I’ve kindly been nominated for this award by Giles Meets World. It’s a really cool concept and seems like a great way to connect with other bloggers, so I’m very happy to be a part of it.
Be sure to check out Giles’ blog for a variety of useful travels tips about different destinations and also for more general topics such saving money for your trip, the best travel tech and how to use WordAds on your blog.
The rules of this award are:
1 – Answer the 11 questions that you’ve been asked
2 – Nominate 11 other bloggers
3 – Ask your nominees 11 questions
4 – Let them know you nominated them
1. What’s the biggest thing you’d like to achieve blogging?
It sounds cliché but I’d like to inspire and provide useful travel tips to as many people as possible. In terms of readers/followers, I can’t really put a number on it but I’d love to have a small but super-engaged and loyal following. Freebies, press trips or making money from my blog are not really things that feel achievable at the moment; maybe in the distant future when I have more time to spend developing my blog!
2. What’s your dream travel destination and why?
There are so many places I’d love to visit. If I had to single out one, it would have to be The Philippines. I’m already obsessed with South East Asia and am dying to see more. I love being able to travel around countries that have bustling cities, laid back countryside and beaches with a backpacker vibe. Lucky for me, The Philippines is on my list for Autumn/Winter 2018.
3. How has blogging been different to what you expected?
There’s a couple of things that have differed vs. my expectations. First is how difficult it can be to build an audience. I do all the right things in theory; sharing on various social media sites etc. and connecting with other bloggers. Sometimes this works and I instantly generate a few hits but other times, my post remains unseen despite me doing exactly the same. This can be downright disheartening at times but you have to remember to appreciate those that are visiting your blog and engaging with you regularly.
Second for me is how therapeutic and relaxing it can be to sit down and work on your blog. Possibly more so because it’s a hobby; I can’t quite imagine being a full-time blogger and constantly having to worry about making money from my blog (shout out to all the amazing people that do this as job!). For me, I can take some time out of daily life with a cup of tea and relax whilst writing about a topic I’m really passionate about.
4. What book has been the biggest influence on your life?
I haven’t read any book and particularly felt like wow, that really changed my perspective or will change how I do things, to be honest. Saying that, I’ve read a number of books that have reignited my passion for reading at times when I’ve fallen a little of out of love with literature. The book that had the biggest impact in this sense has to be A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, which is probably my favourite book of all-time.
5. What famous person do you look up to the most and why?
For me, it would have to be Emma Watson. Not only is she a talented actress and someone that seems like she would be a great friend, she has done so much for women’s rights. Anybody that uses their A-list status for such a important topic is an inspiration in my eyes.
6. Other than blogs, where do you get information?
If we’re talking travel information specifically, I always like to buy a Lonely Planet guide before a trip. I find them super useful and it’s always nice to have a physical book to use a guide, rather than just stuff found on the internet. Plus, if you’re travelling solo, it makes a great companion for when you’re along in a café or restaurant.
I also read travel articles online; The Independent often have short guides on destinations that are a useful starting place when planning trips.
Other than blogs and Lonely Planet, I find that information from friends is well worth having if you know anybody that has been to a particular destination! Especially as they are more likely to suggest things that they know you’ll like.
7. Cats or Dogs?
Both but if I had to choose just one; dogs. My mum has two Cocker Spaniels and I just feel so happy when I’m around them; their bouncy demeanours are catching. I’m definitely one of those people that points and goes “omg dog” when I see one in the street or on public transport.
8. What’s your guilty pleasure?
This is a lame and pretty embarrassing guilty pleasure but in the interest of being honest: looking at the “Sidebar of Shame” on the Daily Mail website. I couldn’t really care less about the people featured in the gossip pages but I just can’t help myself.
9. If you could go back in time, when would you go to?
This is going to sound very strange but I’d love to travel back to the years before and during WW2. I know, I know, weird to want to see a war. I find the whole time period around then so interesting and love to read books and watch films about it.
10. Are you a morning or night person?
To be quite honest, I’m not really either but probably more so a morning person. I go to bed at a pretty reasonable hour and don’t mind getting up early! That said, I’m definitely not a jump out of bed and go for a run at 6am kind of person, although I’d really like to be. New year’s resolution maybe?!
11. What’s the question you most often get asked?
“Where are you from?” Or variations on that such as “Where’s that accent from?” or “You must be from north of Watford?”. Spending a lot of time in the south of England (and living there for almost four years) means that people often pick up and question my really quite northern accent. It used to make me quite conscious, as I don’t like to stand out, but I’ve learnt to be ok with it and to see it as something that makes me just a little more interesting.
The people I’d like to nominate are:
- The Wandering Quinn
- Reaching 30 before 30
- The Globetrotting Gal
- Traveling Matters
- Eat Live Travel Drink
- Wanderlust Plus One
- Love Traveling all Around the World
- A Letter from Lou
- Wonder Here Wander There
- Evelina Di Lauro
The questions I’d like to ask are:
- How would you describe your blog using just three words?
- Which country is top of your travel bucket list?
- What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed at and why?
- Aside from travel, what is your passion?
- What’s your favourite book and why?
- What is your most and least favourite thing about blogging?
- What’s your favourite type of food?
- Why did you start your blog?
- What is your dream job?
- Winter or summer? Why?
- If you could choose just one, what super power would you have and why?
Thanks again to Giles for my nomination!