The Liebster Award

liebster award

Thank you for the Liebster Award!

I am so excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award by my Kerala Blog Express friend Hofit Kim Cohen from Vanilla Sky Dreaming

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award is given to and nominated by bloggers to help everyone discover and enjoy new blogs so it's lovely to be recognised by my fellow bloggers as there are so many great blogs out there that I enjoy reading. So thank you so much Kim for nominating me! So in order to accept the award I have to:
  • Thank and link the blogger (Kim from Vanilla Sky Dreaming) who nominated me.
  • Answer 11 questions posted by the blogger who nominated me
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers who you think deserve this award
  • Set 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the bloggers know they've been nominated for the Liebster Award
20150303-IMG_0559 OK, So here are my answer's to the questions from Kim at Vanilla Sky Dreaming What country would you never visit and why? I'd never say never to anything but I prefer to visit developing countries because I find them more interesting and more different from my own culture - plus they are usually cheaper which allows my money to go further so I can travel for longer! Name your top 5 countries you want to visit next? Can I have countries that I've already visited please? OK so India again please! Also Myanmar/ Burma, China, Peru and I'm also really intrigued to visit Uzbekistan. It's hard to pick just 5 though! What can’t you travel without? Ha ha! English tea bags! I'm so grumpy if I don;t get a nice English cup of tea to start off the day as anyone who has traveled with me will know! I also like the sweet, spicy Indian chai so I'm OK in India but yes I do take my own English tea bags with me everywhere I go - it's my guilty pleasure! What’s the hardest thing about traveling and why? Missing people, and animals, back home but also missing people and places that you meet and fall in love with on the way. I get so attached to some places like Goa, India, Cambodia and where I lived and worked in Queensland, Australia. Now I feel homesick for all these places as well as missing my family back home and all the amazing local people and other travellers I've met on the way is the hardest part for me. So many places, so many goodbyes. 
I miss my dog too - you can't really talk to a dog on skype

I miss my dog too - you can't really talk to a dog on skype

Are you a nature, city or beach traveler? I like a bit of all of them actually. When I'm in the city I miss nature, when I'm in the mountains I miss the beach - I'm never satisfied that's why I have to keep on moving. If I had to choose though I would say I'm a beach person as long as its a kind of tropical undeveloped beach not a tacky, high rise resort. If you can learn a new language which would it be? I've been learning a bit of Hindi and I love the language and the Indian culture so I'd like to continue learning more. I also want to learn Mandarin Chinese, I've been taking lessons but I find it really hard - I think to learn Chinese I'll have to spend some more time in China which I would love to do as there is so much to explore there and such a rich and historic culture. If you had a month to live, how would you spend it? That's such a hard one, it's tempting to think that I'd rush around trying to see as much as I can and see everyone that I love. But I've learned that I really don' enjoy being rushed while traveling so maybe I would just spend it living here on the beach in Goa - I love this place and honestly I've never been happier than I have been while living here and what more do you need! me goa sand What activity have you always wanted to try and haven’t? Scuba diving! I don't know why but I've never managed to afford it/ organise it/ get round to it despite spending a lot of time on tropical beaches and islands. What country would you move to tomorrow? Tempted to say India but actually I don't want to settle down in any place or any country. I would feel too restricted, I love to be free to travel where I want and when I want - that's why I love this nomadic lifestyle. If you were on a deserted island, what would be the 5 things you would bring with you? Solar panels, wifi, tea bags, all my friends and a boat to leave (ha ha is that cheating?) How many countries have you been to and when did you start? My earliest travel memory was being about 3 in Lanzarote, Spain and I remember loving how everything was different and how I felt fed up when I came home so I guess I had the bug even then. I was lucky enough to go on lots of family holidays to Europe and look my first big backpacking trip inter railing around Europe the summer I graduated uni and then it was just a matter of saving up for my current trip around Asia and Australia which started in Jan 2013. I don't really count countries, I don't believe travel is about rushing round ticking off tourist sites and counting countries its more about the experiences you have and people you meet, how you learn from them and grow as a person and how the memories you make enriches your life. But I think it's about 30 countries. Thanks for the questions Kim, they were really interesting to answer. rp_Hampi-110-1024x683.jpg  

My nominations for the Liebster Award

So here are my nominations for the Liebster Award, I hope you enjoy these great blogs as much as I do!

Adventures Around Asia Charlie on Travel Coffee with a Slice of Life If You Wanna Go,  Just Go Lost Boy Memoirs Nomadasaurus Sally around the world The Bohemian Blog The Shooting Star Travel Geekery Vagabond Impulse Voyager for Life
Agoda Beach is a quiet slice of paradise

Agoda Beach is a quiet slice of paradise

 

And here are the questions:

  1. What has been your top travel experience so far?
  2. How many countries have you been to and when was your first big trip?
  3. Name 5 things on the top of your bucket list?
  4. Do you have a guilty pleasure that you don't travel without?
  5. Do you prefer to travel alone, with a group of friends, family or partner?
  6. What's the most ridiculous souvenir you've ever bought?
  7. What's your top tip for saving money for travel?
  8. If you had a month to live, how would you spend it?
  9. Whats the most under rated destination that you have been to?
  10. If you could be anywhere right now where would you be and why?
  11. What's your top tip for first time travellers
Look forward to reading your answers and your nominations.
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