I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award!

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by the ultimate (in my eyes) #travelgoals blogger, Rose of ‘Where Goes Rose‘. Thanks again, Rose! Check out her post about the award here.

About Where Goes Rose

Rose grew up in Oxford, UK and has traveled to 50 countries! Since 2009, she’s been to South America to teach, spent time in my neck of the woods (Ontario, Canada) to study, and has traveled (literally) all over Asia and Africa, where she developed a particular love for Cape Town.

Rose’s travel blog also fulfills my amateur-foodie fantasies. She is very down-to-earth when it comes to both traveling and writing about doing so; she has experienced many different styles of traveling on a budget and loves to really take her time and immerse herself in the culture and community of every place she visits.

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What is the Liebster Award?

I had never heard about the Liebster Award until I was nominated, but it is a peer-given award within the travel blogging community. The purpose of the award is to help new bloggers get noticed and encourage you to check out blogs you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

How Does It Work?

The Liebster Award works like chain mail. Once you’re nominated, you can accept the award and nominate other bloggers for it. To accept the award, write a blog post that includes:

  • A ‘thanks’/shout-out to the blogger who nominated you for the award, with a little blurb about their journey
  • Answers to the list of questions that blogger has asked you
  • A list of new bloggers who you’re nominating for the award, along with questions you have for them

There’s no obligation to accept the nomination, but it’s a great way to get involved in the blogging community and learn about other people’s travel experiences in greater detail!

Ways to Get Nominated:

Simply-put: talk to other travel bloggers! I didn’t feel confident enough to even comment on other Instagrammers’ photos until a few months ago, but once I did, I quickly discovered how open and friendly an online community can be. I’m at the point where I consider the connections that I’ve made thanks to blogging and Instagramming to be true friends, who inspire me to continue posting and appreciating the world around me through different perspectives. It’s amazing how much you can have in common with people who you otherwise would never have met!

10 Questions Assigned to Me:

  • Do you like to travel solo or with other people – and why?

I like when I’ve traveled with one or two other friends. Traveling alone is always nice because you can take as much time as you want visiting only those places you’re interested in seeing, with no one to please but yourself. BUT, there is still something about getting to share experiences with good friends that makes traveling even more fun, and in some ways, it can take the pressure off; so far, I’ve found that getting lost is more fun when you have someone else there with you to laugh about it and turn it into another opportunity to explore. Plus, it’s nice to get to reminisce about past trips with the people who were there with you.

  • Which is the city you could most see yourself living in?

Edinburgh, Scotland (mentioned again below)! It’s hard for me to imagine living anywhere other than Toronto, and I’ve never been to Edinburgh before, but from what I’ve seen in photos and videos, it seems like the place for me. It’s still a city which is accessible in terms of public transit (a “luxury” I’ve grown used to having in Toronto), but it’s not as overwhelmingly-big or expensive as London. I’d also pick Edinburgh because of its mostly gloomy, chilly weather – something which would probably be a major turn-off for most, but which I crave due to the human-furnace that I am.

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  • How many continents have you been to, and which ones?

Apart from North America (where I live) I’ve been to Europe. It may not sound like much to most travel bloggers (especially as I’ve only been to one country in Europe), but I’m happy to take my time and just travel as much as I can. I love European history, architecture, food and more, so my main goal at this point is to eventually visit every European country.

  • Do you buy souvenirs when you travel?

I always do. I’m a sucker for souvenirs, but I try to keep it in moderation. Overall though, I do think it’s more valuable to spend money on experiences more than anything else while traveling.

  • Do you have a favourite place? Is that even possible? I know I struggle to pick just one!

To get extremely specific, my favourite place is the cafe/courtyard in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I don’t know what it is about that place, but I just loved its atmosphere on an overcast, slightly-chilly day in April. You step outside of a hallway filled with centuries-old statues into this large (but not overwhelmingly-so) space of small green trees, open ground, and high walls of shiny, vibrant, old redbrick on all sides, mixed with carved columns and gilded, intricately-detailed windows.

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  • Cities or countryside?

I’ve only ever visited cities and towns, so getting to see a countryside location would be awesome, especially from what I’ve seen in photos of places like the Lake District in England and wine vineyards in Italy.

  • Where was the first place you visited overseas?

I’ve been a late-bloomer when it comes to international travel. The first place I visited overseas was Oxford, UK in August 2016! I was lucky enough to get to study abroad at the university’s Worcester College for a whole month, within which I spent a weekend and a couple of field-trip days in London, and a day in Bath. Having been a major Anglophile for as long as I can remember, that trip was a total dream come true.

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  • Where is the best place you have been to for food?

My taste in food is SO not refined, and I am pretty easy to please. But, if I had to pick a particular “dish” that still stands out to me as one of the best things I’ve ever tasted, it would be those amazing cauldron cakes that they sell in the Honeydukes shop at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. It is a glorious combination of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, tempered chocolate and cheesecake…and likely a few other “magical” ingredients, of course.

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  • Have you ever been underwhelmed by a place – why was that?

Montreal, but it’s not its fault! My parents and their families are from there, so all I’ve experienced of that city are the houses of family and friends, a fantastic Jewish Deli and a great Chinese restaurant which is unfortunately no longer open. I hope to go back one day and experience more touristy things though!

  • Where do you want to go next?

I’m impatient enough to have already booked a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland in April with one of my best friends! After that, I’m hoping Paris will be next!!

 

My nominees:

 

Questions for my nominees to answer:

  • What is the funniest and/or weirdest experience you’ve had while traveling?
  • Do you prefer to explore big cities or smaller towns?
  • Which place would you never tire of re-visiting?
  • Of all the different views you’ve experienced while traveling, which left you the most in awe?
  • What is one thing that you don’t like about traveling?
  • What was the best meal/dish you’ve had while traveling?
  • Which souvenir from your travels do you treasure the most?
  • If you had to travel somewhere for only one day, where would you go?
  • If you could live in any place [other than those you’ve lived in] for a year, which would it be?
  • Where do you want to go next?

 

I’m excited to read your answers and receive your feedback! Travel is a rare and amazing thing, and it’s always fascinating to hear about others’ unique experiences!