The Sunshine Blogger Award
Last week while in Hawaii I took a moment to check my emails. Our days had been so jam filled with touring the island and checking off items on the long list of things to do I had prepared that I had taken a rare break from my laptop and emails. I was so surprised to see an email from Daniela of Grumpy Camel nominating me for the Sunshine Bloggers Award. If you have not visited Grumpy Camel yet do yourself a favor and check it out. You will find all kinds of fascinating articles about places all over the world as well as some great travel and photography tips. I was thrilled and honored to see that she had nominated me for this award.
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
What is the Sunshine Blogger award, you ask? The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. It is recognition from fellow bloggers of hard work and creativity. Sometimes as bloggers we wonder if anyone notices the efforts we are putting forth and it is heartwarming and an honor to receive this nomination.
What are the rules of this award?
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
My questions from Daniela
1)What inspired you to start a travel blog?
I have always been passionate about travel. I love to visit new places and meet new people. I started getting a lot of questions from friends about how I found such good deals on flights or how I picked the places I was traveling to. I wanted to help others understand that travel can be attainable and that we have a world out there just waiting to be explored. My hope was that by starting a blog and sharing my tips and reviews I could help others find ways to make their travel dreams come true.
2) What was your first blog post about?
My first post was about how to choose an all-inclusive resort. I love all-inclusive resorts, but I know people that have visited some and did not have good experiences. I realized by talking to them that they did not know how vastly different one resort can be from another. I put together a guide and some information to help people know what questions to ask and what things they should know before booking a trip.
3) Which country would you happily live in for the rest of your life?
I have such a long list of countries that I want to visit. I have a deep love for both Canada and Belgium. My mother was Canadian, and my father is from Belgium. However, the United States offers so many amazing choices that I think I could be happy living here. If my bank account had no limits I would probably move to Hawaii.
4) What is the weirdest place you’ve ever visited?
Oh boy. This is a hard one. I think I would have to say the Bubble Gum wall in Seattle, WA. It’s located near the Pike Place Market and it has over 20 years’ worth of gum stuck to a wall running about 50 feet long. If you are going to Seattle and want to see another weird thing check out the Freemont Troll, an 18-foot high statue lurking beneath a bridge (off N. 36th street) and clutching an actual VW bug in its giant hand.
5) Mountains or beaches?
Beaches, definitely. I do love the beauty of mountains but I’m a summer girl at heart. I love warm weather and the feel of the sun on my skin. I could sit by the beach and listen to the waves roll in all day long.
6) What’s your airport outfit?
I go for comfort. My go-to outfit is black yoga pants, a t-shirt, and a travel jacket with lots of pockets. I like dressing in layers because you never know if the plane is going to be too hot or too cold. I also always bring a large scarf that can be used to cover up if it gets cold.
7) Have you ever visited a place that made you feel uneasy?
One of the first cruises I ever took had a stop in Jamaica. Apparently, some passengers from a cruise the week before ours went missing. The cruise director gave a long speech before we were allowed to disembark going over the risks of taking a cab on the island and making it sound like a dangerous place for tourists to explore unless on a guided tour recommended by the cruise line. It made me very nervous at first but we ended up having an amazing time and all the people we met were very friendly.
8) Street food or fine dining?
Can I answer both? I love food in general, I do love food trucks and I’m a fan of Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives. If we are traveling in the USA I usually look up places that have been on the show and make a point to go and try some of them.
9) How do you normally kill time on long journeys?
I love to read. I keep both my kindle and my iPad with me at all times when traveling. I can happily pass several hours in the airport or on the airplane reading a good book. Sometimes I feel like that is the only down time I have to read so I fully take advantage of it.
10) What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I’m not an adventures traveler. I tend to stick to guided excursions rather than going off on my own to explore. I love to experience new areas and see as much of a new place as possible, but I would not consider any of that really adventurous. I think the thing that took me out of my comfort zone the most was swimming with the stingrays in Grand Cayman. It was a tour so I was with other people, although I was traveling solo on this trip, and we had a guide to tell us what to do and what not to do. It was both amazing and terrifying at the same time. We got in the water and there were dozens of Rays all around us. They are used to being fed so they are not afraid of people and would come up and brush against you for attention. They ranged in size from a small dinner plate to an entire table. Looking back on it I would do it again in a heartbeat.
11) Is there a song that reminds you of a place that’s special to you?
When I was young whenever we would take a road trip my dad would sing “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson. Now, whenever I hear that song it brings a smile to my face and a flood of memories of road trips with my family.
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1.) What is one piece of advice you would pass down to other new bloggers?
2.) What was the first foreign country you visited and why did you choose it?
3.) What is your favorite destination that you have traveled to?
4.) Do you ever run out of ideas for blog posts and if so how do you break through that writer’s block?
5.) What inspired you to start a blog?
6.) Share your favorite travel photo that you have taken and explain why it is your favorite.
7.) What do you struggle with the most when it comes to blogging?
8.) What do you feel is your biggest success so far as a blogger?
9.) What is a destination that you have never been to but want to go and why?
10.) What is one thing that you must have in your carry on?
11.) Are there any places that you visited that you would never want to go back?