Last week, Diane from Wife With Baggage nominated Our Global Adventure for The Liebster Award. Diane and her husband Micheal blog about the travel experiences that they share together around their 9-5 careers, (and they’ve had a lot!). Wife With Baggage have already travelled the USA, Asia, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, Europe and South America. Woah! That’s pretty impressive! The goal and purpose of Wife With Baggage blog is to help you incorporate travel into your life even with a full time career and family, and we think they do a really good job of it. Diane’s recent post about a road trip through Namibia is one of my favourites, it’s informative and beautifully illustrated with gorgeous photos. As a BIG thank you to Diane for our nomination, won’t you pop over to their site Wife With Baggage and take a peep? We think you’ll love it 🙂
So what is a Liebster Award? Well I have to admit I had to do a little research about it myself, but here’s what I could dig up, (please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong!). The Liebster Award is a bit like a chain letter that is passed around the blogging community. It is a way of sharing a bit of love (ie traffic) among the other blogs that we frequent the most, highlighting our favourite blogs, and for giving newbie bloggers a bit of a leg up for exposure. Yes, it involves a little bit of work on behalf of those nominated, (there are rules to follow, which I’ll get to later) but for those already writing regularly, it’s nothing too strenuous, and if anything it provides new material and a bit of light-hearted fun.
The rules are as follows…
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to his or her blog.
- Answer the 10 questions by the nominee before you.
- Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs and notify them of their nomination.
- Come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
So without further adieu, here are our answer’s to Diane’s questions for our Liebster Award.
Do you consider yourself a part time or full time traveler?
We’re still in the planning stage for our travel, setting off later this year, but we plan on being full time travelers with a difference. We plan on slow traveling, using an apartment in each location as a base for a few months whilst we explore the area before moving on.
What one travel disaster do you hope never happens to you?
Hmmm, with kids in tow, I try not to think about the travel disasters too much, but I guess like all parents at home or traveling abroad, anything that puts my children in danger is of course a concern.
Besides five dollar lattes, what luxuries do you forgo to travel more often?
We’re actually selling our house and it’s entire contents so I guess you could say that we’re giving up everything in the literal sense, but we think that we’re gaining so much more 😉
If you could time travel to the future or the past, which would it be? Why?
Oooh, tough one. We’re all avid lovers of history, castles, kings, queens, knights and so on, but I’m not sure that this was actually a very nice time for those that lived it, (and there is the possibility that our current romanticised version of the period is much nicer than the reality). On the other hand, the future is unknown, it could be better or worse than right now, who knows? So, to answer the question, perhaps we’d rather travel to the past, because I don’t think it’s too wise for anyone to know what to expect in the future!
Which area/part of blogging is the most rewarding? Challenging?
I have loved the opportunity to connect with others, when people comment on our posts, I feel like we’ve made a new friend. The world feels smaller when so many people with a common interest all over the globe can connect to share their thoughts.
For me, the challenge was setting up the behind the scenes techie bits and pieces to get our blog looking and working how I wanted it. It’s always a work in progress and I tend to learn new things on an ‘as needs’ basis, Google has been my friend many times throughout the process! Simon is the tech-head in our outfit, but the blog has been my project whilst he’s still working his 9-5.
What is the story behind your blog’s name?
When we told our kids our idea about traveling the world together, we talked to them about going on a big ‘adventure’ together. We pulled out a globe to illustrate where we might go. Later on, when it came to starting the blog, we’d already been tossing around Our Global Adventure for a while, it just felt right.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (either travel related or not)?
I don’t know that it was really advice, more an awakening that there was more to life than collecting stuff, working the 9-5 until we retire. This came from so many sources, but the message was loud and clear, it was time to reassess our priorities.
How would you pass the time if you were stranded at an airport for 24 hours?
Probably pacing about! I’m not good at sitting still, but I do try (and fail miserably) to look cool, calm and collected for the sake of the kids. Simon is much better at it. He’d have us all sorted out with laptops, iPods and other techie toys to pass the time.
What is your happiest memory from the last 12 months?
The realisation that we were really ‘doing this’. Cementing the decision to sell up and head to Europe with the kids was a dream come true after 12 years of feeling like there was so much more exploring to do in the world.
Where do you see yourself if five years?
In 5 years, my oldest will be 17. I hope that by that stage we’ve given our children a wanderlust all of their own, and that they both will have grown to embrace different cultures and landscapes. Australia is a beautiful country, we know that, but is quite isolated from the rest of the world, and we were worried that they’d grow up in a bubble, not really knowing how others live and love around the globe.
Our Nominees for The Liebster Award are…
- The Atkinson family from Homeschool Ahoy
- Sara from A New Path to Follow
- Alyson from World Travel Family
- Lisa from Renovating Italy
- Mary from The World is a Book
- Lisa from A New Life on the Road
- ‘Miss Travels’ from Remarkable Travels
- Caitlin from Adventures of Muma Dean
- Samantha from My Tan Feet
- Lyn and Steve from A Hole In My Shoe
Our questions, should our nominees choose to accept are as follows…
- How long have you been blogging for?
- Blogging often means sharing your life publicly, why do it?
- Do you have any other blogs, other than the one you’ve been nominated for? Give it a plug!
- Who else’s blog can’t you get enough of, and what keeps you going back?
- What’s your most positive blogging experience?
- Have you ever had a negative blogging experience?
- Which travel destination could you blog about all day every day? Your favourite destination?
- Travel, it takes time, organisation, money and often sacrifices, why not just stay home?
- What’s your best travel tip?
- Where was you first trip to, would you go back?