The journey is the reward” ~ Proverb.
I’m so proud to announce my blog is the recipient of the Liebster Award! With the small following I have as a new travel blogger it feels amazing to be noticed by bloggers who have been around a while 😊
Who nominated me?
I’d love to thank Jade and Kev of Two Tall Travellers for my award 🏆 These two have a very informative blog primarily about expat life and teaching English in China. These lovely souls also rescued two kittens in China (appropriately named Noodle and Dumpling – how cute). They will be moving to Australia soon which is very exciting. You can read more about Jade, Kev and their adventures in South-East Asia here!
About the Liebster Award
If you’re nominated for the Liebster Award, and you accept the nomination, you’re expected to keep the chain going. In brief, the rules for 2017 are to:
• Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their site on your blog;
• Display the award on your blog;
• Answer their questions about yourself;
• Nominate 5 – 11 other bloggers for the award and inform them via social media;
• Create your own set of 11 questions for your nominees;
• Enjoy winning an award and passing the positivity on to someone else!
If you’d like to find out more about the rules and the origin of this award, you can find all the info here.
My Answers to Two Tall Travellers’ Questions:
#1 What piece of advice would you give a newbie traveller?
Learn some local phrases and pretend you look like you know where you’re going, even when you don’t. Ignore people trying to sell you crap on the streets and come home broke – live the experience to the absolute fullest!
#2 Tell us your best culinary experience whilst travelling?
It would hands-down have to be at Gordon Ramsay’s “Steak” restaurant at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. Gordon’s “Hells Kitchen” TV series was a guilty pleasure of mine for ages so my travel buddy and I had to see for ourselves. My goodness, the steaks were the best we’ve had anywhere in the world and the mashed potato was literally to DIE for! You’d normally not think that about something simple like mashed spuds. A bonus was personally meeting the head chef who won the previous season!
#3 What is the best view you have had on your travels?
This is hard! There’s been so many… Filopappou Hill in Athens was pretty incredible, as was seeing the Grand Canyon from a helicopter and flying into Queenstown in the snow… If I had to choose one it’s probably the view from the Gornergrat overlooking the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. I love mountains. This was a major highlight for me as I’d wanted to see the Matterhorn in person since my teenage years (or should I say, since seeing the fake one at Disneyland in California 😁). I visited the Matterhorn at the end of winter so there was plenty of snow and not a cloud in the sky. It was pretty magical! ⬇️
#4 How long do you want to commit to travel?
As long as physically possible. I’m not a full-time traveller like other bloggers but when a period of time is available to take holidays (whether it’s a few weeks or a few months) I will always aim to maximise the precious travel time I have.
#5 What is one thing you couldn’t live without whilst travelling?
Sounds obvious but it’s my Canon G7X Mark II camera. It takes SLR quality photos but is compact enough to fit in my small crossbody travel bag. Remember I aim to look like an invisible tourist so bulky cameras on show aren’t for me! Yes, smartphones these days take brilliant photos but nothing can quite beat a proper camera, especially when it comes to editing photos later. Photos are what your have left when your trip is done and dusted.
#6 Where is the next place you want to visit?
On what continent?! There are way too many places I’d love to visit, but some at the top of my list are Moscow & St Petersburg in Russia, Budapest in Hungary, Iceland, Portugal and a tonne of those little towns straddling the French and German borders. I’d also love to revisit Japan in winter to experience it in a different season.
#7 Do you prefer slow travel or lots of shorter trips?
A bit of both. If there’s an opportunity to go away for a long weekend I’ll take it, but if the time permits I’ll definitely take a slower route. Most people tend to skim over a destination in 2-3 days whereas I prefer to stay longer to get a real feel for the place. Staff in my Barcelona hotel told me my 9 day stay in their city was “a long time”… Really? There was SO MUCH there I wanted to see and I didn’t want to just scratch the surface! The same with Brussels, I spent a week there in which many people responded with “WHY?!” but with a bit of preparation beforehand all my days were filled, enjoyable and not rushed. I’ll be posting my itinerary for a week in Brussels soon so subscribe below to be the first to know when it’s published!
#8 Have you ever had a bad travel experience?
