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My Blog Has Just Been Awarded A Liebster Award!

I have some exciting news to share! My blog has just been awarded the Liebster award, which is a recognition from fellow bloggers!

Thank you to Alison and Frances for their nominations

I first met Alison through Instagram, where we share the same passion for travel. She writes immersive stories about her travels and life as a US expat living in London on her travel blog; Up&AtEm Travel. Differentiating herself from the herd, Alison enjoys exploring experiences that don’t simply adhere to guidebook prescriptions.

I also met Frances through Instagram, where she shares beautiful photos of her adventures around the world with her partner David. They are Scottish expats living and teaching in Vietnam and they write inspirational travel accounts/guides and advice on their travel blog; So The Adventure Begins. They are great storytellers with an insatiable appetite for travel (and food).

Thank you for your nominations and congratulations on your own awards.

Please check out their blogs and social media accounts, they are lovely people and deserve recognition. If you happen to drop by, leave a comment and let them know I said ‘Hi’.

What is A Liebster Award?

The Liebster award is an award created by bloggers for bloggers. It aims to strengthen the blogging community by promoting new and emerging blogs. It’s not easy to get started as a blogger, so receiving this kind of recognition from fellow bloggers really helps build confidence and exposure.

Once nominated for the Liebster Award, in a blog post, the nominees must:

  • Thank those who nominated them – with a link to their blogs
  • Write an intro about the Liebster Award to spread awareness
  • Answer questions from the blogger who nominated them
  • Nominate 5 – 10 other people for the Leibster Award and inform them via social media
  • Set up a few interesting questions for the nominees

Liebster Award Answers

Questions from Alison

Why did you start travel blogging?
I have always had a passion for travel and a curiosity for the world so I do whatever I can to travel as often as possible and to share my experiences with as many people as I can. I travel blog, not to brag about my holidays, but to let people know they can do the same.

Many people I know spend their lives ‘wishing they could travel’; they give themselves excuses like money, career, relationships and time. I also know people that are too afraid to explore foreign places on their own, they insist on taking tours for everything and get herded around like sheep as they follow other people’s itineraries. I started travel blogging to show how easy it is to travel and how much there is out there waiting to be discovered.

At the moment, I am planning to move overseas by 2018 and work from my laptop, so my blog is also an outlet for me to document this journey.

Which travel blogging groups, events and resources are most helpful to you?
I am a social influencer for Zipkick and am a part of their community of influencers. Zipkick shares their passion for food and travel by bringing together social influencers to share their experiences around the world. It is a very supportive community with honest recommendations and advice.

I am also a member of two travel-based Facebook groups: Intrepid Entrepreneurs and TravelBFF.

Intrepid Entrepreneurs is a community of business-minded people that have managed to create a life on the road through a variety of methods. They are a great source for advice if you are interested in starting your own online business or learning about money-making methods while traveling.

TravelBFF is a community of Women Travelers that support and encourage eachother. It is a great place for solo female travelers to get advice and recommendations on travels as well as finding travel companions for your next adventure.

Lastly, I am a registered Lonely Planet Pathfinder. As a pathfinder, I share information and advice with a community of travelers on Lonely Planet’s travel forums. This is a great source for travel advice.

What is your favorite way to travel: plane, train, automobile, ship or other?
I love plane travel. Only because, I am from Australia and the easiest way for us to leave the country is via plane. Once out of the country, I love traveling by train. I have had amazing experiences on trains in both Europe and Asia. For traveling within a city, I prefer walking wherever I can. I love to get lost in little back streets and find hidden restaurants and stores that you can’t find in any travel guides.

When you travel do you stay up to date with social media or simply tune out?
If there is good internet connection, I try to stay connected. However, I am definitely not as engaged. I like to enjoy my experience rather than having to worry and think about other things all the time.

What do you like to splurge on when you travel?
FOOD! Most of my money goes towards food when I travel. I like to live in budget accommodation and I don’t shop much, instead I love to explore the culinary scene and look for interesting local delicacies.

What is the most interesting thing you have eaten on your travels?
I have eaten many interesting things. I have had snake wine in Vietnam, sea urchin in Japan, snails in Spain and frogs legs in France. It depends on your definition of interesting, but I can say my endless curiosity means I’m always willing to try new thing.

How do you try to avoid scams and deter pickpockets?
I don’t really carry any valuables on me and I keep any cash and important documents hidden at all times. I usually carry a cross-body bag which I keep in front of me at all times so pickpockets can’t get to it, I am wary of my surroundings and always careful about any suspicious looking people.

The biggest problem I find when traveling is my appearance makes it hard to hide the fact that I am a tourist and it is hard not to stand out in the crowd. Many pickpockets and scammers try not to target locals as they don’t want to have someone returning to “bite them in the back”, so if you look anything like a local, they usually won’t take the risk. When traveling around Europe, I felt like I was seen as an easy target, as it was obvious an Asian-looking person would be a tourist. I had a few encounters with scammers and pickpockets, lucky I got away each time. I even had an unpleasant encounter with a bunch of gypsies in France that tried to throw necklaces on me and tie a bracelet to my arm, I stood my ground and told them I didn’t want it and barely forced my arms out of their grip. Don’t let yourself be an easy target and they will go for someone else.

In Asia, I still have the same problem. There’s a certain look to Asians that have been brought up overseas and locals can pick it out straight away.

