I have been nominated for The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award by my blogger friend and neighbor (Miami) Vicky of Buddy the Traveling Monkey. I met Vicky in Boston after talking to her online and just loved her bubbly personality. She travels the world bringing along a stuffed monkey to get children interested in geography and history. Vicky even invites readers to send her their child’s favorite animal to go along with her. How clever is that?
After writing my post, I got nominated a second time by the awesome Alison of Green with Renvy, whom I met online through a Facebook group I belong to. Alison’s travel and lifestyle blog with an emphasis on sustainability is spectacular! Thinkk 50 shades of “green”. I love her writing and style and cannot wait to meet her some day.
A week or so later, I was nominated by a third female blogger, Revati Victor, of Different Doors. Revati, along with her husband Charles, prefer slow travel, going places and learning all about the cultures of the area. They have a gorgeous website and I love their blogging style.
The Sisterhood award is given to female bloggers around the world and I am honored to have made all of these wonderful bloggers list and grateful for the opportunity to participate. This is “walking in high cotton” for me.
The rules for the award are to mention the blogger that nominated you, answer 10 questions of the bloggers choice, nominate 10 more bloggers, and make up new questions for your nominees to answer. A big thank you to Vicky and Alison; here are my answers!
1. What is your dream destination? My dream destination is actually a world cruise, 100+ days aboard Princess cruise lines to see all the exotic destinations I may never have a chance to see otherwise. I’ve been pricing this trip for 8 years and I can stay in an inside room for around $15K.
2. Do you speak any other languages? I do not. If you don’t, which would you like to learn? I would like to learn Spanish, but learning SEO language for blogging is keeping me busy enough. LOL
3. What aspect of your blog would you like to improve? I would really like to sharpen my photography skills and learn to use my cameras as well as improve my writing formats.
4. Have you tried any dishes that have been out of your comfort zone? Not really. I am not very adventurous when it comes to food, though I would try anything as long it was not from an animal.
5. Have you ever forgotten something before a trip and it caused some major headaches? How did you deal with it? Medicine, or not had enough of it. (remember I am old. LOL) I just had to visit a local pharmacy, pay out of pocket, and wait for an incredibly long time.
6. Which country or city has surprised you the most? Good or bad. Estonia surprised me most of all, I fell in love with it! I really like Eastern Europe period. As far as bad, I can usually find something good everywhere I go so though I have a few places that I do not ever want to go back to, nothing that was bad, per se.
7. What travel related experience are you most proud of? It was really special that my husband and I were able to take our daughters to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades 10 years when they were young. It was our family tradition and I hope that someday when I have grandchildren, we can go back to that tradition with the whole family.
8. Do you prefer hot or cold climates? It really does not matter but I do not much like packing extra luggage for all the cold climate clothing and coats.
9. If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be? I have been traveling since I was 18 years old, “cutting my teeth” driving in Manhattan, and that passion has not dwindled in all these years. I encourage everyone to enjoy what they can afford to as we are never promised tomorrow. Use what funds you can spare for experiences, not things.
10. Did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were a kid? I had a bunch but not one in particular. I was more a Barbie kind of girl though both my daughters did. Taylor had a huge stuffed girl scout (cookie sales prize) turtle, and Peyton, a Build A Bear dog (Roosevelt) that still lays on her bed to this day. Roosevelt has more clothes than I do! Both stuffed animals traveled the world with us.
- If you could sit next to anyone (dead or alive) on a one hour flight, who would it be and why? I would pick Henry VIII. I am fascinated by his life and place in history.
- What is one destination you would like to get to and why will you probably never get there? I would love to go to several places in Asia but I refuse to spend my money in a location where they are eat dogs. That may sound silly but I am very strong in my love for animals, regardless of their culture.
- Do you incorporate any eco-friendly travel practices into your trips that you could share with your readers? (recycling, carbon off-set, hiring or eating local, hotel practices etc.) I have been an avid recycler for over 25 years now and it I get incredibly mad when hotels do not have recycling programs. I never allow my hotels to wash the bed linens unless I am there an extended amount of time and I reuse towels a few times. I also only eat local if it is available, a part of me from being a business owner that will never change.
- Tell us about your carry on-what is always in it? I scored a great Samsonite bag at the WITS15 Blogger Convention in Boston and it always contains my Macbook, iPad, chargers, magazines, notebooks, postcard stamps, and reading glasses.
