A few months ago I threw myself into the deep end of the blogging pool. The pool is very crowded, especially with travel-related blogs, but each one has its own style, voice, and niche. Luckily, it’s a big pool with enough room for everyone and we all support each other to keep each other from drowning. At first, I floundered, and I knew it was sink or swim. Since then I’ve learned to “dog paddle” my way through the crowded pool and have just been honored with an award for not drowning – The Liebster Award.
This prestigious award is presented to new bloggers in recognition of their ability to keep their head above water and learn to swim. It’s also a way to acknowledge and encourage new bloggers in the crowded blogosphere.
What exactly is a “Liebster” you may be wondering? This is a German word and no, it does not mean “butt” – that’s keister. “Liebster” is a good thing and means something like “cute” or “lovely”. (So if you have a “Liebster keister” you would have a “cute butt”.)
I was nominated by “Out of Office” and was given the task of answering 11 personal questions (well, not TOO personal). In addition, I’ve been given the assignment of nominating 6 – 11 new bloggers for The Liebster Award recognition with 11 new, very personal questions for them.
The 11 questions by “Out of Office” to the Liebster Award winners:
When you travel what is one thing that always makes you smile?
Waking up in a new city with a whole journey lying ahead of me. I never plan too much. I’d rather just wing it and see where a new city takes me, see what unknown surprises might pop up.
Which season of the year do you like to travel the most?
Many times that depends on the destination, but it seems fall is usually the best in most places. The weather is cooler and the crowds are smaller once the kids have gone back to school. I usually try very hard to avoid the crowds, and learned on a recent trip that traveling anywhere in Asia during Chinese New Year will make that impossible!
If you had an option for your next vacation what would you choose- City, Adventure, Beach, Hills or Desert?
Right now I’d probably choose the beach because it’s been awhile since I’ve dug my toes in the sand. I recently spent 3 weeks in Thailand but it was more of an adventure tour of the north riding a scooter along the Mae Hong Son Loop and not anywhere near a beach. I’m craving the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean, watching a sunset with a cold beer in my hand! Soon, I hope!
What is the one thing you carry with yourself during travel which has practically no utility?
My travel journal goes with me everywhere. I’ve been journaling since I first started traveling solo over 30 years ago. Without a traveling companion, I’ve found that talking to myself in my journal helps me process things I see and document how I feel. Talking to myself out loud makes other people uncomfortable.
Do you carefully plan your trip, leave for a place impulsively or just wander around without a place or plan in mind?
I’m very impulsive. I like to have a general idea of what I hope to see in any new area, but sometimes the best travel moments come from the unexpected. I love wandering aimlessly around a new city or just observing life from a sidewalk cafe.
If there is one place you wouldn’t mind going every year which one would it be?
Probably Thailand, since I’ve been there about 15 times (I’ve lost count). I feel very comfortable there and every trip is new and different. I love the beaches in the south, but I seem to spend more time in the Chiang Mai area. I recently did a 10-day scooter trip through northern Thailand, exploring the small villages along the way. I think the Chinese village of Ban Rak Thai was my favorite.
If you could time travel to see one event from the past what would it be?
I think the time period depicted in the movie “Midnight in Paris” would be fascinating – Paris in the 1920’s. It’s not as much an “event” as a moment in time when writers and artists hung out at French cafes and talked about changing the literary and art world. See the movie and you’ll understand my fascination!
If you had to work while traveling what is one job you wouldn’t mind doing?
Writing, of course. Hopefully, someday I’ll be able to just travel and write. And write and travel.
Do you travel to eat or eat to travel?
I travel to eat, but that’s been changing since my move to Taiwan. Right now I’m planning an eating weekend in Tainan, a few hours south of where I live. Tainan is a real foodie paradise so I’ll need to work up an appetite before going there! And hit the gym hard when I get back!
One Travel Blog besides yours, and of course mine, you would never miss reading.
I really like Dan Flying Solo, great photography, and interesting stories. “Travel with passion” is his tagline, and his passion comes through in his choice of stories and writing style.
One destination you would never return to again?
Hmmm…that’s tough. Most places I can find something positive, but maybe Guam. I was there for a few days on a layover from Bali to Palau, and once we drove around the island, there wasn’t much to do except look for brown tree snakes, and I hate snakes. I don’t think I’d go back unless I was forced to, on another layover to someplace amazing!
My Liebster Award nominees are:
The rules of the nomination are as follows:
- Thank blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
- Answer the 11 questions
- Nominate 6 -11 others
- Create a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
- Choose your own nominees and inform them
Liebster Award – 11 Questions to be answered:
1.) If you won the lottery and money was no object, where would you travel?
2.) What is one of your favorite travel memories?
3.) Do you prefer solo travel or traveling with others? Why?
4.) What are 3 things you always pack in your carry on bag?
5.) What are the top 3 countries on your Bucket List?
6.) What inspired you to start blogging?
7.) What is your worst travel experience?
8.) In your opinion, which country has the best food?
9.) What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?
10.) If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?
11.) What is your top tip for beginning bloggers?
Thanks once again to Out of Office for nominating me for this award! Happy blogging and safe travels to all my fellow bloggers!