I’m excited to announce that, this week, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2018. I am so grateful to Karlie from Wandering Nobody for the nomination!
I’m afraid I’ve been a bit MIA recently. It’s been one hell of a hectic summer with lots of responsibilities but I hope to get back to writing very soon.
In the meantime, please read on for my own nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2018.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is all about recognising other bloggers for their inspirational, creative and positive content. The idea is that we use our platforms to send out little rays of sunshine into the blogging community!
I started this blog because I wanted a creative outlet; I didn’t actually think anyone would ever read it! So it’s fab to be recognised and nominated for such a positive award that spreads the joy of blogging to others.
What are the rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award?
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them
- Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked
- Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog site
Here are the 11 questions I was asked:
What is the weirdest food you have tried?
Wow, my answer to this first question is lame! I’d love to say I’ve eaten some really gross thing but I’d be lying. To tell the truth, I’ve never eaten anything really out there! Probably the weirdest thing I ever ate was a whole roasted poussin in Adelaide, South Australia, which isn’t very weird at all!
What is one thing you have been surprised with (good or bad) since getting into blogging?
I’m constantly amazed that thousands of people read my blog every month! As I said above, when I started this blog, I never dreamed that anyone other than my family would read it, so it’s amazing to receive feedback from readers who tell me I have encouraged them to travel more! Honestly, I’m not bothered about being famous or reaching one million Instagram followers, I simply want to inspire!
What is the worst experience travelling you have had?
Fortunately, I’ve never had anything truly awful happen to me while travelling (yet!) but there have been a few occasions where things haven’t gone to plan. Probably the worst occasion was when I arrived in Sydney after 34 hours travelling to find the accommodation that had been arranged for me was a squalid bedsit at the back of a Chinese restaurant in a not-so-nice part of town. To cut a long story short, all turned out right in the end, as I lodged with a friend of a friend of a friend for a few days and made lifelong friendships in the process.
What is the best experience travelling you have had?
Argh, there are too many to recount! But if I have to choose one, it has to be my time in The Gambia, West Africa. It’s cliche to say that this trip taught me so much, but it did and it changed my life for the better. The hospitality we were shown by local people, the massive culture shock and the lessons in finding true happiness has always stuck with me and I’ve never looked back since.
If you could be any bird, which bird would you be and why?
I’d be an Arctic tern because they migrate 40,000-60,000 miles a year! If I could travel that much, I’d be a very happy gal!
What is your favourite topic to write about and why?
If you could quit whatever is bringing in money right now and do anything and be compensated enough to live quite well, what would you do?
This is an easy one…I’d be a full-time travel blogger, living a nomadic life, writing and creating inspiring and positive content!
What is your favourite mantra to live by?
Memories are the most tangible thing you can own!
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What are your favourite and least favourite traits of whichever you are?
I tend to lean more towards introvert because alone time is essential for recharging my batteries. I find it draining to be around people constantly so it can make me seem rude or withdrawn when I take myself off for some quiet time!
When you were a kid, what did you want to do when you “grew up?”
It’s ironic actually because as a kid I always wanted to be an orca or dolphin trainer at SeaWorld. I’ve always had a love for animals but as a child, I didn’t understand that animals were not created to be kept in captivity. I now have such a violent hatred of organisations like SeaWorld and these supposed ‘sanctuaries’ that I wrote a blog post about it and try to speak to others about it as much as possible.
You can only choose one food and one drink for the next year – what would it be?
I absolutely cannot live without chocolate and a good old cup of English tea!
Here are my 11 nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2018:
Here are my 11 questions:
What do you love most about blogging?
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Who is your favourite author?
What brings you the most joy?
Why did you start blogging?
Budget travel or luxury travel? Why?
If you could be transported to any place right now, where would you go?
What is your biggest fear?
Where is your next trip?
Name the top 5 places on your bucket list.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?