While I was away on holiday, I was nominated by another amazing blogger gal The Wandering Blonde I follow for the Liebster Award aka get to know me better award! There is no special trophy or gift prize, but instead the luxury of discovering new amazing travel bloggers like myself!
The purpose of this award is to answer the assigned questions designated to me by The Wandering Blonde for a chance to learn more about me and my travel obsession! Then I have the chance to share the questions with my readers and nominate my own favorite bloggers to answer new questions!
I am truly honored to have been nominated by a favorite blogger of mine who has in return favorited my blog! I often refer to her page as a source of information and jealousy as all fellow travelers probably feel when they aren’t currently traveling!
Here’s how the award works: when you’re nominated for the award, you must answer 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you. You’ll also have to come up with 11 questions of your own, and nominate five bloggers who will in turn answer your questions.
So here goes!
So far, I have only made it to Europe, South America and obviously the good ol’ North America. In 2003 I spent two weeks traveling around South America with my family. Ever since I have been dying to go back. We went to Brazil and Argentina with quick day trips into Uruguay and Paraguay. I was going through my terrible 17s and was not a very good travel companion. I hardly remember the trip except for a few awesome things we did.
I remember how awesome the meat was and how it was shaved right off of a skewer on to our plates and how mouth wateringly delicious it was. We went up to the Christ the Redeemer statue but it was super foggy and I even later went hang-gliding off of a cliff and flew over Copacabana before landing on the beach. It was amazing! I’d love to go back and see Iguazu Falls again and experience the thrill of the mist on my face and walking past large iguanas just hanging out.
Unfortunately, I have! I am a huge fan of the Sound of Music and am known to burst would singing “The Hillllls are Alllive with the Souuund of Muuusic” whenever the occasion so demands a burst or music! Therefore, when I got the chance I took a weekend trip to Salzburg, Austria. While it is incredibly beautiful there and many churches, I came back with a sense of disappointment and was left unfulfilled. There are many beautiful churches and the Hohensalzburg was wonderful, but I felt it just didn’t offer enough to satisfy my wanderlust. However, I did visit during the gloomy month of February so I already know I’d like to give Salzburg another go during the summer months when the river is more blue and the skies are full of sunshine and the birds are singing again. Then, I will truly feel like frolicking through the hills to the sound of music!
I honestly couldn’t say. I have loved every city I have ever been to. I am always enthusiastic about all of my trips, granted a little nervous as I am not always sure what to expect. For example, my first time visiting Budapest, Hungary I knew what to expect in the terms of what to see, but having never been to Eastern Europe before I was a bit nervous. Turned out, I had nothing to be nervous about. The people were super friendly, the food was awesome, the transportation was easy and the sights to see were AWESOME! I’m looking forward to another go at Budapest during warmer months as we went for New Years and it was cold! Definitely a city I would recommend to anyone looking for an awesome time!
I wish I could just go with the flow but unfortunately, with my job and my boyfriend’s job we have to plan in advance. We tried to do more spontaneous trips but then we felt we were rushing through our vacation on limited funds. So, we have switched gears and started planning as far out as 10 months! I know who plans their life that far out!!
However, planning way in advance has actually saved us a lot of time and money! I have found that my hotels are way cheaper to book 6+ months out! Plus, it gives us more time to save the required money for a trip! We can estimate how much everything will cost and then plan for some extra spending on the side. This way we won’t go into debt traveling and I can still pay my bills!
For weekend day trips though, these are more spontaneous, go with the flow, instant decisions. If we have nothing planned and the weather is fantastic, we will hope on the train and go somewhere within a few hours distance! I really do hate to waste a beautiful day sitting at home!
Ooh this is a hard question! I’ve enjoyed so many different places to lay my head at night! I’ve stayed in my fair share of hostels during my solo travel days with friends. My favorite has been the St. Christopher’s Inn in Barcelona, Spain. The rooms were nice, but it was more the atmosphere of the entire hostel. The tourists who stayed in this hostel during my time there were all looking to have a good time and we were there for Christmas. Being far away from home during a special holiday can be rough, but throughout the night, the group of friends I was with grew from 10 people to about 50 by the end of the night. As people trickled back in from sightseeing, we joined together for a fantastic Christmas Eve party!
I have also stayed on a boat hotel in Prague, Czech Republic on the Vltava River. My boyfriend actually found this hotel for a good deal, right in the heart of Prague. Although the beds were hard as a rock and the rooms were incredibly tiny, it was still pretty sweet to wake up and look out my window and see swans floating past with a glorious early spring morning mist. It made it east to pop over to any side of the river. We could walk 5 minutes into the city center or 10 to the other side to get up to the Prague Castle. Plus, it was so relaxing to wake up and enjoy breakfast with big windows opening your eyes to the relaxing view of a flowing river.
I have had many good travel buddies throughout my life. From the beginning, I’ve always loved traveling with my parents. They taught me how to go, go, go and see everything from the break of dawn to the crickets chirping late at night. They taught me never to pass up a chance to see something even if it’s raining. Nothing will stop us!
