Thank you to both Jessica Stanbury at SpreadYourWingsWithMe and Tooruichii at 19-YearOldStudent’sTravelNotes for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Don’t forget to check out their awesome blogs as well.
What is the Liebster Award?
The 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. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers. Answer the questions 11 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make 11 new questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions. Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.
Since I’ve got two sets of questions to answer, here’s Set 1:
1.) What is your way to explore a new country?
When I first arrive in a country I generally drop my bag wherever I find suitable (sheer basic accommodation will do), and head out to get lost to some degree. Find some street food, have a taste or two. Wash it down with a local bevvy while my senses are hit from all sides.
2.) What would you do if in the country you travel people don’t speak your language?
English as a first language makes everything a little bit easier, but when in a situation such as this I’ve always found politeness, body language and gestures go much farther than one would think. I also make an effort to at the very least learn the pleasantries of their language
3.) What are your top 3 travel essentials except passport, laptop, phone?
Journal, a good book (always rotating), juggling balls
4.) What is your favorite quote about traveling?
Don’t Follow A Path, Leave A Trail
5.) What is the most important thing for you in your travels?
To always have an open mind and room in my stomach. Learning about the cuisine is a primary reason for my travels. I want to be able to bring something away as well as hopefully leave a piece of me behind.
6.) What is the weirdest situation you’ve been in while traveling?
Probably not the weirdest but first thing that comes to mind. I was in Goa, the place to drink in India. The 2015 election was happening and they had a series of dry days during which we went through a security guard to get rum and hash.
7.) What are you doing when not traveling or blogging?
Generally I am working as a chef.
8.) What is the best travel advice you can give to other travelers?
Simply put, just go. Stop talking/thinking/planning. There is no right or wrong way to travel, just keep some common sense in your back pocket, buy a flight and see where the adventure takes you. Good and bad marks will be left, it’s an adventure.
9.) Is there any country you would like to avoid visiting?
Some maybe not as high on my list, but none I am actively avoiding.
10.) What would you like to read in other travel blogs?
I look for a good story of the person’s unique experience. Some humour, a little insight into the city/country. If food is mentioned I’m usually all ears (or eyes in this case). I want it to inspire me to have my own story to tell about it one day. I don’t generally look for hostel or restaurant suggestions or itineraries to help plan. I find it’s all subjective, different strokes for different folks.
11.) What inspires you to write a blog?
I’ve always enjoyed writing but never really pursued it. With a blog it brought a canvas before me to bring my writing from the backburner to a hobby and the ability to combine it with travel and food. At the end of the day it would be great to play even a small part in inspiring someone else to travel, eat and write.
1.) Name one place you desperately want to visit.
2.) Do you prefer using a smartphone or camera to take photos?
While traveling I generally use a camera.
3.) What do you like most about blogging?
Same as question 11 above.
4.) What do you class as a good blog?
Same as question 10 above.
5.) Has there been anyone that has inspired your style of blog?
Anthony Bourdain would definitely have been an influence.
6.) What is your favorite place you have visited?
A near impossible question to answer I find, but before too much thought… Thailand and Vietnam.
7.) Do you miss home when traveling?
No. Home is a weird word to me now. I sold most of what was home and developed lots of little ones as I went. ‘Home’ is where my backpack is.
8.) What advice would you like to share to aspiring bloggers?
Well I’m still an aspiring blogger, but I guess write for yourself most importantly. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s a commitment that requires some dedication to keep going.
9.) What home comforts do you miss while traveling?
Only things that keep coming to mind is food. Since a lot of my travels are in Asia, I always crave a good quality cheeseburger which are few and far between (I’m a bit particular with burgers). This craving was strongest in India where I knew my chances of finding even a bad one was slim.
10.) From the places you have visited, what country has the best food?
Definitely a major player to my answer in question 6, but a toss up between Thai and Vietnamese. I can never decide.
11.) Do you prefer to travel with friends/others or alone?
I always set out on my own, but when traveling alone one is never alone unless desired. I like a good mix. I traveled with friends I met on the road. Some for days, some for weeks, some for months, while I always enjoy time to myself as well. For example, when trekking in Nepal, most of my time was with friends I met, but the 3 days I spent on my own were magical. It felt like I had the Himalayas to myself.
12.) Have you met anyone that has left a lasting impression on you whilst traveling/blogging.
A number of people. Just like places and experiences leave their mark on you, people do as well.
My nominees are:
My 11 questions :
1.) If you got a free flight tomorrow, without thinking where would you go?
2.) Of all countries visited which is home to your favorite cuisine?
3.) What is your favorite dish of the above cuisine?
4.) Have you ever done any cooking classes abroad? If so, where?
5.) What is the first thing you do when in a new country?
6.) Do you prefer group or solo travel? Why?
7.) Have you ever worked abroad? If so, where?
8.) What is your favorite activity to do while traveling? (eg. trekking, beach bumming)
9.) Do you plan your travels or just buy a flight and go?
10.) What do you miss the most when away from home?
11.) What inspiration made you want to travel?