Girl vs Globe: Liebster Award

A sweet message popped up in my Facebook inbox the other day – a short note from Cristina Luisa of Chronicles of a Travel Addict, letting me know she’s nominated me for the Liebster Award. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and gotten a few awards for my previous website, but this one feels more special than any of them. I only launched Girl vs Globe in January, so I’m immensely flattered that people are taking heed of my little website and – better yet – recognising my efforts!

You can read more of Cristina Luisa’s writing over at Chronicles of a Travel Addict, including her great advice for travelling vegetarian and her inspiring bucket list. Although I normally love breaking the rules – I’m such a rebel, I know – this time I’ll try to adhere to them. Here they are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to his or her blog.
  2. Answer the 10 questions by the nominee before you.
  3. Nominate 10 of your favourite blogs and notify them of their nomination.
  4. Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

The first task was to share a photo of myself at one of my favorite destinations, so that’s what I’m kicking off with – the Atlas Mountains in Morocco! And now, without further ado, here are my answers!

  • Do you consider yourself a writer or a blogger?
I consider myself a bit of both, but feel a little awkward calling myself either. Sure, I write and blog, but those labels make me sound more professional than I feel. Hopefully that will change in the future!

  • Do you have any pet peeves about other travelers/tourists?
I have very few – I’m quite zen about other people’s attitudes to travel. Having said that, close-minded people tend to get on my nerves regardless of where I am and this is only amplified when I travel. There is nothing wrong about seeking comforts of home when you’re travelling – I’ll be the first to admit that I ate more pizza in China than I ever have in my life (including my many trips to Italy), because there are only so many snakes I can eat before feeling homesick. But if you travel to a new country and make no effort to get to know the local culture, you and I probably won’t be friends.

  • Is there anywhere in the world you are afraid to visit, and why?
Absolutely! In fact, I recently wrote an article about my fear of visiting my dream destinations. It’s not safety concerns that keep me away, but my fear of disappointment. I would, however, think twice before visiting some countries I – rightly or not – perceive as dangerous.

  • Are there any regrets you have about past travels?
I wish I’d documented them better. But I’m on a mission to change that with Girl vs Globe

  • Do you have pets? If so, who takes care of them while you’re away?
I have a cute little dog, but – unlike me – she lives with my parents, which means I don’t have to worry about her when I travel.

  • Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone else? Why?
Every now and then I like to take a week off and just shun society, but there are few humans that love their fellow humans’ company as much as I do. Partly because of this and partly because I’m so damn popular – seriously, guys! seriously! – I must confess that I’ve never travelled alone. It’s definitely on my to-do list though and I will make sure to let you know which I prefer once I can compare the two.

  • What is your earliest memory of wanting to travel?
I got my first taste of international travel when I was less than 2 years old and my parents took me along on a trip to Mallorca. The ocean breeze tousling my hair and the tropical scent of tanning lotion hovering in the air are my earliest memories – how befitting of a travel blogger?

  • Name your favorite book and your favorite movie.
Hahaha. Wait, you’re serious? Eh… That’s a horrible, cruel question, my friend. It’s like asking who my favourite parent is! I’m gonna say The Beach and Fight Club, but there are at least twenty other answers that would have been equally correct.

  • Who or what inspires you?

Everything. You could lock me in a small empty room and my mind would write an epic novel about the cracks in the paint. Anything and anyone has the power to inspire me – sometimes I wish I could just switch my imagination off, but what’s the fun in that?

Yup, that’s me in Mallorca – I’m still a cheeky little shit and this photo is just further proof that I am destined to become an adventurer. And now, let’s move on to my nominations and questions!<.div>

  1. What was the first place you ever travelled to and how old were you?
  2. J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote that “not all those who wander are lost”. Do you ever travel to escape your life back home
  3. What’s the one thing you could never travel without?
  4. Is there a place you’ve travelled to you’d rather not return to?
  5. What’s the most important thing travel taught you?
  6. Personally, I think videos capture my trips most accurately. What’s your favourite way of documenting your travels?
  7. Music is an important part of my life and I always associate certain songs with certain destinations. What’s your number one travel song?
  8. Do you still live in the country you were born in? Do you see yourself moving away from or back to it in the future?
  9. If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in a foreign language, which one would you pick?
  10. Where are you going to travel next?

I nominate Rebekah of The Happy Passport, Laura and Tanbay of Travelling Weasels, Janice and George of Sand in My Suitcase, Jon and Jenny of Teach or Beach, Anastasia of Gallivant Girl, Steph and Andres of Discovering Ice, Diane of Wife with Baggage, Yvonne of Under the Yew Tree, Charlie of Charlie on Travel and Alli of The Vintage Postcard.