New Bloggers Unite!

What the heck is Liebster Awards you’re probably asking yourself? liebster award

The word ‘Liebster’ comes from the German word meaning dearest and is meant to welcome newer bloggies into the community. Designed like a classic email forward from back in the day; new bloggers nominate fellow just starting out bloggers to answer a set of questions and then in turn pass along the nomination to other bloggers. It’s a great way to get recognized in the blogging community, check out other blogs and give a hats off to blogs you already love and follow!

The Conditions go as follows:

(a) Thank the blogger who gives it.

(b) Answer the eleven questions s/he asks.

(c) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

(d) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

(e) Let these bloggers know that I have nominated them.

(a) Thank the blogger who gives it.

Thanks Sha for the nomination, feelin’ the love! Sha is a fellow solo traveller, who writes fun stories about her adventures; along with great travel advice on a dime and what to check out from her experience. It’s definitely a great blog to drop into!!

(b) Answer the eleven questions s/he asks. (In this case 7)

1. Your most memorable travel mishap story.

The wonderful thing about travelling is that you can’t expect anything to go as planned. This is one of the most exciting parts about travel and one of the reasons why I try not to make an itinerary and just let the trip develop and shape on it’s own. This of course leads to many unexpected mishaps along the way… from forgetting toilet paper in Asian squat toilets to nearly not being allowed through customs because my passport was under the 6 month expiration rule. I think the most memorable was a trip I took to Khao Yai National Park in Thailand one weekend. I travelled by bus to Pak Chong and then by Songtow (taxi truck) up to the base of the mountains. Once arriving I realized that it was impossible to enter the park without a vehicle and that I’d have to walk or turn back.. this led me to choose the alternative route, and stick out the ol thumb for a lift. Sure enough, a lovely couple and their UK friend stopped and we ended up spending the enter afternoon together, trekking the waterfalls and exploring the park!! Be flexible, openminded and don’t let the mishaps detour you from having an adventure!!!

2. What’s the default present you end up buying when you have no idea what to buy for that person?

I’m actually pretty darn good at gift buying and I don’t settle with the reliable gift card very often. It would depend entirely on who I was buying the gift for as the default would change depending on that person’s interest… say it was one of my brothers, I might default with game or a t-shirt. If it was my mum, I’d surely end up getting her something arts and crafty by default. The worst are those people you don’t really know yet, like a new boyfriends family, then I think it’s always best to win them with something for the stomach, home baking!!! 

3. Mountain, beach or that road that seems to lead to nowhere?

A road that seems to lead to nowhere along the beach with surrounding mountains.

4. First thing you do when you realize you forgot your wallet.

Depends on what I’m after to buy and the distance.. if it’s food and I’m hungry enough, I’ll go back and get it. I might put something I’m looking to purchase on hold until I get my wallet. Or I might just admit defeat to my stupidity and throw in the towel on the mission. Say it was fate telling me I don’t need that new purchase.

5. One thing that you cannot do without on your travel.

After travelling for quite some time you learn that less is more.. especially when your backpacking! I’m going to make it two things though.. can’t do without my camera or lip chap. Nothing worse then wishing you had a camera to capture a moment or suffering with dry lips on the go. 

6. Scream out loud. What do you hear? In my classroom between classes and I can’t scream too loud at work.. but since the room is empty I heard a echo back to me! 7. Why do you blog? I’d wanted to start blogging for a long while before I started my site. I’ve always loved writing and blogging seemed like a great way to express my interests. I hadn’t anticipated feeling as connected in blogging world as I do, it’s been a really rich outlet for me! Couldn’t have been happier to have started. 

(c) Nominate eleven bloggers with less than 500 followers.

Hostels and Hot Rollers Katez is a fellow travel blogger who writes stories of her travels in Costa Rica; going from a city gal to the rugged backpacker lifestyle and how her perspectives have changed.

Stuff It…Go Travelling Danielle’s blog is about her journey as a nomad from Australia travelling off the grid! She gives great travel advice and information about the activities she’s done.

carryoncouple Sue and Reg are a retired couple whose motto is to take less and see more! They’ve travelled to some pretty spectacular destination across the globe with only carry ons and they have some great advice on what to pack!

Icelandica Is about the travels and interest an American woman takes in the Arctic and specifically Iceland. She’s got great insight in the North and beautifully depicts her adventures of  riding horses and exploring the landscape in her blog.

fly. eat. repeat. Kate is an Australian teacher that has moved to Scotland to teach abroad for 6 months and she documents the ups and downs of living abroad.

The Road Trip Hound Tracy is a beautiful photo journalist from Canada that has travelled the globe and now is stationed back in her homeland where she photographs the everyday from a photographic genius’s eye.

journeyflies Has some really great travel advice for those looking for the unique off the beaten path places to explore!

Snapshots and Sojourns Tara is from California and has years of travel experience globe trotting across four continents by all means of transportation. She loves to read, write and cook and has some really interesting advice about neat places to see and things to check out.

Ellis Goes On Holiday Michelle is young traveller from the UK that has great travel advice for the budget traveller from Asia to South America and beyond!

One Dream– One Goal– 5 Million Steps Kayla is from America is setting out to train for a trek on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way she is also loosing weight and striving for a healthier lifestyle! She’s a really inspirational gal!!

My Term Abroad in England Kate is from Canada and is studying abroad in England, her blog chronicles her journey living in the UK as a twenty year old.

Trekking El Mundo Jennifer is a wanderlust spirit from America that has worked abroad in Thailand and next plans to work in Saudi Arabia! She’s got some really fun stories to tell about her adventures.

(d) Ask these eleven bloggers eleven questions.

1. What’s your next dream travel destination and why?

2. Why doesn’t McDonald’s sell hotdogs?

3. Why is vanilla ice cream white when vanilla extract is brown?

4. How come lemon washing up liquid contains real lemons, but lemon juice contains artificial flavourings?

5. Why did Yankee Doodle name the feather in his hat Macaroni?

6. What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?

7. Invisibility or flight?

8. What’s your earliest memory?

9.  If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

10. Are there any movies that you loved but hated the ending?

11. If your home were on fire and you did not have to worry about saving any of the four P’s (people, pets, photos, papers), what one item would you choose to save?

Okay, enjoy reading my answers and answering my own questions for you!

Thanks and Happy Blogging.

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5 thoughts on “New Bloggers Unite!

  1. It’s fun going around trying to answer questions from other people even if it’s not for me…I had to think quite hard for yours!!! hahahaha…:)

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