Way back in March, my friend Caitlin, of Furiosities, nominated me for a Liebster Award, so this post is a long time coming (ugh, life!). Caitlin and I actually met at The New York Times Travel Show in January of this year. We were both on the waiting list for a free massage (yep.). And she noticed we had not only the same name but the same spelling of that name (is there any other way?!)
Caitlin is a wonderfully interesting human with a strong desire to do good in this world. She had an epic adventure through part of Central America which she continues to write about, and beautifully so, on her blog.
Caitlin, of Furosities, asked a series of questions when she nominated me. Here they are, along with my answers:
1. When did you know you wanted to start writing about your travels?
The first time I actually did start writing about my travels was in 2011. My very first blog post was about Grenada, Spain which I traveled to enroute to Morocco. I wish I’d just stuck with that blog and revamped it as I went along, it’d be cool to see the progress I’ve made and how me and my travels have grown and evolved. But instead this is actually my fourth blog, but the first one intended for eyes beyond my mom and her mailing list.
2. If you could wake up tomorrow knowing another language, what would it be?
Spanish. I think it’s a beautiful and fierce language and it’s spoken in so much of the world. Plus I’d love to one day have a home in Spain.
3. Tell me about one moment in another culture that has made you reevaluate your assumptions and values.
Oh boy, this is a tough one. I don’t know if I can come up with a singular moment but reassessing myself and my assumptions has happened over and over again, consistently throughout the years I’ve traveled (and lived). I still look at people (any people) and judge them based on some notion I have in my head. And I kick myself for it the moment I do it and even more so when I interact with them, which I always try to do, and realize I was so incredibly off.
4. What is your favorite album of all time and why?
Can I be honest, music questions stress me out hard. Music has not ever really been a passion of mine. I like it, I think it’s important, but I don’t define myself by it so I’m going to gracefully bow out of answering this one!
5. You’re offered a hosted vacation to your all-time bucketlist destination and you can bring one guest. Where do you go and who do you take?
My answer today is to go to Ireland with my dad. I’ve been and lived there, I’ve actually been there with him, so it’s not the ultimate bucketlist destination for me but earlier this week he had a pretty major health scare. It’s quite easy to forget how fragile everything we have is. So I’d like to be able to do that kind of a trip with him again.
6. Hostel, hotel, Airbnb, or homestay?
7. What is one unrealistic, uncomfortable, or bulky item that you WISH you could travel with but can’t?
A stuffed animal.
8. Who do you nominate for President of the United States in the 2020 election? Why?
I’d nominate Elizabeth Warren. I truly think we need a woman in that office. Especially after the destruction of basic human decency we’re seeing and will surely see more of over the next two years. Warren is also very invested in universal health care, which for me, just having come back to the U.S. and working as a freelancer, has been a point of major headache and wallet pain. I don’t know much about her foreign policies which perhaps I should seeing as I’m a traveler. But, I worry The U.S.A. is so entrenched in the mess it’s created overseas all we can hope for is that human decency to be brought back into the picture.
9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
10. What is your LEAST favorite thing about blogging?
11. If you could have one post go viral — one thing you’ve said be read by hundreds of thousands of people — what would it be?
I haven’t written it yet.
O.K., now it’s my turn. I get to nominate three wonderful bloggers (technically four since I’ve got a couple blog in there) for the Liebster award. So, without further ado:
- Richa and Gaurav are My Tickle Feet and they are wonderful. I met Richa at a travel bloggers brunch in NYC and then again in D.C. where I also got to meet Gaurav. The two are not your typical ‘we sleep on the beach’ couple but rather two hard working corporate types who love their jobs and love to travel and photograph the world just as much. I mean, just look at these photos they snap!
- Tracy, from Tracy Say’s is a new and up and coming blogger who writes quite a bit about the greater NYC area. She has great recommendations like this one.
- And finally, Wynee, yes, like the Pooh – she said it, not me – of Wynee’s World. A woman after my own heart. Wynee is an often solo, usually budget traveler like myself. She recently spent some time in Portland so I am very excited to get all up in her blog posts for tips on my upcoming jaunt to the state!
And now, the questions I pose to you all to answer are:
- Are you settled or location independent? Whichever you are, do you think you could or would like to live the other?
- What is the most cliché travel experience you’ve ever had?
- Has a stranger ever bailed you out while you were traveling? What’s the story?
- What is your worst travel nightmare that hasn’t happened yet?
- What is your worst travel nightmare that has happened?
- It’s raining all day in a new city you’re visiting, what do you do?
- Have you ever found an unexpected love along the road? (This doesn’t have to be a person!)
- How many pairs of underwear do you pack for a one month trip?
- What are the unexpected items you ALWAYS have in your bag when you travel?
- You’re living abroad and a friend from your home country comes to visit, what do you ask them to bring you?
Take it away!
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