- What is unique about your travel blog? It is an effort of love. I am far older than the backpacker crowd that cut their teeth on social media and laptops so the fact that I am surviving on 8 different social media sites and writing about all my passions (traveling, eating, exploring, photography, and writing) is a win-win for me.
- Do you have a guilty pleasure when you travel? I am very guilty of celebrity stalking and I do it well!
- What is your favorite travel book? 1000 Places to See Before you Die. I met the author and went to her book presentation when she was in Vero and it was awesome!
- Favorite city and what do you like to eat there? Could you give us a photo? New Orleans, anything and everything. My favorite dishes are red beans and rice, po’boys, and shrimp & grits.
- What is the first thing you do when you arrive in a new destination? Take pictures of the city and hotel, get the WIFI passwords, and browse through all the local brochures in the room or hotel.
- Do you collect any particular item or souvenir when you travel? Postcards, money, and occasionally, a picture frame from that location.
- Tell us one random thing about yourself (that you think we don’t already know)! I would love to live on a cattle farm and be a farmer. Of course I do not mean working hard tending the fields farmer, but cool John Deere machinery, animals, garden, that kind of farmer.
- Knowing the local language goes a long way. Have you ever tried learning any languages on your travels? Yes, I know a little Spanish and am still working on it. We are building houses in Panama so it is pretty much required to know their same language.
- If you were allowed to travel to only one more place, where would you go? Well I would pick an around the world cruise (which is on my bucket list) but if only one specific place, probably Lake Louise or Banff in Canada.
- What place/trip has affected you the most/changed the way you think. How and why? Luckily I am last writing this because I just came back from Istanbul, and it is definitely the one that most affected me. I had never been around Muslims or any of their cultures, and I feel very blessed to have learned about it first hand and been to a country that could not have been more welcoming and friendly.
- Bravest thing you’ve ever done on your travels? Probably going on my first international cruise and having to use 8 different denominations of money. That was extremely confusing and a struggle but I managed through it.
- Most naive thing you’ve ever done on your travels? Back to that Turkey visit, I am a southerner from the US, bubbly personality, complimentary, and chatty, and love talking to people. That was certainly something the men/boys in Istanbul were not used to and there were a few times that we had to run off a few people who were following us (after I talked to them) as well as a kid and his friends who kept hanging out at our dinner table after I told him I really like his hair. Good thing I’m not a party girl because I feel I could have gotten in big trouble in Istanbul if so.
- What made you start blogging about your travels? I have always been a writer and traveler so it was only natural that, after quitting my job, moving to Florida, and being an empty nester, that I find something to do with my time and blogging combined all my passions PLUS social media, which I love!
- The one thing you’d never travel without. Medicines for anything that might occur. I would hate to be sick in another country and dependent on them to make me well.
- What is your first ever travel memory? Going to Hawaii with my mom and a travel group of all adults. I was the only child on the whole trip, no matter where we went or what we did, only me.
- Has being a woman ever been an advantage (or disadvantage) on your travels? Oh an advantage by far. Men are much kinder to women and always offering to help or make their way easier. (not all men, but a great deal of them) I do confess that I use being a woman to my advantage from time to time.
The 10 bloggers I would like to nominate to join us in the Sisterhood are:
- Sara from Mindful Travel by Sara
- Ashley from A Southern Gypsy
- Suzanne from Adventures of Empty Nesters
- Lyn from A Hole In My Shoe
- Juliana from CleverDever Wherever
- Tami from Postcards and Passports
- Nic from The Roaming Renegades
- Sue from Travel Tales of Life
- Alyssa from Adjust Your Focus
- Erin from The Epicurean Traveler
My questions are:
- Where is your happy place?
- Are you a fan of cruises and if so, what is your favorite cruise line?
- What is the least favorite destination you have been to?
- Did you ever plan a trip solely because a fictional movie or book was set there?
- What is the best museum you have ever been to?
- How did you come up with the name for your blog?
- What are your 3 biggest pet peeves when traveling?
- List your top 3 bucket list destinations.
- What is your favorite form of social media to participate in? Your least?
- What is your most successful post on your blog to date?
This was a fun blog to write and I look forward to learning new things about each of you. Please stop by and check out these amazing bloggers and learn more about them. Thanks so much for participating!