I launched my blog less than six months ago so I was honoured to be nominated for the Liebster Award, three times! Thank you By Land and See, When we get home and Wide – Eyed Wanderer for your nominations.
The Liebster Award is a nomination passed between new and upcoming bloggers to give recognition for all their hard work. It’s a great way for readers to connect with other bloggers, find amazing guides and read travel stories.
After a blogger becomes nominated for the Liebster Award, the blogger nominated answers 11 questions passed from the nominating blogger. Then he/she finds new bloggers to pass on 11 questions to for them to answer.
I am going to answer the questions from By Land and Sea first:
Questions via By Land and Sea
1. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most?
Colombia is by far the country which I enjoyed the most. I went with no expectations, everyone told me I was crazy for going and warned me that it was dangerous but I didn’t care- I went anyway and I loved it.
2. What/Who inspires you to travel this world?
From a very young age me and my family had always gone on holiday when we could. My dad loved going away, seeing new places and doing exciting things so I guess my dad inspired me to travel the world and encouraged me to see new places and discover new things. Every year I looked forward to going on holiday, I enjoyed the planning process and researching the amazing activities we could do. It wasn’t until I went to America that I realised that I was able to work abroad so I could travel and visit places whilst someone paid me to do so.
3. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have visited
- Palomino, Colombia
- Cancun, Mexico
- Gulf Shores, Alabama/ Florida
4. Why did you start your travel blog?
I started my travel blog after returning home for a short period of time and discovering that people would message me or ask me advice on travelling. I decided to create a blog to help these people and to inspire others to travel and work abroad.
5. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters:
Its not easy to break into an already established market, it’s hard work and long hours so you have to be 100% committed but it’s completely worth it.
6. What do you think of selfie sticks?
I have never owned one but if someone wants to use one then that’s up to them.
7. When were you officially bitten by the travel bug?
I first went on an aeroplane at the age of 12 and I was that you could go up in the air and land in a completely different country, it fascinated me. I guess from then on I have been inspired.
8. If your budget was unlimited what would your itinerary include?
Since visiting Colombia I have been inspired to visit more South American countries, Peru and Argentina are definitely on my bucket list for future travels. I have also always wanted to road trip around Europe stopping in which ever countries I feel like visiting, maybe taking 5 months to do so. My future travel plan, which is something that’s been on my bucket list for a while, is to teach English in a foreign country and I am returning to Colombia to do this in August.
9. Backpacking trip or luxury trip?
Bit of both, I enjoy the sense of adventure that comes from backpacking trips but I also enjoy an all inclusive resort every now and again.
10. Worst experience while traveling?
I’m lucky to say I haven’t really had any bad experiences whilst travelling, I am an over preparer so I do everything I can to avoid bad experiences.
11. How did you determine the target audience of your blog?
I just started by writing articles about subjects and places which I enjoyed and found common inserts between them all.
Questions via When we get home
1. What do you miss most about home while you are travelling?
I miss English chocolate- Dairy Milk and Galaxy and Digestive biscuits. But no seriously I miss my family and friends a lot. Travelling has given me friends all over the world, so I try to visit as many of my friends overseas as possible, which is fun. Yorkshire puddings though, I seriously miss those.
2.If you could plan a dream vacation where would you go?
Since visiting Colombia I have been inspired to visit more South American countries, Peru and Argentina are definitely on my bucket list for future travels. I have also always wanted to road trip around Europe stopping in which ever countries I feel like visiting, maybe taking 5 months to do so.
3. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
There’s not really a story behind my blog name expect my name is Anny and I like to go on adventures and explore new places
4. Which is your favorite music or artist to listen to while travelling?
I enjoy reading stories about travelling and travellers but currently if I was on a long journey I would be practising Spanish on my learn Spanish applications, I think learning a second language is a great thing to do as it opens up so many more job opportunities. As for music I really enjoy listening to Pandora especially the Red Hot Chili Peppers radio.
5. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen while traveling?
Nature! Nature is beautiful, natural waterfalls, rivers, lakes, oceans, mountains and landscapes. There’s just too many to choose just one specific place.
6.What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you abroad?
Nothing really scary has happened to me abroad just yet, but I don’t get scared easy. I also don’t like to get myself situations which scare me.
7. What is the best thing you have ever eaten anywhere on the planet?
Greece has some amazing food: Mediterranean vegetables, a large variety of cheeses, gyros and tazaiki. Colombian and Mexican food was delicious due to the year round similar climate, fresh fruits and vegetables but the fruit juices were my favourite. Mexican and Colombian restaurants are mainly individual so there aren’t many restaurant chains, but one of the chain resturants in Colombia, which is amazing, is Crapes and Waffles.
