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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. It is awarded by bloggers to new bloggers to recognize their colourful efforts and offer support at their first steps. It is so encouraging to see people, who share the same passion (travelling!!) with you, read and enjoy your stories and they are willing to help the newbies! So, I feel very happy that My Shoes Abroad was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2018 thanks to an other travel girl @Tina who shares her positive stories here and nominated me!
What are the rules of The Sunshine Blogger Award?
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Let’s start with the questions I was asked:
- What have you learned about yourself from travelling?
The fear of losing the «good job/ salary / career» , the personal insecurities due to «safety concerns» around the world, the social and/ or family pressure of how you ought to live your life, the lack of friends who want to travel with you, the money that are never enough etc. are only some of the barriers especially when you want to travel long term. I learnt that WE set the limits regarding where, when and how to travel- people tend to use any kind of excuse and finally we end up staying in our comfort zone. I learned that I (and anyone!) can travel more and more when I really make the effort and create a strategy for that. Of course I was lucky enough to have this opportunity at the first place as I am a (nearly!) white person born in a Western country- so I also learnt about the privileges I have and those I haven’t (as a woman for example).
2. What’s the best travel advice you’ve received?
About the workaway program! So happy that I was told about it! In an upcoming post I will explain how it worked for me!
3. What’s the travel advice you always give?
Don’t be afraid to mingle with the locals , smile, respect their culture and ask (non offensive!) questions! This is the best way to get to know a country! For the same reasons avoid «all inclusive» hotels! What s the point of travelling on the other side of the world if you prefer to stay most of the time in a resort with a private beach and to stroll in a (western standards) shopping mall?
4. What’s your travel style – are you active and adventure driven or do you prefer to kick back and relax on your travels?
When you travel for months you can’t have the same style every day, it is exhausting! Some days I am active (but not particular adventurous!) and I walk non stop , some days are spent on transfers from the place A to the place B while others for work or rest.
5. What movie, book or television show describes your travel style?
Never thought about that before but I have a friend who says that I travel like Phileas Fogg from the book Around the world in 80 days!! I do use any kind of (usually) public transportation but I would never ride an elephant though!
6. What are three things that you take on all your travels and why?
Apart from my passport, mobile phone and cards? My shoes (I usually design one pair for each trip) , my crazy colours lipsticks (blue, yellow, grey etc.) and my Kindle!
7. What’s the best travel deal you ever scored?
Once, I booked a flight for £3 using these tricks! To be frank, I usually do not pay much for flights anyway but that was way tooooo cheap!
8. How do you learn about a culture that you’ll be visiting – read up before hand or get the feel for it once you arrive?
I do and enjoy both. I love the research beforehand but I am also impatient to get the feel as soon as I arrive in a new place!
9. Are you an adventurous foodie? What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten and name something you won’t eat.
Absolutely ! I eat a lot in local places and markets, street food and from stalls that most people, stereotypically, wouldn’t consider good enough to eat. I love trying new flavours! However, I am vegetarian and sometimes it is disappointed to see so few options around! Recently I felt in love with the mango sticky rice, a colourful and delicious Thai dessert!
10. Name the tops 5 places on your bucket list that you haven’t been to yet.
Papua – New Guinea , Peru, Tierra del Fuego , Abu Simbel (Egypt), Mexico. But my list is literally endless!
What am I curious to know about my nominees:
1. What people usually think about your country that is actually wrong?
2. Describe the trickiest moment you ever had throughout a trip.
3. Which country / place disappointed you and why?
4. What was the most terrible action against animals/ planet by humans you have experienced in your travels and how did you react / will you react if it happens again?
5. What is the most amazing place you have been and why?
6. Which language (not your native one!) do you like/ admire and why?
7. What is the best vegetarian food you have ever tried and where?
8. Mention an uncommon travel APP/ website you are in love with and why!
9. What do you say to people who are afraid of travelling (but they would like to)?
10. Which was the most «out of your comfort zone» place you have been to so far and why?
11. How do you help the locals in less privileged countries you visit?
And now my fantastic nominees!
1. Kitty from Canada who travels the world without a return ticket!
2. Jen from the States who travels along with her partner and they have followed a similar itinerary with us so far but we didn’t have the chance to meet each other!
3. Marya from Indonesia with the amazing beautravel (what a fab word!) blog!
4. Ruby from India who gained me when I stumbled upon her menstrual cup review! Go girl, not many travel blogs talk about period!
5. Περιπλανώμενη Αλεπουδίτσα from Greece , a bohemian traveller who loves literature and is vegetarian like me!
6. Alex from Canada who lives in Thailand and wants to travel in every UNESCO World Heritage Site! Great goal!
7. Laura from the UK who quit her teaching job for a global adventure!
Looking forward to your answers. Good Luck!