First of all a huge thanks to Kate from the blog http://www.kateoffexploring.com for the nomination. As with anything like this I’m incredibly honoured and it gives me a massive boost to my confidence that my wee blog is appreciated and followed by my fellow bloggers and travellers. As most know I’ve not actually started the ‘big one’ yet regarding travelling as I’m finishing my degree and saving up but this blog is all about how I’m achieving the dream of travelling and working abroad as a single parent. I’ve managed to slot in lots of posts about past travels and current day trips I do around the Uk. This has been a great learning curve for me before I really get going and hopefully manage to make writing and travel blogging a part of my daily life and also my professional life. So again, thanks Kate I’m genuinely over the moon with your nomination.
So…. from what i understand the award is given to new bloggers by fellow bloggers to highlight and draw attention to all the new talent that’s out there in the blogsville. So yes, I’m incredibly excited to be seen as a new and good quality blogger by my compatriots.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE THIS AWARD:
You have to write a blog post:-
1. Thanking the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award with a link back to his or her blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.
3. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers of your own, with under 500 followers, whom you think are awesome and deserving of this honor.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
5. Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.
6. List these rules (1-6) in your post.
So, drum roll please……. ……… I would like to nominate:
I would love to nominate http://www.wisemonkeysabroad.com but they have too many followers – that’s probably a bit cheeky sorry but I love their blog so wanted to mention it!
My Questions From Kate Are:
1. What’s your favourite part of the travel experience?
There’s so many this is a really tough question but there’s something really special about those 1st few seconds when you leave the airport and step into the official land you’ve just arrived in and you get hit by the smells, noises and heat or cold. It’s a sensory jolt that ejects you straight into that ‘travel mode’. It’s at this precise moment I really know I’ve started my trip.
2. If money were no object, how long would you spend at home versus on the road?
I think I would probably settle to an eventual 80/20 split spending about 80% away either one country or moving and travelling round. But I’d have to have that 20% back with family and friends in the UK and to make sure the monkey has a real familiarity with her home country too. If money were no object I’d like her to have an intimate knowledge of Scotland in particular and also the wider UK.
3. Has any one writer or blogger influenced the way you travel significantly?
Because I’ve not truly left yet and I’m so new to the blogger community, this is a difficult question to answer in the way Kate intended but…. There’s lots of people who I think will influence me when I do the RTW trip with monkey and there are people who’ve really inspired me to grasp on to whatever it is I want and to go for it. I’ve been reading lots of ‘homeschooling’ and ‘unschooling’ related posts recently as I would like to doing something in-between these 2 things but there was a bit of me that really needed some inspiration to take the jump and admit to myself that it’s what I wanted to do the most – therefore I know I will have to fit not just travelling, but the rest of my professional life around this ideal as it has started to form one of my core aspirations. The blog that really cemented this for me was http://www.benhewitt.net and that decision will influence a lot of my travel in the future I think.
4. How big is your backpack when you travel?
I’ve been a more suitcase traveller before but I think I will go for a backpack that doubles up as one I can pull, that’s as big as I can manage comfortably. Having not even tried any out yet I’m not sure on this but I think maybe an 80l although any advice on this would actually be pretty handy :) I have a feeling me and monkey will be getting used to some very minimal living. Due to the amount of technology you drag around these days (especially if developing a digital nomad lifestyle) and the flight entertainment toys and other essentials I’ll be carry for me and a small child, clothes will be minimal and we’ll wear a couple of outfits each to death then buy something wherever we happen to be I think.
5. What’s your biggest travel related fear?
That I won’t ever want to come back but I’ll be forced to out of circumstance
6. What’s the best meal you’ve had on the road?
I can’t really pick out an amazing meal I’ve had on any of my holidays although I always love the many patisseries dotted about Amsterdam. They seem to go particularly well with the coffee shop culture out there for some reason :)
7. Have you ever had a travel friend come visit you at home?
No, hopefully that’s to come – although I’ll soon be the travel friend visiting others at their homes when I get going on my RTW trip
8. What’s your favourite bit of advice about travel?
http://www.travelingcanucks.com and http://www.goatsontheroad.com are 2 of my favourite travel blogs when it comes to proper advice on planning for and paying for a trip, along with genuine inspirational lives that really make you want to achieve your own dreams. However the best advice is always from the people in your own life who instead of bringing up all the negatives or the worries that border on a sociological moral panic, they say “Just do it!!!” and it makes me smile as I know they’re right!
9. Which countries have been the easiest and most difficult to travel in?
I find Amsterdam, Holland the easiest so far as everyone pretty much speaks English, everyone is super friendly and it’s really easy to assimilate into the country and find your way around. I think Egypt was amazing but also a culture shock and I could see why some might struggle although I fell in love with Egypt and it’s people. I think maybe you get what you give here which makes it a more difficult country to travel in if you don’t open your heart to it. But I’d have to go with Paris – NOT France just Paris. I’ve written posts before about Paris and although everyone should definitely go and more than once if you can; I find it quite stressful. If you want to know why have a nosey at my blog post on it!
10. Do you stick to your itinerary, or change it up often?
There’s always things I want to do and don’t want to compromise on, and there’s always things that I’m happy to adapt too. Sometimes things just crop up though and you have a disappointment. When I went to Egypt for a week the flight was delayed significantly heading out there, this meant we missed booking the trip to the valley of the kings. However, it was still one of the best things I’ve ever done and I want to go back anyway (maybe once the political situation has stabilised a bit though!)
11. Why did you start traveling?
Although I don’t see myself as an official traveller so to speak (yet!), I just know that I’m at my happiest and most excited and most peaceful when travelling. So in my heart I know it’s what I need to do and everything I’m currently doing, every single day is moving towards that goal.
So, I hope you enjoyed my answers – here’s my questions, I can’t wait to read the responses!
1. Starting where I left off….. Why did you start travelling?
2. Do you have one moment in time where your heart was stopped (in a good or bad way) when you saw something whilst travelling? If so what was it you saw?
3. If you could go somewhere tomorrow, but only for a day where would you go to?
4. Where would you live (other than your home country) if money was no object?
5. Is there anywhere that really disappointed you?
6. Is there one place that really inspired a wish to travel in you as a child, either through reading about it or learning about it or something else?
7. How has travelling changed you as a person?
8. What is your favourite part of travelling?
9. What is your favourite world food?
10. Do you collect anything from each country you visit? If so what?
11. Is there anywhere that you didn’t expect to like and it really surprised you instead?
Can’t wait to read the answers guys – and thanks for reading!