I am excited to announce that Bemused Backpacker has for the second time now been nominated for the Leibster award. This time by not one, not two, but three awesome and inspirational travel bloggers, Samantha Hussey at the Wandering Wanderluster, Jules and Christine at Don’t Forget To Move and Taran Ramshaw at Nomaderhowfar (who deserves an award for that name alone). You should seriously check out their sites for some major travel inspiration.
The Leibster award is given and awarded by travel bloggers to travel bloggers to recognise all the hard work and sheer effort we all pour into our websites and pay it forward by spreading the word to other deserving sites.
I’m seriously honoured at the nominations, really. I’m always happily surprised to hear that others are even reading my work, and to know someone thinks you worthy of a nomination is beyond awesome!
So here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to his/her blog.
- Answer the 10 (or 11!) questions which are given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate other bloggers for the award.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
- Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
Since I have been nominated by three awesome people this time and have three sets of questions, I have taken some of each set at random and combined them into this one list. Here goes.
1) How long have you been travelling for or how long do you want to travel for?
I’ve been backpacking for over a decade now, and I have absolutely no plans to stop. At all. I’ll still be travelling right up to the end.
2) What jobs have you done while travelling?
I’ve used my qualifications in numerous volunteering roles as an expedition medic before, and I now consider writing a job which is something I have always done even during my travels. I wrote my first novel during a trip through Egypt. Other than that I have on rare occasions taught self defence and martial arts classes to other backpackers in return for a nights stay somewhere.
3) Where have you stayed the longest and why?
Singapore, on and off. I just love it there and have always made time on other trips around the region to visit. Malaysia would probably be second.
4) What’s the kindest thing a stranger on the road has done for you?
There are so many things! The one thing that sticks in my mind though was in Thailand, where I went snorkelling and lost track of the time. The suncream I had applied earlier wasn’t up the epic task of keeping my pasty English skin safe from the tropical sun and I ended up with seriously bad sunburn. I’m talking blisters! A Thai family saw me in pain, pulled me into their massage school and applied an aloe vera wrap to my back and shoulders. They went seriously above and beyond in fixing me up and absolutely refused to accept any type of payment in return. That’s one of the best things about backpacking the world, it really does show you the best in people and it restores your faith in humanity a bit!
5) If you had a week to live and an unlimited budget where would you head to?
Right now, Antarctica. It’s the number one spot on my bucket list and I’m working my way up to it, but if I only had a week left then I’m trekking to the pole if – untill – it kills me!
6) Which country do you think has the best food?
This is a really hard toss up between Thailand and Singapore, Singapore is very, very slightly edging it because of the amount of time I have spent there and the fact that some of my favourite food spots in the world are in that amazing country, some of which I have written about here. But then I always keep going back to that street food in Thailand! My mouth is watering now just thinking of it!
7) What was your most disgusting travel food experience?
Most airline food. And a McDonalds when I was at an airport and really desperate!
Pretty much every other food experience when I have been travelling has been amazing! Seriously, I love food! I mean I’ve had meals I haven’t liked so much, I’ve tried everything from crickets and grubs in Thailand to snake in the Sahara and everything in between, but even when I’ve eaten a dish that wasn’t necessarily great, I’ve always loved the experience of it, the romance of trying new things and experiencing new cultures through their dishes.
I will refuse to eat certain things though such as birds nest soup or shark fin soup, purely because of the ethical implications and the fact I don’t agree with them.
8) If you were a country, what country would you be?
I would love to say somewhere chilled and laid back like the Caribbean or South Thailand, but the truth is I’d probably be Japan. That country has had such a huge influence on my life and who I am from my very first Karate class when I was about 6.
Unless you catch me on an early shift at work, then I’m probably more like North Korea!
9) If you had to pick a theme song for your travels, what would it be?
The theme tune from the Littlest Hobo! (Yes I’m an Eighties kid and now old, shut up!)
10) What’s your dream job?
I’m doing it! Life is too short to do anything else. Now my novel just needs to make the best seller list and everything is golden!
11) If you could travel the world for one year with one other person, who would it be?
My fiancée. She is the most inspiring person I know.
12) If you weren’t writing about travel, what would you write about?
Probably fitness and health. I’m a nurse by vocation and qualification and have a deep interest in fitness and health, I’ve always trained in some capacity and used to compete in martial arts tournaments as well as train in them, so a healthy lifestyle is pretty important to me. I’ve even written a few books on the subject of diet, fitness and health. So if it wasn’t for travel it would probably be that.
13) What is your best travelling tip?
Since I chose stop making excuses in my last round of answers, I’ll say travel slowly this time round. Don’t rush through a lot of different places trying to see everything, slow down, you’ll see more.
Paying it forward.
My nominations for the next round of Leibster Awards are:
And my questions are:
1) If you lost your passport somewhere and had to be stranded, where would you choose and why?
2) What is your most embarrassing travel tale?
3) If your boat sank and you could rescue only one item from your backpack apart from your passport, what would it be?
4) If you were made the boss of an airline for a day and could make one change to make passengers lives better, what would it be and why?
5) If you could visit any country in any period of time, where would you go?
6) What is your favourite thing about being a backpacker or traveller?
7) What is the thing you hate most about being a backpacker or traveller?
8) Why do you write or blog about travel?
9) Where would you like to see your blog/website in a years time?
10) Is travel how you define yourself?
Let me know when you have posted your answers, I would love to read them! And a huge thank you once again to Samantha Hussey at the Wandering Wanderluster, Jules and Christine at Don’t Forget To Move and Taran Ramshaw at Nomaderhowfar for the nominations, and an even bigger thank you to anyone reading this right now. I really appreciate your support and I hope you are enjoying reading the website.