Liebster Award – Thanks for the recognition.

So I was greeted with a lovely email with recognition from my fellow bloggers. Thank you so much to Tales of Travelling (Check out their blog) for my nomination for the “Liebster award”. While I suspect this may be a kin to chain mail, I’m appreciative to be recognised by fellow bloggers. So thank you for the thought!


The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. Its aim is to spread the word about new blogs and build up the blogging community. (Good intentions it appears!)


Here are the rules (as far as what has been forwarded to me anyway) :
– You must link back to the person who nominated you.
– You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
– You pick 5-11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
– You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
– You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you


MY RESPONSES :
1. Why did you start blogging? I just started in August 2013 and built the blog site up from there over many months. It started off being a place where I can share my travel experiences and now has evolved to also include interesting travel videos, information and also a link portal to planning your prefect trip DIY. I included links that I use to plan my holiday and some tips (on the many tips pages) which have prevented dramas on my travels.

2. Where did your love of travel begin?
A member of our family was involved in the aviation industry and when I was younger we used to be go on cheap family trips (due to staff discounts). Naturally (like many others) the wonder of our world and the many sights are too good to resist. I’m a keen photographer and on my travels I’ve been able to capture some unique and memorable scenes

3. What has been your best blog post to write and why?
The best blog post was about my time in the Hill tribe village, near Chiang Mai in Thailand which I went to in late 2011 (as part of my South East Asia trip which included Singapore,. Cambodia and Thailand). The experience I had in that region was genuine and real, even though the area is not really off the tourist trail. I met an amazing Karen tribe mother, who spoke perfect English and when quizzed further, she mentioned that she learnt purely via the tourists. Truly inspirational.

4. What is your favourite destination that you have traveled to and why?
The place which resonates with me was Cambodia and especially Siem reap. The town has a very chill out vibe and also the amazing ancient temple structures that surround the city. The people were so friendly and warm while the scenery was beyond spectacular to be within. I spent five amazing days there with our own driver and explored not only the surround areas but also the countryside. Cambodians are the most genuinely friendly people and especially amazing with what the nation has gone through with the genocide in the 1970’s. Gives inspiration to others keep strength and keep going.

5. If money was no object where would you go and what would you do?
I would take 6 months off work and travel. Starting in the United States to the main cities and then head down to South America (Travelling through Central America along the way). But I suspect this may not happen and my idea is to break the region into chunks and go on smaller trips to cover the region over time. The region seems to be full of life and passion. Obviously, my interests are also other places around the world, but this would be right on the top of my list to see.

6. If you haven’t already would you give everything up to travel full time? and if you have what made you do it?
I wouldn’t give up everything, as I’m more of a realist and not one to take big chances. I still like the normality of home and enjoying the sights and sounds of Melbourne. My idea of travelling is to take chunks e.g. travel overseas in the winter of Melbourne and remain at home during summer. In short to be in the places when they are happening and events are on. Usually the winter periods are quieter.

7. Where are you headed to next and what will you be doing?
I’ve got a few options open (I’d like to focus on my career at the moment and to find new opportunities) which makes planning travelling in the year a bit challenging. I’d like to travel to Japan in May, or Asia (Borneo, Cambodia and Singapore) in November. This would be on top of my ambition to also travel to Brazil in February 2015.

8. What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite book is a nonfiction one called “How language works”. It’s one of those orange popular penguin books and the book details the complexities and information about human communication. This includes language families, body language, word structures, how vocal sounds occur, tonality and many other fascinating elements that we all take for granted. It’s around 300 pages in length and is definitely worth a read. The most interesting part is the language families and you can see how each language originated and also the languages that are at risk of being extinct. Highly recommend.

9. What is your day job and how does it fit around blogging?
My day job is working in logistics as an admin officer. I enjoy business and this links in with my love for travel, dealing with various cultures and factors around the world. Whilst I’m currently looking for new opportunities, I guess it’s a good starting point to find my area where I’d like to pursue a future career in. So I guess it’s a case of “watch this space”. In terms of my blogging, I try to do blog posts in advance and schedule them prior, and do them around my working hours. It doesn’t take up a lot of my time and its very rewarding to have an active audience appreciating what is posted online (very appreciative).

10. The one item you cannot travel without?
My one item I cannot travel without is my camera. As many people would know, I love my photos and I’m keen to show them to others. After travelling I can appreciate where I have been via the photos and relive the memories. If I had to I’d secondly take my mobile phone, due to safety reasons. But definitely the camera is one thing I cannot live without. You can find much of my photographic works on my photo blog: http://lifettlens.tumblr.com

11. What has been your worst experience while traveling?
We’ll being an adventurous traveller, we have been in various compromising situations. One that comes to mind most recently is where in Dubai, we were running late for our flight to Rome and the taxi driver who picked us up from our hotel decided to put another job he had after us as most important .Half way through the journey he told us to get out of the taxi, in the middle of the Dubai highway (not exactly close to the airport). So here we were in the hot dusty sun with our entire suite of luggage. We were eventually lucky enough to hail, a very good taxi driver who sped through to the airport just in time. So my recommendation to curb this is to take down the drivers details while you are in their vehicle and mention that if anything shifty happens that you will forward their details to the authorities. Definitely not a situation which anyone would want to be in.


My Nominations for the Liebster Award are (5):

1. Equatorer – http://documentingtheworld.wordpress.com
2. Ultimate Discoveries– http://ultimatediscoveries.wordpress.com/
3. Omega – http://emmaomega.wordpress.com/
4. My Passport in my Pocket – http://mypassportinmypocket.wordpress.com/
5. Nanna – http://mnanna93.wordpress.com/


Your questions:
Here are my 11 questions that you need to answer to accept the Liebster Award and pass it on to your nominations (I’ve kept it the same as the questions which I received) :

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Where did your love of travel begin?
3. What has been your best blog post to write and why?
4. What is your favourite destination that you have traveled to and why?
5. If money was no object where would you go and what would you do?
6. If you haven’t already would you give everything up to travel full time? and if you have what made you do it?
7. Where are you headed to next and what will you be doing?
8. What is your favourite book and why?
9. What is your day job and how does it fit around blogging?
10. The one item you cannot travel without?
11. What has been your worst experience while traveling?
Happy travels to all.

– Anth

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