I woke up this morning to the awesome news that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is an online award given to new bloggers by bloggers who have been on the scene for a while. It focuses on South African based blogs that are either travel orientated or that have travel stories. Check out my Thailand Travel Diary if you haven’t already!
As part of my nomination, I have a couple of questions to answer so here goes!
1. Hotels, hostels or tents?
Hotels, without a doubt. I am not the ‘roughing it’ type and can’t stand being cold, or not having a bath to relax in.
2. Your top two most essential travel items (excluding your passports)?
A camera and a travel diary to write down my experiences. It’s important to me to remember everything I experience and I don’t trust my short term memory.
3. Where’s your hometown and what’s the best thing about it?
I grew up in Springs in the East of Joburg. I get a lot of flack for this. I’m not a massive fan of Springs but I think the best thing about it is the small town community feel.
4. What is a typical day like for you (travelling or not)?
I wake up super early – around 05:00/05:30ish, and drag myself to work as the day starts at 7AM sharp. I spend the day working with babies in a well baby clinic. At 15:30, I get to go home (BONUS), and once I’m home I do some more work part-time – writing for some pregnancy and baby magazines, and doing some community management. This is almost always followed by some couch cuddling and TV-series watching with the mister.
5. Why do you travel?
Travel is the best form of education. I love learning about other cultures. It helps you realize that there’s more to life.
6. What is one of the best travel lessons you’ve learnt so far?
You can never do too much preparation. Before travelling to Thailand, I spent ages researching the different areas we’d stay in, the different transport options, common phrases to use and the like. This was a massive help, because once we got there, we felt confident and knew what was going on. It made the neurotic person in me calm down a lot. In the same breath, though, I learnt that you can’t plan EVERYTHING and sometimes it’s ok to figure it out as you go along.
7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
I would live in a big city – somewhere like London, or Melbourne. I love how exciting and busy big cities are. There’s always something happening, and the shopping! Oh, the shopping.
8. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
I’d say Soi Cowboy in Bangkok is way up there. It’s a small street lined with strippers, prostitutes, lady boys, and ping pong shows. To say I was completely overwhelmed by the sights and sounds is an understatement. The Thai people are extremely comfortable with their sexuality, and this in itself is not something you see too often elsewhere.
9. Why did you start blogging?
It started off as a a way to document my experiences as a nursing student – I saw some crazy things, and I had the most amazing stories to tell. My blogging started to organically grow from there and became a form of an electronic diary.
10. What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
I’d say a train. That way, I can do my own thing, like writing, while listening to music and not having to focus on where I’m going. It’s also way faster than a car and sitting in typical Fourways traffic like I do.
11. What’s your next travel destination?
Although I’ve been there before, I really want to go back to explore Europe. I was last there when I was around 13 and don’t really remember anything at all. Old age. I’d like to go back and have a bit of a ‘roadtrip’ throughout Europe.