How has blogging changed the way you approach travel?
It has made me love traveling even more. It has also made me more persistent in trying new things and exploring beyond what we see in guidebooks.

What is your best piece of travel advice?
If you are passionate about travel then do what you can to make it happen. Don’t just put it aside and say you will travel someday. Travel should not be seen as a luxury, but a lifestyle. The longer you leave it, the older you get and the more difficult it will get to travel. Issues like health, stamina, being too old to apply for working visas and being too old to find local jobs will change the way you experience travel. Don’t get me wrong, you will enjoy traveling at any age, but the way you experience it will be very different.

The biggest reason people give for not traveling is that they don’t have enough money. Have you thought about a working holiday, house-sitting, coach surfing or freelancing? There are so many ways to travel on the cheap or make money while you travel that you don’t have to wait until you have lots of money saved up.

If you only had one year left to live, how would you spend it – at home, abroad, or a mix of both?
It would be a mix of both. I would love to see as much of the world as possible but I would definitely have to return home to spend my last few weeks surrounded by my closest family and friends.

Questions from Frances

How did you decide on your blog name?
I wanted a name that was approachable but still related to travel. So, I put my name in it and found a word starting with ‘W’ that was related to travel.

When did you first travel? Internationally or domestic?
I was 22 when I took my first overseas trip. I went to visit my parent’s hometown of Ho Chi Minh City with my mum.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Someone you know personally/writer/explorer?
I get bits of inspiration from a lot of people, but there is no ONE person I particularly aspire to. I do love Sir David Attenborough’s way of storytelling and documenting his discoveries.

Have you ever travelled to somewhere multiple times? What is special about it that you’ve returned?
Yes, I’ve returned to many places more than once. When I first visit a place I usually only visit for a couple days to ‘taste-test’ it. So, I often end up returning to a place to stay longer. The two places which I’ve visited the most is Hong Kong and Singapore. Each time I’ve visited was with different people, so I got very different experiences each time. Both places are really easy to get around and relatively safe, so I don’t have to hesitate or prepare much when I visit them. This is why it’s so easy to visit time and time again.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I haven’t really done anything too extreme yet, but I recently went on a backpacking trip through Europe, visiting 20 different cities.

What is your travel style – budget or luxury? Why?
I prefer budget travel. I’m not one to relax and stay still so I don’t spend much time in a hotel – it’s literally just a place to sleep for me. I also don’t like to splurge on transport because I usually sleep through it anyway. I prefer experiencing the culture and atmosphere of a place – things that cannot be bought with money.

What has been your travelling highlight?
My recent trip around Europe was pretty amazing, but my favourite place so far was Japan.

What country/destination is at the top of your bucketlist?
I have been trying to find time to visit South America and China. Hopefully one of them will happen in 2017.

How do you pick where you’re going to travel to next?
Budget, time of year and the amount of time I have available to spend overseas.

My Liebster Award Nominees

If you are looking for other interesting new blogs to follow, I highly recommend the following:
Panapetite – Angela blogs about fashion and travel with super pretty photography. You will want to get up and book your next holiday straight away.
WanderingLost – Follow the journey of Helen Louise, a British expat currently living in New Zealand. She also does book reviews.
MellyWilliams – A Sydneysider that blogs about food and travel. Follow her to be inspired.
SarinlaPremsuk – Sarinla is originally from Thailand but lives in the UK. She blogs about style, travel and food with amazing photography.
BeeTraveler – Luz is an adventurous traveler from Mexico with a passion to create stories all around the world.
EliTravelbug – Eli lives in London and blogs about travel and skincare. Learn how to have fun and take care of yourself while at it.
SoFloFoodFinds – Taylor blogs about her foodie adventures, mainly based in Florida. She takes lots of yummy photos, that will have you screaming ‘#FOODPORN’.
TheKateTin – Katelyns blog is filled with all sorts of deliciousness. Voted best Food and Wine Blog in South Africa 2015 & 2016, she writes delectable recipes you must try.
OneHungryGirl – Chanel is from Miami and shares her love of food through accounts of all her favorite spots, new encounters, and gluttonous adventures.

My Questions For The Above Nominees

If you are a travel blogger:
1- Why did you start blogging?
2- Which blogging groups, events and resources are most helpful to you?
3- What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
4- Who is your biggest inspiration? Someone you know personally/writer/famous personality?
5- What’s your favourite country for food?
6- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
7- Is there a city you find yourself always returning to? What about it makes you keep returning?
8- Where are you thinking of traveling to next?
9- What is your best piece of travel advice?
10- Do you usually travel alone or with other people? If you travel with other people, who do you usually travel with

If you are a food blogger:
1- Why did you start blogging?
2- Which blogging groups, events and resources are most helpful to you?
3- What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
4- Who is your biggest inspiration? Someone you know personally/writer/famous personality?
5- What’s your favourite country for food?
6- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
7- Name a food you’ve always wanted to try. Why do you want to try it?
8- Do you prefer to cook or eat out? If you cook, do you have a specialty dish that you are proud of?
9- Do you prefer cheap eats or fine dining?
10- What’s the most memorable dining experience you’ve ever had?

Looking forward to seeing your answers.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Frances

    Aw this is great! Such a nice insight into you! Who knew you were such a foodie too?!

    January 20, 2017 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply Winny

      Hahaha, yes I love my food. It’s one of the biggest reasons why I love to travel.

      January 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

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