It’s been almost a year and a quarter of blog posts now. I’m definitely still slogging away at being a ‘travel blogger’! As such I felt pretty chuffed to be nominated for a Liebster Award by fellow travel blogger Lauren of www.theholidaydesigner.co.uk. Thank you Lauren – I think you know from my reply that I am genuinely thrilled!
I was already vaguely familiar with the concept of the Liebster Awards: an online only Q&A pass-it-on that promotes and connects emerging bloggers. Since being nominated, my further meagre Googling hasn’t unearthed its true origin. The common consent amongst bloggers is that ‘liebster’ is a German word meaning beloved or dearest and the idea started in 2011. Rules seem to change so I’m sticking to the basic format (see bottom of post if interested).
It is tough to pick from an ever blooming list of bloggers, Instagram account and profiles. I’m going for these three lovely ladies: Pip from PipSays who I met travelling in Memphis; American Chelsea from Astoldbycupcake who’s relocated to Germany; and Laura from The Life of Lady L who’s an Aussie living in the UK. As someone who’s spent a fair bit of time living away from home it’s always interesting to follow other’s stories.
1. What kind of traveller are you? The travel on a budget with an obsessive itinerary kind! I’m not fussed about luxury hotels or five star resorts. I’d much rather travel on a shoestring and pack in a really full sightseeing agenda instead.
2. Best book you’ve read on holiday/travelling? I have to admit I’m not a great reader: very slow and with a short attention span. It’s pretty unoriginal, but honestly The Beach by Alex Garland did kick start my travel bug. I distinctly remember finding it in the apartment whilst on a package holiday in Corfu aged 17 and feeling totally inspired. No more package holidays!
3. What’s your handiest travel hack? No matter what the trip or the occasion I only ever travel with hand luggage. Travelling light is essential to minimising stress and saving your back pain.
4. What’s the best hotel or hostel you’ve stayed in and why? I’m very much an Airbnb convert these days (or a tent when on a budget!). I haven’t stayed in many hotels as a travel blogger, but there are some awesome hostels from my younger years.
A particular shout out to The Philadelphia House (Philly) who are the friendliest hosts ever; The Freehand in Miami (and now also Chicago) aka a budget Ace Hotel; the excellent value and quirky The Alabama Hotel in Hobart, Australia.
5. Which country have you visited that wasn’t how you expected it to be and why? Possibly America, only because I now love it so much more than I expected to. I think everyone has some pretty set preconceptions of the USA and I never had much desire to travel there.
Then in 2013 I spent 5 months exploring from the West to East coast and was smitten. America truly is one amazing and mental country. It is the National Parks in particular that blow my mind – breath taking.
6. Which country that you’ve visited has the best food? I’m a huge fan of fresh and tasty Vietnamese food, so I’ll pick Vietnam. I love the epic street food scene and particularly the chaotic buzz of beautiful Hanoi.
7. Which item do you never travel without? My phone – and specifically the camera – is my obsession. Sad I know. I also love a comfy pair of joggers (trousers not the shoes) for travel and a sarong is pretty much essential.
8. What do you recommend travellers to do when they visit your hometown? I live in London now and am pretty biased towards East London. I’d say start the morning in Islington. Check out Upper Street and pretty Camden Passage (don’t go to The Breakfast Club like all the other tourists!).
Walk Regents Canal towards popular hipster London Fields and further on to beautiful Victoria Park. If it’s Saturday don’t miss Broadway Market or on Sundays go to Columbia Road flower market. You’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of restaurants, pubs and wine bars in trendy Hackney.
9. Have you ever met someone on a trip that changed your life or opinions on something? I am lucky enough to have met and kept in touch with many great people over the years – but perhaps most who are like-minded rather than have really rocked my opinion. I’m going to work on having a better answer to this question!
10. Best historic monument you’ve ever visited? Without a doubt Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Incredible.
11. What’s next on your travel agenda? Unfortunately I will be laying low for a while as I am starting back on a full time uni course in October 2016. My plan is to make 2017 a year of more UK travel – which I’m actually pretty excited about!
- Who’s your favourite travel buddy?
- What’s your worst travel habit?
- What kind of travel day bag do you carry and what’s in it?
- City vs Beach vs Snow?
- Have you been to the South West of England, or would you like to*?
- What music is playing through your headphones on holiday?
- How do you deal with a rainy day?
- What’s your funniest hotel/ hostel story?
- Have you been watching the Olympics and what’s your opinion on Brazil?
- Do you write about every place that you visit?
- Has being a travel blogger changed the way you travel?
*I’m from Bristol and my family live in Cornwall, hence the question!
Liebster Award Rules
Once you accept a nomination, you are expected to complete the following steps:
- Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
- Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo
- Answer the 11 questions assigned by the blogger who nominated you
- Provide rules/instructions for accepting the award
- Nominate 11 new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
- Come up with a list of 11 new questions for your nominees
- Notify the nominees
- Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments of your nominator’s Liebster Award Post
Thanks again to Lauren of www.theholidaydesigner.co.uk for nominating me. After losing the first draft this travel blogger post has taken longer than expected to write, but got there eventually! Over and out.