Liebster Award Nomination!

liebster award nominationThe Liebster is the award that keeps on awarding. For those of you who don’t know, let me explain . . .

The Liebster is an award given to travel bloggers by other travel bloggers. When nominated, a travel blogger then awards 11 other travel bloggers that he/she admires, and they each award 11 other bloggers, and so on. The bloggers also answer a set of questions selected by the blogger that nominated them.

Today, I get to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award!

My fellow travel blogger Joe at Globetrotter Joe nominated me for this award. From riding camels in India to braving crocodile-infested lakes in Australia, Joe is an adventurous globetrotter, having visited 30+ countries (so far . . .). He’s also passionate about humanitarian work, and his blog is dedicated to sharing the efforts he put into building a library in Tanzania. You should definitely check out his travel tips and inspirational stories.

Below are the questions that Joe put to me about travel + blogging:


1. Why did you start travel blogging?

I love writing and I love traveling, so it seemed like the perfect fit! I’ve had some of my fiction and non-travel-related writing published various places, but no one ever accepted my travel writing. Instead of leaving all my travel tales to rust, I thought, I’ll share them myself.

2. What are your travel plans for 2016?

This year I plan to spend more time exploring the West Coast of my home country – the USA! There’s also talk of a vacay to Hawaii . . . but we’ll see 😉

3. When did you first get bitten by the ‘travel bug’?

As a teenager. My parents agreed that if I planned a trip to Europe for my family, we could go – and so I did! We had a great time, and I was hooked.

4. How many different countries have you visited, and which is your favorite?

Let’s see . . . if I’m not mistaken, I have visited 11 countries.

That’s a hard question – like asking to choose a favorite friend! If I had to pick, I would have to say Wales.

5. Which do you prefer – Hostels or Hotels?

Both. I’ve stayed at hostels that are nicer than many hotels – the definitions can be a bit fuzzy. I like to stay anyplace that’s privately/family-owned so I can build a relationship with my host.

6. What’s the biggest travelling mishap you have ever experienced?

Though every trip has its little travel mishaps, the only extreme event was when snorkeling off the coast of Zanzibar. My travel-mates and I were sharing a sailboat tour with another group. An elderly woman in the other group passed away while we were out on the water; she had a heart attack. It was a very sobering and unreal experience, comforting those mourning while in a paradise setting.

7. Do you like to plan your trips, or are you more spontaneous?

I love planning! In fact, that’s what my blog’s all about. To me, planning travel is part of the fun of travel, though I always admire the more spontaneous vagabonds.

8. Can you speak any other languages?

Not fluently. Though I can communicate in broken American Sign Language! It’s been an interesting conversation starter some places, though I’ve not yet had to rely on it while traveling. I’m also trying to learn Spanish.

9. Which travel destination has been your biggest let down?

Honestly, I make it a point not to bring my expectations with me when I go to a new place. I like to say “a good day is a good day, a bad day is a good story. At the end of the day, it’s all good,” so it’s hard to think of one big let down.

I would have to say snorkeling in Zanzibar, because of the aforementioned story and the fact that I’m not a strong swimmer.

10. And which travel destination was way better than you thought it would be?

Montana. I visited a few years ago with my best friend, and was so captivated by the wide open spaces and glorious skies. I think often we can get so excited about “exotic,” far-flung places that we forget to appreciate the beauty of our own country.

11. What one piece of advice would you give to someone about to set off on their first big travel adventure?

Ditch you expectations. All of them. Travel will never be how you expect – whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Expectations only set you up for disappointment, while traveling with an open mind leaves you ready for any lesson and adventure.

liebster award photography germanyFellow travel bloggers I’m nominating for the Liebster Award:

Heather from Ohio Girl Travels

Beth from The Spice Girl

Randi and Michael from Just a Pack

Jessica from The Belle Voyage

Andrea from No Money, Will Travel

Kristin from Be My Travel Muse

Steph from Big World Small Pockets

Danika from The Longest Haul

Alexa from She Tells Travel Tales

Angela from Chasing the Unexpected

Emily from Airplanes and Avocados

The rules of the nomination are as follows:

  • Thank blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Answer questions they ask you
  • Nominate 11 others
  • Create a new list of 11 questions for your nominees
  • Choose your own nominees and inform them

 Questions to answer:

  1. Someone hands you a free plane ticket… but you must embark tomorrow to use it! Where do you want to go?
  2. What is the most beautiful view you have ever seen while traveling?
  3. What is the most frightening thing you’ve ever experienced while traveling?
  4. Do you have a favorite city?
  5. Did you start traveling solo or with a companion?
  6. What’s the craziest goal on your bucket list?
  7. What’s the number one lesson you’ve learned from traveling?
  8. How have you changed since becoming a travel blogger?
  9. What is the number one misconception you hear about travel blogging?
  10. What’s one place you’ve never been that you’d like to travel to?
  11. And what’s one place that you really want to return to?

Thanks again to Globetrotter Joe for nominating me! Happy travels to all my fellow vagabonds, readers and bloggers alike <3

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4 comments on “Liebster Award Nomination!”

  1. Joe says:

    Woop! Thanks for being the first of the people I nominated to answer my questions Sierra…and thanks for the awesome links back to my blog too 🙂

    I’m stoked that Wales is your favourite travel destination as that’s where I’m from! What is it that you like about it?

    A very sobering story indeed from Zanzibar, and your story of how you got in to travel blogging is most interesting…keep the dream alive as you never know 🙂 Oh and love the answer to my last question too, one of the best pieces of travel advice I’ve read 🙂

    Thanks again!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Thank YOU! It was very fun to answer your questions and pass the nomination along to other bloggers.

      I’ve only been to Northern Wales, but would love to tour the entire country more thoroughly someday. Of our time backpacking the UK, my brother and I thought the people of Wales were the most welcoming and kind! We had many great encounters where strangers helped us find our way, and we had a blast getting to know our b&b host and his friends. The language, the history, and the scenery of Wales is absolutely breathtaking. [plus, as a budget backpacker of the UK I like to fancy myself a fish-and-chips connoisseur 😉 and my favorite was in Conwy – haha]

      Which part of Wales are you from?

  2. Thanks so much for the nomination Sierra – my post coming up soon!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Thank you! 😀

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