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Liebster Award

I am excited to announce my acceptance of the Liebster Award! Since 2011 The Liebster Award has been passed around to recognize awesome new blogs. This provides a way for the online blogging community to share and connect with other bloggers and support the blogging community.

I was nominated by the amazing Stephanie Fox of Newcastle and Travel. Stephanie is a UK based blogger who focuses on awesome photos and true travel experiences. She is not only a local expert of Newcastle and avid weekend warrior, but also makes the most of her time away too! She’s been to lots of places around Europe and her blog has a wealth of information for any traveler. Her posts describe fun things to do and places to grab a bit in each city. Her blog is truly a gem and the place to check out if you’re looking to add a touch of affordable luxury to your next destination. As a fellow photographer I really enjoy her Instagram account – so be sure to check it out!

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Never stop exploring

Questions asked by Stephanie Fox

Where was your first ever trip abroad?

I went on an exchange to France. I was a teenager and really didn’t want to go, complaining to my mom that I would “hate the food.” Seriously, who does that?! Little did I know that trip would be the start of a travel addiction. I’ve been traveling ever since. As for the food you ask? Of course I was dead wrong.

Is there anywhere that you could go back to again and again and never get bored of?

Aside from my home in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado I would have to say either the island of Borneo, Peru, or New Zealand. It’s really hard to chose. I’ve been to 29 countries (not including the US). Borneo has great food, amazing people, beautiful scenery and a relaxed atitude. Peru is just so diverse in it’s people and ecology I feel like I could spend a lifetime there. New Zealand is the most beautiful country I have ever been to. Every day I thought I had seen the most beautiful thing there was and the  next day I would be wow’ed all over again.

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Discovering Borneo

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever been?

I Couchsurfed in a working class neighborhood in Hanoi, Vietnam. The entire ordeal was difficult to begin with. I had a lapse in judgement and stayed with someone who didn’t speak English very well and didn’t have many reviews. Hidden amongst a tangle of alleyways and side street – the cab driver couldn’t even find his home. I slept on a tile floor on a bamboo mat while the person I was traveling with slept in another building with my host. My host fed me dog’s blood. In order to not be rude, I forced myself to try it, but I cried afterwards. There’s a legend in South East Asia that dogs know when you have eaten dog, and I cried believe that my pup back home would know. He told me that it was his goal to “make foreigners try all the strange food of Vietnam.” Believe me, I ate some weird stuff. This was the only negative Couchsurfing experience I’ve had and I have my judgement to blame.

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I rarely take pictures of food – but I’m guessing you can spot the dog’s blood…

Where is the most luxurious place you’ve been?

I would have to say the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. I’ve spent a lot of time there – it’s a family tradition to have Thanksgiving Dinner at my house and then drive down for the holiday weekend and stay at the cottages on the golf course. My aunt and uncle recently passed away (both last year). My aunt was like a mother to me. This year was the first year I returned since their passing. It was a little tough at times, but a good reminder of the amazing times we’ve had together.

If you had to plan a day for someone visiting your home what wold you suggest?

We would be up early and visit Rocky Mountain National Park for sunrise. I love watching the sun set and rise. Rocky Mountain National Park is such a quintessential Colorado experience. However, the park gets crowded. Leave once the crowds roll in and spend the rest of the day enjoying the mountains. Next on the list would be a more local spot up a 4WD road to the top of Jones Pass. Here you can easily hike up to 13,000′ and enjoy amazing views of the dramatic Gore Range. There is much beauty in Colorado it’s impossible to experience it all in one day.

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The sun setting from the top of Jones Pass

What is your favourite dish you’ve tried abroad?

I’ve had this debate in my head for years and it is a tie. There is a restaurant called Nirvana in the Bangsar neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Second is a seafood hawker center by the airport in Singapore. You can get the world’s best chili crab here. Delish! I would cross the world just to eat either of these meals.

Where is the furthest place you’ve been from home?

Mongolia. It was my first time to Asia and I was traveling alone. I have never felt further from home. Mongolia also marked my first overnight visit to a hospital. You can read about my experience here.

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Ger camp on the Steppe

Is there anywhere you don’t want to visit?

China doesn’t really interest me. Just doesn’t seem like a place I’d like. I’m also not interested in any war-torn areas (for obvious reasons, although there are countries that I would love to visit if they were safe). North Korea also doesn’t interest me. Other than that my list of places to see and things to do is huge – I’m always adding to it!

Where in the world is your favourite sunset?

Everyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for sunsets. Out of all the places I’ve been my answer is pretty surprising – Lake MacConaughy in Nebraska. Yes, you read that right, Nebraska. My boyfriend’s family has a cabin up there. Nebraska’s wide open sky let’s you enjoy every second of color. And who can argue with a sunset boat ride?

