Den & Sky’s First Blogging Award
The year has just started, but dare I say it’s already shaping up to be the best yet for us? We’re on the road heading to our new home in Washington state, and so far Izzy’s been an amazing road-tripper. In the chaos of packing, I found out Allison of Becoming a Traveling Family nominated me for a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award recognizes new and upcoming bloggers, and is a means for bloggers to support one another. You also get a sweet badge to add to your blog. To accept the award, you simply follow these rules.
Liebster Award Rules
- If you decide to accept the nomination, thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog onto your blog.
- Display the Liebster Award photo on your blog post and/or display it using a “widget” or a “gadget” on your home page.
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 5-11 bloggers/blogs who you think deserve the Liebster Award
- Create 11 questions of your own for the nominees to answer on their blogs.
- Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they will know what to do.
- List these rules in your blog post.
About Becoming a Traveling Family
Many thanks to Allison of Becoming a Traveling Family for the nomination! Allison is a travel blogging, homeschooling mom of two. Her family visits destinations within the U.S. and abroad. She has especially great tips for visiting Walt Disney World with kids. Allison is one of the more seasoned mom bloggers I follow for inspiration and I recommend you check her blog out!
1. What has been your favorite destination you have traveled so far?
I’m an indecisive person, so it’s hard picking just one! Within the U.S., I’d say San Francisco really exceeded my expectations. I have a particularly fond memory of eating sushi at the waterfront in Sausalito, a quiet town across the bay. It was one of those rare, perfect moments where I could lose myself in the present.
Abroad, I enjoyed the blend of history, culture, and urban life Portugal had to offer. The tourist crowds were light even though I visited in the middle of the summer. No wonder it’s becoming a trendy destination!
2. Where are you headed next?
We are currently on a cross country road trip. We’re visiting New York, Chicago, and Portland along the way to our new home in Washington. We’re also driving through North Dakota and Montana.
3. What got you interested in traveling?
When I was a kid, my favorite channel was the Travel Channel. I immersed myself in all these exotic locales, dreaming of the day I would see them in person. I also grew up in close proximity to New York City, and later went to school there. I was a subway ride away from any culture, any cuisine. This solidified my desire to travel.
4. Share five facts about yourself.
- I was voted “Outstanding Artist” in high school. All of my extracurriculars revolved around the arts, and I spent most of my free time drawing and writing.
- I began learning to read at three years old. This sparked a lifelong love of books. I especially enjoy reading classics.
- I love dogs! We have two dogs – a Catahoula Leopard Hound and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
- My first international trip was to South Korea when I was 12 years old. My mom is Korean so it had a lot of personal meaning to me. For the first time, I could experience a side to my heritage I didn’t know much about before.
- I always make a point to visit at least one museum whenever I travel. I find ancient art especially fascinating.
5. What are your top three bucket list locations?
- Vietnam! Taking a boat through Halong Bay in particular.
- Eating my way through Japan.
- Going on safari in Tanzania.
6. How do you commemorate your travels?
Until recently, I didn’t have a set tradition for commemorating my travels. Since I had my son, I decided to collect a children’s book from every place we travel to. I recommend this to any family who travels. It’s a great way to build your child’s library with meaningful content while revisiting the memories from a particular trip.
7. What is your favorite part about blogging?
After years of writing nothing but academic papers, I’m happy to have finally found a medium for personal writing. One of my lifelong dreams has been to be a published writer. Blogging allows anyone to publish their work and share it with a worldwide audience. I can write to an audience despite not having a finished draft, an agent, or a publisher to work with. I love that technology has allowed this to be possible. However I still aspire to hold a published paper copy of my writing in my hands one day.
8. Who is someone you look up to and why?
Professionally, Anthony Bourdain! As I mentioned before, I watched a ton of Travel Channel growing up, and No Reservations was hands down my favorite show. I’ve been a total fangirl ever since. He approaches travel in such an eloquent and respectful manner.
Personally, I have to give a shout out to my mom. She was a stay-at-home mom to four kids and I had no idea how difficult her job was until I had my own baby. I still can’t fathom how she cared for four of us while taking on the cooking and cleaning every day, when I can still barely fix myself a bowl of cereal in the morning with baby in hand.
9. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
The mountains. I’m not as big into mountain sports as my husband, but I can appreciate their beauty.
10. What made you want to start blogging or what is the story behind your blog?
The full story is in my about page but the short story is that I became inspired to blog during a time of big transitions in my life. I was pregnant with our first child and we were preparing for a major move. I thought it was silly how so many parents warned us how we wouldn’t be able to do this-and-that. It especially bothered me when we were told we wouldn’t be able to travel. So I set out to challenge that perspective and show families that they can still live out any adventure after they have children.
11. Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
One word: Patience! This is something I struggle with as a new blogger daily. I’m a classic overachiever. I see more established blogs and think, My blog should be like this! Realistically, there’s a big learning curve. You can be a great writer and still have much to learn when it comes to marketing, social media, and promotion. Be patient with yourself, keep writing, keep networking, and take things a day at a time.
- Which author (or blogger) has influenced your writing the most?
- An anonymous donor gives you up to $100,000 to travel anywhere. Where would you go?
- What is your favorite activity to take part in while traveling?
- City or country?
- Indoors (ie. restaurants, museums) or outdoors (ie. hiking, camping)?
- What’s your earliest travel memory?
- What’s the strangest experience you’ve had while traveling?
- What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten during your travels?
- Which character (book, TV, or film) do you relate to the most and why?
- When abroad, what do you miss about home?
- What three words would you use to sum up your blog?
Thank you so much for reading, and congrats to my fellow Liebster nominees!
Feel free to comment with your own answers to any of my questions. I’d love to hear from you!