Liebster Award…….what the……???
I’m not going to lie….when Travelin’ Kait nominated me for this Leibster Award via Twitter……I had NO idea what was going on! I had never heard of it before. When I checked out her page and saw what it was all about, I thought it seemed like a great opportunity to get to know other bloggers.
Thank you, I appreciate the nomination Kait! It’s nice to know that someone actually sees my posts once in a while and that i’m not just talking to myself! 😉
Here are the questions she asked me and my attempts at answering them! Here goes…….
1. If you had to choose one of the places you have visited to live for the next 5 years, which place would you choose and why?
Unfortunately at the moment I am merely a U.S. traveler. I have yet to afford going out of the country (gee, thanks college!!) That being said, I would say Hawaii except I already lived there for a year back in 1999. My next love is California. I absolutely love everything about the central California region- from the friendly people to the scenery and the laid back vibe. Oh, and the food. They have some great food out there.
2. Describe your most delicious dining experience.
I have a friend who runs Harman’s Eat & Drink in Denver, Colorado, so on my first trip to Colorado, he made sure to whip me up some awesome food. I had so much food that night that I felt like I was going to pop! Check out my Denver eats blog post for more information on Harman’s. Everything I ate there was absolutely incredible….and i’m not saying that because my friend runs it! The dishes are unique and the food really is amazing!
3. Name one sentimental item you ALWAYS bring with you on your travels.
I always always always have a camera with me……specifically, my Nikon D700. I love photography (hence my other blog, Jennifer Longo Photography) and I would be lost without my camera during my travels.
4. What do you miss most about home while traveling?
5. Have you ever gotten lost on one of your adventures? What happened and what did you do to find your way?
I have NO sense of direction whatsoever, which is terrible for someone like myself who likes to wander. I never got horribly lost to the point where I panicked, but I have definitely gotten myself a little nervous.
Last time I was in California I stopped on the side of Pacific Coast Highway when I noticed a little path on the side of the road. I decided to head down the path with my camera to see if I could get some good shots of the coast. It was a dirt path and surrounded by these dry shrubs all over the place. As I got to the end of the path, I meandered away from it so I could get some photos, and the next thing I knew, I couldn’t find the pathway anymore. I couldn’t just walk wherever I wanted to get back on the road because these shrubs were everywhere. It took a little while but I eventually found it after lots of searching. In my defense, this path was really hard to see! I also found when I got back to the car that I had lost my camera’s lens cap. I ended up using a napkin to cover it for the rest of the week. There’s no way I was going back on that path to look for it.
6. What is the number one piece of advice you would offer to a new traveler.
Try going alone. I’ve said this a million times, but going on a trip by yourself is such a rewarding experience. You learn so much about yourself and you gain a lot confidence along the way.
7. In which country have you experienced the friendliest people?
Well, considering the USA is pretty much the only country i’ve been thus far, I have to say here! I went to Canada once many years ago, but I was just a kid and it was because my mom had driven us over the border (before passports were needed) while living in Minnesota.
I will say that the friendliest people I have met thus far in the U.S. have been out West. I’ve met tons of amazing people in both Colorado and California.
8. Who/what inspired you to travel?
My divorced parents. I moved quite frequently as a kid because my dad was in the Coast Guard and my mom was just naturally a bit nomadic. Between the 2 parents I saw many new places at a very early age. I got used to moving as I got older, it felt like clock work. It was like my body had a time-to-get-out-of-here “timer.” After about a year or so of living in one place, the travel bug would kick in big time. It has stuck with me.
9. Describe your worst lodging experience.
I feel like I have been pretty fortunate so far in that I haven’t had any really horrendous lodging experiences *yet.* However, when I was a kid and I would travel with my mom from Minnesota to Maryland, she had 2 dogs that would have to come with us. It was me, mom, my brother, and 2 dogs all crammed into a van. Because of the dogs, I was CONSTANTLY finding ticks in the van and on my body! It freaked me out and I absolutely hated it. I would refer to the van as the “tick house.”
10. In what ways have you changed since you started traveling?
I’ve always traveled, but in more recent years I have explored a lot more and even done some solo travel. I think these experiences have really helped me learn about myself. They made me realize how passionate I am about seeing new places and meeting new people. I came back from my first solo trip just feeling completely confident and proud of myself…..and these are feelings I don’t get too often in my day to day life. I don’t really know how to explain it. I just felt….like a new person.
So in short, I think travel has opened my eyes.
11. If you got a free ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Gosh this is hard because I feel like there are so many places I would like to see, especially since I have yet to be able to leave the country! First on my list is probably what a lot of other people would say, but I am dying to see Paris, France. I’ve always been really intrigued by the French language and culture. Their architecture is incredible, and I would love the opportunity to photograph it.
-Thank the blogger who nominated you, and include a link to their blog.
-Provide answers to the eleven questions from that person.
-Give nominations to other bloggers, who have less than 500 Twitter followers.
-Ask them eleven new questions.
-Let them know about their nominations, so that they can proceed with the award process.
Here are your 11 new questions!
1. What is the most memorable trip you have ever taken?
2. Did you ever have any “life changing” experiences while traveling?
3. Do you prefer solo travel or traveling with people? Why?
4. Who was the most influential person you have ever met while traveling?
5. What was your least favorite place to visit and why?
6. Are you influenced by any travel bloggers?
7. What is the most helpful travel tip you have ever received ?
8. What is the craziest thing you’ve done on a trip?
9. What method of transportation do you prefer when traveling?
10. Do you ever get tired of traveling?
11. Where do you hope to go with blogging?
AND THE NOMINEES ARE……
4. SWISS NOMADS
Have fun! 🙂