8. What are some useful skills and tips that you have developed abroad?
Travelling has given me a large number of useful skills, one of the most significant being the ability to be happy with what I have and realising I can live on 23kg of luggage for 6 months without worrying about material possessions. Another skill is the ability to think clearly, it’s so easy in life to get influenced by others, society and the things around you but travelling takes you away from these comfort zones and allows you to actually be you and to realise what makes you truly happy.
9. What is the one thing you cannot travel without (passports don’t count, cheaters)?
I cannot travel without dry shampoo (haha) its definitely saved me a few times when run out of shampoo or conditioner. Can’t find a place to shower- no problem, wake up and don’t have enough time to shower- no problem.
10. What is the funniest experience you’ve had while traveling?
Too many to choose just one, I try to laugh everyday and surround myself with people who are funny and make me laugh.
11. If you could give any advice to people going on their first trip, what would it be?
If you want to travel and work, research companies that pay for your flights, meals and accommodation, so you cut your expenses dramatically. If you have any desire to travel at all, do it- travelling is an amazing experience, I have learnt 10 times more from travelling than I did in my whole 15 years in education.
Questions via Wide-Eyed Wanderer
1.If you won a million dollars (or whatever currency you use), what would you do with it?
I would put it in a bank account and just carry on travelling like I am doing, maybe stay in hotels instead of hostels but i definitely wouldn’t do anything else that I’m not already doing. I definitely would spend it wisely!
2.If you could be fluent in any language, which one would you pick? Why?
Japanese or Chinese because they are such different languages and it would be a pretty cool thing to say you could speak. I’m currently trying to learn Spanish before my next trip to Colombia and it’s way harder than it seems.
3.Your best travel success?
Gaining jobs abroad is always a success, once I managed to get a job via phone interview and they flew me from where I was in Greece to another island in Greece so I could work for a different company and stay in Greece 3 months longer. That was a pretty good feeling.
4.Your worst travel failure?
Properly getting injured whilst travelling and having to return home, although this wasn’t exactly a failure because I had a good time travelling before I got injured and I wasn’t supposed to return home for at least another 6 months so it was lovely to spend some time with my family and friends. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
5.If you were told that you had to leave the country you live in for good, where would you live?
If I had to leave England for good, I would move to Colombia or another Latin American country, they have such a good way of life and they are some of the happiest people in the world.
6.If you could switch bodies with anyone in the world, who would it be?
A CEO of a major travel company like Virgin or Delta, then I could travel where ever I wanted to and live wherever I wanted to. My dream is to own a company, whilst being able to travel.
7.If you had the power, who would you bring back to life and why?
Hmmm hard question, I would have to say Steve Jobs, such a great business man!
8.What is the most overrated quality in a person?
People who are always talkative- sometimes it’s okay and good in awkward situations but sometimes they overshadow others and it’s okay to be quiet once in while.
9.What is the most underrated quality in a person?
Confidence. Everything revolves around confidence, not just people having confidence in themselves but having the confidence to take risks, do things, achieve your dreams and be happy. Many people like to be safe and don’t like taking risks and I think this is sad, some people will never achieve what they desire because they don’t believe in themselves.
10.What’s the best and worst thing about where you live?
My hometown is a small rural village in North Norfolk, England. The landscape is lovely, I live 6 miles from the beach, 14 miles from the nearest city and it’s very quiet and peaceful. The worst thing about my hometown is the weather. The weather in England is miserable for 7 months of the year at least, so even though I live near the beach, you can’t sunbathe or lay on the beach because it’s too cold.
11.What’s the biggest lesson that life taught you?
The biggest lesson life has taught me so far is to be happy! Surround yourself with people who make you happy, work in jobs which you enjoy and live somewhere which you love. Life’s too short not to make the most of it and be happy!
I have nominated these awesome travel bloggers to answer my 11 travel questions:
My 11 questions for my nominees are:
- What do you miss most about your home town?
- What are your top 3 bucket list destinations?
- Where was your favourite beach destination?
- If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?
- If you could choose anyone in the world to travel with you, who would it be?
- What’s the most adventurous activity you have ever done?
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
- What is one piece of advice you would give to someone thinking of going travelling?
- What/ who influenced you to go travelling?
- Where are you going on your next adventure?
- If you moved abroad, where would you choose to live the rest of your life?
Want to know more about these awesome nominees? Go to their blogs to see their answers to the questions I have asked them