Liebster Love!

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While I was off not writing new blog posts for two months, the lovely Anny of “Anny’s Adventures” nominated me for a Liebster Award!

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The Award:

This is one of those instances where it really is an honor just to be nominated because everyone who is nominated is a winner! That’s because the whole idea behind the Liebster Award is to bring new, “up & coming” blogs some greatly appreciated (and at times, much-needed) love and attention in a very saturated blog world. When you’re nominated for a Liebster (and upon your acceptance of the nomination), it’s expected that you will write your own acceptance post, in which you will answer a handful of questions (11, to be exact) from the person that honored you with one of their nominations. Your acceptance post will then, in turn, also serve as a nomination post to highlight another group of new blogs and keep the Liebster love going.

Got all that? Great! And if not, you can read a more detailed description of the award (and the rules) here. I’ll be honest and let you know that I’m not totally following all of them. But I’ve seen a great deal of variety in other Liebster acceptance/nomination posts and this is ultimately supposed to be a fun way for bloggers to share some love with other bloggers, so let’s not fret too much about the details, eh?

Below are the 11 questions that Anny asked of her nominees in her Liebster post. Before I answer them, I just want to say a big thank you to her for the nomination. Go check out her blog, where she writes about traveling and working abroad, and does an awesome job of sharing her enthusiasm for travel with her readers!

Anny’s Questions:

What do you miss most about your home town?
My first inclination was to say “nothing” because I grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey with no diversity or real culture to speak of and I couldn’t wait to get away from it when I went off to college in Philly. But we were lucky in that our town was right on a river and my friends and I used to sit on the rocks on the water, just talking and watching the sun set. That was pretty nice.

What are your top 3 bucket list destinations?
Peru, Ghana, and Southeast Asia!

Where was your favorite beach destination?
I am not a beach girl at all. I don’t like the sun, I don’t like sand, and I find the ocean slightly terrifying. But I do like hanging out in beach towns and doing everything else that doesn’t involve laying on a beach all day. Some of my favorites are Ocean City, NJ (because my family went there every summer and it’s full of special memories) and Rehoboth, DE (because it’s such a fun town).

If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?
I would pay off my car, buy myself a better viola (and have my violin repaired), give a hearty chunk of it to my mother, and use the rest to head out on the most epic RTW trip ever.

If you could choose anyone in the world to travel with you, who would it be?
My sister, without a doubt. It’s no longer possible now that she’s gone, but she was (and will always be) my favorite travel partner and my #1 girl.

What’s the most adventurous activity you have ever done?
I rode the Dare Devil Ride at Six Flags Great Adventure…does that count?

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am forklift certified! Well, I was back when I worked in a warehouse during college. (I’m pretty sure you need to have those certifications renewed occasionally.)

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone thinking of going traveling?
GO. Seriously, so many people tell me they wish they could travel or that they’re jealous of me because I travel so much. My advice to them and to anyone else who thinks they can’t travel is to just find a way to make it happen, no matter how “big” or “small” of a trip you take. You don’t have to get in a plane or spend a ton of money to travel!

What/ who influenced you to go traveling?
My mother was a history major and is naturally a very curious and passionate person. She taught me that the world is a big, wonderful place and that I should do whatever it takes to explore it. (When I was in high school, she worked has ass off to help send me to Spain. That was the trip that started it all, man.)

Where are you going on your next adventure?
Southern California! (I’m actually frantically trying to finish this post in time to schedule it to go live while I’m out there.) I’m flying business class out of JFK tomorrow morning to LAX where I’m going to pick up my rental car and spend the next week hopping around between San Diego, LA/Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara (where a couple of my friends live).

If you moved abroad, where would you choose to live the rest of your life?
Right now, I could definitely see myself living in Ireland for an extended period of time. I just loved everything about it – the people, the weather, the nightlife, everything!

My Nominees:

I am nominating the writers of two blogs I recently discovered. The first is a married couple named Betsy and Justin. They write a blog called “The Wandering Woods” and it’s full of great posts about all of their adventurous travels. (The “Destinations” section of their website is organized extremely well, by continent – they’ve traveled to all but one!) I also love that they both work in the medical field and are trying to get involved in humanitarian efforts as they travel.

My second nominee is Andrée-Anne who writes the blog “Off to Everywhere“. I love the clean look of her site and all of her posts about her travels in Europe. I am looking forward to reading more about her travels around the world!

My Questions:

And here are my 11 questions for my nominees. If you have a blog of your own and would like to answer these questions, please do so and leave your link in the comments. (Or, just answer some or all of the questions in the comments!)

  1. Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up and how close or far away from that original “dream” are you now?
  3. What is the first place you ever traveled to on your own?
  4. What is your favorite place to take visitors to in your own town?
  5. Where could you travel to over and over again and never get tired of visiting?
  6. Backpack or suitcase? (And why?)
  7. What’s your personal strategy for beating jetlag?
  8. What’s the last really good book you read?
  9. Is there one “comfort object” from home that you can’t travel without?
  10. Do you buy souvenirs? (If so, do you have certain souvenirs that you look for in places?)
  11. What’s your #1 tip for affording travel?

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