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Big sky, beautiful colors, reflective waters

What is on your travel list for 2017?

Dubai, Nepal, Iceland, and of course more local discoveries in Colorado. I’ve dreamt of visiting Nepal since I read Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air when I was 10 years old. I’m beyond the moon to have the opportunity to make my childhood dreams a reality!  I’m also headed to Iceland this November to see and hear those Northern Lights!

Nominations

Thanks again Stephanie for this amazing award! Now it’s time for me to pass the baton and nominate my favorite blogs. Each one is different and all of these amazing bloggers have something great going on. Check them out!

Walking Two By Two – Michelle is a well seasoned Aussie trekker. She’s done some amazing stuff and is a great resource for all things trekking.

Read Michelle’s acceptance here: Walking Two By Two Liebster Award

Modern Outdoors – Nicole touches on topics you’re afraid to ask about. Keeping things honest, real, and outdoorsy! Oh and of course her pictures are amazing!

Wanderer’s Hub – Harsh and Prerna an Indian couple with the travel bug who like me live for sunsets and long road trips!

Read the Wanderer’s Hub Liebester Award here!

Trail Maiden – Karolina has some great tips and tricks for getting started with the outdoors. She provides awesome and thorough advice about all things outdoors and even gives you handy checklists!

The Clueless Wanderer – Margaretha is a one of a kind and a fresh voice in the blogging world. She’s got a great sense of humor and a unique writing style.

Margaretha wrote one awesome acceptance to her Liebster Award here!

Congrats! And here are my 10 questions for you:

  1. What inspires you the most to get out and explore?
  2. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life what dish would it be?
  3. What’s your favorite season and why?
  4. You’re in the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen – describe it for us then tell us where it’s at.
  5. What was a time when you missed home the most?
  6. What is your dream destination?
  7. Sunsets or sunrises? Why?
  8. What has been your most embarrassing moment or mishap on the road, trail, or traveling?
  9. If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting out as a traveler or an outdoors enthusiast what would it be?
  10. What are your plans for 2017?

Thanks and Happy New Year from the Fox!

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18 Thoughts on “A New Year! – The Liebester Award”

  • Congratulations on the Award. You totally deserve it! Thank you for the nomination as well, truly humbled by it coming from someone with such an accomplished history and blog.

    • Awwwww Mo you’re too sweet! Thank you so much! I’m really happy to nominate you. Your voice is so unique, upbeat and fun to read! It’s refreshing! I hope you enjoy answering all my crazy questions! I can’t wait to read your acceptance post 🙂

  • Congratulations! It must be so nice to be awarded something after working so hard on it! Looking at your travel list for this year I can definitely recommend Iceland and Nepal, my two favourite places!

    • Thanks! I’m so excited! I had to take almost 2 years off of international travel to finish up some stuff here at home and I’m BEYOND excited to be back out there on the road, in the air, and on the trail! 🙂

  • Congratulations! And some great blogs there I’m going to check out. I’ve not long got back from Iceland – you will love it, it’s amazing 💙

    • Aww thank you Coralie! It was waayyy too weird – would NEVER recommend it. But, I’m with you, I love to try local foods, even if they sound weird, but that wasn’t I was “loving to try.”

  • Congrats! It’s cool to see the Liebster Award still doing the rounds, it’s a nice bit of encouragement 🙂 Iceland sounds amazing, I would love to visit, and Nepal too! Sounds like you’ve got a great year planned.

    • Thanks! It’s really neat! I honestly enjoyed making the post. It’s nice to reflect on all of the things you’ve done and what lies ahead. I especially enjoyed nominating people then reading their posts! It’s almost better than accepting the award!

    • Awful doesn’t even begin to describe it! It ruined my entire time in Hanoi for sure. That was by far the worst thing I tried, but I was definitely asked to try other foods that would make your skin crawl! I was happy when I left Hanoi and could go back to bowls of pho and Bahn Mi!

  • Dog blood doesn’t sound cool at all. Is it a delicacy there.? I am with you in China, I have never been so keen to visit, but I hope it is just a bad misconception I have. Nice set of questions.

    • Hey Bonnita,
      I’m with you – just not interested I guess. Dog’s blood and meat is a delicacy in Vietnam, mostly found in the north. That’s why I felt bad not trying it. It’s pretty expensive and the family definitely went out of their way to get it, but it was a difficult experience for me.

  • Congratulations! It feels good to be recognised for your work, and that too, by peers. Savour the moment and hope it inspires you towards higher goals.

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