I am so thankful to have been nominated by Júlia Sándor from World Viber to receive the Liebster Award. This is an online recognition given to upcoming bloggers as a way to connect with other bloggers and to be discovered by more readers.
Fun Fact: Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
As part of the rules for winning this award, I am supposed to answer Júlia's ten questions about myself, then nominate a few other bloggers for the award.
Q. What is your favorite off-the-beaten-path destination?
A. One of my absolute favorite off-the-beaten path destinations is Grosseto, Italy. This little town is the perfect place to relax without the crowds! It’s surrounded by sunflowers in the summertime, it is only a few kilometers from the sea, Marina di Grosseto, and it is right in the center of a nature park, Parco Regionale della Maremma. Plus, being in Tuscany, the wine is fabulous (especially when you're drinking it while sunbathing).
Q. What do you miss most from home when you are on the road?
A. When I am on the road, there aren’t too many things from home that I miss. That being said, I certainly do miss my cats. In fact, when I am in Rome, I frequently stop by the cat sanctuary and spend time petting and feeding the stray gatti.
Q. How and why did you start your blog?
A. I started my blog in September of 2016 as the result of all my interests finally uniting. I was taking a travel writing class, a web design class, and I was part of the newspaper club at my university. In addition, I had been following a few fashion, travel, and lifestyle blogs (Tuula Vintage, Rosie Londoner, Gal Meets Glam, and World of Wanderlust) and had been inspired to create my own blog. This way, I could share my own travel experiences and eventually get sponsored to blog for a career.
Q. If you could earn money with anything, what would it be?
A. I would love to earn money through this blog! My dream is to be paid to wear certain outfits while I travel and review certain hotels, restaurants, and tour services.
Q. What does a perfect travel day look like for you?
A. A perfect day of travel would start by trying the coffee and breakfast food at a local cafè. I typically refer to my Pinterest boards for restaurant inspiration. In the afternoons, I love to explore a new city by simply walking everywhere. You can discover tons of hidden gems this way. Later in the day, I would find an idyllic location to watch the sunset before heading to a casual dinner, preferably involving wine. I would finish the day by writing in a journal about my experience until I fall asleep.
Q. Postcard or e-mail?
A. While I am the queen of sending emails, I don’t often have access to Wi-Fi when I travel. Therefore, I am going to have to pick postcard.
Q. What is your favorite social media and why?
A. Pinterest! I find so much of my travel inspiration here and I can keep all my thoughts and ideas organized by pinning them to separate boards. For example, I have an intire board dedicated to places I want to see in Paris.
Q. What’s your funniest story from your travels?
A. Oh goodness! I have quite a few funny stories. My mom would say that the funniest is an Italian road rage incident. I think the funniest story involved two women I met in Berlin! They tried to communicate through charades. Read about it here!
Q. What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list you want to do?
A. I’m not much of a crazy person and I have no interest whatsoever in skydiving or bungee jumping. The most daring thing on my bucket list would have to be wanting to visit Egypt.
Q. What do you collect on your trips?
A. Postcards! Living out of a suitcase, I don’t have room to buy much else. You can view a few from my collection here.
Q. What annoys you most about fellow citizens when you encounter them abroad?
A. One thing that frustrates me most about American citizens (generally speaking) is their lack of knowledge and acceptance of different cultures. This one time, I heard a girl ask for a frappuccino in a cafe in Italy. Another time, a friend of mine asked me if there was “actual civilization” in Rome.
I am now passing the Liebster Award onto the following five up and coming travel bloggers!
Travel for Difference
Girl on the Plane
Spot the Redhead