Then I had my college friends who taught me to party will traveling. No better way to experience a city than to learn to party late into the night like a local and strolling the streets until the sun comes up with a beer in your hand!
But I have to say, my favorite person to travel with is my boyfriend. (Maybe I’m obligated to say this since he has been my travel buddy for the last 2+ years! :)) Together we explore and learn and when we are back in our rooms we love to research more about what we have just seen. He always says yes to doing something and I never have to fear that he won’t like something. Together, we figure out the transportation systems, which is mostly his forte and I provide us with a list of places we should see. With him by my side, I have no fear and know that together we will take care of each other! I look forward to many more adventures together forever!
Another hard question! Coming from California I have always loved beaches and amazing sunsets. But with that comes heat and I generally don’t do well with very hot weather. For the last 6 years I have lived in cooler weather areas, including up in the mountains. However, I need a city to ease my boredom and give me something to see and do during those down times when I am not traveling.
For a long time, I have been more a sucker for cities and towns for traveling. However, lately I find that the Cali girl in my is coming out again and screaming for warm weather, sunny days, beaches and beautiful sunsets over an endless blue water. So at the moment, I would have to say I am leaning more towards beaches! I booked my summer vacation to Croatia this July way back in the dead of winter when I was craving sunshine the most!
For a couple of years, I decided to live in Montana to get away from the city life for a while. Up there, people love to hunt all sorts of animals. This was a whole new way of life for me so I got to try many different things from your every day deer or elk to even grilled alligator at the local watering hole. Trying deer and elk alone was a big change for me since I had always bought my meat at the store. And for the record, no, the alligator did not come from Montana, but the owner of the bar had gone on a trip to Florida where he was allowed to hunt alligator and he brought it back and grilled it up for anyone who came into his bar. Surprisingly, it didn’t taste half bad. As everything else always tastes, it was like eating chicken!
I’m a girly girl and becoming more so every day! I love having my options and therefore I say pack it all in! Just make sure to get a big enough suitcase! I like to make sure that I am fully prepared for anything that should arise. I have an OCD obsession with making sure that I match at all times, everything from my nail polish down to my shoes. I don’t have the talent for just throwing something on and it turning out awesome. I have to plan ahead exactly what I will wear and for which days. Although, I do plan my outfits so that I have minimal luggage by planning outfits where I can wear the same color scheme throughout my clothes so that I have more things that match with less clothing.
However, in my younger days, I didn’t care much what I wore and I just always made sure I had a small bag/backpack which I could cram in a few different shirts and a pair of jeans and my sandals. I never go anwhere without my sandals because you never know when you might get the chance to dip your feet in some cool water. That’s the Cali girl coming out in me again!
At the moment, the most difficult thing for me is remembering the names of different bloggers and which blogs belong to them. There are so many fabulous blogs out there that I love to follow and remembering every single one and the amazing blogs I have read are impossible to keep in order. I do try, but I wish there was an easier way to organize people you follow based on blogs you have liked or just want to save for future reference.
Besides that, I would have to say the amount of time it takes to maintain the blog. It takes forever to write a blog, edit pictures and make sure its ready for posting. Even after I’ve posted something I’m constantly going back and editing. Not just that but the networking. It was all starting to become too overwhelming and I really had to take a step back and figure out what my goal was for this blog. I felt that it was starting to take away from my personal life and was making me sit more at home on the computer rather than getting out there and living my life off of the computer. I’ve taken the time to decide this blog is strictly a hobby for when I have some free time and I’m ok with not becoming a professional blogger making the big bucks.
So far, my favorite blog I have written has been about Why You Will Never Be The Same After Living In Germany. I wanted to write this blog to express how I felt about living in Germany and why I love it so much. I’ve lived in Germany once before and then moved back to the States and I was never the same again. Apparently, so were many, many people! This blog got thousands of hits in just two days which blew me away. When I wrote it, I never imaged it would become so popular! Ever since, I’ve had people comment and advise me to go back and add certain things which I have gladly included.
And now, my nominees for the Liebster Award are….
1. Michelle from ConfessedTravelholic
2. Allane from Packing My Suitcase
3. Michelle from Army Life Travels
4. Emme from Travarella
5. Isabel from The Sunny Side of This
Finally, my questions for these lovely travel blogger gals!
- What is your favorite travel accessory?
- Do you have a travel hobby for after your vacation?
- Where are you going on your next vacation and why?
- What is the one thing you can’t travel without?
- What was your worst airport experience?
- What is your favorite form of transportation?
- One thing you always do while traveling?
- Where is the one place you keep going back to?
- Do you have a favorite travel-lit book?
- What was the best meal you ever ate and where?
- One place you will never go back to?
Again, I have to say how honored I am to have been nominated by The Wandering Blonde! I have only been seriously blogging since January when I decided to step up my game and I guess it’s finally paying off!
For you lovely travel bloggers, please share your answers with me as I would be interested in reading your responses! For those of you who read all the way to the end, I know this was a BIG ONE, but thank you for sticking it out!
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