I’m thrilled to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Nixtie. This is a travel blogger-to-blogger award that champions new and small blogs, allowing them to gain more exposure. How it works is that once I’m nominated, I’ll answer a list of 11 questions asked by Nixtie to myself, and in turn, I’ll nominate another 11 upcoming travel blogs to answer my 11 questions! Sounds simple enough, right?
Here are my answers to Nixtie’s 11 questions.
1. What means „To Travel“ for you?
To travel is to constantly learn and broaden your horizons.
To travel is to understand different perspectives.
To travel is to reunite with friends half way across the world while making new friends along the way.
To travel is to empathize.
To travel is an emotional experience with you and mother nature.
To travel is to get out of your comfort zones and conquer your fears.
To travel is to constantly challenge yourself to be better.
To travel is a realization that there isn’t much that separations us from them.
To travel is more than just a passion.
To travel is to invest in yourself.
2. If you could choose one city in the world to live in which one would you choose?
Munich, without a doubt. The city vibes are fantastic, with so many social elements throughout the year. They champion all types of seasons with a variety of outdoor activities, whether it be the Weihnachtsmarkts, Schlittenfahren, outdoor therme spas, or their summer music festivals and street food events, not to mention the autumn Oktoberfest and Weissbiers all year round! Also I could finally put that B1 German Language Certification to some good practice! 😉 … and as far as my dating record stands…. I guess I like German men. Haha. All in all, a great city for me to live in!
3. What was your most embarrassing moment during travels?
The time I got turned around at the US border. So, I was studying in Canada, and the greyhound bus company told me that I could enter the US with my Canadian study permit. I was young, naive, and an inexperienced traveller, so I believed them. I didn’t think it was necessary to check any other websites for more information. In hindsight, I really wish I did, because this decision haunts me till today. I was not only turned away from the US border… they proceeded to take mug shots of me, accused me of attempted illegal entry, and till today, every time I enter the US, I get pulled aside to answer several questions about what happened in October 2006. Honestly, my memory of the incident is pretty vague now that it’s been a decade! Haha, but alas, I did learn my first travel lesson the hard way!
4. What was the weirdest/funniest tradition or ritual you have ever done?
Just recently, I was in Goa, and they have this local alcohol called “Caju Local”. I constantly feel the need to try their local liquors and cuisine, so this occasion was no exception. We ordered it in the form of a shot, and were about to take the shot when we got a whiff of it. Oh boy. I decided to taste first and put it down immediately.
The waiter came up to me and explained that this “moonshine” is much better if I had it the local way, in a traditional mixture of salt, chillies, soda, limes, the moonshine itself, and limca (a locally produced lemon drink by coca cola). I agreed to try it out, although chillies in a drink? Seriously, these Indians can put spices into everything. He brought me all the ingredients from his kitchen, and narrated the process of making this drink to me as I created it. Finally, I had a taste of it. Still absolutely disgusting, if not worse. Haha! But in good faith, I did tell him that I loved it. I didn’t want him to feel bad, and ensured that he could save-face. A white lie never hurt anybody, except I did end up having to drink it! 😥
5. How do you finance your trips?
Work. Save. Travel. Repeat. That’s the mantra! If I didn’t have a full time job to keep me afloat, I definitely wouldn’t be able to afford all these travels. It’s a fine balance between travelling and working full time but it is possible to master!
6. What was the best food you ever tried abroad and where was it?
The garlic gyozas at Harajuku Gyoza Ro in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Rarely on my travels, do I go back to a restaurant I’ve already tried. This cozy gyoza joint was different somehow. Even though I only had a 6 hour window between my return to Tokyo and my flight out back to Bangkok, I took that risk and went into the city center just to have a meal at this restaurant one more time. It was absolutely delectable and I couldn’t stop eating their gyozas. I may have devoured 2 dozen of them on my own, and washed it down with a couple of Kirin beers and local liquor shots. If you’re ever in Tokyo, I more than highly recommend it. I would book a flight ticket just to go back to this restaurant.
7. Which country would you recommend others to visit and not miss out on?
The extremely underrated Oman. Not many vacationers would ever consider this destination because it’s so “out there”. But isn’t that the whole point? To experience something that is so different to what you know! Also, the Khasab located in the Musandum Peninsula is dubbed “Norway of Arabia”, and quite rightfully so! It was the most stunning landscape views and camping experience I had during my 2015 travels.
8. What is your biggest fear and how do you try to cope with it?
Honestly, my biggest fear is that I’m running out of time…whether it be time to experience the world, time to learn, time to spend with my loved ones. This is why I try to do as much as possible with the limited time I have, and sometimes I think I take on a bit too much, but that’s okay!
9. Which countries are on your list for 2016?
I actually made a bucket list of 10 countries to cover in 2016. Obviously this is entirely impossible to accomplish, but I’m hoping to make at least 2 – 4 of it happen! Myanmar I can easily check off for now! Peru will be the next one I get to cross off this wanderlust bucket list as well in April, as I embark to South America for the first time. If I’m lucky, I’ll be making it to New Zealand and Philippines in 2016 as well. Let’s just wait and see! 😉 I never plan more than 1 month in advance.
10. How does a day in your life look like when you are not on the road or traveling?
I work 9 – 5, I blog and write freelance articles before bed time and during lunch at work. In the evenings, I make it a point to catch up with my friends and family, eat good meals with them, drink wine and gin with them… because a lot of the weekends I’m not in town! Any time I can possibly spare is put towards going to the gym, travel planning, reading travel guide books, and in general READING! 🙂
11. What is the best advice you can give future travelers?
Go with an open mind and an open heart. Experience the country in its truest form, the way locals experience it in their daily life. Don’t remain attached to your comforts. And finally, when you’re walking in another country, always look up!
Thanks for reading through my answers. Moving forward, I would like to nominate the following 11 travel bloggers to answer my 11 questions below! 🙂
|1. Making Choyces||5. Adventures Around Asia||9. The Twenties Guide|
|2. Dose of Life||6. My Infinite Wanderlust||10. Exotic Gringo|
|3. The Travallure||7. Crobs Abroad||11. ESL Ventures|
|4. Paper Planes Blog||8. The Travel Lush|
- What was the turning point that inspired you to convert your travel passion into a travel blog?
- What does your blog name mean to you?
- What is your favorite travel quote?
- In what ways do you use your travels to make a small difference on our planet?
- What has travelling allowed you to overcome in life?
- Which is the most underrated city you’ve visited that you would recommend more people visit?
- What was the most heartbreaking experience during your travels?
- Which country would you call “home”? And why?
- Which books, websites, apps, blogs do you use to plan your travels?
- How often are you on the road per year (on average)?
- Describe your blog using 3 adjectives.
A note to my nominees: Once you’ve posted your answers, don’t forget to put a link to them in the comments section or find another way to notify me so that I can have a read through! Looking forward to your answers 🙂