Although I have witnessed many, I can thank my lucky stars (and healthy dose of scepticism) that I haven’t really had any myself! Except any time I go to London Heathrow, if you can count that. During my very first trip to the UK baggage handlers misplaced my suitcase. It was like The Amazing Race trying to get it back from a different terminal. In a nutshell, anyone I asked for help only offered one small piece of the puzzle at a time, and they were so rude about it. No-one knew the exact process I had to follow to get it back. Countless people, a bus, train ride, a call on some dodgy phone over by a door that looked reserved for criminals and almost 4 hours later I was finally reunited. Yeah, welcome to the UK! 🇬🇧
#9 Are you a budget traveller or do you like to save up and splurge?
Definitely save up and spurge! But that’s not to say I don’t like getting bang-for-buck either. If I can save money by directly booking a hotel or flight I’ll use that money towards a memorable experience on the trip.
#10 What first gave you the travel bug?
From a very young age I’ve always been fascinated by the world we live in. As I child I would see all these amazing places and interesting artworks in books and on TV, which made me intrigued to visit in person someday. Even today so many things spark my curiosity and the best way to learn is by visiting a place in person. From ancient history to art, architecture to languages, I quickly realised travel was what I wanted to prioritise in life to feed my ever-growing curiosity for these things. Not all classrooms have 4 walls!
Planes, Trains and Champagne – planestrainsandchampagne.com
Combining travel, Champagne and a touch of fashion – what’s not to like? Follow Christine as she shares her adventures one train, plane and glass of champagne at a time. Covering destinations in North America and Europe, Christine’s blog features trip itineraries, things to do, food & drink guides and even outfit ideas for your travels. The photos from her food guides are seriously drool-worthy. I’m also in love with her Planes, Trains and Champagne logo, she’s one stylish girl!
The Snowcapped Passport – thesnowcappedpassport.com
If you’re a sucker for snowy adventures than look no further than Dani’s blog, The Snowcapped Passport. She details her travels across 4 continents since the travel bug bit her at 18 years of age – from dog sledding to snow biking, to working the snow seasons in Japan, she’s got your winter experiences covered! Dani is a self-confessed travel addict and also explores warmer destinations like Hawaii and Vietnam. Her blog is an inspiring promise to herself, and a reminder to us, to never give up on your dreams of travel.
Dutch Wannabe – dutchwannabe.com
A Russian expat who moved to Amsterdam in 2016, Lesia realised she wanted to share her discoveries and new life with the world. Although she has a sizeable following on Instagram, her blog is quite new and focuses on sharing the best-hidden local secrets in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Dutch Wannabe will help you realise that you don’t always have to fly across the world to find something of value – sometimes it can be right under your nose!
3rd Culture Kid – 3rdculturekid.net
Having lived in 4 different countries over the world by the young age of 16, Anna’s blog details her experiences as a “3rd Culture Kid” – a person who was exposed to many different cultures at a young age due to moving a lot in their childhood. Anna sees travel as more than just a hobby to her, but a lifestyle. She has lived in Equador, Haiti, Switzerland and Nepal before returning to Switzerland to where she lives today. Her blog explores many varied destinations and I especially love reading about her home country of Switzerland – it’s a personal favourite of mine!
Trilingual Traveler – trilingual-traveler.com
Not only am I jealous that Alicia is fluent in 3 languages, she also has some great content to share on her new blog! An upstate New York native, Alicia lived in Le Mans, France teaching English for some time. Her blog Trilingual Traveler shares her adventures across the UK and Europe and aims to inspire you to visit some hidden gems that may otherwise be off the radar for travellers. She also has some great tips for booking the perfect Airbnb for your trip!
Questions for my Nominees:
#1 What’s at the top of your bucket list?
#2 A travel lesson you learnt the hard way?
#3 What won’t you leave home without?
#4 Most memorable travel experience?
#5 Your favourite country and why?
#6 Do you keep an old-school travel journal (by old-school I mean notebook and pen)?
#7 Do you prefer to fly, drive or travel by train for long distances?
#8 Favourite cuisine you could eat forever?
#9 Strangest thing you’ve seen on your travels?
#10 Do you collect any sort of souvenirs from the places you visit?
#11 Have you ever visited a place just because you saw it in a book, on social media or in a movie?
Again, huge thanks to Jade and Kev from me and congratulations to my nominees – I’m looking forward to reading your answers soon!
Until next time,
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