YAY YAY YAY! My blog was nominated for the Liebster Award by the wonderful Kerry from The Petite Wanderer. The Petite Wanderer is a fun and creative travel blog where Kerry shares about her adventures through her eyes as an artist. A USA native, Kerry has just come back from studying abroad in Spain and has lots of tips on visiting Europe.
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The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers to create a community of recognition among new bloggers. (Psst say bloggers ten times fast). The award is designed specifically for “new blogs” or blogs that don’t yet have many followers. Most blogs that get nominated have around 200 active followers or less.
Interesting side note for all you language nerds: Liebster in German means sweetheart, darling or beloved person. It’s true I just looked it up. (Awwww)
Below are the set of questions that Kerry from The Petite Wanderer gave to me for my nomination.
My earliest memory is of me sitting on grey carpeted stairs feeling extremely confused and frustrated. I remember my dad saying, “It must seem weird having all these people moving things out of the house, huh?” We were in the process of moving to a different house and little did I know I would soon begin to love those first exciting feelings of uncertainty before going to a new place.
My favorite alcoholic drink is the piña-colada and my favorite non-alcoholic drink is tea. I order piña-coladas whenever they are available to me. They remind me of white sand beaches, sun-kissed skin and crystal clear waters. As for tea, I drink tea almost 24/7. I worked at Teavana for over a year and so I am always fully stocked.
This one is really difficult actually. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and I mostly took Linguistic courses. I have always wanted to work with Language Re-Vitalization Projects in any way, shape or form. Perhaps I may still want to do that one day but lately I’ve been hoping to become a writer of some sort (hence the blog).
My main passions in life are travel, culture, language and sustainability. The whole reason I studied Anthropology in university was so that I could have endless excuses to travel the world. I love learning about cultures and how people from different places think about and experience life differently. I love learning languages (I speak English, Spanish, and a little French) and I also enjoy exploring how languages affect culture and vice versa. Basically I like people and exploring the earth.
I don’t want to totally cop out of this question but it is literally impossible for me to pick a single trip that I would consider to be the best. I’ve been very blessed to have been able to visit so many beautiful countries and experience so many amazing things. I know it’s the biggest cop out ever but I have tried to pick and I really can’t! However, I do have a list of some of the best experiences I have had on a variety of trips. Here are some of the best ones:
This blog is by Sarah. Sarah is a lover of travel and all things outdoors. Her blog is all about taking care of the environment. It is really a call to action to all of us to take responsibility for our actions while home or traveling abroad. I especially found her article about the harmful effects that chemical sunscreens have on coral reefs super interesting. Go check out her blog to find out how you can make your life and future travels more eco-friendly.
Jess is working on becoming a digital nomad and is working on living a more natural lifestyle. Her blog is full of trip inspiration and natural living tips. I really love the short article she wrote about World Ocean Day. The ocean truly is one of the most beautiful things in the world and Jess has some really good yet simple tips to better care for it. Visit Jess’ blog for travel and natural living inspiration.
Ryan and Janine run the blog, ‘Same Same but Different’. The couple has been roaming the globe since 2015. Their travels originally began when they left to teach English in Vietnam. ‘Same same but different’ is a phrase commonly heard in South East Asia for various reasons. Check out their trip guides and stories and don’t forget to read more about the phrase, ‘same same but different’.
Trailing Abroad is a blog by Meghna and Pushkaraj. Meghna is the writer and Pushkaraj is the photographer of this wanderlust infused travel blog. The couple have been together for over ten years and have tons of travel experience. You can read about their many trips from India to Greece to Tanzania and more. My favorite article of theirs is about an underwater hotel room they visited in Tanzania! They even included a beautiful video of the experience. I have definitely added this to my personal bucket list as well.
Claire really enjoys finding her way through the unique cultures of different cities and countries. Her blog is all about slow travel. She enjoys taking her time exploring and in doing so really getting to know different places well. Claire has a dynamic and engaging writing style and her posts are super fun to read. I especially loved her post about what she learned when visiting Croatia. It’s light-hearted, funny and basically describes why Croatia is at the top of my own personal bucket list right now.
Thanks again to the wonderful Kerry from The Petite Wanderer for nominating me! Don’t forget to go check out her inspiring, artsy, travel blog.
Thank you also to everyone reading this as readership is what keeps my blog alive! I am looking forward to reading everyone else’s responses so much! Thanks again!
Happy travels and remember, leave only footprints!
April is the founder and main author for Just Leaving Footprints. She has written for numerous blogs and publications such as Explore Magazine and Snow Pak. April loves writing about sustainable tourism, and promoting other sustainable travelers on her Facebook Group and Instagram Community, Ladies for Sustainable Travel. Currently, April is living and teaching English in Mexico City with her husband Arturo and they don’t plan on stopping their travels anytime soon.
Before I started a travel blog I had no idea what I was getting into…March 1, 2019