Hello everyone! I’ve got a very special post for you all today, I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by two lovely gals and fellow bloggers Miri (blissfulmiri) and Leila (leilaspassport)! I am incredibly grateful to have been recognized and I’m excited to answer all of the wonderful questions and nominate new bloggers! The Liebster Award is special because it is fellow bloggers recognizing and connecting with other new up and coming bloggers and it becomes a network and community of friends. I now nominate two inspiring blogs, Peter from www.peterwchadwick.com and Debbie from www.yoursdeeply.com I will message you your questions! 🙂
I will answer the questions below but first of all, here are the rules after you have received a nomination and accept taking on the award:
- Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
- Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo
- Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
- Nominate new favourite bloggers for the Liebster Award
- Come up with a list of new questions for your nominee
- Notify the nominee
- What’s the most obscure thing you’ve seen abroad?
To be honest, I haven’t been to many places abroad but I do remember snorkelling in Mexico and seeing some very obscure and strange ocean creatures swimming about. Almost gave me a panic attack in the water!
- Why do you travel?
I travel for so many different reasons. To see the world, change my perspectives, experience new cultures, create myself and wholeheartedly live my life the way I think it should be lived. I wrote a whole blog post on this that lists all of those different reasons of why I love travel. If you’d like to check it out, here’s a shortcut!
- What is one international food dish you love to make or want to learn to make?
I would love to learn how to make a stir fry or stew with grown and hand picked fresh vegetables and experience that entire process of making food from living off the land.
- Tell us about one of your BEST travel days.
One day that comes to mind is when I was in Cancun, Mexico because it was a sunny and beautiful day with moments on the beach, shopping in the local markets and parasailing over the ocean. I remember being high up in the air, looking down on the shores of Mexico and just thinking to myself, “I will never forget this”. That was a day that I proved to myself that I can overcome my anxieties, try new things and really truly enjoy moments like that.
- What can ruin a great travel experience?
I think if you are travelling with a group of people with different interests or values than you it can deplete a potentially great personal travel experience, that’s why its so important to find those people and those friends with similar travel interests.
- What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
I don’t mean to offend anyone but I remember being in an isolated Indigenous community and a church organization from oversees had flown in and put on this dramatic play for the community about drugs, alcohol and violence and preaching about the importance of christianity. Everything was over the top and the children in the room were sitting there wide eyed. The group I was with including myself felt so uncomfortable with the whole situation. We have nothing against other religions or faiths but the way it was presented to this isolated Indigenous community was very unusual and seemed to be very aggressive and unnecessarily confrontational.
- Where’s your hometown and what’s the best thing about it?
I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. The best thing about it would probably be our diversity and the ongoing dialogue around inclusion and progressive ways forward. We have a beautiful, resilient group of innovators and youth becoming more and more active across the city.
- What is one of the best travel lessons you’ve learned so far?
When travelling solo to Cuba I learned the most lessons the hard way which in turn created a positive because I was able to overcome those challenges on my own and prove to myself that I have the strength to overcome obstacles. Best lessons I learned was that we all have the power within to shift our perspectives and moods and we don’t have to rely on anyone else other than ourselves. We CAN be our own best friend! I also learned that its incredibly important to learn the local language of a place before going there in order to truly have an authentic, cultural experience amongst locals.
- Why did you start blogging?
I was a natural writer ever since I was a young one and expressing myself through writing was what I knew best so it just made sense. I also had many exciting experiences and perspectives that I wanted to share with my friends, family and other audiences with similar interests. I was also very inspired by other travel and lifestyle bloggers so I decided to create one and start. 🙂
- What’s your next travel destination?
Next travel destination is Santiago De Chile! I’ll be going there for the World Indigenous Business Forum and straight after a group of us will be heading over to trek up to Machu Picchu! I’m overwhelmingly ecstatic that I have the opportunity to be part of such an incredible experience. Stay tuned for posts on it too!
- What is your favourite quote?“Let thy faith be greater than thy fear”
- Why did you decide to join the blogging universe?
I decided to become a part of the glorious blogging community and universe because I loved the idea of writing my experiences and thoughts down into susceptible sentences that can then be reached to potential audiences with similar interests. The pool of finding, creating and sharing inspiration also tickled my fancy. So far so good!
- What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas all the way! Because my family gets together and everything around gets cozy, merry, bright and magical.
- If you would go on a trip, name 5 things you need to take with you.
5 essentials would be my camera to take snapshots of memories, a journal or notebook to jot down thoughts, poems or doodles, a bathing suit in case there is a swimming pool in my hostel, hotel or airbnb or even if there is a body of water near by and great weather! I would also make sure to take a warm cozy sweater and my cellphone in order to stay connected to back home.
- Which sport do you like the most?
Hmm..good question. I’ve dabbled in many sports when I was younger but nowadays I’m not very into any of them. I suppose soccer or tennis would be a few of my favourites to play recreational with family or friends on the odd occasion.
- Do you prefer fish or meat?
Neither, but if I had to absolutely choose it would be meat and only certain meats like bison or chicken.
- Are you a planner or are you spontaneous?
I’m definitely a planner. I appreciate plans, itineraries and lists and sticking to them. Whenever plans change or if things become too spontaneous I begin to experience a little anxiety. However, I’m learning how to overcome that and embrace my spontaneous side including others because I think a good trip is a wonderful balance of both planning but also spontaneity.
- What’s your favourite perfume scent?
I admire a good sandlewood cologne smell or a not too powerful vanilla bean scent.
- Who’s your favourite artist or band?
Favourite band at the moment is “Young the Giant”.
- Do you prefer a sandy beach or a snowy mountain?
Oh my goodness. So hard to choose. I love both equally and if they are in the same place then thats a bonus!
- If sky’s the limit what would you do next?
Wonderful question. If the sky was the limit I would pack up my essentials, sublet my apartment, kiss my family farewell and backpack the world for a year or two with my partner or on my own, working from the road, sharing my experiences and learning so much more deeply about travel, myself and the world.