After only a few months of blogging, I’ve been nominated for my first award! The travel blogging community has been so warm and welcoming, and it’s been so much fun to interact with everyone.
So what is all this hubbub about the Liebster Award? It’s a fun way for bloggers to spotlight other up-and-coming blogs and get to know each other. Legend says it’s been around for over a decade…
Liebster Award Rules:
- Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
- Answer the eleven questions they ask you.
- Nominate other bloggers with less than 1,000 followers (or 500 or 5,000, depending on which set of rules you read).
- Ask those bloggers eleven questions.
- Let the bloggers know they’ve been nominated so they can continue the chain!
First off, a big thank you to Mandie at Rambling Mandie for the shout out and award. She’s a fantastic writer who recently escaped her office job (it had a spinny chair, people!) and now travels as much as she can. Check out her fantastic blog!
Questions asked to me:
1. What is your most memorable travel moment?
Hands down, New Years Eve in Bangkok. We found a tiny little deserted (dilapidated, really) dock on the Chao Phraya River and watched as fireworks exploded from every direction. It was such a magical and unexpected event, that it literally brought me to tears. I was completely immersed in the moment, in my favorite city to date, and I just felt so damn lucky.
2. Do you prefer to visit popular attractions or get off the beaten path?
This is a good one! I typically prefer somewhere in between. “Off the beaten path” sounds super glamorous, but the reality is that they are usually not set up for tourism. People won’t speak english, transportation is typically pretty bad and they are sometimes difficult to get to (not to say they aren’t worth it!). Especially for myself, a part time traveler, time is very precious. Popular attractions are typically popular for a reason: they are awesome, they have historical significance, etc. At the end of the day, I find a mix of both has made us happy.
3. If Hollywood was to make a movie about your life, which actor/actress would you want to play you?
Emma Stone – she’s funny and sarcastic and I think we’d get along in real life.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world for 1 year, where would it be?
I have a hard time figuring out where I want to go for our next trip! Living for an entire year is a hard one. Definitely somewhere in SE Asia. Likely Bangkok, I loved that city.
5. What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?
Eating is likely one of the first things I start researching about a place. So they’ve got temples/cathedrals, ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and awesome culture, but how’s the food? It’s hard to pick just one thing.. street food in particular is my favorite. I hate to be generic here, but I’m going to go with pad thai on the street in Bangkok. (Close runners up would be satay in Indonesia and pizza in Florence Italy.)
6. How did you choose your blog name and what does it mean to you?
The reason it took so long to set up the blog was because I couldn’t pin down a name (that and I was terrified of putting myself “out there”). One day, it just came to me. Well, it started out as “Shores and Skylines”, but it still wasn’t perfect. It morphed into From Shores to Skylines because it encompasses how I like to travel – to see everything from the shores to the skylines of a country. I started setting up the blog the next day.
7. Have you ever had a major travel fail?
Thankfully, I wouldn’t say major. We’ve had hiccups: broken down trains in Europe and late ferries in Thailand. The worst fail was when we rented a motorbike in Koh Tao. Another westerner was coming down the wrong way on the road, we had to take a curb too tight to avoid ramming into him, and in turn I left a large chunk of skin from my toes on the rock we ran into. By the way – bring loads of bandaids to Thailand, their bandaids suck.
8. What’s on top of your travel bucket list?
The rest of SE Asia, I just love that part of the world. Unfortunately, after 2 trips (of 31 hour flights both ways) in 4 months, I think we are going to travel more of this hemisphere for now. Next trip to Asia will be Vietnam or Cambodia. Others on the top: Malaysia, Croatia, and South Africa. Our next trip will most likely be Mexico, but it’s still in the works.
9. What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?
I am trying to set us up for a more location independent lifestyle. Right now that includes saving and investing in an attempt to gain some passive income. (Did I lose everyone yet?) Eventually, I’d like to buy a property that has rental potential in Central America. Not sure all of that will be possible in 5 years, but that’s the road we’re going down.
10. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Besides gluttonous travel? Chocolate. I’m a sucker for it.
11. What is the #1 way in which travel has changed you?
Travel has made me a more open-minded and patient person. It’s also given me a lot more self-confidence. The #1, though? I’d say it’s just made me more well-rounded. I am more understanding when someone doesn’t speak my language at home, because I’ve been there. I know how utterly stupid you feel trying to say something in another language and failing. I have more patience for people when they seem upset, because I’ve been lost and frustrated too.
And My Nominees Are:
Nerd Nomads – Maria and Espen have been traveling off and on long term since 2005, and they are currently making their way through SE Asia. Self professed “nerds”, which they define as “anyone that is truly passionate and curious about the world we live in”, they are former IT employees with a passion for travel.
Hannah on the Map – after college, Hannah headed to Brazil to teach English. She’s now making her way around South America and sharing her fantastic experiences along the way.
The Travel Lush – Justine has been to over 26 countries (and counting!), much of them in SE Asia (lucky gal). She just got back from a long journey through Asia, and has a lot to share!
Mountains and Passports – Rebekah has recently moved to China to teach English and shares her humorous observations being one of the only westerners in her town and adjusting to life abroad, all while traveling every chance she gets.
Not Done Travelling – Karyn is downright hilarious. I love following along with her antics and humorous take on everything. She has a passion for reducing plastic in our world – something I can really get on board with.
My questions to the nominees:
1. What’s your favorite food you’ve tried while traveling (or living) abroad?
2. What’s the best travel moment you’ve had thus far?
3. How has travel changed you?
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. What’s the best advice you have for planning and/or budgeting for travel?
6. What place fills the number one spot on your bucket list?
7. How do you decide where to travel?
8. How and when did you catch the travel bug?
9. What’s your travel style (off the beaten path, popular sites, sand and sun, adventure, nature-lover, etc.)?
10. What’s your favorite spot so far?
11. What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?
Can’t wait to hear everyone’s responses! 🙂
Update August, 2014: I’ve been nominated by two other fantastic blogs: Patascha’s World and TripperApp – thanks, guys!