I walked up to the stage and gracefully accepted the Liebster Award nomination. Taking a little pause, I scanned the audience. The applause simmered down. I walked over to the mic and proceeded to blow everyone’s mind.
WOW! I don’t know what to say. First, what an honor! Second, there will be an afterparty and it will be epic. I want to thank Rachael from Crumbs on My Map for passing this award onto me. I want to thank my agent Chester who also plays the role of my cat and my traveling partner in crime, Lina Jiang, whom I will be marrying come December this year. I also want to thank the director Steven Hindenburger for his vision, the talented cast, and of course the fans! To all the fans out there, this award is for you as much as it is for me. Let’s make 2016 great! We’re going streaking!
If you didn’t know, the Liebster Award is a blogging passing-of-the-torch between bloggers to recognize excellence, hard work, and dedication to the craft of weaving adventures into stories that astound, amaze and inspire readers near and far. It is also an opportunity to give more exposure to bloggers and connect the blogging community.
In accordance with the Liebster Award ordinance 2.4(c) section 5, nominated bloggers must (thanks Rachael, I just took this straight from your post):
- Acknowledge and thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog
- Answer the questions they have been asked
- Choose 11 other bloggers they think deserve the award
- Think of 11 questions for their nominees
- Combine all of the above into one blog post
Hence, here are my answers to Rachael’s racy (hyperbole much? yes, this is what I do…) questions:
- Where are you headed next?
Just came back from Maui and learned some incredible stuff from talking with native Hawaiians there. I’ll be sharing those later. But I have nothing planned from March-June (OMG I need to book something). In July I’ll be going to Banff! Epic adventure time to ensue. Then a long stretch of nothingness that needs to be filled until December when I’ll be getting married (I’ll be sharing our destination wedding decision on here as well – just in case you’re wondering if you should do the same). Hoping to do a trip every month like last year but we’ll see how things pan out this year.
- What was your favorite country you’ve visited?
Can’t put my finger on a single country as each country has its own charm, history, attractions, and people that never cease to amaze me wherever I go. My favorite planet is Earth though – so at least I’ve narrowed it down to that much.
- What is your favorite article you’ve written?
Good question. I don’t know. I started out with really detailed posts to give readers everything they would ever need to travel in a particular destination that I’ve been in like 33 Cool Tips for First Timers to Iceland. Then I discovered that I really enjoyed talking to other travelers and have been doing interviews all the time. I truly love doing those posts because I learn so much from other travelers. Then recently I’ve been experimenting with writing travel posts as a short story such as Easy hike, amazing rewards – off the beaten path in Vancouver, BC. I like all three styles so I guess I’ll just march forth with all those styles.
- What is the number one place you’d love to get published?
I’m not too particularly interested in getting published on some well-known platform. I’m more focused on connecting with other travelers and writers. My passion isn’t to be famous. My passion is to build meaningful relationships with people I have a connection with.
- Are you a full time traveler or do you take short trips?
I am an enginerd by trade. For the last several years, my fiancé and I have been traveling the world together, taking off once a month to some random place. While the thought of leaving everything behind to travel full time is interesting, I don’t know if that’s what I really want to do. I enjoy being home as much as I do on the road as long as there are people I can interact with.
- When did you start your blog?
Travel blogging has been on my mind for a very long time but I didn’t commit until November of last year (2015) – so here we are.
- Do you know or are you learning any other languages?
I can speak Vietnamese and un peu Francais and I’ve been meaning to learn Chinese and Japanese but I’ve been too preoccupied with procrastination and laziness. The two latter things are so much easier to do.
- Do you prefer solo travel or traveling with friends?
I love doing both but when it comes down to traveling in groups, I prefer to keep it small otherwise we’d be stuck in the same conversations and questions everyday: “What do you wanna do?” “No, what do YOU wanna do?” Stalemates like that turn me into a green monster – not the Hulk but maybe a giant beanstalk. Muwahahaha.
- What’s one tip you would give to someone who wants to start a blog?
What are you insane? Do you know how hard it is to do a blog? Do you understand the effort and dedication that must be placed into such an endeavor – please, you’re going to fail. After reading that, if you say, “I understand and I AM CRAZY, let’s do this!” then you should start a blog. Otherwise, start a business selling t-shirts instead – it’s easier than doing a blog.
- If you had to pick a place to settle down, where would it be?
I haven’t been to a place that I haven’t thought would be an excellent place to settle down in, except the Los Angeles area – I can’t handle that traffic.
- What do you have at the top of your bucket list?
Making a bucket list, checking it twice, going to find out who’s naughty who’s nice, Santa Claus is coming… to town.
I hope I answered those questions with grace and dignity. And to the spirit of the Liebster Award, I am passing the torch to these excellent blogs (in no particular order):
- I’m Not a Tourist, I Swear! – a travel blog for the culturally curious [my interview with Kristen]
- Happiness and Things – Sydney and the world [my interview with Silke]
- Love Love Travel – live like a local, tread lightly, linger longer [my interview with Brigid and Adam]
- The Double Espresso – let’s have an Espresso Break! [my interview with Marta and Simona]
- Sandra Cottam – Travel TV Host and writer [my interview with Sandra]
- They C Me Roaming – travel photography
- Back Road Ramblers – becoming an outdoor family
- Travel Photo Discovery – at the crossroads of culture, food, and luxury experiences
- Katie Aune – wandering along a road less traveled
- Global Grasshopper – travel tips and inspiration
- Ana Travels – Travel. Read. Write. Edit. Translate. Cook. Travel.
Here are my 11 questions for you (if you’re not already tired of my questions):
- Do you have FOMT (Fear of Missing Travel)?
- Have a million dollars but you’d have to stay still or you can travel and be broke, which would you choose?
- How much of your time is spent looking up travel deals while you should be working (if you have a full time job elsewhere)?
- What’s your favorite beach and why?
- Travel slow or try to see as many things as humanly possible?
- What’s your favorite travel website for deals?
- What is your blog about?
- Are you open to collaborations?
- What’s your number one travel wish this year?
- Do you prefer cool or warm weather destinations?
- How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Travel on my friends!