After only two months of blogging I have received my first award… how exciting! If you aren’t familiar with it, the Liebster Award goes back to 2011 and is essentially an award to support and connect bloggers (in particular, new ones). Liebster means sweetest, kindest, nicest and beloved in German, so whoever has been nominated has to then nominate other blogs that they enjoy reading. I love the idea behind the Liebster award; as this long chain-letter continues it enables you to discover new blogs that you might have never heard of!
I have been nominated by Rebecca from Rebminlu (thankyou thankyou thankyou!) who is a Korean American girl currently spending her weekdays teaching young college students in China and her weekends exploring! Her most recent post about camping on the Great Wall of China has inspired me to revisit China and experience the wall in a another way – go check it out!
You can find the official Liebster Award rules here.
My favourite Blogs:
I suppose I should probably mention the initial blogs I discovered that enabled me to discover travel blogging and inspired me to create a blog of my own. I love both their content and their blog design; no wonder they made it big! These are the three whose blogs I kept coming back to again and again: Brooke from World of Wanderlust, Liz from Young Adventuress and Alex from Alex in Wanderland.
As I’ve spent more and more time trying to satisfy my ever-growing wanderlust, its been inspiring discovering different blogs. I’d say my current favourite bloggers are Lucy from On the Luce, Abbi from Spin the Windrose and Marie-Eve from To Europe and Beyond. Their content constantly inspires me to put travel destinations I’d never really thought of before on my travel list!
10 Random facts about Myself:
1. Lets start with the basics; I’m a 23 year old from Nottingham, England.
2. Even though I love travelling, I get travel sickness (boo!)
3. The most famous person I’ve ever met was Phillip from Waterloo Road :’)
4. I once fell asleep during a Hear’Say concert
5. I don’t have much luck when it comes to train travel in Spain. Once the train I was travelling on set fire twice, and another time I took the wrong train from Barcelona and ended up in the middle of nowhere!
6. I was interviewed in Hong Kong the day Trump was elected. I don’t remember which news channel it was for but the footage might be out there somewhere!
7. My parents travel more than I do – they’ve already visited 20 countries this year! Goals.
8. I’m a big fan of escapism fiction. You probably could have guessed though, right?
9. The Shire music from The Hobbit may just be my favourite piece of music EVER!
10. I love spotting animals in the wild! Australia was great for this, but just last week we were just driving along and were lucky enough to see two whales close to shore in Holmavik, Iceland!
My Questions answered:
1. What has been your favourite trip so far?
I kind of dread being asked this question; its just so hard to choose one! Only a few days ago I returned from an epic 10 day road trip, and seeing as it’s still pretty fresh in my mind, I’ll say Iceland! I’m a real outdoorsy-type traveller and Iceland has so much to offer in this department! Rugged coastlines, snow-capped mountains, lava fields, black sand beaches and as many waterfalls as you could ever wish to see! Plus, I was travelling with my family, which is always nice.
Want to know more? Why not check out my complete 10 day Iceland road trip guide!
2. What are some of your must-pack items for travelling?
- Packing cubes – these are essential for keeping a well-organised backpack!
- Portable phone charger – I made the mistake of buying a second hand phone off eBay, which has a very limited and temperamental battery life. I always keep my portable phone charger handy for this reason! It’s come to the rescue on many occasions.
- Osprey Sojourn backpack – I absolutely love my backpack, as it has wheels! I was so grateful of the wheels whilst travelling last year. It meant I didn’t have to constantly lug it around on my back everyday… It also has a compartment at the back which, if you open up, turns into straps so it can be worn like a backpack as well, so you’ve pretty much got the best of both worlds!
3. Have you had an unexpected experience while travelling?
Oh, plenty! The one that comes to mind right now was when my boyfriend and I were hiking the Longji Rice Terraces in China. There were hardly any signs around and we ended up getting completely lost! We were wandering through the rice fields for around 3-4 hours without seeing any other tourists (we did see a few locals who thankfully tried to help us). As it got later and later I was getting really anxious that we were never going to find the right way. We had a flight booked to Shanghai in the morning and I just kept thinking we were going to end up sleeping in the rice fields!
After a while we were joined by a dog, who we assumed lived in one of the villages. He acted as a guide, and actually brought me comfort; I just remember thinking that as long as the dog was still with us, we were going to be okay, and in the end we were! We ended up finding a little village where the dog was reunited with its family! The people in the village reassured us that we were close to our final destination, and not long after we arrived. It was such a strange experience, but we were both so relieved we’d made it back!
4. Who is the most interesting person you’ve encountered during your travels?
Whilst I’ve definitely met a lot of characters during my travels, no-one specific comes to mind as being the most interesting. I love meeting people who can speak a few different languages though. Having never really gone beyond GCSE level French, those who can be fluent in several languages fascinate me. Growing up speaking one of the most universal languages in the world made me a little lazy when it came to learning languages. I would love to be able to speak a different language now; I’ve tried a couple of times to learn Spanish, but unfortunately it’s never lasted more than a few months!
5. How do you deal with homesickness?
To be honest, I don’t really have any strategies for dealing with homesickness. When I was away, homesickness was something that would come and go… I never really knew when it was going to strike! I suppose I’d probably message the people I missed, which would make me feel better, or try and do something to take my mind off it. You’ve just got to remind yourself how incredibly amazing travelling is and how lucky you are to be in that situation; focus on the positives!
6. What is the most difficult thing about travelling?
This sort of links back to the previous question for me; it’s hard going for so long without seeing the people you love from back home. As well as that, when you’re constantly travelling and living in hostels, all of the things you take for granted are just magnified, and you end up really missing your home comforts!
7. What inspired you to start travelling?
I wouldn’t say what, but who! Whilst in his third and final year of university my boyfriend Tom suggested venturing to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. I was open to go with the flow and so we decided to put the plan in motion. Whilst he waited for me to finish my degree (my course was a year longer than his) we booked our flights to Brisbane and planned a general itinerary of what we were hoping to see. We ended up travelling to New Zealand, Thailand and China on our way home.
Ever since that trip I’ve fallen in love with travelling. I love it so much I wrote a whole post about it!
8. How do you afford to travel?
Like most people; I work for it! At the moment it’s work, travel, repeat! The great thing about being a qualified teacher is that I can do supply. When I returned in December from our round-the-world trip, working as a supply teacher gave me the ultimate freedom; being able to get frequent work whilst also being able to travel whenever I liked… win win! I’ve been doing supply ever since and have no plans yet to get a permanent position. We’ll see what happens!
9. Do you have any travel hacks/tips to share?
- Maps.me – I recently discovered this app and it’s incredible! You essentially download maps whilst connected to the internet that can be later used when you’re offline! Even though the app has a slight trouble with timing (for some reason it says a 15 minute journey will take 40 etc.) we found it really useful on our Iceland road trip.
10. Where is the next place you want to go?
Next on the list is South America, but a few others would be Norway, Sri Lanka and Italy!
Sophie from Sophies Travels
Anja from The Mint Story
Tanmaya from Words With Tanya
Lina from She Likes Travel
1. Where is the furthest away from home you’ve travelled to?
2. Name one destination you’d recommend to other travellers, and why.
3. Why do you travel?
4. What is that one post made by you that you like the most, and why?
5. Suitcase or backpack?
6. Which destination has surprised you the most, and why?
7. Why did you decide to create a travel blog?
8. What does your perfect day look like?
9. Where in the world do you always find your mind wandering?
10. What is the ultimate goal for your blog?
11. Whats next on your bucket list?
Another huge thanks to Rebecca from Rebminlu for the nomination. I’m looking forward to reading my nominees answers. Happy travels!