I got nominated for the Liebster award! Massive thanks to Eileen for nominating me. Check out her wonderful blog, CPA Adventures to hear more about her exciting adventures, hiking trips and top tips on where to go on your travels.
What is the Liebster Award?
Liebster Award is a way to recognize new and existing bloggers in the blogosphere. Nominations are done by other bloggers who have read and enjoyed these new blogs.
- Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
- Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
- Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
- Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
- Do you prefer to live in large cities or small towns?
I’m a self-confessed country bumpkin, so I much prefer living in a small town. When I’ve lived in cities for long periods, I end up craving vast open spaces and nature – clearly the ‘great outdoors’ is something I can’t live without! I love cities for cultural activities and the ease of getting around, but I couldn’t live in one.
- If you were to pack your bags and hop on a plane right now, where would you go?
I’m really interested by Norway at the moment – the open rugged terrain and fjords just shouts out ‘adventure’, not to mention the idyllic community-driven small towns and beautiful architecture in the cities. Other than that, I wouldn’t even hesitate to jump on a plane straight back to Canada – there’s still so much to see. The Yukon is on the agenda for next year.
- What’s your favorite blog post?
My favourite blog post would probably be my first. It outlines why I started my blog – It was my starting point and I lay myself bare with my thoughts, feelings and fears. I was pleased when I finally pressed ‘Publish’ – it was something I’ve been wanted to do for a long time, so to finally start a blog and publish my first piece was exciting.
- Which are your top 3 destinations & why?
I’m fairly early on in my world adventures – I’m yet to travel to the east and I’d really like to go there. As it stands, my top three destinations are:
1) The Kananaskis Region, Alberta, Canada – Simply put, it blew my mind. It’s a perfect combination of vast open rolling hills, with the backdrop of the Rockie Mountains. It’s a tough place in the winter, but mind-blowing in the summer. I could spend my whole life horseback riding there!
2) Bulgaria – I was part of an archaeological excavation in a small town called Hissar. The scenery was so diverse and the country is rich in history. In rural areas, the way of life is still very basic; they still use horse and carts, but they have massive hearts and were really welcoming. The driving is pretty crazy though – I tended to just close my eyes (I wasn’t driving!) and hope for the best!
3) Devon, England – it’s my home county, so holds a strong place it my heart. It has everything you could want – rolling hills, moorland, coastland…the list goes on! The people are so open-hearted and the area is rich in history. I’m very proud to have been born and raised here and feel blessed every day to look out across rolling fields.
- If you could do anything you want for a living, what would you do?
I’ve always fancied the cowboy lifestyle, although it’s not as glamorous as the movies make out, I’m sure! Other than my cowboy fantasy, writing is what I’d love to make a living from. I recentlt found a notebook I had when I was five years old and on the very first page it said: ‘I want to be a writer when I grow up’ (It took a while to translate my five year old handwriting). It appears my five year old self knew more about what I should be doing than I do now!
- Prefer dogs or cats?
Cats. I’m well known as a crazy cat lady. Every birthday I get cat cards and at Christmas I receive at least one cat related gift.
- What’s the most delicious food you ate while abroad?
Taber corn (Canada). Sounds simple, but oh my, it’s the best sweetcorn known to mankind. Italian ice cream is hot on its heels though. Talk about from one extreme to the other!
- What’s the weirdest food you ate while abroad, if any?
I ate some pretty weird food in Bulgaria. They love offal, so I’m pretty sure I ate brains.
- Where was your first trip abroad?
Canada, when I was 11. We didn’t travel a lot when I was younger, because of the cost involved but my parents saved up for years and with the help of my granny, we had a family trip of a lifetime. We crammed everything into the time we were there, as well as visiting my uncle in Alberta and another on Vancouver Island. I love it when all the family is together, so it has stuck in my memory as the best holiday ever – despite having travelled a fair amount since then. I think it has a part to play in my obsession with Canada now!
- What was your favorite travel memories?
I’ve been lucky to travel around a little with archaeology, which have left me with some fun memories, like dancing around in torrential rain during a crazy storm in South Dakota, as well as hiking in the mountains in Bulgaria. Seeing as my last trip was to Canada, the memories are still fresh, so I’d say riding in the Kananaskis and Rockie mountains with a real-time cowboy is my favourite travel memory (at the moment). My dreams came true that day. I think about it often, when stuck in traffic or when I’m having a slow day at work and it brightens my day, giving me inspiration and drive. It was proof to me that dreams can come true.
- What are your hobbies other than traveling?
I love dancing and music in general. I’m always dancing – whether it be in my room, whilst cooking, driving and I’m always the one up dancing at a party! I’ve attended weekly dance classes since I was a kid (with a few gaps), which has been a great way to blow off steam, meet new people and learn routines. If I’m not dancing, I’m singing…I’ll leave it up to my friends and family to say whether I’m any good or not! I can’t go anywhere without my ipod and I ALWAYS have music playing in the background, so music in general is one of my main passions/hobby.
I also love horseback riding. I’ve ridden ever since I was three, and I love the fact that I can go anywhere and jump on a horse to explore areas a lot of tourists can’t. It’s a great hobby to have. I’d love to go around the world and ride in every place I visit.
Name one place you desperately want to visit (that you haven’t been to already)
Do you prefer using a smartphone or camera to take photos?
What do you like most about blogging?
What do you class as a good blog? eg, educational, funny, personal.
Has there been anyone that has inspired your style of blog?
What’s your favorite place you’ve visited?
Do you miss home when you’re travelling?
What piece of advice would you like to share to aspiring bloggers?
What home comforts do you miss when you’re travelling?
From the places you’ve visited, what country has the best food?
Do you prefer to travel with friends/others or alone?
Have you met anyone that has left a lasting impression on you whilst travelling/blogging? Why?