A few months ago I was nominated for my first blogging award-The Liebster Award and have now been blessed with another similar award given to bloggers by bloggers – The Versatile Blogger Award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam from SamHTravels.com for kindly nominating me and all of you who keep coming back every week.
Who still remembers, I nominated Sam for The Liebster Award and to have her nominate me back for another award is really sweet of her. If you asked me what blogging has given me, I would definitely say a great group of blogger friends from all over the world. Sam has only been blogging for 6 short months and is already smashing it! She loves hiking as much as I do and has some interesting trips planned so please make sure to visit her blog and show some support.
1. Display the Versatile award badge on your blog
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
3. Share any 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate up to 10 blogs and notify them
7 (random) things about me that you didn’t know
1. I am about to get my first taste of Asia in just a few short weeks. I think everyone knows I am going to Nepal to hike to Everest Base Camp, but what most of you don’t know is that before Nepal I am also going to Bali for two weeks; India for two weeks after a month in Nepal; Sri Lanka for five days and Kuala Lumpur for two days. Bali for me was never a destination I was dying to go to because of how much I’ve heard about it and it feels as I’ve been there already. I am going there for a dentist; in this case I’m being a medical tourist. I was studying all about this kind of tourism at uni (tourism and hotel management), but never thought I would be one of the people contributing to it. I am saving almost 5k by getting my teeth done in Bali and before you ask, yes I trust the dentist I am going to.
2. Ever since year 5 at school, when we had to write who we want to become when we grow up, I always knew I wanted to be a flight attendant. I still do! The only thing stopping me is the fact I hate hospitality with passion and plane flights make me sick most of the time. It was always the travelling side of the job that I was most into anyway.
3. I believe in karma and my spiritual views align best with Buddhism. I wasn’t always aware of my spiritual self and I have to admit, I’ve made many mistakes and hurt many people, but I like to think it took me something like this to be open for change. I have to thank a friend of mine for bringing this in my life in the form of a book. The best book I have ever read in my whole life, something that really spoke to me and pushed me towards becoming the person who I always wanted to be. The book is called “The Power of Karma” by Mary T. Browne.
4. A topic very close to my heart is the health of our oceans. We are polluting it with plastic, toxic waste, oil spills and then resume overfishing the life in it. Did you know that approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean? Source: NOAA There is an island of garbage twice the size of Texas inside the Pacific Ocean: the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one in the immediate vicinity. I believe it is very important to inform the public about the importance of healthy oceans and what can we as individuals do to help save it. From consuming less plastic, making informed choices in the shops and recycling to helping out with community clean-ups and picking up rubbish when you walk on the street-there is much we can do, but never bother. Read more about ocean pollution here. There is also a great documentary on Netflix, starring Sylvia Earle called Mission Blue that puts things into perspective.
5. I am trying to become a vegetarian. I simply don’t like the taste of meat anymore and after learning how the animals are being treated and how we are draining our resources to produce it, meat and fish makes my stomach turn. I have known I want to become a vegetarian since I’ve been 16, but it has always been a challenge as I feel like I am not creative enough in the kitchen. About 80% of my daily menu is vegetarian, but I really want to make that leap and be proud to call myself a vegetarian. If anyone has any advice for me or knows any good blogs or recipes, fire away! I would be very grateful.
6. My ultimate bucket list experience is to climb big mountains without even ever climbing one before. I am forever inspired by Alyssa Azar, the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest last year after two previous attempts. A mountaineering course in New Zealand is definitely in my future plans. If you ask me, what would I do if I wouldn’t have to work and never worry about money, I would say I’d go scuba diving, write my blog and climb mountains. Is this really so much to ask for? Ha!
7. I used to make handmade jewellery and really enjoyed being crafty. I have many ideas in my head and I'm thinking about stepping it up, maybe even selling some. I’m thinking anklets and seashells? Let me know what you think!
I would like to nominate
Sheena from http://www.misstraveljunkie.com/ who similarly to me likes adventure, scuba diving and hiking! She has been to Sri Lanka among many other places, so I know who I’ll be getting my inspiration from!
Miranda from https://mirandatheadventurer.com/ who loves to travel and eat vegetarian and vegan food!! Can you tell I’m very excited about that?
Liss from https://lissfit.com/ who loves living a healthy lifestyle and being outdoors. My mountain fix comes from her beautiful photos!
Tahnee from http://www.koalafied2travel.com/ with whom I share similar views about society, travels, family and we are never the ones to follow the crowd. Oh and she’s Aussie!
Kenzie from https://www.chasingcoordinates.com/ who has been to 6 continents and 38 countries, is a ski instructor and a damn good writer, even if she may state otherwise.
Julia and Werner from http://worldviber.com/ who quit their jobs and set off to an ultimate adventure with no itinerary, being open to whatever life brings. This is a dream!
Rani and Aveline from http://www.eudaimonicfortyeight.com/ who travel the world and share their inspiring travel stories.
Kiara from http://www.kiaramijares.com/ who creates beautiful and informative posts about whereever she sets foot.
Matt from http://www.thetravelblogs.com/ who has created not only a blog, but the ultimate collection of blogs from all over the world.
And finally John from https://www.travelgig.co/ that not only helps you find your next travelling job, but also educates us through the wonderful blog posts.
Please everyone, check out these wonderful blogs and show them some support by following along. If you would like to discuss some of the things I was pointing out in here, feel free to leave me a comment, I would like to hear from you.
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