I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award! An award by bloggers for bloggers. It’s passed around the blogging community with the aim of getting to know each other better and discovering new blogs.
A huge thanks to Kat from Kat Is Travelling for nominating me. A fellow English blogger also currently down under, Kat’s been exploring the east coast and now Melbourne where she’s currently working. If you haven’t already, go check out her adventurous tales and beautiful photos. In need of some Aussie inspo myself, I’m looking forward to seeing where she’s headed next.
As part of the Liebster Award I’ve been given 11 questions to answer before I can pay it forward and choose some, so lets get started.
What’s your funniest story from travelling?
My friend and I were in Goa and we’d gone out for ONE last drink because, well, we had to catch a train to Mumbai at 5am. The owner invited us over as it was his birthday and joining us was his apparently famous cricket commentator friend. After far too many free tequila shots it was suddenly half an hour before we needed to be at the station. Not only that but the owner just wouldn’t let us leave; his famous friend was there after all. It was so awkward.
So we made a plan and snuck to the ‘toilet’ round the back then made a run for it to pick up our bags, but this way meant we had to go through pitch black, palm tree jungle. Running through the dark we came across a slight obstacle – a pack of terrifying, barking and probably salivating dogs. After somehow fighting our way past them we managed to get our bags but then had the problem of getting to a tuk tuk. There was no way we were facing potentially rabid dogs again. The only other option was to try and sprint past the beach bar with big heavy backpacks on, praying no one would notice us. We’ll never know if they did..
~ Feeling fresh on the train from Canacona to Mumbai
We made it to the train where lots of families were already getting up, however we were hardly sober and ready to sleep. As we were climbing up to our top beds, my friend got her hair caught in one of the hazardously positioned ceiling fans. Luckily she was fine! But it took some time to remove it and we did a great job of drawing even more attention to ourselves. It was ongoing ridiculousness.
What’s your favourite book of all time?
I love reading but I’m really bad at making time for it. My most recent was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and a few other favourites off the top of my head are The Alchemist, The Bell Jar and The Perks of being a Wallflower.
Who are your 5 dream dinner party guests?
Brian Cox, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lena Dunham, David Attenborough, Leonardo DiCaprio
Where’s your favourite place in the world that you’ve visited and why was it your favourite?
It’s between India and Vietnam. India because it’s like entering a whole other world. There’s excitement round every corner and as soon as you think you’re beginning to understand it, all the rules are thrown out the window. There’s nowhere else I’ve been like it with its intense colour, chaos, sound, tastes, smells, spirituality, diversity, history, culture, beauty.
~ Amer fort, Jaipur, India
Vietnam is also up there for me. I couldn’t get enough of the breathtaking scenery, culture and again, food. There’s so much to explore and experience.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
iPhone of course, which I know, is so cliche but it’s true! Being without for a while after having mine stolen in Vietnam showed me how much I depend on it whilst travelling. Aside from your passport it’s got everything else – camera, planner, notes, maps, music, phone, torch and the rest.
What do you consider the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
Leaving my friends, family and a financially stable position to backpack across the world for an indefinite amount of time and with only so many set plans. More recently, continuing the journey solo after coming out of a long-term relationship.
~ Koh Rong, Cambodia
Where have you been that didn’t live up to your expectations?
Arriving in Kuta, Bali was a bit of a shock. It was the only place I hadn’t done much research about and the dreamy Bali I had pictured in my head couldn’t have been further away from reality in this resort town. Moving onto beautiful Ubud soon fixed that.
Would you rather travel solo or with someone?
I’ve only ever known travelling with someone so that would be my first response but I think it’s so important to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Thanks to the many kick ass solo female travellers out there proving how doable and enjoyable it is, I’m thinking it’s time to give it a try!
What’s the nicest accommodation you’ve ever stayed in?
Hands down the Dhara Devhi in Chiang Mai. I was lucky enough to spend 3 nights in luxury at a private Thai villa, with own pool overlooking rice fields and treated like royalty. Arriving after 2 months seriously budgeting in India was so good (if a little awkward rocking up with dirty, scruffy backpacks).
What’s the most played song on your ipod/music player?
The ultimate 2015 Southeast Asia anthem – Major Lazer feat MØ – Lean on.
Where have you been where you experienced the biggest culture shock?
India for sure and I threw myself in at the deep end arriving in Delhi each time. You can do as much reading up on it and making yourself aware of things like common scams but I don’t think there’s much you can do to prepare yourself in the way of culture shock. Even if you’ve been many times before it’s always going to be an assault on the senses. It can be a challenging place at times but everyone I know has had an unforgettable experience.
My nominees are:
And the questions:
- Where is your next trip taking you?
- What do you miss most when you’re away from home?
- What’s been one of your biggest challenges whilst travelling?
- Backpack or suitcase?
- If you could give one piece of travel advice what would it be?
- Tell us your most embarrassing travel story?
- What’s your favourite food from around the world?
- What’s your packing essential?
- Name your favourite travel blog?
- What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t travelling?
- Where’s your least favourite place you’ve been to?
Don’t forget to link back and let me know when you’ve posted so I can check out your answers!