I’ve Received A Liebster Award! 

Liebster Award BadgeMy First Award!

a tuk tuk tour in Kew Gardens about spices of the world
Me and my youngest on a tuk tuk tour in Kew Gardens, learning about spices of the world

I recently received my first blogging award – a Liebster. A what? To receive one you have to be awesome and able to create literary masterpieces whilst shooting sparkly moonbeams out of your ass. Actually, as much as I could possibly achieve the above maybe on a good day and after a Berocca in a Red Bull, the reality is, all you need to be able to do is appeal to another fellow blogger and get nominated! The word Liebster in German means : sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, cute, endearing, valued – and the award is a heartwarming way of sharing the love between bloggers and to help promote the newbies of the bloggersphere. So I shan’t be wearing a gold medallion for 3 months like my 7 year old last year after her proud 5k run, and I won’t be smashing a bottle of champagne on the side of a big boat (bad timing loaning it to the Hoff for his med cruise) but I shall be saying a Big Thank You to my fellow blogger friend Mel from www.melbtravel.com for this wonderful nomination – it puffed my chest and I’ve walked two inches higher since I heard. To accept the award, however, I must answer several questions that Mel herself has formulated in an attempt to share a bit about myself with the rest of the world. Here goes…

Favourite country and why?

Well this ones easy and my hubby hates this answer because I didn’t travel here with him but I know 100% that if he’d been it would be his favourite too: Costa Rica. The size of Wales but brimming with diversity and flora and fauna. I spent a month here back in 2005 and I fell in love with the people, the waterfalls, the beaches, the wildlife, the culture, the coffee and a gazillion other things. But most of all it was the animals – we had sloths in our gardens, lizards everywhere, butterflies the size of your face with iridescent wings, folk travelled on horseback, poisonous dart frogs, jumping spiders, creatures I don’t even know the names of, beach floors littered with hermit crabs and the monkeys, oh those pesky monkeys. It was wonderful and my heart aches to go back one day.

selfie in Ibiza on a beach
One day I’ll take this man back to Costa Rica

What 3 essential things do you always travel with?

1. My camera. I don’t want to miss a thing and I really got into photography 6 years ago so I regularly shout “stop the car!” for a photo opportunity.

2. Tea bags – what can I say, us Brits like our tea!

3. A nice dress, then we have to find a good reason to wear it!

boat on lake como
Mingling with the rich and famous on Lake Como

What is your favourite thing to use to capture your travel memories?

My blog! I jot down notes in my little leather yellow notebook as we’re travelling round, the way things make me feel or smells and sounds, that way I can remember places better when it comes to writing the post.

How many countries have you been to?

19. Only 177 to go.

Where is your next travel adventure?

We’re off to Copenhagen in a few days time. We booked an impromptu flight for just the two of us back in February this year and we loved it, so we’re going back with the kids and the parents. Might pop over into Sweden on that awesome bridge while we’re at it.

Where is your dream destination?

Apart from Costa Rica with Rich, I’d love to venture East for a change. India first off. I’ve heard your senses are assaulted in every which way, and that I would like to experience. My best friend spent a bit of time there on her round the world trip and she stirred in me a desire to go. One day.

a man walking in the souks of marrakech
The Senses are assaulted in the Souks of Marrakech

Budget or Luxury?

Luxury all the way. I’ve done my days of hostels and camping, shared bathrooms with foreigners which resemble repositories for all of Europe’s spare pubic hair, and slept in fields where the ground is so uneven you wake up needing a Osteopath. Give me a chocolate on my pillow any day. That’s not to say we stay 5* everywhere we go, if it’s a choice between one expensive holiday or 3 cheap/mid range holidays, we’re always going to choose quantity over quality. That said, we have become experts at finding great places at low prices.

drinking champagne in Thassos at 5 star hotel
5 star luxury in Thassos

Adventure or relaxation?

Adventure does relax us! Exploring the unknown, finding the secret spots, sampling a bit of local living is what makes us happy. I love to read, so laying on a beach with my head in a book is high on my list of favourite things to do but it’s a little distracting when you know there are millions of different opportunities just waiting to happen in the nearby town or National Park or coastline. I can read for an hour but then I want to explore.

Favourite travel app?

