I’ve been nominated! For those of you who aren’t aware of these blogging awards, it’s a way to engage in the blogging community and get to know some great new bloggers. Thanks to The Files of a Traveling Daydreamer for the nomination! Go check out her blog if you haven’t already :) Here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, including a link back to their site
- Put the award logo on your blog
- Answer the eleven questions the blogger has sent you
- Nominate five to eleven people of your own and notify them
- Create eleven new questions for your nominees to answer
Questions for Me:
1. Money is no object- where do you go and what do you do there?
EVERYWHERE. But here are my foreseeable travel plans that I would follow through with (some locations are just listed as countries because I haven’t decided what/how many cities I want to visit in that country yet):
Europe Summer 2016: Ireland, Scotland, England, Copenhagen, Prague, Santorini, Mykonos (or Ios), Croatia, Venice, Verona, and Amalfi Coast
Australasia Summer 2017: Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Bali
2. What is a destination that surprised you and why?
The Alps. I’m a city girl at heart. I’m also a girl who grew up skiing every weekend since the age of four and got bored of it. I studied abroad in Grenoble which is surrounded by some of the best French Alps ski resorts. For spring break our school organized an 8 day ski trip called Altigliss and all my friends were going so I reluctantly signed up as well. Everyone knows the Alps are beautiful, but I was transfixed. Not only did I have one of the best weeks of my exchange, I fell in love with skiing again.
3. How did you first become interested in travel?
As a teenager I would go on annual trips with my parents. During the summer of 2009, we went to Paris and London. While in Paris, we participated in Fat Tire’s bike tour of Versailles and I instantly fell in love with the place. Biking through the Gardens of Versailles, all while learning the rich history that encompasses it, had me in utter awe. After that, my interest in history bloomed – I loved going to history classes. As I learned more, I wanted to experience these places first hand. From there my love of travel grew into the pure adventure and learning experience. What better way to grow as a person?
4. Do you collect any souvenirs/mementos?
Instagram pictures – make sure to check out all my souvenirs here :) In all seriousness, turns out I’m not a materialistic person. Some friends collected maps, some postcards … I collect all my memories and showcase them on my blog and Instagram instead of in my home.
5. Which do you prefer- websites and apps or books and maps?
Websites and apps! Main reasons: less to carry around and easier to navigate. For Websites, I follow a ton of travel bloggers for tips. When it comes to Apps, I wrote about my two favourite in Things I Learned About Solo Travel: Maps.me and TripAdvisor Guides were the most useful apps. Maps.me is an offline app where you can track your location and your orientation in any city. You just have to pre download the map of the country or region before you go. TripAdvisor Guides work offline so you can star the spots you want to see and determine how far you are and how to get there. It’s also a good way to keep note of all the places you want to see.
6. If someone wanted to be a tourist in the town where you grew up, what sorts of things would they be doing and seeing?
Parliament Buildings and Supreme Court – hope you like politics and law! Ottawa is a beautiful city but I’ve never been that excited by it. That being said, I would definitely recommend the Parliament Sound and Light Show in the summer and skating on the Rideau Canal in the winter.
7. You are going on a long flight- what is in your carry-on?
My phone, chargers, an eye-mask, earplugs, pillow and blanket (normally provided), Melatonin (if an overnight flight), a book, an external phone charger, earphones, my laptop, hand sanitizer, and snacks.
8. What does the word “adventure” mean to you?
Getting off your ass and out of your comfort zone. It could be as grand as travelling the world or as simple as going to a party/bar and making friends with a bunch of strangers.
9. Is there any destination you could visit over and over again and never get tired of it?
10. Who are your favourite travel buddies?
I had a lot of great travel buddies on exchange. The perks of study abroad is you can travel with a bunch of different people and see what dynamic works for you. I guess my ideal travel buddy is easy going, fun, resourceful, and obviously someone who has similar interests.
11. Why did you decide to start a blog?
I’ve had websites on-and-off from the age of 11. I’ve also been writing *novels* since the age of 4. I love telling stories (both fiction and non-fiction) and I love storing my memories. Also, this blog gives me another excuse to travel more often!
*At that age, each page was 1 sentence and a picture I drew, but I called them novels anyways ;)
Questions for the Nominees
- What is your dream city to live in? Why?
- Cost of trips aside, how often would you want to travel if your job allowed it?
- What is your favourite travel App?
- What’s the scariest travel experience you’ve had?
- Would you rather stay somewhere luxurious for a couple of days or go backpacking in hostels for a couple weeks?
- Best meal you’ve eaten abroad?/Best city for food?
- Most romantic thing that has happened to you while traveling?
- Where would your dream honeymoon be?
- Do you prefer travelling in organized groups, solo, with friends, with family, or with a significant other? Why?
- If you had to visit one foreign country or city every year, what would it be?
- What inspired you to become a blogger?