SHARING NEW BLOGGERS – LIEBSTER AWARD

Firstly, can you believe our little travel blog is 3 months old!! We have hit are stride with blogs and are getting some good views – thanks for the support everyone!

Back in November, the lovely Tracy from Tracy’s Travels in Time nominated us for the Liebster Award – an online award that recognises new bloggers as a means to build awareness and share new blogs with you awesome people! Not only did this bring us more readers but I have been so fortunate to build a friendship with Tracy, who’s help, guidance, tips and advise has been invaluable – Thank you!!! Make sure you head over to her page and learn about the incredible travels and life she has lived across the world. This year she is moving to Australia so lots of exciting blogs coming up.

Right, so when Tracy nominated us, she gave us some questions to answer and set us a challenge to nominate new bloggers for the award as well. So here it goes.

Rules of the Liebster Award

The rules have seem to change over time a little but here the most update version that I am aware of for 2016

  1. If you decide to accept the nomination thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog onto your blog.
  2. Display the Liebster Award photo on your blog post
  3. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers/blogs who you think deserve the Liebster Award.
  5. Create 11 questions of your own for the nominees to answer on their blogs
  6. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they’ll know what to do.
  7. List these rules in your blog post.

Our answers to Tracy’s questions:

1

Favourite city destination and why?

Tokyo – A completely different experience to city life in London, yet so similar! That is what we love about Tokyo, is has that metropolitan, hustle feel that we love so much about our home but actually is completely different and incredibly convenient. I love the fact you can get hot cans of Hot Chocolate from a vending machine. Or sandwiches. Or magazines. Or Ramen!

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

2

Beach/Ocean/Mountain or Jungle?

Beach – A hard choice! We both love swimming in the sea, in fact when we visit places with a beach, that is where we are for at least 4 hours every day! In Ibiza last year, we didn’t get out the sea until the sun had set and we were hungry. That being said, there are lots of incredible jungles and mountains we want to visit so this answer may change by 2018!

3

Top 3 bucket list destinations?

Since visiting Tokyo, Taiwan has been on my bucket list because of its similarities and Dim Sum! After watching Top Gear (we get all our travel info from this programme), Myanmar has been on my radar! With our move abroad this year, hopefully we will make this one a reality in 2017. We have ticked off a lot of destinations on our bucket lists since we started dating but we still both want to visit Mexico and eat authentic Mexican food and explore Cape Town and go on Safari in South Africa. – I know this is 4 but I couldn’t narrow it down and there is two of us, so technically I could choose 6?!?!

4

Most unusual food you have eaten around the world?

In Siem Reap we had the delight of visiting the Cambodia BBQ restaurant where we cooked and ate so many weird and wonderful meats – snake, ostrich, frog, crocodile, kangaroo and shark!

cambodianbbq1

5

Most memorable travel experience?

Whilst in Chengdu, China we went to the incredible Leshan Buddha. This place isn’t that well advertised and we stumbled across a picture of it online when travel planning (thank goodness for blogs!). When you see the Buddha from its eye level, it is breathtaking but when you walk down and see the Buddha from the lower level, the sheer size of it really is incredible.

6

Favourite travel inspired novels/films?

I feel like I should share a artistic, mature answer here but… My favourite travel inspired films are the Hangover Movies (particularly the second one in Bangkok – does anyone else sing that Alan song at random times?!) and The Inbetweeners movies. For books, I will be honest, I started reading Eat Pray Love but found it quite slow/I don’t ever have much time to actually read books. So opted for the film version which was cute. Favourite actual travel book is How Not to Travel the World by Lauren Juliff.

7

If you could travel with any famous person past or present who would it be and why?

Taylor Swift! Ok that is my answer, reason being she is awesome and we could sing her songs everywhere. Calum wants to travel with Karl Pilkington, an English comedian made famous for his TV programme ‘An Idiot Abroad’.

8

Favourite season to travel and why?

Depends where we are going but I always prefer heat and sun to the winter unless we are visiting Christmas Markets.

Winter Wonderland 2016

9

Next travel destination?

We need to visit Stonehenge before we leave the UK and there are so many other cities and towns I would love to see in the UK too. We have just come back from Leicester for an away football game and had so much fun! I am hoping we can get to some more away games before we leave – Everton perhaps?! I also want to visit Arundel Castle before leaving – I spent three years at Chichester University (so near the castle) and never actually went!

And then the big move!

10

Favourite mode of transport when travelling?

Flights or self driving. My limit of times on trains and coaches is about 5 hours but I would much prefer driving ourselves, stopping off at anything that looks interesting. If we are travelling long distances I would prefer to catch a flight than drive for 8+ hours.

11

What is the best thing about travelling for you?

