See The World
Seek Adventure Travel Happy
Wow, if we get too many more of these it's going to go straight to our heads. We've posted about our first and second Liebster Awards but here we are with a third AND a fourth!
Every time I am just as blown away. I'm always just shocked that anyone actually reads this, let alone enjoys it enough to pick it out for this type of recognition. Thank you, thank you to Journey to Design and Surviving Europe for their nominations. You should take a break from reading this to go check out their sites. But then come back...because I'll get lonely over here.
So, part of the deal with the Liebsters is I have to answer some tough questions. First off from Journey to Design:
What did you learn from travelling the world?
A. Patients. I know it sounds cliche, but it's the truth. I'm naturally not a very patient person. Travel though requires it. Undoubtedly your flight will be delayed, your bus will break down, or you'll be lost in a a new city when all you want to do is rest. Traveling has made me a better person this way. My short fuse is a bit longer these days.
Best food eaten abroad?
A. Oh man, that's like asking me to pick my favorite sunny day. If I had to choose, I'd have to say the gelato we had in Italy...all of it (with one exception). It was all so good. I want to dedicate my life to becoming a gelato connoisseur.
What do you miss from home?
A. Our dogs, Stella & Hobbes. I turn into a crazy person when we are on the road. I start going up to strangers and asking if I can pet their dog. Sometimes I wish they were those tiny dogs that you can carry around in a purse so I could take them with us.
Best architecture you've seen while travelling?
A. I'd have to say that at this time, it would be the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome. I remember feeling so in awe the moment I saw it. There's something indescribably (at least for me) impressive about it. Barcelona is high on my list of places I'd like to visit, in part because of the architecture, so this answer may change with time.
Best Advice for newbie travelers?
A. Ignore your parents' advice and talk to strangers. Talking to strangers is how I got to meet Sean White, found a job in a foreign country, made life long friends, found my way in new cities. Be smart about it, and never put yourself in a compromising situation. But, sometimes being brave enough to talk to the stranger on the bus next to you will lead you on an amazing adventure. Even if it doesn't, you might just have a great conversation.
Best Travel Hack?
A. I'd have to say that multi-city plane tickets is one of my favorite. Sometimes it's cheaper to fly to one city, and back home from another, which is also a great excuse to see more places. If you're already planning on covering a lot of territory, it also saves you all the time and money of getting back to your original destination. Sometimes thinking outside of the box when booking your tickets can save you a lot of money.
If you could only travel to one country, which one would it be?
A. Asking this to a travel addict is almost cruel. I'd have to say Spain. I've always wanted to go and I've never been. So, if I could only pick one more to see, that would be it. It's definitely a place that I don't want to miss out on.
Is there a place you don't want to go back to?
A. Kind of, but not entirely. I don't really have a desire to go back to Mexico. That is 100% because of the dangers. I just did not feel super safe when I was there. It's a real shame, because one of the best beaches I've ever seen was in Mexico. So, until things are calmer there, I'm not planning on going back.
What's your hometown and is it worth a trip?
A. I spent most of my childhood in Carlyle, Illinois. It's a small town surrounded by farms and along a big lake. The lake is one of the best in the country for sailing. So, if you're into sailing, it could be a fun trip. When I was in high school, I moved to Pocatello, Idaho. There's a lot of outdoor things to do there (mountain biking, hiking etc). It's also on the way to Yellowstone National Park.
Who was the most interesting person you've met travelling?
A. His name was Rico and he was born on a sailboat off the coast of Cuba. We met him in the Bahamas and he had a lot of interesting stories about his life. I'm not sure if they were all true, but they were certainly interesting. And he had a gourmet chocolate cake hook-up when I had a craving in the middle of the night...so he's cool with me.
Where will your next trip take you?
A. That's one that I've been wresting with. It's mostly between Costa Rica and Iceland. Depending on the day, I'll have a different answer. Today, I'm leaning towards Costa Rica because we want to spend the week at a surf camp. Only time will tell!
Ok, now onto the next set from, Surviving Europe!
What inspired you to pursue a life of travel & adventure?
A. I think I was just born with it. I don't remember a time when I haven't wanted to travel. I've always been so mesmerized by how beautiful this world is, and I don't want to miss out on a single bit of it. The more I travel, the more this desire is fueled. I just want to keep going!
How do you create a work-life balance in your lives as travel bloggers?
To be honest, it's really hard. Liz and I both work regular jobs, and sometimes more than one job at a time. Plus we both try really hard to get out and travel as much as we can. That can make it really hard to also blog about it. A lot of time goes into writing posts and doing all the stuff on the back end to make the blog run. Recently, I've been giving myself permission to not worry so much about having X number of posts a week. For me, it's most important to enjoy life. If I'm not really enjoying life, then what's the point? I've also found myself on trips, going to extra effort to get photos or information so I can share it later. But, I just felt that that was so stupid. I've recommitted myself to living in the moment more.
If money was no object, where would you go and how long would you stay there?
Everywhere, and forever. If I really had unlimited funds. We would go everywhere and probably never come back. We'd spend as much time as we wanted in each spot and then just get up and keep going, forever and ever.
Where is your “happy place”? Tropical beach? Snow-capped mountains? Bustling city?
A. I've been pretty happy in all those locations, but if I had to pick one, I'd say "Beach!"
When you’re in a travel “rut” and feeling homesick, what do you do to snap out of it?
A. To be honest, I've never been terribly homesick. Does that make me a terrible person? Anytime we've traveled for an extended amount of time, we've communicated with Skype and that always helps feel closer to the people you love. I've moved a lot, and so there's not one place that feels like home. If anything, I miss certain friends and family. So, it's nice in this modern age that we can stay connected no matter where we are.
Tell us about the best trip you’ve ever taken!
A. That would be our nearly year long trip to New Zealand. Happy Travelers readers are probably tired of hearing about it, but it was seriously the best. New Zealand is an amazing country, filled with incredible people, and it's a place everyone should visit at least once.
Are you an adventurous eater when you’re traveling? What is the craziest thing you’ve ever tried?
I'll try anything once. I've never been too afraid to eat something. The craziest thing I've had is
Ika no Shiokara in Japan, which is salted squid guts. I was a little unsure of what to expect, but I actually really liked it.
What is the #1 thing you want to check off the bucket list?
A. I want to see the northern lights! It just looks like it must be such an amazingly beautiful experience.
Where is the weirdest place you’ve ever slept?
A. At the base of a volcano in New Zealand.
Is there anything you’ve learned so far in your blogging experience that you want to pass on to those just starting?
A. I'd say to try your best to always be authentic. My favorite blogs, travel or otherwise, seem very authentic to the authors. No one wants to read something that is exactly what they can find everywhere else. That can be really hard when you're struggling with trying to boost readership, or suffering from writer's block. Just try and stay true to the reason why you decided to start, and have fun.
And....that's it! Thank you to Journey to Design and Surviving Europe for their nominations! Please stop by and check them out.
Typically with a Liebster award, you are suppossed to nominate 5 other bloggers. Because we've done this a few times before, I'm not going to do that. But, do check out our first and second Liebster Awards posts to see who we did nominate before.
I hope you all have a great week. Liz and I should be back later with some new posts to help spur some summer vacation ideas.
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz