I’ve been awarded my first blog award- the Liebster Award and I’m over the moon! For me, the Liebster Award was a sign that other people were reading my blog and I wasn’t just rambling to myself.
What is the Liebster Award?
So for those of you who don’t know, the Liebster Award is a blogging award given out by experienced bloggers to new bloggers, or new bloggers who have recently been nominated. It was created by bloggers, for bloggers as way for the blogging community to recognise other bloggers efforts.
The Rules for being nominated.
1) Thank the person/blog who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2) Display the award on your blog. This can be done by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a widget (note: the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog/post).
3) Answer the 10 questions about yourself that your nominating blogger chooses for you.
4) Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award. These must be new bloggers (less than two years blogging) who have fewer than 1000 followers.
5) Create a list of questions for your nominated bloggers to answer.
6) List these rules in your post (feel free to cut & paste!)
7) Inform the blogs that you nominated that they have been awarded the award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.
And so, without further ado… I would like to thank The Doorstep mile for nominating me for the liebster award! This travel blog was recently created at the end of 2016 by travellers Thomas and Sarah from the UK. New to the travel scene Thomas and Sarah started The Doorstep Mile to make their travel dreams come true. The blog was also created to encourage others to take that first step on their first voyage with confidence! Inspired by a recent trip to Scandinavia, the name of the blog was spawned. What I like about their blog, is like me, they are not full time travellers but work their travels around every day life. So for those of you who find the idea of travel a little intimidating, follow along with Thomas and Sarah’s adventure and I’m sure within no time, you’ll be booking your first trip.
To answer the questions listed by the The Doorstep Mile:
What destination is on your bucket list and why?
Ahhh! This is such a hard question!!!! There are so many on my list for various reasons but I suppose at the moment it’s Raja Ampat, Indonesia. I didn’t know it existed 6 months ago and I also didn’t realise Indonesia has 75% of the world’s richest reefs. I’ve recently discovered about myself that I love snorkelling so this place is high on my list. Plus it is sort of like the Maldives but on a more eco-friendly, less glam level.
What is your favourite travel experience involving the weather/natural phenomenon?
My husband and I returned to Malcesine, Italy where we got married the previous year. We were sitting at a restaurant with a beautiful view of Lake Garda. It was a very windy evening, especially for the summer season. As we sat, we could see from across the lake the rain coming over. The town across looked like a blur and we were anticipating the storm coming our way. However, it just passed by without raining. It was just amazing to be able to watch a summer storm like that at such close proximity and go unscathed. Later that evening it did swirl back and locals said they haven’t had that much rain in the summer in years!
What destination would you like to return to and why?
This is such a difficult question. There are a few places I would return to because they are my soul cities. You know, those places that you go to and you just feel like you’ve been there forever. I always want to go back to Malcesine as we got married there and it’s just so chill and beautiful. But most places I’d want to go back to are places that I didn’t explore more of eg: Sri Lanka, Cornwall, UK, the Lake District, UK, Thailand. I guess that’s the downside to travelling while working.
Best historic monument you’ve ever visited?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived in a city filled with historic monuments that I associate with home. Surprisingly, none of those sprung to mind when I read this question. But rather, on a sad note, Aushwitz-Birkenau, in Poland did. I remember reading Anne Frank when I was 13 years old and learning a lot about the scares WWII left in our world. So it sort of goes without saying that visiting a place like this is just something you don’t forget. I also saw it in the dead of winter, which added to the bleak severity of the place.
Which item is a must-pack for every trip?
There are a few items that make this list but one in particular that I will actually go out and replace if I’ve forgotten them are headphones. I need headphones when travelling. I like a soundtrack to my life.
What was the first country you visited?
First country I ever visited was Norway. I was probably about 6-7 years old. It was our first family holiday on a plane. I remember visiting some lush spots in Norway and we still have the photos to show. I also remember eating pate and ending up in the hospital with a rash on my arm! Didn’t scare me off travelling, but does seem to a re-occuring theme with me and foreign food (not with the hospital visit to go with it though, thankfully)
What has been your scariest travel experience?
