Travel, Tea and Me has been nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award. Nominations for Liebster Award come from other bloggers. I’m very thankful to have received this recognition from the blogging community.
Liebster in German means my favorite, dearest, or beloved. This award was originally for blogs with less than 2,000 followers and dates back to 2011. It recognizes and inspires new blogs / bloggers. The Liebster Award provides these blogs with exposure on the internet. It is also a great way for them to connect with and support the blogging community.
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My thanks to fellow travel bloggers Cath and Ian from Possess the World for nominating Travel, Tea and Me for the 2017 Liebster Award. I originally connected with them on twitter. They take their blog name from a quote by American Traveler and writer Elias Burton Holmes, “to travel is to possess the world.” Cath and Ian feel that “experiencing destinations slowly is more enjoyable than running from city to city to see the sites” and you see that reflected in their blog. Together they have visited 25 countries. They share their travel tales, tips and information at: http://www.possesstheworld.com; Twitter: @possesstheworld; Instagram: @possesstheworld
One of my favorite blogs is Hello Jetlag. She loves drinking and travel. I love her pictures – so stink’n cute! I have been reading her blog for several months. I was scrolling through my twitter (@HelloJetlag) and her pictures of London really stood out. It was her pictures that got me and then I started reading her blog posts. She has a great post on afternoon tea at Pink Restaurant in London. She’s just doing her things (as a freelance make-up artist) and sharing her journey with the world. I feel like she keeps it simple, real and I like that.
I also like Planes, Trains and Champagne – Christine blogs about her passion for traveling and fashion. Two of my favorite things. Twitter: @PTandChampagne
Ten Random Facts About Myself:
- I love boots (especially combat boots). I wear them with everything: pants, dresses, skirts, shorts…
- I’m artsy. I have worked several mediums (acrylic paint, water colors, clay, fabric), but drawing with sharpies is probably my favorite. I always have paper and several sharpies in different colors with me.
- I’m short (5 foot ¾ inches tall) but I ran hurdles and pole-vaulted in high school.
- I did not like tea until I did a semester abroad in London.
- I like K-Pop (Korean pop music).
- My favorite poet is Edgar Allen Poe.
- I worked for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
- I cut my own hair once and it has never grown back as long (but I wish it would).
- My favorite show is Dr Who.
- I’m fascinated by string theory.
Who / What Inspires you to travel?
My mom inspired me to travel. She grew up moving every year or two. I grew up in the same city and for most of my life the same house. One day I was talking to someone in my home town who did not like to travel. As we talked I realized that I did not want to stay in the same city my whole life. I wanted to go on a planes and trains. I wanted to see Washington DC and New York City. My mom told me about a trip we took to Washington DC when I was one years old. Of course I could not remember anything about the experience. What good was that. I wanted to go on every school trip. I even joined choir, not because I liked to sing, but because I knew they were going on an out-of-state trip. We went to Chicago and it was fantastic. After a semester abroad in college I was really hooked. I wanted to see everything – the whole world. So, I started making a list of places to visit and thinking about jobs that would allow me to travel. Then an opportunity to work for Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Two days later I flew out to North Carolina to meet up with the circus train and I’ve been traveling every since.
How has traveling changed your life.
I have always liked learning about other cultures, but traveling has made me more considerate of others. You cannot really understand what it is like for immigrants in the US until you go to another country and try to make your way around without knowing the language, culture, rules or just day-to-day basics of how they do things. While I would not say I know exactly what it’s like to move your family to another country I do have some insight and more importantly empathy.
My eating habits certainly changed. I hated tea before staying in London and came back a fan. Also I was a staving college student in London. I cooked more and ate less processed / fast food. My portion sizes decreased and my activity level increased. I walked everywhere while I was in England and when I traveled to France and Italy. I felt great!
Traveling has also made it really hard to stay still. If I’m in the same place for 2-3 months that wanderlust kicks in and I get the feeling that I need to go somewhere – do something. The more I travel … the more I want to travel.
Do you prefer the country or the city? Why?
I love the hustle and bustle of the city – everyone one smooshed together. I like being able to experience different cultures in one place – like New York City. You can find a restaurant open 24/7. There is always some place to go and something to do. I prefer a hotel rooms to a tents. That said, I do enjoy the outdoors. I love going to the beaches in Southern California or driving down the Pacific Coast Highway. Central Park in New York is one of my favorite places and I try to visit a park in every city I go to. Yosemite National Park is very special and I go there once a year with my family when my schedule allows. If I was not traveling and had to pick some place to live it would definitely be the city, but I would still visit the country.
Who are the 3 people you would invite to dinner if it could be anyone? And why?
This is a hard question to narrow down – fictional or real? Living or dead? If we are talking fiction – the 11th Doctor. In real life (living or dead) my choices would be the following:
- Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) – Author of “Oh, The places you’ll go.” I can’t read it without crying. My elementary school teacher Mrs. Semrick gave me a copy when I graduated from high school. Dr. Seuss made me love books from a very young age.
- JK Rowling – all of the Harry Potter books. I went through a time in school where I hated reading and then the Harry Potter Series came out. I started listening to them on tape, but my mom made me follow along in the book too and soon I was reading again. By the time I got to book 5 I had ditched the tapes.
- David Attenborough – If my life was a movie I would want him to be the narrator.
What do you think of the selfie stick?
I think it’s helpful when you are taking a group picture. It can also be dangerous. I have seen people trying to take it places where it doesn’t belong like roller coasters. I like taking pictures at different angles. I’m short and it helps me take pictures at different angles when I’m traveling alone. As a matter-of-fact a need a new one.
My Liebster Award nominations (show these bloggers some love):
Nominees, please review the official 2017 Liebster Award rules listed here: (https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/) and answer the five questions below in post on your blog:
1) If you could go anywhere in the world for a day where would you go and why?
2) Who are the 3 people you would invite to dinner if it could be anyone? And why?
3) Who/What inspires you to travel?
4) If you could be any animal mythical or real which one would you be? Would your significant other be the same animal or a different one?
5) How has traveling changed your life?