I’m honoured to be nominated for the “Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award” by my blogger friend Kathy Marris at 50 Shades of Age. Kathy and I met at the Travel Writer’s dinner at Problogger Conference this year, and found we had quite a few things in common – including being lucky enough to live on the sunny Gold Coast!
This particular award was originally created for female bloggers to network and learn about one another within the blogging world. When I received this nomination I started thinking about the wonderful relationship I have struck up with fellow bloggers over the years and how we all support one another through various means.
I’d like to continue to expand this network of supportive bloggers. Giving and receiving Blogging Awards is one such way to find out more about one another and promote other’s blogs.
So I was given ten travel-themed questions to respond to, so here goes:
1. An Inspiring Travel Memoir Book you have read
I really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, as did Kathy. It was intriguing to read about how her relationship falling apart eventually helped her to find her true self. Of course, she travelled to amazing destinations such as Italy, India and Bali for a year to find what she was looking for. I wish I had the budget to do that … but I don’t think I could leave my life behind for a whole year! This book reinvigorated by love of travel and set me on the path to planning my long-awaited trip to Italy.
I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed Italian Love by Carla Coulson. It’s a book about travelling to Italy with not much more than a camera – and staying there. The book is richly descriptive of her love affari with Italy and with Francesco, who brings passion to her life. As Carla is a photographer, naturally there are loads of stunningly beautiful photos of gorgeous people and places throughout Italy. It’s a beautiful book and an easy read, but beware, it will make you want to go to Italy, pronto!
2. My First Blog Post
For Seize The Day Project, my first post was a welcome message to my readers, telling them how I hoped to inspire them (and myself) to make the most of every day and find true meaning in life. I explained that my aim was to gather experiences, share life lessons and stories to provide a little lift or some major inspiration to get out there and do what you love. I know I’ve been banging on about travel experiences a lot lately, so revisiting this post reminds me that I may need to re-focus on my original aim and diversify my posts somewhat.
3. My only Bragworthy Upgrade Experience
On our second visit to Fiji, we had booked a family villa at The Hideaway Resort on the Coral Coast for our first week. When we checked in and made our way to the room, we found that the lock on the back door, which led to the outdoor shower, was broken. After requesting that it be fixed (and not realising this may take a while to do), we were told that it may not be possible that day, or in fact by the end of our stay. I mentioned it was our second visit and how much we’d been looking forward to returning. The manager then relocated us to a beachfront villa with two adjoining rooms – which was perfect – the kids in one, and us in the other! We had looked at this option when booking, but it was over our budget at the time. Thank you broken lock and Mr Manager!
4. Where in the World would I not return to?
Can’t think of anywhere at the moment – happy to travel almost anywhere that’s safe!
5. My Top 3 Destinations/Experiences
- Italy – anywhere, anytime
- Switzerland – such a stunningly beautiful country, shame it’s so expensive
6. What I enjoy most about other’s blogs and social media feeds
I really enjoy reading social media and blog posts from my blogger friends, whichever niche they belong to, as it allows me to support them in their blogging endeavours, and their posts often inspires me too. I love the travel posts and gorgeous photos shared by fellow bloggers, but I also enjoy posts about topics relating to various other aspects of life as well.
7. My carry-on luggage and what is in it
Last time I flew OS, it was with Emirates, and they only permit ONE piece of carry-on luggage. As I knew this beforehand and I can’t go anywhere without my handbag, I made sure there was room in the carry-on for the smaller handbag. I always have moisturiser, mints, a book, antibacterial wipes, camera, change of clothes in case my suitcase goes missing, and a jacket.
8. The first thing I do at a new destination is ……
Check into the room and unpack/hang whatever I need to, check out the aspect/views, use the bathroom and check if there’s anything I need to ask for. Then I usually venture out to orientate myself with my surroundings and sometimes shop for a few supplies if we are staying more than one night. If I’ve booked an activity in advance, I might confirm it or check out where we need to go to do the activity.
9. My most popular blog post ……
My travel posts, particularly the ones about Italy, are the most popular. A recent post on Finding the Best Gelato in Rome had lots of comments, probably due to the popularity of gelato and the cakes in the story (who doesn’t like either ice cream or cakes?). I really enjoy writing the travel posts, but the most challenging part is choosing photos from the thousands of pics I took – it can take a while.
10. What makes a memorable moment for me
Truly enjoying doing something or visiting a place I’ve long dreamed about – that moment when you realise it’s everything you’d hoped for and more.
So now it is my turn to nominate some other fabulous bloggers for this award – you don’t have to be a travel blogger to participate:
Shari at Teenage Survival Coach
Janet at Middle Aged Mama
Shannon at DashofTonic
Kimberley at Investing In Awesome
Cheryl at Be Ultimate
Christine at Elemental Health
Karen Morley at This Morley Life
Here are the rules for this award:
- Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer the above questions about yourself.
3. Nominate 5 -10 blogs that you enjoy reading.
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.