?! Down with those pricks! :p

  • Well, they say that travel definitely does change us – when in Rome and all that!

    • Think I’m just living out my secret fantasies… of homoerotic television and all that πŸ˜‰

  • Great way to tackle this theme!! I can relate re: alcohol and TV. I always have breakfast – its just usually more exciting then my usual oatmeal when i’m on holiday!

    • Exciting breakfast means you’re definitely going to have a great day! x

  • I eat EVERYTHING when I’m on holiday, all the time. Breakfast lunch dinner and all the snacks, so with ya there. Also with the sports things. I’d never watched a rugby game in my life, but when I was in New Zealand I painted my face with a silver fern, went to a match and cheered along watching the All Blacks.

    • Haha, I eat everything all the time, I just time it differently on holiday πŸ˜‰ My husband is very pleased to hear about your All Black supporting x

  • adales8

    True story : I don’t even know what hurling is. Another true story : if a hotel as a free breakfast buffet, you can count on me to try to smuggle something out. Do I need an afternoon snack while walking around Paris? No sir, I have two croissants from breakfast wrapped up in a napkin in my bag. x

    • Hurling is fabulous. There’s throwing, hitting with sticks, a net, short shorts, goal posts and general jaw breaking fun. Buffet smuggling is just one of the best parts of going on holiday.

  • Lol Frankie. Holiday Frankie and Everyday Frankie are so different but that’s what’s nice. If you did the same thing in on holiday what would be the point. xx

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

    • I seem to enjoy myself, which is the main thing!

  • Enjoyed reading this you really are very different on holiday. I’m not sure that I have thought about it but I guess for breakfast here I am minimal but like you on holiday have to get my monies worth so will eat like a hog. Photography I am the same in both settings as I love taking pictures. Lucy x

    • Haha, maybe I’m just holding myself back in everyday life

  • I fully blame the free hotel breakfasts on the reason why I gain so much weight while on vacation, especially the ones in Ireland and the UK. yogurt + granola, bacon, black pudding, and eggs. Yup, GIVE ME ALL THE FOOD.

  • My other half always demands me to take my large handbag to breakfast so he can nick bread rolls and boiled eggs and then wants to put them in my handbag…I still have the gluten scone crumbs in my handbag from Hong Kong.
    I always love reading your travel link up posts Frankie; they’re definitely one of a kind!
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    • Oh god, I think I would draw the line at having to stuff my handbag with eggs! That’s a deal breaker right there πŸ˜‚

      • Yeah…I’m not a morning person either so G stuffing boiled eggs inside a designer handbag….ruffles my feathers! xx

        • Hahaha! I can’t think of any time of day where that’s appropriate πŸ˜‰