I’m Into Creating Community. Paying Forward the Liebster Award.

What is a Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is a tip-of-the-hat shared amongst up-and-coming bloggers. We all have the same goal to increase our reach and readership. Each new nomination drives awareness of newer blogs to a broader audience and hopefully generates some new readers for everyone! Nominees who chooses to participate, continue the cycle by highlighting new blogs they like on their own blog.

I’m a big fan supportive communities with people of diverse backgrounds, so I’m glad to be nominated for The Liebster Award by Shalinee Naidoo. She writes about her experiences as a 20-something, female traveler over at Life, Love & Travel and on Pink Pangea, too. Thank you for the nomination, Shalinee! 

Rules, regulations and instructions for those who choose to play

  • The awardee has to answer 11 questions from the person who did the nominating.
  • The awardee must pay it forward to 11 other deserving bloggers.
  • The awardee must come up with an additional 11 questions for his/her nominees to answer.
  • Once nominated, create a blog post on your site, answering the questions. Be sure to link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Add a section for your nominees. You must select and link 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers.
  • Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so they know what to do.
  • Once you’re done, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers.
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In Florence, Italy for a travel-study course in college.

Questions that Shalinee asked

Here are the questions that Shalinee asked all of her nominees to answer. Here we go!

  1. Tell us one word that describes you? Stoic. More often than not I am holding back my feelings, whether excitement or sadness.

  2. Three things you absolutely cannot travel without? The three things I always travel with are Aquaphor, a tennis ball, and peppermint Certs. I use them every day at home and can’t go a single day without them!

  3. If you could travel to any destination right now, where would you go and why? I think I was five or six when I learned that Iceland was a dynamic, geologically active island at the top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (see, I’ve ALWAYS been a geography nerd). It’s been at the top of my list ever since.

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    You can’t tell, but she was so mad at me. In Norcross, Georgia.

  4. Worst travel experience ever? Aside from feeling under the weather while traveling, luckily no huge catastrophes have occurred (yet). One of my friends got super pissed at me one time, though. That was not fun. While at a friend’s wedding, I retold a story of her running off the elevator after breakfast at IHOP (the morning after a night of heavy drinking) to find the nearest trash can. I felt bad that she got sick, but I thought the whole scene was straight out of a movie and just couldn’t stop laughing. She did not find it nearly as entertaining. =/

  5. Most interesting person you’ve met on your travels? I once caught a ride to Oakland, CA with a friend’s father who took the trip from Eureka, CA several times a week in an 18-wheeler truck for the postal service. He would leave around midnight, pick up the mail in Oakland around 6AM, and head back up to Eureka immediately. This was his full time job. I found it fascinating. That’s all he did was pick up and deliver mail from one post office to another, but it was difficult and dangerous – especially on winding mountain roads. I had an idea of how dangerous long-haul truck driving is, but being able to experience it and talk to him about it was eye opening. Not just anyone would be able to stay awake and safe during a solo overnight road trip.

  6. What motivated you to start your blog and how long have you been blogging for? I became really motivated after I attended the Women In Travel Summit in March 2015 in Boston, where I met and learned from so many amazing female travel bloggers. Before that, I sporadically posted on this blog while I lived in California (under a different name, though) for five years as a means to keep up with family and friends on the East coast. I kept all those old posts, though, to keep track of how my blogging progresses and, hopefully, improves. Here’s my first post ever.

  7. What’s the hottest destination you’ve travelled to? Phoenix, AZ in late June. Oh. My. God. It was only safe to go outside between 7-8AM or after 10PM. I believe it got up to about 110 degrees Farenheit while I was there, and that’s not even the peak temperature the city endures during the summer. Blech.

  8. Do you read when you travel? I always intend to read, so I always bring my Kindle. On my latest trip to Nantucket, MA I plowed through a good portion of the new book How Not to Travel the World by travel blogger Lauren Juliff.

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    Salem, MA in October. My favorite time of year to visit my old home away from home.

  9. Favourite city and why? This is a difficult question to answer, so I will offer my favorite places to visit in each season. I love Salem, MA in the autumn because of the crunch of the leaves littering the sidewalks and the buzz of the city as it gears up for Halloween. I like to spend a day in Provincetown, MA in the spring before the summer crowds come in. Being amongst just the locals makes it feel super special. I prefer Arcata, CA in the summer because of the abundance of fresh produce, fresh air, and warm sunny days, and it’s the opposite of Cape Cod in the summer – everyone leaves town. And finally, New York City in the winter because the city is most beautiful when cloaked in white snow and twinkly lights.

  10.  How many stamps do you have in your passport and where are they from? I have just one stamp in my grossly underutilized passport right now. I got it in Milan, Italy on my way to Florence for a study-travel seminar I took in college.

  11.  What’s the most tourist-like thing you’ve done? I’ve taken a recent liking to walking tours. I used to think they were hokey and I’d be able to get all the same information on my own. I recently toured the Garden District of New Orleans with Two Chicks Walking Tours, and she was so knowledgeable and interesting. Not only did she provide a fantastic and detailed history of the neighborhood and city, but she pointed out several celebrity houses, too.

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At Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver, Colorado. This was during another travel- study course I took in college.

Blogs I have selected and would like to know more about who is behind them

I know I have not nominated the full 11 blogs suggested, but these ones are high quality and align with my personal interests. I’d really like to see them get some new readers!

  1. Wanderluce
  2. Chasing the Wild Goose
  3. Standby Sojourners
  4. Wilderness, Metropolis
  5. A Different Kind of Travel
  6. OCD Kitchen
  7. Create In Tandem
  8. A Flavor Journal

Questions for my nominees to answer

  1. Where do you call home and what is your favorite part about living there?
  2. What motivated you to begin blogging?
  3. If you could time travel, what era would you visit and where would you go?
  4. Describe your ideal weekend.
  5. Do you have a favorite album that you love to listen to from beginning to end?
  6. What is the best gift you have ever received?
  7. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
  8. Has blogging created new opportunities for you in other parts of your life?
  9. If you could live in a book, which one would you choose?
  10. Describe your favorite vacation.
  11. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or master of one?

I hope you all decide to participate and I look forward to reading your answers and seeing who you nominate!

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