The London Underground has a tube app and it randomly goes off even when I’m not in London, informing me of line closures and delays, but I love it because I can be in Asda doing the weekly shop and my handbag shouts ‘mind the gap’ and sings the appropriate ‘Bing-bongs’ to alert me of some tube-news. There I am, happily dreaming about one of my favourite cities in the sausage aisle! The skyscanner app has enabled us to book flights over a beer with friends on days that we never woke up thinking we’d be booking a holiday that day. And who couldn’t get by without trip advisor!? I also like the Geochaching app (it’s taken us to some pretty random places on our travels) and GuidiGO for walking tours.

Favourite travel quote?

Hmm, yeah – I’m not one for quotes. Sorry!

My Liebster Award Nominees

Here are some of my choices of Travel Blogs which I think deserve the award too…

  1. Elizabeth from Wandermum
  2. Georgette from Girl In Florence
  3. Lauren at Global Locavore
  4. Clare at Need Another Holiday
  5. Darren and Shelley at Finding Beyond
  6. Anisa & Katherine at Two Traveling Texans

My Questions For Them…

  1. Which city/town could you see yourself living in one day?
  2. Have you ever had any travel regrets?
  3. Who is your favourite person/people to travel with and why?
  4. Where to next?
  5. What do you miss about home?
  6. Which country has your favourite cuisine?
  7. Tell me your funniest traveling experience…
  8. Tell me 3 places on your bucket list.
  9. What’s your favourite travel book?
  10. What’s the first thing you do when you get to your destination?
  11. Name your top 3 hotels.

Liebster Award 2016 Rules

Keep this chain of awards going when you decide to accept the Liebster award and follow these simple rules…

1. Write a blogpost about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
2. Thank the person who nominated you for the Liebster and include a link to their blog.
3. Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blogpost.
4. Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers who you think deserve a Liebster award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
5. List these rules in your blogpost.

So there you have it – a little bit about me and a few of my travel blog recommendations too. If you like what you’ve read, be sure to follow me below and be the first to hear when a new post is out!

If you know of any new or brilliant travel blogs, I’m always up for a good read. Particularly the funny ones. So do drop me a line and let me know of any good ones! Ciao for now.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Lianne says:

    oh brilliant! So, you first have to be nominated before you can nominate someone else? Correct? I can think of a couple of newbies I could nominate

    1. Alex says:

      Yes, you have to be nominated. I could’ve nominated a few non-travel blogs that I like reading but then the questions wouldn’t apply.

  2. Congratulations on winning such a lovely award, it’s a great feeling to get some acknowledgement.love travel blogs and delighted to have found a new one to follow ? #KCACOLS

  3. Congratulations on winning the award!

    My husband and I have been wanting to go to Costa Rica for a while, and your description of it has made me want to go even more! It’s not that practical for us at the moment with our toddler, but hopefully we’ll get there one day. Hope you get to go back there with your husband soon too!

    1. Alex says:

      We took a two year old with us and she LOVED it. And the Tico’s (Costa Ricans) loved her too-she got so much attention. And it has to be one of the safest countries in the world. I so hope you get to go-it’s absolutely wonderful! But don’t go to Tamarindo, it’s the Newquay of C.R. Nothing wrong with it, just too tourist and not what the rest of the country is like.

  4. Ooops – forgot to say I came here from #KCACOLS!

  5. melbtravel says:

    Loved your answers to my questions, I really enjoyed really it. Hope you had a great trip 🙂

  6. I’ve been wondering what the whole liebaster award was about so thanks for sharing. And Congratulations! Loved reading your adventurous answers. #KCACOLS

  7. Congratulations on the Liebster! I’m with you on taking the camera everywhere – mine has just developed an error and needs to go for repair, I’m dreading the thought of being without it! Also with you on travelling in luxury – I believe that a holiday should mean staying in a nicer place than your own home or it’s not a holiday! #KCACOLS

    1. Alex says:

      Absolutely!! It has to be a nice enough place that you want to return to and chill out in.

  8. Congratulations! Truly enjoyed reading your answers, Alex! I am with you on many things, mostly the adventure part. Put me on the beach for a couple of hours – I’ll enjoy it, but then I’m off to explore.

    1. Alex says:

      Too much wanderlust in us to sit still eh 😉

  9. Thanks for the nomination Alex – it has made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Loved reading your answers. Would love to visit Costa Rica one day and these days it’s luxury all the way for me too. Thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the questions! Will get onto it. Xx

    1. Alex says:

      Can’t wait to hear your answers and get to know you a bit better!

  10. I love these awards! Brilliant to find out so much more about you:) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
    Mainy

    1. Alex says:

      I know – I like reading them about others.

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