Oddly I’m never really scared when I arrive somewhere. Most places work the same; airport, taxi, hotel, main part of city. Having said that, there are some destinations I don’t travel to as I deem them to be unsafe for me (a visible ethnic minority and female traveller). I had an opportunity to visit one of place that was sort of on the list (Budapest, Hungary) with a local- a friend I met travelling. All was going great until he wanted to visit one of his favourite bars in town and we had 4 tall Neo-Nazis come join our table (blocking the exit). I couldn’t understand what was said but eventually they let us pass without too much of a rumble. Regardless I was petrified. And sad that people can actually still be of that mind-frame in 2010!
What destination has surprised you the most?
Sri Lanka surprised me. Now this probably sounds really silly because my parents are from Sri Lanka and I grew up hearing stories about the country. It wasn’t a stranger to me. However when it came to the trip, I had little time to really plan it and research it. I just booked two locations and thought we’d figure it out when we got there. And as a result it really took us by surprise. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the Kandy Hills as soon as I got there. To see clouds suspended in air through the hills was jaw-dropping. And then there was the wildlife that we encountered. I wasn’t expecting that sort of trip. The people were really nice, the food was delicious and the beaches were stunning with the best sunsets I have ever seen.
What is your greatest achievement so far and why?
Packing up and moving out of a country in 4 days, to move to a new country and have a week to find accommodation whilst beginning working the 2nd day I arrived! I have never been so exhausted and so proud of myself. It was when we moved out of the Middle East to Singapore. We had 4 days to pack up and ship our belongings to an unknown address in Singapore. We also only had a week to find accommodation as we were only put up in a hotel for a week. Luckily it all got sorted. #neveragain!
What do you find the most difficult while travelling?
Pacing myself. I suffer from FoMo (fear of missing out). It should be a diagnosed condition as it can affect my life for the worse. The effect on me is that I plan too much and then I get stressed. Not on holiday mind you. But I suffer from choosing what best to do with my time when I’m in a place. I now tend to ask myself the question ‘if I left without seeing/experiencing/doing this, what would it be?’ It helps. Because another thing I don’t like is living with regrets. I have also come to the realisation that I may not see the whole world in my lifetime… and i’m ok with that because life is about enjoying the experience.
What can we expect to see from you in 2017?
Well i’m starting to get the hang of this blogging thing (I think). So you should expect more travel tales for Asia, hopefully a few more from London and some more expat stories about where I am now, and where I may end up. I’m excited for 2017.
And my nominees for the Liebster award are:
1) Adventures of a Jersey Girl
I’ve been reading Adventures of a Jersey Girl for a while now and I’ve come to rely on her posts for comfort of the expat way of life. Why? because she gets it! What I love most about this blog is the witty, charming way of Jersey Girl shares her stories of expat life. A must read for a chuckle! I could see this one being a book one day! Click here to read
2) The Wandering Senorita
This sassy senorita, originally from Spain, shares her expat adventures as she has moved from the UK to Australia. Blogging her way through life down under in a stylish manner, the Wandering Senorita is a great read. What I love the most? Her easy to use recipes, all presented in a beautiful blog.
Giving up the rat race in Sydney in search of the quiet life in the quintessential English countryside, Country Diaries is a blog about new adventures. With a year long ‘pit stop’ of adventures through Asia before permanently relocating in the UK, there is no shortage of adventures on this blog. Check out Country Diaries for wanderlust worthy photos of their travels through Asia. And if you love pugs then following this blog is a must!
4) My suitcase diaries
Another new blog by an every day traveller. If you’ve ever wondered what teachers really do on their holidays then check this blog out. My suitcase diaries shares her travels across the globe and in her homeland of Ireland. With stunning photos and great tips, you’re bucket list will grow with each destination she reveals. Check out my suitcase diaries here.
Ok bloggers, my questions for you are:
- What is your favourite type of holiday? (eg beach, city break, great outdoors etc)
- If you could live anywhere in the world (no red tape) where would it be?
- Living in different places and travelling, you see a lot, so… if you could change one thing about the world we live in, what would it be?
- Name your favourite country to visit for the food?
- Name your favourite country to visit for the people?
- What experience has changed the person you are today?
- Do you prefer tea or coffee?
- Share something on your bucketlist?
- Where was the first place you went on holiday?
- Describe your perfect day (can be in any location, doing anything!
Well this has been a longer post than usual but a lot of fun to write. Thanks again to The Doorstep Mile for the nomination and I’m looking forward to reading the answers to the questions above!