Oh my…exciting news indeed. My blog is not even three weeks old and I’ve already been nominated for a Liebster Award!
Exciting for me, but you may not have any idea what this is. It’s basically an award that is passed from blogger to blogger as a means of recognising all the hard work that travel bloggers put in to their sites, as well as to help people find and discover new blogs that they might find useful.
I was nominated by the good folk at Dang Travelers, an American couple who love to travel the world together…despite being polar opposites when it comes to how they like to travel. Whereas David dreams of travelling full time, goes for the cheapest flight possible and prefers camping, Angela is unsure about being on the road forever, goes for the direct flight option and prefers Hotels as her accommodation of choice. Check out their website to discover how they (try to) reconcile their travel differences!
So without further ado, let’s set about answering the questions David and Angela put to me…
- If you had to describe your own blog in three words what would they be?
Informative. Serious. Humorous.
- How long have you been blogging?
For less than three weeks. I’ve been taken aback, in the best possible way, at how much support and comments I’ve been getting – I’ve already connected with some fantastic bloggers and their brilliant blogs. And getting the Liebster Award this early in my blogging life has been the icing on the cake.
- Do you have a significant other? If so, how did you meet?
Nope. I’m afraid I haven’t met someone who shares the same almost obsessive love of travelling that I do; everyone I’ve dated so far has had laying down roots as their ultimate goal. It’s not something I’m ready for.
- Do you travel full-time or part-time?
Part-time, I’m afraid, but I’m very fortunate to be in a job with generous annual leave – up to 17 weeks per year! It’s because I work in a school; the biggest drawback is that I only get to travel during the pricey school holiday months. But on the upside, I get to do things like have a free three week trip to Tanzania this summer because of my work!
- What was your first big travel adventure?
In 2007, when I went on a solo backpacking trip around Morocco, Egypt and Greece for 6 weeks. It was my first time on my own and my first time in Hostels. I remember, landing at Casablanca airport, clearly and distinctly thinking ‘what the %£$* am I doing?’ And then a pair of English women in front of me in the immigration queue, one of whom had a baby in her arms, were joking about ‘how a place like this doesn’t have baby changing facilities’. I think this served to wind me up a bit, doubling my determination to get stuck in and immerse myself in a culture that was different from my own – I did NOT want to have things around me that reminded me of home. And, subsequently, I loved it.
- What is your next travel destination?
I’m off to Hong Kong for a few days in March to see my old school friend, who works as a TEFL teacher out there, before a couple of weeks in the Philippines to meet up with some ‘travbuddies’ who I met through an online travel social media network. Have never been to either, and so am looking forward to both.
- Who is your favourite person you met while travelling and why?
That’s a tough one. Honourable mentions must go to Sandu, a crazy wood carver in Romania whose only English was the phrase ‘no problem’, and Valeria, a 65 year old Uruguayan lady I met in Spain who was warm, wise, witty and basically a legend to everyone else who stayed in our Hostel for her ability to drink the rest of us under the table! But if I had to pick one person, it would have to be Rahul, who I met in India. He introduced me to curries I never knew existed, got me to play street cricket with some kids, almost got us in to trouble for flirting with a pair of married women in a bar and saved my life at least once in the crazy streets of Old Delhi. We’re still in touch and I’m hoping to see him again in India one day.
- What are the three must haves in your bag when you travel?
A book to read – indispensable for those times you’re sitting around waiting for a bus/train/plane. Bottle of water because I’m quite anal about staying hydrated. And, of course, a camera, the travel blogger’s friend!
- What is your favourite mode of transportation?
Maybe I’m a bit weird, but I love flights, and really enjoy long distance ones in particular! It might be the in-flight entertainment, it might be the weirdly compelling compartmentalisation of the in-flight meals, or it might just be the odd feeling of Zen-like stasis you feel inside an air-pressurised cabin at tens of thousands of feet in the air, hurtling along at massive speeds but feeling as though you’re barely moving…I just really enjoy it!
- If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who wants to travel more, what would it be?
Quite simply, if you want to travel more than the standard one vacation per year, you have to prioritise travelling over everything else. It’s that easy, and it’s that hard. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard someone say ‘I’d love to go there, but…’ You’ll forever be saying this if you don’t start to realise that you have to make sacrifices. You don’t need to live like a total hermit or anything, but cutting down on dinners out at restaurants, ditching casual coffees on the morning commute to work and not splurging on clothes, gadgets etc that you don’t really need will save you more money than you realise. And if you’re in a job where they don’t give you enough leave? Start saving for that career break and/or looking for a new job.
Fellow travel bloggers I’m nominating for the Liebster Award:
Lottie – Princess in a Caravan
Kaley – Communication is Difficult
Jack – Jack Moscrop
Dara – The Traveller’s Cookbook
Filipe – Loose Translations
Lizzie – From Europe and Beyond
Amy – Arts End of Nowhere
Arzo – Arzo Travels
Meg – Meg’s Wanderings
Sierra – Take Me With You
Claire – Curious Claire
The rules of the nomination are as follows:
- Thank blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
- Answer questions they ask you
- Nominate 11 others
- Create a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
- Choose your own nominees and inform them
Questions to answer:
- Why did you start travel blogging?
- What are your travel plans for 2016?
- When did you first get bitten by the ‘travel bug’?
- How many different countries have you visited, and which is your favourite?
- Which do you prefer – Hostels or Hotels?
- What’s the biggest travelling mishap you have ever experienced?
- Do you like to plan your trips, or are you more spontaneous?
- Can you speak any other languages?
- Which travel destination has been your biggest let down?
- And which travel destination was way better than you thought it would be?
- What one piece of advice would you give to someone about to set off on their first big travel adventure?
Thanks again to Dang Travellers for nominating me – it’s been an unexpected honour very early on in my travel blogging life!