LIEBSTER – THE PAY IT FORWARD AWARD

LIEBSTER AWARD

I woke up the other day to a beautiful surprise!  The Sock Mistress herself had nominated my blog for this pretty little award.  I couldn’t find anything online about it except on blogs that had received it so I’ll include the info from her post:

[EDIT – 4/12/14: I was also just nominated by Ellis Goes on Holiday for another Liebster!  Such an honor but since I’ve already done it, I’ll just answer her questions so scroll to the bottom to find out some more juicy facts about moi.]

LIEBSTER AWARD RULES: WHAT NOMINEES MUST DO:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to his or her blog.
  2. Answer the 10 questions by the nominee before you.
  3. Nominate 10 of your favourite blogs with fewer than 200 readers, and notify them of their nomination.
  4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

What I’ve gleaned is that it is kind of like a chain of discovery, helping others find new blogs and get more readers…I think.  It’s a great idea so here goes!

MY ANSWERS:

If you couldn’t live in the country you currently live in, where would you choose?

Probably Thailand or Costa Rica. I love those places and together with the warmth of the weather and the locals, plus the affordability of living, they make for great places to live.

What is your favourite meal?

Indian Food! I love a good curry!

What is your best money saving tip?

I don’t collect trinkets while travelling. That helps. I also pretty much only drink water at restaurants.

How many languages do you speak?

Only English fluently. I’ve been trying to learn Spanish for about 5 years on my own.

Which country tops your bucket list to visit and why?

That sometime changes depending on my mood. Right now I really want to go to Japan and Vietnam.

Dogs or Cats?

All of the above. I love all animals. Mostly mammals, but the odd lizard and turtle get the love as well.

Favourite (non-blog) website?

I really love Pinterest. It’s an addiction. Especially since I don’t have a home right now I can look at all the home improvements and ‘do it yourself’ projects other people post and daydream about my future home. It’s also great for storing my wedding planning ideas. And recipes. And crafts. I love it.

Tea or Coffee?

Tea. All the way. I love loose leaf but it’s way hard to travel with.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I think the most serious career I had toiled with was wedding planner. For a while I had wanted to be a travel agent (like my mother) before the internet rendered practically them useless. A journalist had crossed my mind and for a while I had thought about firefighting. In college I thought I would run a company that would guide young travel groups in lesser developed countries or open a hostel.

What did you become?

Well, when are we really done growing up? I have done many things, including become a traveler, a blogger, a photographer, and a fiancé. My actual title most recently is Youth Program Coordinator on a major cruise line. But I won’t stop there.

MY NOMINATIONS (ORDER IRRELEVANT):
  1. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS LAIDBACK LUKE?
  2. THREE AWESOME THINGS A DAY
  3. THE TRAVELING BIRD
  4. STUFF IT…GO TRAVELING
  5. STORIES MY SUITCASE COULD TELL
  6. ENDLESS WANDERING
  7. BACKPACKS AND BLACKBOARDS
  8. AWAY SHE GOES
  9. THE NOMADIC GUY
  10. CHRONICLES OF A TRAVEL ADDICT
 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:
  1. If you have to leave your house in a hurry and can only grab a couple things, what would they be?
  2. What skill are you currently trying to master?
  3. What do you collect?
  4. What would the child version of yourself tell/ask the adult you?
  5. What would the adult you tell/ask the child version of yourself?
  6. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  7. When would you time travel to?
  8. If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
  9. If your friends could go on only ONE trip, where would you tell them to visit?
  10. If you could have been born with any talent, what would it be?
MY ANSWERS FOR ELLIS:

What is the first thing to do on your bucket list?

I actually don’t keep a bucket list. It’s too much pressure and there would be WAY too many things on it. I do, however, keep a list of noted experiences that I’ve already accomplished.

Tell me about your hometown. If I was visiting, what should I do there?

My hometown is a boat ride away from Seattle. You could tour a navy ship if you were visiting, but I would take you to downtown to visit Pikes Place Market and to Fremont for some cake, and then maybe to a Mariners game if you behaved.

I have a habit of getting lost whenever I’m travelling but I find when that happens, I discover the best places. Do you agree and where have you found?

Sometimes that is very true! My sociology class got lost in Ghana on our way to a monument and ending up at Village of Hope orphanage that housed recently freed child slave, Mark Kwadwo, who had been featured in the NY Times and the Oprah Show.

Chocolate and peanut butter: yes or no?

Absolutely.

What is your signature dish?

I make a mean lasagna. And can rock a delish quinoa cake.

What is your best food discovery?

A few years ago, in Australia, I believe, I discovered that I LOVE Indian food. Passionately.

Do you have a song which reminds you of a certain travel story? If so, what is the song and story?

The entirety of Citizen Cope’s self-titled album reminds me of my three month internship in Costa Rica. Since it was based around EcoTourism, I spent that summer all over the country and now whenever I hear those tunes I’m back patrolling for sea turtles, or swinging in a beach-side hammock, or zip lining through the forest. Very cherished memories!

What is your best travel tip?

Don’t over-anticipate or set your expectations too high. I still struggle with this sometimes. Things happen – the good, the bad, the worthwhile and the worthless. If you expect too much, it’s easier to walk away feeling let down. But if you don’t set your expectations too high, the world can still inspire and amaze you.

What is the one thing you always take travelling with you?

TRAVELING VOODOO

My college roommate got me a small voodoo doll representing my clumsiness. I take it on all my journeys now.  That, and a red rosary of my amazing late Great Grandmother. Together they remind me to be careful and that someone’s always watching over me.

Where is your favourite place?

Hardest question to answer EVER! I really enjoyed the country of Thailand. But I can’t pinpoint one favorite, sorry.

Tell me about your biggest travel mishap.

I once passed out from dehydration on a toilet seat in Ghana, only to be woken by a cockroach getting cozy with my foot.   I also (along with my fiancé) once got two flat tires in one day in Koh Lanta, the first of which resulted in a scalding exhaust pipe burn to my calf.

What is your favourite blog post that you have written?

I like to think that I wouldn’t post anything I am not proud of but I suppose there are definitely ones that are better than others. I worked really hard on the SE Asia Travel Tips and am quite proud of that one, along with all from that 6 week trip. Since most of my travel is through working on a ship, I enjoy looking back on posts from that trip when we were truly doing our own thing.

Thanks, Ellis, for another nomination!

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