The little things. When Calum and I sit with our families and friends, we often find ourselves retelling stories of our time around the world. But we aren’t talking about Angkor Wat, climbing the Great Wall or walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. We are talking about the little things, like the children with no shoes cycling to school in Siem Reap or the amazing driver we had in Chengdu who we kept calling Trevor but we think he was actually being called driver with a thick Chinese accent. Or the time I asked for non-spicy food in a Thai cooking class and was in tears within 2 minutes. Or checking in to our hotel in Washington DC and an earthquake occurring the second we got into the room. Or the wonderful people on our Halong Bay cruise who liked to squeeze my cheeks and kept giving me Red Bull. Or the tiny bar in Tokyo that handed us a TV remote to watch the Chelsea game whilst another customer played as Chelsea on Fifa on the screen next to the TV. Or the Skywalk on the Macau Tower after being sick in Hong Kong for 5 days. I love making so many memories and meeting so many people and just experiencing life in a different way.

How to get around Vietnam

Our Nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Right so we have the scratch map and the colouring book but this looks kind of awesome too! A cork globe that you can pin after each adventure! I feel this would be very therapeutic too and I love anything travel related for our home.

Fasten Your Seatbelt – Fellow Chichester Veteran, Laura shares her tips on getting a job and working at a USA Summer Camp. She also has some fantastic guides to America and Australia.

Pirate Compass – Pirate Compass offers a fun mix travel tips and couple traveling advise.

The Fine Dining Blog – Sharing all things food, this blog shares some of the best food in the world along with awesome destination blogs to match.

Here are your questions, I can’t wait to read your answers:

  1. When did you start your blog and why?
  2. If you could move to any country, where would it be?
  3. What is your favourite thing about travelling?
  4. What is the worst thing about travelling?
  5. How do you afford to travel?
  6. What is your travel plans for 2017?
  7. Which post on your blog is your favourite?
  8. What is your favourite foreign dish?
  9. Most unusual travel mishap?
  10. Which 3 items do you always take on your travels?
  11. Why do you travel?
Showing 11 comments
  • Tracy McConnachie Collins
    Reply

    Great post Katie – and a fantastic blog! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you – isn’t it fabulous meeting new people through blogging!

    You have been to some places that are high on my buckets list – Vietnam I hope to get to this year, Cambodia and of course Japan. Not sure about some of that food in Cambodia!

    A trip to South Africa – Cape Town and a safari at the very least – I am sure you will love it. No-one goes to SA and leaves without vowing to return.

    Here’s to a great year of travel for us both!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thank you so much Tracy! It has been so lovely getting to know you! 🙂
      I hope you have an awesome time in South East Asia, hoping to explore it some more myself too! 🙂
      South Africa does look incredible, there are just so many places I want to visit!!

  • Reply

    Sounds like you have had some unforgettable travel experiences!! I love eating my way around a country…but not sure if I could ever eat snake – yikes! Great post, makes me add a few new places to my never-ending bucket list 🙂 Happy Travels!

  • Fiona Mai
    Reply

    Haha I’ve also had the weird Cambodian BBQ and to be honest I really liked it 😀 Mexico and South Africa are also on my bucket list. Great to know that you’ve been to so many countries and are having exciting travel plans this year. Enjoy!

  • Only By Land
    Reply

    I tried some similar food in Cambodia, it’s not so bad, lots of protein. Very interesting choices for your favorite modes of transport. Walking over the golden gate, I loved this too! And walking to the golden gate and taking pictures!

  • Raymond Carroll
    Reply

    I see you have Taiwan on your Bucket List. I worked in Taiwan for four months in 2003, selling a cleaner-door-to-door; I had to speak Chinese (Mandarin) because nobody could/would speak English. I lived in Thailand for a couple of years too, and Taiwan is nothing like Thailand. I’ve never been to Japan but I imagine it would be a lot like Taiwan. it’s worth visiting. Those questions are great! Good post! And good luck…

  • Kassie
    Reply

    Congrats on your award! So exciting that your blog has been growing that fast! So fun to learn some fun facts about you– I’m a beach/warm weather girl too!

  • Stacey
    Reply

    I love your answers. I don’t think Karl Pilkington would make a great travel buddy lol! I need to read How not to travel though, I’ve heard good things

  • Reply

    Congrats on the award! You both absolutely deserve it. Always been a fan of reading you content 🙂

    I lost it at travelling with Karl Pilkington – just had major flashbacks to scenes from “An Idiot Aboard”. What did you think of eating frog? My godmothers (they Chinese-Singaporeans) and LOVE eating frog’s leg but I could never stomach it.
    Hangover 2 is definitely a good movie… Does that make you excited for Bangkok? 😛

  • Diana - MVMT Blog
    Reply

    Congratulations!! Loved reading these fun facts about you. That Cambodia BBQ place sounds very interesting… I’m going to Siem Reap in March and may have to unpack my adventurous side and try that. I’m going to Myanmar in March/April as well and will have to tell you all about it when I’m back! Oh and for the BEST dim sum, try Hong Kong! 🙂

  • Jenni
    Reply

    Aww what a lovely way to share your stories and let us get to know you. I love how people in Halong Bay kept squeezing your cheeks I am going here at the end of feb I hope they don’t do that to my chubby cheeks lol

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