Hello all! I want to thank Ashley over at My Wanderlusty Life for nominating our blog for a Liebster Award. I love Ashley’s humor, sense of adventure, and her awesome travel guides! The Liebster Award works like this — a nominated blogger answers 11 questions and then nominates other bloggers and gives them a new set of questions to answer! I’ve been reading a lot of Liebster Award blog posts recently and it’s a great way to learn more about other travel bloggers! So — thanks again, Ashley!
Well, here we go! (Natasha will be answering these today 🙂 )
1. What is your travel pet peeve?
My travel pet peeve is how long it takes to travel. That being said, I think it’s worth putting up with this in order to see new places! Living in rural South Korea, it takes us two buses and 5 hours just to get to the airport. This is something that always needs to be factored into our travel time in addition to long flights and layovers.
We’ve learned to get better at dealing with long travel times. After a flight back to South Korea, we recently stayed in a hotel room for a night before heading on a long bus ride home. We’ve also dealt with a long layover in Malaysia by napping in a capsule hotel. Finding ways to be more comfortable can help make long travel more bearable.
2. Where was your first trip abroad and its purpose?
Our first trip abroad together was to Canda for our honeymoon. We had a great time and it was nice because we were able to drive from the U.S. to Canada easily. 🙂
Our next trip abroad was to South Korea — our current adventure. We had always talked about the possibility of teaching English somewhere in Asia. Last year, we decided now was the time to do it! We moved to South Korea last October and are now over halfway through our current teaching contract!
I’m so glad that we chose to do this because it’s been a learning experience in many ways and has opened the doors to many new opportunities.
3. What has been the most adventurous activity you’ve undertaken on your travels?
While we’ve done a lot of fun and unique things in the countries that we’ve visited during this experience, I’d say that learning to live and adjust to a new culture is the most adventurous thing we’ve done yet! There’s something different feeling about being a tourist versus learning to live abroad.
Learning to adjust to a completely different lifestyle, learning to communicate and understand, getting used to new foods, and learning to be comfortable in a new culture takes time and effort. It’s been an adventure and it continues to be an adventure every day.
4. If you had a signature slogan/tagline what would it be?
Lately, I think it would be “Go for it!” (I would say Just do it, but I don’t want Nike to get mad at me 😛 ) I’ve found that I want to try as much as possible while on this adventure. For example, I have a half marathon next weekend (my first one in Asia) and it’s one that I’ve trained for not nearly enough — but my thought process is why not? I’m just going to go for it and enjoy the experience — even if I’m crawling for some of it!
We learned that the Foo Fighters are coming to South Korea in July. It seemed almost impossible to attend because it’s a Sunday evening show and we live in rural South Korea and have class early Monday morning — but we decided we’re going to make it work somehow! This may mean taking a midnight bus to a city closer to us and camping out in the bus station or a motel for 2-3 hours before catching the earliest bus to school — but hey, why not
5. What is your favorite photograph from all your travels? (Yes, you have to choose ONE! I know, I suck.)
Nick handles almost all of the photography during our travels, which I’m thankful for. He’s snapped some great photographs and memories. While there are so many pictures I love, I would have to choose this one, from our day at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.
All of the photographs from this day are my favorite because it was such an amazing experience and memory. I will always be a big animal lover. It was so fun getting so close to these creatures.
6. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome while traveling?
I haven’t overcome this, but I would say I’ve made progress and will continue to work on it — going with the flow. Especially in the Korean culture, things are often decided last minute and may not be what you expect. We’ve learned to just go with whatever happens, even if it can be frustrating at the time.
This can also be the case when traveling to new places. It’s a work in progress — but stressing and freaking out solves nothing!
7. What are the top 3 things on your blogging to-do list?
1. Continue to meet and interact with other travel bloggers (it’s fun to hear their stories and it’s great to get first-hand travel advice)
2. Follow and comment on more travel blogs
3. Stay consistent with my writing
8. What is your favorite international airport?
So far, we’ve been to a handful of international airports: Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpar International Airport 2, Hong Kong International Airport, and both Chiang Mai International Airport and Krabi International Airport in Thailand.
Since we’ve been to Incheon (either coming or going) five times now, I’m going to have to go with that choice. All of our experiences here were pretty good! It’s easy to get around, there is a lot of English signage, there’s a mix of food options, and there are lots of buses that come to and from this airport. We recently read that Incheon International Airport is rated as one of the world’s best airports.
9. If you could live during any other time period, when would it be and why?
Ah, this is such a hard question! Part of me wants to say as a young adult during the early 90’s so I could experience grunge music/90s alternative live! 😛
But thinking about it more, I think it would be cool to see what the world would be like in the future! It would be neat to see things such as medical advancements, technological changes, etc. In relation to travel, I wonder how much faster or easier travel might be in the future!
10. What is your favorite view in the whole wide world? (Including the moon if you’ve been there because I imagine that one is particularly stunning.)
This is another difficult question! I used to think my favorite views were beach views, but I think I’m going to go with nature, in general. I’ve learned to love looking at the mountain views in South Korea, especially. I also love seeing beaches and lakes. As we visit new places, it’s so awesome to see nature views all over the world.
Here is a beautiful nature view taken on a hike in South Korea:
11. What is your #1 writing tip?
My #1 writing tip is to be consistent. This can be difficult when you become distracted with everything else that life throws at you, but doing so keeps you more interested in what you’re doing and writing about. It also helps you keep achieving your writing and blogging goals.
Now it’s my time to nominate some other travel bloggers! (These are also some of my favorite travel blogs to read!)
You’ve been selected for a Liebster Award!
- Lexie at Steps to Follow
- Mike at Live, Travel, Teach
- Zascha at According to Zascha
- Joella at Paper Crane Stories
And here are your 11 questions!
1. What is your favorite travel memory?
2. If you could move abroad, where do you think you’d choose to live?
3. What is the best place that you’ve ever visited?
4. How did you survive a terrible travel experience?
5. What is your favorite travel-related quote and why?
6. How do you balance travel and blogging?
7. What is your one favorite food or drink that you’ve had abroad?
8. What do you always bring with you when traveling?
9. What is one thing that you’ve learned from another culture that you will continue to carry with you throughout life?
10. How do you budget for traveling?
11. What’s the best thing that you’ve learned while traveling?
Thanks for taking time to read this post! I look forward to reading the posts from the travel bloggers that I’ve nominated! 🙂