I initially started blogging to keep family and friends back home close to heart. My original site was very text based and I am sure most of my followers were family, friends and curious Facebook friends from school and jobs past! As people more frequently commented that they were enjoying our adventures, I decided to make my blog something that could be shared more widely and after a few weeks of uploading all of my previous posts, I went live on my own website in June this year.
Whilst I've been blogging for over a year, the site itself is quite new. Therefore I was pleased to be noticed by a fellow travel blogger Liz of www.flyisabella.com/travel-blogger/. She was enjoying my instagram and blog and nominated me for a Liebster Award. Pleased as punch, I decided to take on the challenge.
I've included the rules of the awards at the bottom of this post. Whilst there are various versions out there, I've gone with the ones I was presented with to keep continuity.
I studied German all throughout high school and even for a year into university. Aside from the general 'hello my name is' phrases that you learn - 'Ich liebe dich' or I love you in English was one of the first things that I learnt to say. It is hard not to see the correlation of 'liebe' - love, in the word Liebster. Not surprisingly, the Liebster awards are all about sharing the love, and a part of that is nominating other bloggers that you enjoy following to participate also.
With so many great accounts out there, it was tough to pick, but here are my selections.
Happily Ever Adventures: www.happilyeveradventures.com
Lena and Bassam are an American couple with a great zest for life and travel. Their blog is colourful and interesting and they highlight how great travelling as a couple can be.
The Foley Fam: www.thefoleyfam.com
Kristine is a wife and mum of three gorgeous kiddos. Her and her husband are very active with their children and are instilling a love of travel and adventure in them from a young age. I'm inspired by their patience and enthusiasm for life and their family.
Undiscovered Guide: www.undiscovered.guide
Undiscovered Guide are Charlie and Graham, a British couple who packed up their lives, bought one way tickets to Australia and set off to explore the world. Their site is informative, cultured and some of it is down right delicious!
1. Who is your favourite travel buddy?
My favourite travel buddy would be my husband Pete. We travel really well together and always find a happy balance of sharing activities that we both enjoy.
2. What is your worst travel habit?
I am guilty of getting hangry, especially when I am also tired. I'm not very good at packing myself snacks and preempting the beast! I end up eating expensive food at airports, or junk food that I regret!
3. What kind of travel day bag do you carry and what is in it?
If I am travelling with Pete, we'll usually have a back pack. I get a bit paranoid about putting important things in a backpack if I am alone, so I tend to use my handbag. I have a satchel style cross body one that can actually fit quite a bit in it! I usually have water, lip gloss, a selfie stick, phone, wallet, camera, bandaids, pain killers, sunscreen, strepsils and quite a few old receipts down the bottom or stuffed in random pockets!
4. City vs Beach vs Snow.
I love skiing, but I haven't been since I tore the PCL ligament in my knee a few years back. I do love the beach, but I can't lay out in the sun all day. That being said, if I had to choose one for me right now, it would probably be the city, but hopefully one with parks and some scenery outside of the hustle and bustle to explore.
5. Have you been to the South West of England or would you like to?
My husband's relatives are from Devon, so we trekked out there last summer. We loved Devon and Cornwall and got to visit some awesome sites such as Tintagel and go and see where my mum used to holiday as a child. That being said it is a nightmare to drive to from the South East of England. It took us 9 hours to get home. We are still a little scarred!
6. What music is playing through your headphones on a holiday?
I really have to be in the mood to listen to music on my headphones. Usually it would be if I am on a bus and want to zone out from everyone. I don't have a travel playlist as such, and usually enjoy recent songs that I have downloaded.
7. How do you deal with a rainy day?
Back in Australia if it is a rainy day you complain and stay indoors. If you did that in England, you'd never leave the house. We've certainly toughened up when it comes to the weather. My goretex jacket has received a workout since we've been living in England, and we tend to just get out and get on with it now!
8. What is your funniest hotel / hostel story?
I've been lucky enough not to have anything go too wrong whilst staying in hostels. I was staying in one in Pisa a few months back. Whilst eating dinner, I watched a guy sidle up to the girl I was sharing a room with and start putting on the moves. I was texting my husband back home about it as I thought that perhaps I'd be witnessing a bit of action in my room that night! Luckily she fobbed him off and we had a laugh about it later.
9. Have you been watching and Olympics and what is your opinion of Brazil?
I managed to catch the end of the Olympics as I was busy travelling during most of them. My husband is into sailing and hockey, so I mostly watched that. The sailing venue was less than ideal with a lot of races being cancelled and some athletes getting sick. Brazil seems ok, but it is not very high on my list of places to visit.
10. Do you write about every place you visit?
Initially I wanted to record everything that I did, but I just got too busy. I have a wall calendar that I use to record our trips and days out, but I tend to take more photos now rather than do lots of writing about every place we visit. Plus some places aren't that distinctive compared to others. I'd have about 100 blogs on castles right now if I wrote about everything!
11. Has being a travel blogger changed the way you travel?
I am still blogging for enjoyment, so I haven't yet visited any locations in order just to write a blog. Capturing my trips and sharing them on instagram (www.instagram.com/the_life_of_lady_l) has meant that I look at the world a little more carefully and I have enjoyed playing around with my camera. I am taking some photography lessons soon, which I am really excited about and hope that it can improve my blog, and also be enjoyable.
1. Have you ever lived overseas, and if not where would you move to?
2. Where was your first overseas holiday?
3. What is your favourite childhood holiday memory?
4. Does the travel bug run in your family?
5. Which place / country have you found it the most challenging to travel in?
6. What changes / sacrifices have you made in your life in order to be able to travel?
7. Have you ever been somewhere that didn't live up to the hype?
8. If money wasn't an object, where would you holiday for a week?
9. Do you research your destinations or travel on a whim?
10. What destination keeps popping up on your feed that intrigues you?
11. Why did you start blogging?
Liebster Award Rules
Once you accept a nomination, you are expected to complete the following steps:
Thanks again to Liz of www.flyisabella.com/travel-blogger/ for nominating me and for the great questions. Be sure to check our her blog.
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