The Liebster Award

The award:

The Liebster Award is an online award for relatively new bloggers.  The “winners” of the award are “nominated” by their fellow bloggers; it’s a great way for bloggers to be introduced to other bloggers.  The word Liebster is German for ‘Dearest’ and is an indication that the blog is held in high regard by its nominator.

The rules:

The Award has been running since 2011 so the rules have evolved with time, but these are the basics:

  1. When nominated, write a blog post that answers the 11 questions posed to you (while thanking and linking back to your nominator).
  2. Nominate 5 to 11 other blogs that you love and think deserve some recognition.
  3. Pose your own set of 11 questions

 The thank you:

A huge thank you to Amy McKenna aka Backpacker Mac who nominated me for the Liebster Award. Amy is a fully fledged world traveller who left London to pursue the backpacker life. Her photos are stunning and her writing is on point. Make sure to check out her blog.

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The answers:

1. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

My bed.

A few months ago we moved flat and now we are living in Southwark which I absolutely love. Our bedroom is really minimalistic, no art on the walls and the furniture is all white. We have a big window that our bed is positioned so we can look out of it. I love laying in the bed and seeing the city of London – the Shard, the Gherkin, everything. We also look onto The Jam Factory which is an old converted Hartley’s Jam Factory. I love the window and I love being in that bed, with a cup of tea, looking out onto London.

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2. What three items can you not live without on the road?

A scarf, sunblock (I’m very pale), and my phone.

3. What was the most adventurous thing you’ve done so far on your travels?

My solo travel summer when I was an Au Pair in Mardid was very adventurous for me at the time. It took me about 2.5 weeks from the time I accepted my Au Pair position to the time I was in Madrid. I travelled the entire summer going all over Spain by myself. It was my first real solo travel experience and it was fantastic.

4. What was the driving force behind setting up your own travel blog?

I’m currently living abroad and I want to live in a couple other countries in the future as well. Taking my career with me becomes very hard when crossing country boarders, as I found when moving to the UK. I started a travel blog to have some consistency – something that I can bring with me wherever I go.

5. What’s the hardest thing about travelling?

If I could I would travel always, but it’s hard because I’m also very motivated to do well in my career. Balancing the two is something that I’ve always found very difficult, especially when I moved to the UK from Canada – my career took a hit. But it’s definitely worth it and moving to England is the best decision I ever made.

6. Have you had any regrets since travelling?

When I did an abroad semester in Singapore I spent a lot of time chatting with my boyfriend at the time over Skype; Time that would have been better put to use travelling, being with friends, and immersing myself in culture, in retrospect. That I regret and that I’ve never admitted before.

7. What’s your favourite part of travelling?

You know the feeling when you walk into a immensely beautiful chapel and you can here a pin drop or when you turn the final corner on a big hike and you catch your first glimpse of what it is you were hiking to see? That’s my favourite part of travelling – the feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the beauty of what you’re seeing.

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8. Best meal you’ve eaten on the road?

I had amazing summer rolls from a food stand on the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Those were cheap and so memorable.

9. Name three things on your bucket list that you’re yet to tick off.

  • Sandboarding on sand dunes
  • Scuba Diving in the galapagos
  • Road trip around Ireland

10. What destinations are you planning to travel to in 2017?

We just went to Marrakech the first week of January. We are also currently planning a road trip around Ireland which I am SO excited for (see question 9). And Christmas will be spent in Canada this year so we are going to plan a bigger trip around that.

11. Who has been a memorable character on your journey(s) so far? And why are they memorable?

When I first moved to London I didn’t know many people. I was on Tinder to help me meet people and it was a great way to explore the city. On the third Tinder date I went on, I met him just outside Leicester Square tube station. He took me to a dimly lit cocktail bar and we went for Chinese food in China Town. 16 months later that man became my husband and is most definitely the most memorable person I’ve met while abroad.

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The bloggers:

1. Beguiled Beach Comber

I love a good alliteration and I love a good travel blog, lucky for me The Beguiled Beach Comber is both. Written by Bradley, this blog touches on travel, fashion and lifestyle.

2. The Doorstep Mile

It might be a new travel blog (like mine!) but The Doorstep Mile is visually stunning and definitely one to look out for in 2017.

3. Backpacks and Budgets

If you love a good deal like I do – check out Backpacks and Budgets. They have tons of guides and lists for you to sift through and learn how to budget for your trips like a pro.

4. The Sweet Wanderlust

A sweet name for a sweet blog – I absolutely love The Sweet Wanderlust. Check it out for the best food finds when travelling.

5. Out of Office

Another blog with a name I aspire to! Out of Office is a fab blog with amazing photos.

 The questions:

  1. What is your favourite travel experience involving animals?
  2. Where would you want to move and why?
  3. What travel destination do you think is underrated?
  4. What was the best part of the last trip you took?
  5. What blog post are you most proud of and why?
  6. What is your favourite city in the world and why?
  7. Where are you right now?
  8. What is the strangest food you have eaten on your travels?
  9. Who is your favourite travel companion?
  10. What is your favourite book about travel?
  11. What can we expect to see from your blog in 2017?

I hope you check out these amazing travel bloggers and happy travels everyone! 

 

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