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The Liebster Award

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I was nominated for the Liebster Award by backinamerica.co.uk. These guys are on a mission to visit all 50 states of the US, but are based in the UK. The try to do so on a budget and their blog contains tips on how to save. Check out their blogs on navigating New York, how to avoid hidden costs in Vegas, and my favourite, finding the filming locations of Breaking Bad in Albuquerque. Who doesn’t love Breaking Bad.

Sorry for only getting around to writing up the post now. I’ve been nominated for a foursome of awards recently, the Sunshine Blogger Award, the Flawless Award, the Versatile Blogger Award and of course the Liebster Award, and I’m slowly working through the nominations along with previous blogs I had committed too. Delighted to have finally gotten around to this one.

I’m going to borrow a little from backinamerica’s post on the background and rules of the Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award

The aim of the Liebster Award is to give new bloggers more exposure through social media nominations.  It gives bloggers a voice and encourages more people to interact with us and follow our journeys.

The Liebster Award offers a prize at the end for the blogger who comes up with the most creative and unique questions. However, like any great competition, certain rules apply.

The Rules

  • Add a link the Official Liebster Award page in your blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you, if nominated.  If you were not nominated, you can answer the questions on the Liebster Award blog.
  • Come up with 11 more unique and creative questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Comment on the Liebster Award blog post with a link directly to your Liebster Award blog entry.

I’ve nominated my chosen bloggers in the tweet that brought you to this link and you can also click on their names below, which will take you directly to their blog.

The following are the questions backinamerica put forward and my answers.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

Without a doubt my dream location has to be Peru. From the ruins at Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, to the cities of Cusco and Lima, the rainbow mountains, and the salt terraces and flats of Maras, it really has so much that excites me. And it has Alpacas which have recently catapulted to being my new favourite animal. I’m hoping in the next few years to make my dream a reality.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

That’s an easy one and I’m sure any travel blogger would want the same. I was going to say flying because you can go anywhere you want, but then I thought about teleporting. Go where you want in the morning and pop home in time for your supper and to your own bed. Cut out all the major expenses of travelling and you can travel more. Woohoo. It’s easy to rob banks too.

You win £50 million on the lottery.  What is the first thing you would buy or do?

First thing I would do was go to the off licence and buy the most expensive champagne and get ridiculously drunk. But not before I put the ticket somewhere safe. Swiftly followed by flight tickets somewhere luxurious.

If you could make a one-minute phone call to your past or future self, at what age would you call yourself and what would you say? 

I don’t believe in looking back and regretting. But I guess I would like to call myself in my early twenties when perhaps my priorities were nowhere aligned with what they are now and say “travel more and buy a good camera”. I didn’t really document the holidays I took back then.

What word or phrase do you use too much?

I’m Irish so we commonly use swear words in most sentences. But I don’t want to throw profanities around here, so I’ll say the word grand. I’m grand, that’s grand, it was grand, that costs a grand etc

Name one thing you can’t live without? 

I’m debating if coffee is a thing. But maybe not. So i guess its my phone it’s rarely out of my hand these days, especially since I started my blog.

If you woke up in 1000 years, after being cryogenically frozen, what would question would you ask first?

Did we destroy the planet and if no do they still have coffee. I always need coffee when I wake up.

What trend or fad would you love to see come back?   

I’ve never been trendy so I can’t really put an answer to this one. I guess when I was young I always thought bandanas were seriously cool but didn’t have the balls to wear them. So I’ll go with bandanas.

What age would you like to stay forever and why? 

I don’t pay heed to age. It’s a mental condition in my opinion.  I’m 39 now so i’ll say 38 (I was carrying less kilos then).

Favourite poolside drink?         

I always enjoy sangria when poolside. It just has that exoticness with all the fresh fruit, and its so refreshing. It’s one of those things I would never order when home, but is so perfect when away.

Where is the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

@backinamerica you are going to love this. The furthest I have been is Chicago. Most of my travels are confined to Europe, I am a big fan of all the culture and history. But I lived in Chicago for four months when I was in my early 20’s, it was for a summer and we were students.

My Nominations

My nominations for the Liebster Award are as follows

@SureFootedDana          https://www.surefootedtravel.com/

@WithTheDeVaulls         http://withthedevaulls.com/

@pint_pound_pate          https://www.pintspoundsandpate.com/

@LGSomewhereMcK     https://letsgosomewheremckinney.com/

@TheMommyLady85     https://themommylady85.wordpress.com/

@RootsWingsBlog           http://rootswingsandtravelthings.com/

@the_rolling_20s            http://www.therollingtwenties.com/

@LouDoesTravel            https://www.loudoestravel.com/

@WattWhereHow          http://wattwherehow.com/

@PearlsInTheSea1         http://www.pearlsinthesea.com/

@JUTTravel                     https://www.justustwotravel.co.uk/

Go give these bloggers some recognition if you haven’t already.

My Questions

Bearing in mind that is the liebster award and that questions are supposed to be a little alternative, I’ve mixed in a few hypothetical questions. My questions for you all are:

  1. You find a bag of money on the ground. It’s a dodgy neighbourhood and probably from a drug deal gone bad. Do you (a) leave it (b) inform the police (c)grab it and run.
  2. Your boat crashes on an uninhabited island. What one worldly possession would you like to have with you.
  3. You are only allowed to visit one more country for the rest of you life, due to a global initiative to reduce carbon footprint. Which one would it be?
  4. A totalitarian government rises to power. Freedom of speech is crushed and blogging deemed illegal. Do you accept the way things are or join the resistance, and why?
  5. Your next blog will be considered your legacy. Knowing that what subject would you write it on.
  6. You can time travel back to any time in history. Which era would you choose?
  7. Which is better a view overlooking the beach and sea or one across mountains and peaks?
  8. What music is always in your favourite playlist?
  9. What is the most profound thing you have learned from blogging?
  10. How many languages can you speak?
  11. What is the most amazing dish you have ever eaten?

I look forward to hearing your answers and I hope you keep the spirit of the award going by nominating others.

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