I can’t even begin to put into words how flattered I am to be nominated by 2 of my peers, Daniela from Grumpy Camel and Kasia from Kasia Writes, for the Sunshine Blogger Award. As a new blogger it makes me feel like I’m starting to get the hang of all this. I feel so privileged to write my blog, never mind have people actually read it.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer-recognized for bloggers who inspire positivity, creativity and joy. I started Roaming Nanny in May to encourage female travelers to live their best life through adventures near and far. I feel that these nominations serve to confirm that I’m well on my way to doing what I set on to do. Daniela and Kasia, thank you so much for nominating me, it makes more than you’ll ever know!
Sunshine Blogger Award Questions
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
This is a tough one to answer because there are so many amazing places to choose from. After thinking about it for a bit Id have to say somewhere in Australia. I’ve never visited Australia and because of it’s size I feel that the best way to really dive into all that is that wonderful country is to live there. I’d probably choose to live on the east coast somewhere in the middle so it’s easy to get to all the exciting places up for exploration.
Name your favorite mode of transportation and why?
I’m all about the airplane! Planes make me think of far off adventures and every time I’m getting on one it gives me butterflies. The views aren’t half bad either.
Best and worst traveling experience?
The best travel experience I’ve ever had while traveling would have to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. That mountain has set my life in a trajectory I never thought was possible. It’s one of the reasons I have a blog now. Kili helped me heal after my divorce, I met my travel buddy Laura, and through a series of wacky events, I’m leading trips around the world and writing about my adventures. The roof of Africa has been good to me.
The worst travel experience I’ve ever had is much harder to pinpoint as I take ever experience in stride. I guess I’d have to say my time in Iceland wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it was just so hyped up from everyone going there that it didn’t live up to my expectations. I want to go back having had an underwhelming experience and turn that idea upside down and enjoy it for face value.
City or the countryside?
I’ll take the countryside any day. There are more nature-oriented adventures to be had in the countryside; hiking, kayaking, camping. Cities are always fascinating, but for me the country holds more mysteries.
Where was your first trip?
I’m going to take this as my first big trip. During the summer after my Freshman year of college, I did a month-long study abroad in Germany. It was the first time I had traveled without adult supervision. I didn’t get into too much trouble. I was fully immersed in a culture different from my own. My German was awful and I loved every second of it. I’m heading back to Germany next year and I know I’ll be having the time of my life yet again.
Something people might not know about you.
Photo by Paul Erhardt
In a past life, or what feels like a past life, I played roller derby. When I first moved to Vermont I was looking for things to get involved in to meet new people and I found a roller derby league, Southshire Roller Derby, and I joined. I had never played the sport before but was intrigued by how badass the women who played where.
Over the course of a year, I learned how to skate and the rules of the game. My derby name was Wanda Lust and I played under the number 747 like the plane.
Your top three places on your bucket list.
There are so many places on my Bucket List I can’t decide! Every 10 years I make a new list of things I want to accomplish, more of a list of experiences than places. When I turned 30 I made a 40 before 40 list. I have several places on that list to see, but I guess I’d have to say my top 3 experiences are: Climbing Mount Fuji in Japan, Seeing Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia.
What’s your airport outfit?
Comfort is key for any flight, especially a long one. I usually wear black leggings, a tank top with a warm sweatshirt over it, a scarf, and usually my hiking boots cause I do not dare to put them in my checked bag for fear of losing them.
Street food or Fine dining?
Street food is the heart of most cultures. I’d pick that any day over a fancy restaurant.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
In the midst of my divorce back February of 2014 I booked a trip to visit an old friend who was teaching English in China. During the trip we booked a spontaneous flight from Beijing to Xi’an to go to Mount Hau, hike and go on the plank walk in the sky. It was a true adventure that changed at the very last minute from our original plans.
Being at the top of one of China’s 6 sacred mountains was freeing beyond belief. We had no map, we couldn’t speak the language, and most of the time we had no idea what we were eating. I’m hoping I can find an adventure like this again in the near future.
Is there a song that reminds you of a place that’s special to you?
In September of 2017 I spent some time in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In every bar, restaurant, dance club, and on every radio station I heard the song Despacito. Any time I hear that song it brings me back to a little salsa club on Santa Cruz island, and it always will.
I nominate the following bloggers:
- Cyndy and Marc from Goal Traveler
- Christa from Travel Fearlessly
- Elaine from Trip Well Gal
- Sierra from Passport Voyager
- Tal from Bright Nomad
- Shabrina from Slow Travel Story
- Cat and Joe from Walk My World
- Dariece and Nick from Goats on the Road
- Sara from Granola Girl Travels
- Beth from Where the F is Beth
- Petula from Let’s Discover ON
- Yung from Yung’s World Travel
- Where did you go on your first international trip?
- What is something you do in every destination you visit?
- Where will you be heading next?
- What are 3 things you never travel without?
- Souvenirs and no souvenirs? If you like souvenirs what do you buy/collect?
- What has been your favorite destination so far?
- What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve done while traveling?
- How many countries have you been to? Which one has been your favorite?
- What is the most ridiculous thing that has happened to you while traveling?
- Summarize your travel style in 3 songs.
- If time travel where possible, what time period would you go to?
Rules for the award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
- Nominated (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
What’s your favorite question? I would love to know your answer to it in the comments.