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The Sunshine Blogger Award 2018

Guess who got nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award 2018? This gal! How cool is that? Especially because it definitely brought some sunshine to my day! I was nominated by @TravelLit – Linda and Kris - two passionate people who left their 9-5 jobs to go to explore the world and work while being location independent. A big thanks to Linda and Kris for the nomination! So, just what’s the scoop on the Sunshine Blogger Award? Well, here are the details!

What is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is awarded by bloggers to new bloggers to recognize their achievements and offer support. It’s so nice to be part of such a supportive community!

What are the rules of The Sunshine Blogger Award?

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.

  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions to me from TravelLit

1. How long ago did you realize your passion is travelling and how?

As long as I can remember I wanted to explore beyond not just my own back yard, but also beyond my own back yard. I always thought of traveling as a big adventure and couldn’t wait to have my own adventures.

2. If you could have only one thing while travelling, only one, what would it be?

Hmmm, that’s tough. I guess from a usefulness standpoint, I’d probably always take my multi-tool. You just never know when you'll need a screwdriver to tighten a luggage wheel or a knife to slice some delicious bread.

3. Do you prefer warm climates and beaches or cold climates and mountains?

I enjoy both since I scuba dive (warm weather only!) and ski (cold weather naturally!), but I guess if I had to choose, I'd probably say cold climates and mountains.

4. What is one thing that scares you about travelling? What makes you at unease sometimes?

One of the few things that makes me uneasy when I travel is if I don’t feel safe. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen too often. What makes me uneasy? The unknown. It can be both the exciting part of traveling, but it can also be nerve racking.

5. Where do you get your travel inspiration from? Instagram, blogs, Pinterest? How do you find them?

I read…a lot… so whether it’s blogs or news articles, I’m always on the lookout for my next adventure, big or small.

6. Do you ever get homesick? When does the feeling usually hit?

When I lived abroad, I didn’t get homesick at all. Nowadays, I wouldn’t call it “homesick” exactly, but when I'm away, I'm very happy to be traveling, then when I come home, I'm happy to be there, too.

7. What is the single best thing about travelling? ONLY ONE!

There are so many great things about traveling, but the best part for me is that I get to relax. Even though I’m on the go on most trips, I have the chance to have fun and be more spontaneous than in my everyday life. To me, that's relaxing.

8. Are you a natural person or a city dweller? Do you enjoy architecture and cafes or lush greenery?

I enjoy both the city and nature, so it really depends on the type of trip I’m taking. If I’m somewhere where I’m focused on an outdoor activity, like scuba diving, then that’s where I want to be. If I’m specifically visiting a city, then I want to go to museums, visit cafes and take advantage of all the things in the city.

9. What is the most ridiculous and funny thing that has happened to you on the road?

It seems I always have slightly absurd, but funny things happen to me. One of the most memorable was driving into a safari camp in Namibia. After checking in with the park ranger, he asked (what I thought was), “Do you want to see the biggest bed in Africa?” I thought, “What’s so great about the biggest BED in Africa, but what the heck?” Well, as we followed him, I realized, I had totally misunderstood his accent. While I was looking for this giant bed, I saw an enormous bird! He hadn’t asked if we wanted to see the biggest bed in Africa, he asked if we wanted to see the biggest BIRD! It’s still makes me laugh!

10. Which country would you say have the happiest, kindest, most welcoming people?

People have been pretty nice to me just about everywhere, but I thought the nicest people were in the country of Palau. They don’t just look out for each other, they look out for visitors, too. You can tell family is really important to them, but that material things aren’t and they don’t seem to sweat the small stuff.

11. On the spot, right now. What would be your ideal travel route for 12 months on a low budget?

Another tough question. I think it would be awesome to visit the Balkan countries then make my way into Turkey, then through Azerbaijan, Georgia and finally through Russia. How fun would that be?

Traveleidoscope’s questions to the nominees

  1. What have you learned about yourself from traveling?

  2. What’s the best travel advice you’ve received?

  3. What’s the travel advice you always give?

  4. What’s your travel style - are you active and adventure driven or do you prefer to kick back and relax on your travels?

  5. What movie, book or television show describes your travel style?

  6. What are three things that you take on all your travels and why?

  7. What’s the best travel deal you ever scored?

  8. How do you learn about a culture that you’ll be visiting - read up before hand or get the feel for it once you arrive?

  9. What’s your biggest travel mess up?

  10. Are you an adventurous foodie? What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten and name something you won’t eat.

  11. Name the tops 5 places on your bucket list that you haven’t been to yet.

My awesome nominees

  1. @TheRoadLevTraveled Join Lev as he combines amazing photos and fantastic posts, especially on Japan!

  2. @MyShoesAbroad Valentini is a shoe designer by day, travel obsessed by night!

  3. @TheAtlasEdit Stephanie shares her itineraries and invites you to cover the globe with her!

  4. @WanderBird Santwona offers up unique travel advice on India and some beautiful photos, too!

  5. @SheGoWandering Helga serves up travel tips and advice to help inspire everyone to travel!

  6. @TheDownwardDog Tales of travels and the life journey of Erin and her rescue pup Rory!

  7. @SassySavvyAdventurer After her divorce, Lia decided to focus on herself – and that included traveling!

  8. @EndingUpAnywhere Two guys and their campervan, Cleopatra, chronicle their travels around Europe !

  9. @TheBroadLife A guy with a bad memory who writes a blog to remember the places he's visited, which includes great Asia itineraries!

  10. @Davegetaway Dave features fun travel vlogs (and cool music)!

  11. @LaagSparkles Advice for active and solo travels and adventures!

So, there you have it! Those are my nominees! Let’s continue to support each other’s efforts and projects!

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