It is really lovely to receive a shout out like this, it almost feels like a virtual hug. The blogosphere can feel like such a supportive community sometimes.
Basically, a Liebster Award is a virtual chain award where bloggers nominate incredible blogs they feel are worth knowing about. It is a great way to put the spotlight on some smaller more local writers who are doing wonderful and inspiring things out there in this rather large world wide web.
A really great way to get to know some new blogs too.
The idea is that I have to answer 11 questions given to me by Black Blue Green before nominating 5-11 of my favourite up and coming blogs and providing them with 11 questions of my own. Simple right?
So here we go...
1. When did you start travelling?
I had always traveled with my family as a child. Nothing too out-there, always relatively locally and within Australia, you know camping holidays or exploring over east. My first memory of travel is of a trip I took with my family when I was 4. My parents were brave enough to take the 3 of us (all under the age of 4!) on a 3 month trip part way around Australia by car and train. Brave right? It was such a wonderful trip, what I can remember of it anyway, and I have always dreamed of us retracing our steps.
But my true travel obsession started when I was given the opportunity to visit Italy for a violin convention in 2006. I spent 4 wonderful weeks through France and Italy with my mum, met one of my dearest friends and left completely inspired. This was really the catalyst of my world expeditions! (read more here...)
2. Do you keep notes in a diary or do you blog right away on the computer?
My blog is quite new and although I have written a lot about my travels, I am yet to blog during one of my trips! I have quite a few adventures planned for this year however, so I shall have to keep you posted on my blogging system.
3. What is your favourite local dish?
Oh gosh where to begin! I have had great local food in so many places, but it is actually really hard for me to nominate a favourite local dish! (Mind you, I have never been good at favourites... ) I have many fond memories of eating great local food on my travels. Like eating Kartoffelpuffer (a kind of like potato pancakes) with mulled wine whilst shivering at the Weihnachtsmarkt in Ingolstadt, Germany... or the incredibly fresh, local produce at the Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye in Scotland... what about cooking my own local French recipes in Paris... or traveling on a bus for hours simply to eat the world renowned suckling pig in Segovia, Spain?
Does any of that count?
4. What is it you like most about blogging?
I love that blogging creates a space for you to share your stories with the people that really want to read them and want to tell you their stories in return. It is a such a lovely way to meet people across the globe, to share experiences giving each other tips and tricks with how to tackle so many aspects of life.
I feel like everyone has something special to offer in their lives. There are so many incredible people out there doing amazing things and I find that blogging can opens your eyes a little more to what the world has to offer.
5. Where did you meet the nicest locals?
As a classical musician I am always very fortunate to put myself in positions where I get to meet and work with incredible locals all over the world. I have very dear friends in so many countries as a result. Last year however, I visited Lake Garda in Italy for some master classes and I would have to say that this was I met the nicest locals, simply as it was unexpected to feel so welcome!!!
6. What is your favourite means of transport?
I am a complete sucker for train travel!
There is something quite romantic about gazing out the window with a great book as you roll across the countryside.
7. What is your main advice to starting travel bloggers?
Otherwise the best advice I can give is to simply write for yourself, write what you would want to read and for no one else. That way it will come across as genuine and as you!
8. Which country are you visiting next?
I had plans to visit Singapore in April, but they are looking a little shaky at the moment. Otherwise the next country this year would probably be England as I will be heading to Europe for another 3 months come July! I am already excited!
9. What is the longest time you have been away from your hometown?
The longest time is 3 months. But I have done that a couple of times now :)
10. What is your favourite occupancy for long bus rides?
I don't do a lot of bus rides, mostly because I prefer train travel.... But, busses are way cheaper. I also tend to get motion sick on busses if I do anything other than gaze out of a window... But that is fine.
I think a great travel buddy would be the best way to tackle a long bus ride!
11. Name one thing every hostel/hotel should provide to offer a good experience.
As sad as it may sound, I would probably say tea and coffee making facilities!
Sometimes I don't want to have to go down to a local cafe and spend "x" amounts on a tea, sometimes I would much rather just sit in the hotel room and have a cuppa by myself.
That and friendly informative staff. There isn't much worse than asking staff a question they don't know the answer to.
Thanks again to the Black Blue Green for nominating me! If you are after some wonderful travel tips or a chance to see some beautiful photos I recommend checking them out.
Now it is my turn!
Here is my list of nominations - a couple of smaller blogs that I love to read and think you should to.
Thi - Lonely City Perth
Sara - Bristol in My Pocket
Robyn - So Much World, Not Enough Time
Allie - Call Me Sassafras
Katherine - Travel The World
Beth - The British Girl
And here are my 11 questions for you:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What inspires you to write?
3. Where did the travel bug bite?
4. What is your "must have" item?
5. Do you have a dream "dinner party" guest list?
6. If you could be anywhere right now where would it be?
7. Do you have a mantra you try to live by?
8. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?
9. What is something you have learned recently?
10. What makes you happy?
11. Is there something that you have achieved that you never thought you would?