Wednesday, 4 December 2013

I've Been Nominated!! - The Liebster Award 2013

I was pleased as punch to wake up a couple of mornings ago to find out the lovely Jodie at The Little Backpacker has nominated me for a blog award. I've now been blogging for around a year and feel like it's been a very slow start, so it's lovely to know somebody out there believes in Unorganised Chaos.

My blog is primarily a lifestyle blog, featuring my experiments in the kitchen and now, my travel adventures while I'm spending a year in Australia after my SE Asia summer. I still have a long way to go and a lot more self belief in my writing to gain but I'm so flattered to know that people like Jodie actually read my blog. Thank you to all of my loyal readers out there, it means so much.

What is the Liebster Blog Award?
Leibster is a German word meaning ‘dearest’, and the award is for up-and-coming blogs. I am honoured to be nominated for this award. 

So here are the rules for the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to his/her blog.
  • Answer the 10 (or 11!) questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate other bloggers for the award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
  • Here are my answers for the award questions.

My Answers to TLB's Questions;

  1. What 5 things would you not leave for a trip without? My camera, comfy shoes, a hoody (for the sleeper buses and flights), my iPad, my bikini (teamed with suncream of course
  2. How did you first get in to travel? Was it a random trip or did you always know you wanted to travel? I have been very fortunate to have always travelled with my parents, we've been everywhere! Their love of travel passed on to me and after making a big decision earlier this year, I moved back home, saved up and handed my notice in at my then-job. I knew I would always travel at some point, it just happened a lot sooner than I had anticipated 
  3. What country do you/are you visiting next? As I am currently in Australia I definitely would love to venture across to New Zealand. I've been told by so many people the NZ is so much better and I already love Australia.
  4. What is the biggest tick you completed on your bucket list this year? Seeing the sunrise at Angkor Wat in Cambodia - absolutely incredible 
  5. Do you prefer hot, sunny, beachy destinations or cold, winter and snowy destinations? I much prefer the warm weather but would still love to do a ski season. Hot destinations would always be my first choice though as we get such awful weather in the UK.
  6. If you could go anywhere in the world, money no object, where would you go? I would travel America - North and South. I've only ever managed Florida and Brazil so far so there are so many places I NEED to see
  7. What 5 tips would you give to someone who has never been travelling? Save as much money as possible, it will make your life much easier. Have a rough idea of your route before you go. Keep in mind that things don't always go to plan, you just have to make the best of bad or unplanned situations. Embrace every experience as you are so lucky to be able to travel. Keep a diary or blog of your adventures, it will be so nice to look back on in the future.
  8. Best travel experience? (Yes you can only pick one) sitting in the beach on Gili T with my best friends watching the sun set and feeling completely happy for the first time in a long time
  9. Worst travel experience? Hungover flight from Hanoi back to Ho Chi Minh 
  10. How do you prefer to travel? slow or fast? bus/train/car/boat? Fast boat - sunbathing on the top deck with the ocean breeze travelling to your next destination, who wouldn't want that?
Photo credit; Andrew Prod Photography - my friends and I captured watching sunset on the beach in Seminyak, Bali

And here see my nominees, followed by the questions I would like them to answer.

Nominee 1 - Danielle Abroad
Nominee 2 - The Aussie Nomad
Nominee 3 - 40 Countries before I'm 30 
Nominee 4 - Hiking in Heels
Nominee 5 - Eat, See, Do

1. How long do you think is too long to be a backpacker/traveller? Should there be a limit?
2. If you are planning a trip, who would you choose to go with?
3. Where is the best place you've ever been?
4. What's your next bucket list tick to achieve?
5. Have you got any trips coming up soon?
6. What's the best travel advice you could give?
7. Where have you not enjoyed and why?
8. Do you think travel is an experience everybody should have?
9. Where was the first place you travelled to, with who and at what age?
10. Would you consider an organised trip or do you prefer to plan things yourself/book while you go along? 


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