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Liebster2

The Liebster Award.So what feels like forever ago, I receive an email from Hilda-Jo Williams saying that she had nominated me for a Liebster Award!
I literally had no idea what this ‘Liebster Award’ was, and nice as it sounded to be nominated for ‘an award’, the cynic in me naturally assumed that it was some sort of scam.

How wrong was I?

After some due diligence, (two Google searches), I discovered that The Liebster Award is an internet based award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers, targeted specifically at those who are new to the blogging game.
Nominees then go on to nominate up to 5 other new bloggers and the Liebster love continues to grow throughout the internet…

As part of the nomination, my fellow nominees and I have to answer the questions below set by Hilda-Jo in her Liebster Award post.
I also get the opportunity to publicly thanking Hilda –Jo for her nomination, so… “Thank you Hilda-Jo”

Please do go and check out her blog

www.thisleoloves.com -

it is excellent.

1. What destination do you want to go to, that you have yet to visit?
2. What destination would you recommend to new travellers?
3. What made you decide to blog about your travels?
4. What do you prefer, city break or beach break?
5. What was the first destination you visited and would you go back?
6. What tip would you give to new travel bloggers?
7. Where are you traveling to next?
8. What is your most essential travel item?
9. What is your favourite travel quote?
10. What does travelling mean to you?
11. Where have you recently returned from?

What destination do you want to go to, that you have yet to visit?

This is quite an easy question for me to start with. The answer: EVERYWHERE. I had always wanted to visit South America, and for the past seven months I have been living, traveling and volunteering my way around this amazing continent. I started off my journey in Brazil working with an American NGO based in Rocinha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro.

You can read more about my adventures in Rio de Janeiro HERE: Goodbye Rio, Thank You for The Memories, Right Here, Right Now, and Rio Olympics 2016.

I have since 'ticked off' Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay. Peru is the next one on my list before I have to head home.. so I guess that is a long winded way of saying PERU.

Give yourself the Gift of travel
Give yourself the Gift of travel

What destination would you recommend to new travellers?

Barcelona. It was the first place I travel on my own, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I absolutely L-O-V-E Barcelona.

It has so much going for it, and from Eurpoe it is relatively easy and inexpensive to get to – even for just a long weekend. The city is spectacular, I mean really beautiful. There is lots of Gaudi architecture, and La Sagrada Familia that looks like something out of a Tim Burton film, winding streets and countless piazzas to just relax and watch the world go by, and a beach! A city with a beach – what’s not to love?

You really should go and see for yourself – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What made you decide to blog about your travels?

This question is a little more difficult. I’m not entirely sure if I’m honest. I just thought why not?

I really liked the idea of teaching myself to building my own website, and as I had an adventure looming, using said website as a travel blog seemed like the natural thing to do.

I am mainly writing for myself, and to an extent my friends and family. If anyone else stumbles across and reads my post, that is a huge bonus – and if you happen to like or even comment – I will, of course, be hugely flattered.

What do you prefer, city break or beach break?

City break, hands down. I always feel like there’s more to do. I’m at my happiest when I’m in constant motion, which is partly I think why I have enjoyed London so much over the past ten years. It’s not that I don’t know how to relax (I don’t know how to relax) but you’re more likely to find me drinking coffee on in a cafe watching the world go by, than laying on a beach with the latest summer read.

However, if the city also has beach like Barcelona or Rio (see above/below) then THAT would just be perfect.

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barcaIMG_1959

What was the first destination you visited and would you go back?

The first place I can really remember travelling to is New Zealand. My dad’s side of the family are from there, and my whole family went out for Christmas/New Years 1998/99 when I was fourteen, and then again in 2001/02.

Visiting family is always amazing, especially when they live so far away. And spending Christmas day in the garden in by the pool does feel weird, but it really is something that everyone should do at least once in their life. In my humble opinion, that is.

Will I go back? DEFINITELY - and I could anytime. I have two passports, and have given serious consideration to moving out there for a year. My reservation has always been that I might not leave, but once I have finished my adventures in South America, I might exit through the gift shop, before heading back to the UK. Watch this space, I guess.

