Howdy folks! I have been nominated for a Liebster award! It’s very exciting, I’ve seen a number of blogs nominated out there and thanks to JP Chartier, and his blog Gutter Pup Adventures I have now been nominated which means I have a list of questions to answer and blogs to nominate and so forth!
The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to shine a light on those lesser known blogs out there that they feel deserve a bit of the limelight. It’s also a way to connect with others in your genre and let them know you exist.
Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person that nominated you (and link back to their blog).
2. Answer 10 of their questions.
3. Nominate 10 blogs.
4. Ask 10 of your own questions
5. Let your nominees know they have been nominated!
So I have ten questions given to me by JP, so I’d better start answering them!
- Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever travelled to?
That’s impossible to answer! What a difficult way to start! But I’d probably have to say the Simien Mountains and generally northern Ethiopia. Just stunning scenery and wildlife.
The Beautiful Simien Mountains
- City, Ocean or Mountains?
I have to dodge the question and say all three! Honestly, I love long term travel and any longish trip needs a blend of all three I believe. Perhaps oceans would be slightly behind City and Mountains.
- List your 3 favourite travel blogs.
BUT honestly I have discovered so many amazing travel blogs this year I could have written many more!
- What made you start a travel blog?
I started this blog at the end of 2005 just before I headed into West Africa for the first time. I used to do the occasional email update when I travelled but not much more and I guess I saw it as a way to let people back home know what I was doing, as well as sharing experiences but to be honest I had not vision of how big blogging and travel blogging would become less than ten years later. I might take the time soon to republish some of those early posts, although I do remember the connections being so slow over there and I don’t think I put up many photos. That trip ended when I contracted malaria and I failed to update the blog for months. Bad move. I figured no-one was reading it bar my family anyways, but they were. And one person was terrified I had died! I still feel bad about that!
- The most important thing travel has taught you?
It has taught me that when I am inspired and want to go somewhere, or do something, I can do it. It has taught me so much about people too across this amazing world of ours.
- What are 3 of your favourite travel destinations?
I’ve done a series of posts on my top ten countries. Without a doubt my top three are –
7. What is the most important advice you could give someone just starting out with a blog?
Jeepers. I dunno. Oh yeah, blog regularly, make time to blog. If you’re on a roll, write a couple of posts and save them in word for a rainy day when you feel down or whatever and don’t want to blog. You can cut and paste them right in! And pictures help blogs so much. If you’re tired you don’t want to read 1500 words, but you can be affected by a photos easily without having to concentrate hard. Have a plan too, know when and what you want to blog about. Jot down ideas for posts in word that you can come back to when you have them, because a good idea forgotten too often stays forgotten!
8. How do you get people to take notice of your blog?
Well. I didn’t for years and years and year. Then in January 2014 I moved my blog to Word Press and got a twitter account in February. I started to promote my blog more and more and connect to other bloggers through network. This month I am averaging more than six times my daily viewership of six months ago.
9. How many days a year on average do you travel?
Not as many as I like. I like to travel for long periods of time. Like 10 months or so. But that’s only possible every 7-8 years or so I guess, so if I can get away for 3-5 weeks a year, I’ll use all my holidays for that time period and work like crazy throughout the rest of the year. Now that I’m married though, most of those rules are out the window!
10. Any travel hacks you’d care to share?
I’m not full of travel hacks, I wish I were. Just plan early to find a good deal, especially on air travel. Asia has many budget airlines and you can always get good deals on Jetstar, Air Asia and Tiger for example if you book ahead. Most airline comparison sites don’t list them.
So now I have to nominate not one but TEN other travel blogs. Some of these are bound to have been nominated before by others. Anyways, here goes –
And so the following questions are directed at these wonderful bloggers to answer!
1/ What’s the country you most want to visit that you haven’t visited yet?
2/ Why (do you want to visit it)?
3/ What is the most awkward situation you’ve found yourself in when travelling?
4/ What’s the one thing in your pack you never go travelling without, and why?
5/ How has your blog changed since you began it?
6/ What’s the most satisfying thing about blogging?
7/ What camera do you use and why would/why wouldn’t you recommend it?
8/ What’s the most relaxing place you’ve visited?
9/ What’s the most dangerous situation you’ve been in whilst travelling?
10/ What’s your biggest travelling regret?
There we go! I think some of those questions might be a little bit challenging! I hope these bloggers take up the challenge! A HUGE thanks to JP Chartier for nominating me for this award! For those interested in travel blogs, all the ones that I’ve mentioned today are well worth checking out – so do! Thanks for reading and may the journey never end!