My second Liebster Award comes to me from the lovely Adrian of Adrian’s Travel Tales, a fellow world wanderer that I had the chance to finally meet in person at TBEX Europe 2015 in Costa Brava. So Thank You, Adrian! Adrian is a fearless solo female traveler who I’m pretty sure is going to fulfill her dream of traveling to Antarctica (one that we have in common) very soon.
A Liebster Award is given by bloggers to their favorite bloggers and the nominees have to answer a few questions before they can nominate their own favorite blogs.
The rules are pretty straightforward:
- Answer the questions asked by your nominator.
- Display the Liebster Award logo in your post.
- Nominate your favorite bloggers.
- Ask them a set of questions.
- Don’t forget to list these rules in your post.
Well, Adrian has a bunch of interesting (and one really thought provoking) questions for me so here goes.
What was your childhood dream career?
I wanted to be an astronaut floating through space, mainly because I’d get to see what very few others would and because it sounded so smart. I guess, over the years, I decided that exploring more of our planet would be a better idea because hey, the world is interesting enough, right?
If you could pick only one more country to travel to, what would it be?
It’s a tough choice between Cuba and Iceland but I think I’ll say Cuba. If it were the only country I could travel to then Cuba would be it because I’m pretty sure I’d always love being in a country that does salsa on the streets!
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
Mmmm…..What? Did you say Tootsie Pop? WHERE?
Which country has the most beautiful looking people, as a whole?
Turkey. I remember in Istanbul, it seemed to me like the Turkish guys and girls had all walked out of a high street brand commercial. Of course, it helped that the city is very fashionable but even the guy who served me Dondurma (Turkish ice-cream) made me blush a little.
As a blogger, what keeps you motivated to keep going?
One, blogging is literally the only thing that I can do tirelessly even at times when I’m not making any money out of it. You know, the kind of thing you do because you LOVE doing it and not because of what it can get you in return. Two, it’s really important for me to get the message across that you don’t need to be super-rich, lucky or have someone to go with, to see the world. The world outside our comfort zones is so incredible and so amazing that if we really want to see it, all we’ve got to do is go. It doesn’t matter for how long or whether or not someone else wants to go with us. I like to tell stories so that my readers know that the world is full of wonderful people, places and experiences.
What is the most dreaded travel topic you’d never want to blog about?
I would never ever make political comments about a country or culture I don’t understand especially when I’m passing through like an outsider. I know a lot of people do this saying they have the right to express their opinion but we have too many biased worldviews of so many countries, cities and places floating about on the internet that it has influenced general perception about them. I believe it’s important (and even our responsibility) as people who not only create content on our blogs but hold the power to affect general opinion to do thorough research, get our facts straight and look at both sides of the picture before we go about saying XYZ country is unfriendly or unfair.
What is one thing most of your readers don’t know about you?
I’m really clumsy. I drop things like my phone all the time. Often, I put things in my pockets or my bag and then panic because I’m absolutely certain I’ve misplaced them or forgotten them somewhere. That’s because I also do forget things and the possibility of me leaving my purse or daypack somewhere is very real.
Here are the travel bloggers that I’d like to nominate for the Liebster Award.
Maria of Travelling Buzz
Dale and Franca of Angloitalian
Manouk of Bunch of Backpackers
(If you aren’t connected to them already, you should totally check their blogs out for fun, intelligent and inspiring travel stories and tips.)
Congratulations guys! Here are your questions:
- What would you rather eat- fermented shark or monkey brain (for Angloitalian-if you weren’t vegan and you absolutely had to in order to survive)?
- Which country from your travels is home to the nicest people that you’ve met?
- When did you start traveling? What is the one thing you wish you’d known about traveling the world before you started?
- Would you rather live in a tree house or a beach hut?
- Have you ever had a weird, funny or embarrassing lost in translation moment? Could you describe it?
- What’s the most positive change in you that travel has brought about?
- If you had to choose one continent where you had to live for the rest of your life, which one would you pick?
- What’s your biggest travel fear? (Airplane crash, tarantula, snakes, cyclones?)
I’m excited to read your answers to my questions, so get started!