Pop open the champagne! Bring out the oysters! Lucky me has been nominated eight times for The Liebster Award by some awesome bloggers, with One Modern Couple being the first. Hooray! (Thank you thank you thank you). Cue emotional trumpet fanfare, copious amounts of over-the-top fireworks and deafening screams from Asia…Or maybe not. A bottle of Chang beer and some peanuts will do just fine…but in all seriousness, thank you! I love writing about my adventures and an award is super lovely. You guys are the best!
What’s The Liebster Award?
It’s a ‘You’re a blogger and I think you rock’ award given from one blogger to another. It’s about bloggers recognising each others’ efforts, encouraging juicy details to be shared (oh my!) and for you, the kickass reader, to discover more ridiculously cool sources of information. Can’t argue with that!
How does The Liebster Award work?
Well, apart from me flashing it at unwilling people on the metro today, let’s get this award off to a great start! The 3 key things to do are:
1. Answer the questions. It’s hard to answer all here, so I’ve picked One Modern Couple’s.
2. Nominate 5 other inspirational bloggers I love and admire
3. Throw across 11 new questions for my nominated bloggers to answer
1.What/who/where made you fall in love with travel?
It was a random girl on a hot, overcrowded, long-distance train in England. I saw she was reading a psychology paper and wanted to know more: I was working in mental health services at the time. We struck up a conversation, hit it right off and 2.5 hours later, I had learnt all about her amazing adventures in India whilst she was teaching English. I was so overcome and stung by her wanderlust that as soon as I got home, I booked myself on a teaching course. I quit my job, sold everything and was sitting in a classroom in South Korea 3 months later. For me it was the right time, the right place and going against what everyone else was telling me.
2.If you were given a free flight to the next destination of your choice, where would it be?
Palau! I’ve been bitten by the scuba diving bug and I need to feed my underwater hunger! Shanghai isn’t exactly meeting my needs at the moment, hence my departure from here in 2 months time.
3.Do you keep any mementos from your travels? Anything you collect from each destination?
I have an overwhelming urge to obtain maps. I’m a perfectionist (a stark contrast to how I actually travel, i.e. going with the wind) and have an obsessive fetish for straight lines and angles. When I see any map, I instantly grab 2 copies. One to rough up and throw mud all over; the other to keep in pristine condition and reminisce over. It is freaky. I just love looking at maps, studying them and remembering them. I can’t help it.
4.What is one random fact that your followers don’t yet know about you?
I’m in (was in) the Guinness Book of World Records for playing in the World’s Largest Orchestra. I was 10 years old though and let’s face it, they weren’t going to put every name in the book. The certificate is definitely up in my parents’ loft somewhere though!
5.What do you find the most difficult/your biggest struggle while travelling?
I love people: meeting them, getting to know them, sharing knowledge, experiences and awesome times. However, I actually can be quite shy to say the first words to someone! Once they say hi to me, I’m off like a rocket but I need that first push. That’s my struggle travelling solo.
6.When you’re craving a taste of home, what dish do you look for while travelling?
7.Do you have a “luxury item” that you just can’t travel without?
Make up. I hate to admit it: does it make me a bad traveller haha?! I blame the rock and roll, burlesque Libran in me. I need that eyeliner, mascara and rosy pink blusher.
8.What is your favourite method of transportation whilst travelling and why?
It’s a motorbike! There’s no other freedom like it! I can stop and start exactly when I want. I can go wherever I want. I can race to beat the sunset or cruise like a granny to stop and gaze open-mouthed at Asia’s delights.
9.What is one major thing you’ve learnt since you started blogging?
Travel blogging is 10% writing and 90% social media. I’ve also learnt that I can’t keep working a 12 hour teaching job each day and blog like a pro. I did that for a month when I started writing but began to hallucinate from exhaustion. That wasn’t cool. That’s why I’m quitting my job and throwing everything into travel. 12 hour teaching days: goooooodbye!
10.What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
Ants sprinkled on top of beef in a Cambodian restaurant in Phnom Penh…in the middle of a knife fight.
11.Do you have a story where there was a miscommunication or culture difference that resulted in an unfortunate, funny or awkward situation?
I got my hair cut in Cambodia. I showed the woman pictures: lots of pictures. I closed my eyes and prayed for the best. It didn’t work. The hair cut cost me $1.50 and I looked like $1.50. More on that soon too!
Want to find out more about me?
I got nominated for the Sisterhood Award too!
Five inspirational bloggers I want to nominate!
I love strong, independent, honest solo travellers so I want to wholeheartedly nominate…
11 questions for my nominated bloggers
1. Beach, Mountain or City?
2. What’s the best travelling experience you’ve got/done for free?
3. What’s the most useful thing in your backpack?
4. What would you say to someone who is scared of travelling?
5. Describe what your idea of a good traveller is
6. What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve seen whilst travelling?
7. What do your parents think about you travelling?
8. Has there been a point in your travels where you thought ‘Oh @#*+!’ What did you do?
9. What is the most important thing you have learnt in 2015 so far?
10. Name 3 things that are on your bucket list
11. What travel experience are you most proud of?
I can’t wait to hear your answers guys! Let me know when they’re in cyberspace so I can see and share!