What tip would you give to new travel bloggers?

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."

- Cyril Connolly

This will probably fly in the face of all other advice you will read in online. Most bloggers will tell you to find your niche and write posts that will appeal to your target audience. And I’m sure that’s good advice, but what it all depends on why you have decided to start your blog.

If you are wanting to make a living from writing, then this probably isn’t the best advice. But whatever your aim, remember you have to enjoy it, and who know what might happen…

Where are you traveling to next?

At the time of writing I am making my way up through Chile to Peru where I will meet my Mum to hike the Inca Trail, after which my funds will pretty much be depleated and I will need to head back to the UK to replenish my savings.
SPOILER ALERT: I have a job in Japan next year teaching English and so saving some cash (and learning some basic Japanese) will be my main priorities when I get back to the UK.
I will of course be heading to Glastonbury 2017. It is after all, The Greatest Place on Earth.

NME
NME

What is your most essential travel item?

Music! My music. Spotfiy playlists. I listen to music constantly. It find it so evocative and a huge part of my identity and how I see the world. I don't play any instruments, and so it would have to be technology based. I’d have to say my portable and rechargeable, mini-speaker.
I’m taking it as given that everyone has a smart phone these days, so my camera, Facebook, Twitter, etc are covered. I just love listening to music, and being able to share that with the people who I meet along the way is a real treasure and will add another layer to the memories I make on my trip.
I have a travel playlist that I am building on my current trip. Every time I have 'a moment' with a song I add it to my playlist so that I can remember and relive those moments when I get back home. It is, shall we say, quite eclectic. Feel free to search it on Spotify under Recovering Hippie.

What is your favourite travel quote?

I'm not going to try and dress this up or explain it for anything other than it is... if you know, you know..
"The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn't even think to ask."

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the best journeys_4545

What does travelling mean to you?

I remember driving towards my parents, a few days before I left for India in 2006 and looking at the Pontefract skyline. Previously I had seen it and thought about the next town along, or at a push the next city, but that day I looked and saw the whole of India and, beyond that the whole world. It was then I understood what was meant to ‘broaden your horizons’ .. and without sounding too cliché that is what travelling means to me, at least in part.

But there is more to the story… Travelling is ‘Learning like you live forever!’ Seeing things that you cannot ever imagine! Speaking to people who live lives that you didn’t even know existed! - And that’s not just the locals, other travellers too. You meet people who will be your friends forever, and other that will be your friend for an hour. You will unwrap layers of yourself that you didn’t even know were there... I could go on, but I think that this could be a post all of it’s own.

Where have you recently returned from?

My last adventure before leaving the UK was a seven-day endurance test – how far you can walk, how much you can drink, how little you can sleep – at the Greatest Place on Earth, AKA Glastonbury Festival. I have written a post about last years festival that you can read HERE.

It was quite possibly the best Glastonbury EVER, not least because my sister and I ended up on the front cover of the NME. Photo available here.

So I guess it’s my turn now.

I would just like to thank Hilda-Jo once again for nominating me, and remind you to check out her blog at - thisleoloves.com -

My nominations go to the following bloggers....

Lauren Gold at - www.theholidaydesigner.co.uk
Becci Abroad at - www.becci.dk
Victoria Thorogood at - www.voyagingvictoria.com
Henry and Anja at - www.thingsweveseen.net

And my questions are:

1. Where is the best/favourite place you have visited?
2. What place/thing is top of your bucket list?
3. Who or what do you miss the most when you are away from home?
4. What is your favourite travel quote?
5. The sea - on it, in it or stay on dry land?
6. Sunsets or sunrises?
7. What are your desert island disks? (Up to five albums.)
8. Which four people (dead or alive) would you like to go on a road trip with?
9. And where would you go?
10. What advice would you give someone looking to travel?
11. How have you changed?

I really would L-O-V-E to add a few more bloggers to this nomination list, so if you would like me to nominate you, please send me an email at: RecoveringHippie@outlook.com, or add a comment in the box below.

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