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Liebster Award Nomination

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award!


You might be wondering what a Liebster Award is…

It’s an honor given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200/1,000/3,000/5,000 followers (depending on which set of rules you’re looking at). It helps current readers know a little more about the blogger due to 11 questions the nominee must answer, which are created by the blogger who nominated them. And it keeps bloggers interested in other blogs as they look for others who they can nominate for the award.

It can also be seen as a sort of chain letter (except as far as I know you don’t get 7 years of bad luck for not accepting) since there’s some work to be done in answering questions and finding other blogs.

I prefer to think of it as an honor and am thankful to Dan from Smash Monotony for nominating me for a Liebster Award! (I hope to meet you in New Zealand soon!!)

1. Where did you see your favorite sunset so far?

I’ve seen the sun set on 6 continents and in both hemispheres… and my favorites are still the ones I watched from The Harbor on Possum Kingdom Lake where I worked and lived for a year and a half. The sky changed colors and my yard looked like a casting call for Bambi.

The Harbor Possum Kingdom Lake sunset

My favorite sunrise, though, was this gorgeous one in Kenya as we waited for the bus to pick us up for a safari. The mix of anticipation for a new experience, a feeling of peace and fulfillment for serving God by serving the kids and staff at Naomi’s Village, and the individual rays of pink and purple that shone over the mountain as the sun woke up made the morning of this sunrise one I’ll never forget.

Kenya sunrise

2. What are your travel blogging goals for 2016?

My travel blogging goals are to get better at photo editing, creating pinnable graphics, and writing at least two times per week! I’d also love to foster deeper relationships with other travel bloggers.

3. What does travel mean to you?

I’ve found that the further I travel, the less of a gap I see between cultures. It’s easy to sit in America and listen to the exceedingly polarized political and spiritual conversations and feel that you must choose a side for battle. But as I travel, I’ve met so many people who are so very different than me, and we’ve been able to have good conversations. I love that. The ability to sit and listen to a person’s different perspective, and have them listen to yours… and still have mutual respect and friendship at the end.

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” 
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

4. Tell me about one person that you’ve met on your travels who has changed your life in some way.

I’m forever changed by the people I’ve met along the way, but if I have to choose just one, I’ll tell you about Ettore, the owner of Hotel La Tosca in Capri. I don’t have too many days of feeling homesick, but I happened to be staying at his hotel with one such bout occurred. He heated up a breakfast-for-dinner plate and we chatted about Italy, his family, my family and my travels. Little bits of kindness when I needed them most have made me search for opportunities to show kindness to others, too.

5. Do you feel drawn to a particular destination that you haven’t yet been to? If so, where and why?

Oh gosh… I want to go everywhere! I’d love to go to Antarctica, so I could say I’ve been to all seven continents. Brazil, Argentina and Chile are on the list for South America. And I’d also love to visit Bali, Galapagos and Fiji to scuba dive!

6. How many blog posts do you write each week or each month? Do you find it easy to think of new content?

I write at least one blog per week, and try for two. I am in the middle of a writer’s workshop with Allison Fallon, who’s helped me focus my writing and come up with topics.

7. What do you usually pack when you’re off on a trip? Any particular must-haves? What’s in your backpack?

My must haves are mostly technological: my laptop, camera, an iPad with a few good books. Also, I found a great pillow for sleeping on planes and I love my Tieks… they’re so comfy and help dress up an outfit a little so I don’t feel quite so much like a backpacker.

8. Give me three of the most useful foreign phrases that you have learned along the way and the English translations.

I don’t know any great ones, but have found that a simple hello, good morning (or good day) and thank you in the local language said with a smile makes such a difference.

9. If there way one thing that you would suggest as an improvement on the Smash Monotony website, what would it be?

Your site is really nice and clean, and I love your content! My only suggestion would be to make the teal font a little darker and bigger, so it’s easier to read! (I feel like a 60-year-old woman right now…. Maybe I just need reading glasses?)

10. What steps will you be taking to monetize your blog, if any?

I utilize affiliate links for products I use and love, and use Google ads.

11. Post your favorite travel photo and tell me about the story behind it.

Moken village

I love this shot for so many reasons… first, it really was this beautiful. And in a world of Photoshop, it’s rare that the reality is just as gorgeous as the glossy magazine photos. Plus, this picture was taken about halfway through my 5-day liveaboard scuba diving experience in the Similan and Surin Islands in Thailand. It was an amazing week with new friends from around the world.

I nominate…

Lindsay from An Adventure a Week is also from the Dallas area and sold everything when she turned 30 to find some extraordinary adventures around the world.

Maria from Maria Milea, runs a beautiful site where she writes about food, fashion, travel, and marketing.

Darlene from Point and Shoot Wanderlust is a self-confessed foodie, shutterbug bookaholic and adventuress. Can you tell why I like her blog?

Céline from Wanderous Heart shares tips and beautiful from her travels around the world. I love her adventurous spirit and fresh take on everything!

Alexis from Directions Optional is a funny, free spirit who is working towards a plan to travel 3-5 months/ year by the time she turns 30.

The Questions

1. What is the story behind the name of your blog?
2. What travel bloggers do you find most helpful in planning your travels?
3. Where are you currently?
4. Tell about an unexpected kindness experienced during your travels.
5. What’s your favorite dessert? Where did you get it?
6. What’s your favorite meal? Where did you get it?
7. What’s your favorite money-saving tip for travel?
8. What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new place?
9. How do you make the most of your time in a new city?
10. How do you maintain relationships with friends and family at home while you travel?
11. What’s your favorite city? Why?

The Liebster Award… What’s next?

If I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award, here’s what’s next for you!

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you in own Liebster Award blog post
  • Answer the 11 questions that were given to you by the previous blogger
  • Write another 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  • State the rules and guidelines for accepting the Award
  • Go tell your nominees!
  • Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments column of the related post of the blogger who nominated you and tag them when you share on social media.

Can’t wait to read your posts!