Being new to blogging, I didn’t know what The Liebster Award was until a couple of weeks ago. It is such a great idea, as it is passed on by fellow travellers and bloggers, as a way to recognise and help give exposure to new blogs, and to share good content. Whoever thought of it (I couldn’t find out who) started a great chain!
My site is really a travelogue with pictures, and not necessarily as popular a form of blog as some, so I am very appreciative to Veggie Vagabonds. They promote vegan and sustainable living, which is very close to my heart as a vegetarian often travelling in the meatier places of the world. Their lively travel stories and recent article on how to go fully vegan have really inspired me. Read about their adventures, like how they nearly got caught in a wildfire in Portugal, and check out some great recipes!
I am so happy to have been nominated, and it’s good to know that my ramblings and wanderings have been enjoyed by others, as the blog is only in its first few weeks. (If you read it you will meet Scott, who would tell you he was the reason for the interest).
My Favourite Blog – The Man in Seat Sixty-One
I don’t know if Mark Smith, the eponymous ‘Man in Seat 61‘ would call himself a blogger. He says he is a ‘career railwayman who ran away from Oxford to join the circus’. I love his site – it is my go to place for slow travel. Whenever I am planning a trip, it is the first place I look to see what is possible overland. And while I am looking for a particular train or journey, all the other journeys I am not looking for, join the end of my kaleidoscope bucket list. It has all the information about trains and ferries you could ever need, all in one place, and provided as a service. If you don’t know it already, then take a look and get excited about all the boats and trains in the world…
My answers to the questions from The Veggie Vagabonds (Scott says the answer to every question could easily be ‘Scott’):
1. Items you can’t travel without (3 max)
My kindle, my backbrace and my camera
2. Greatest travelling experience (person you’ve met, wildlife encounter etc)
Living for a few months near the Stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu. ( and I returned pregnant with my incredible daughter – so a meeting of a kind)
3. What do you think you need to consider when travelling?
The main thing is to travel without preconceptions if possible and be prepared to adapt to fit the customs and expectations of the culture where you are. Try to be kind, respectful and have a low impact. Also, when planning, I think it’s easy to be under-ambitious – you can do so much in fairly short amounts of time. You don’t need months of time and money to have amazing experiences. Also, through experience I think planning food ahead before a long trip is important – especially if you are veggie! (sometimes clashes with my first point of course – what if sheep’s eyeballs are the custom…?)
4. What do you think are the benefits of a vegan lifestyle?
The main benefit of veganism, is it’s the most important way to protect the environment through lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and so positively impacting climate change. For me personally, animal welfare is hugely important as well. Factory Farming is desperately cruel.
5. Favourite meal you’ve had abroad?
A Masala Dosa in Tamil Nadu in southern India – made at the side of the road with love. Selling this food meant the family could give away food to those who couldn’t pay.
6. Top tip for first time travel?
Take risks, trust people. (Be sensible, where necessary…)
7. What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long period abroad?
I have lots of baths, go window shopping for shoes and bags, and watch costume dramas.
8. If you ruled the world, what would you change?
Everyone would have equal worth and equal access to resources – I would make a decree 🙂
9. What is the ethos behind your blog?
It is still evolving, but I think it is that health problems, age, money or time are never reasons to stop travelling or learning. Every day is an adventure! (Despite my high ideals, I bet people will end up reading it see what Scott does next)
10. If you could you could pick 3 songs as the soundtrack to your life, what would they be?
‘Heijira’ Joni Mitchell
‘Fire in the Forest’ David Sylvian (or anything by him in fact)
‘Venus in Furs’ the Velvet Underground
The Blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award
Choosing has given me opportunity to read, appreciate and focus on two of my favourite things – travel and reading. There are some really good blogs out there, and it’s a wonderful thing about the internet (for someone who grew up without it), that it is so easy to get access to all these adventurers walking the earth and doing amazing things, and then telling everyone else about them. I am sure it’s no coincidence that the WWW uses sailing metaphors like navigating and surfing! Of the many blogs I read these ones stood out for me as they made me smile as I read them – either for the wonderful images, original writing, or the concept. Have a look – I am sure you will agree that they are really worth following.
My questions for the nominees:
- What do you miss most from home when you are travelling?
- What is the best vegetarian meal you have ever had?
- What book would you recommend for a long train journey?
- Where is somewhere you would go back to over and over if you could and why?
- What travel hacks do you use to keep your luggage to a minimum?
- What weather apps do you use?
- What is your favourite form of transport when you are travelling, and why?
- Where do you still want to go?
- Where would you never go again?
- How do you decide where to go next?
The Liebster Award Rules
- Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it somewhere on your blog.
- Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog (that is not your own). Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
- Respond to the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you for the award.
- Nominate 5-11 travel blogs that you feel deserve the award.
- Ask nominees 10 questions you would like them to answer on.
- List these rules in your post.
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.