I would like to thank Fernando for nominating me for the Liebster Award. This award is passed within the blogging community to share appreciation for your favourite blogs and learn more about our fellow bloggers.
Check out the super-talented Fernando at his site TravelingwithFernando as he blogs in both English and Spanish about his travels. He showcases travel stories, tips and great photos of inspiring destinations. I particularly like his pics from Machu Picchu
My answers to Fernando’s questions are:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I decided to start a blog to combine my two biggest passions – travel and writing. I’ve visited some remarkable places and I wanted to try and inspire others to get out there and explore this wonderful world we live in. The idea for the theme of my blog – ‘finding a home’ came from my time spent living in various countries (most recently Australia) where I’ve made a whole new life. My message is: Home doesn’t have to be the place we grew up, it can be anywhere at anytime!
2. What is your main inspiration to write blogs?
Strangely, since I started my blog, travel has taken on a new meaning for me. I used to concern myself with taking long flights to far away lands because that’s where I thought I would have the most vivid experiences. What I’ve come to realize is that travel can be as small or large as you want it to be. Now, even when I jump on the train for a day or visit a new London restaurant after work, I feel inspired to share my experience with the blogging community!
3. Share 2 posts from your blog that you like the most.
My blog is fundamentally about finding a home in this world wherever that may be. For me, home is a feeling rather than a place. My two days on Langkawi Island were exactly that. I’d never been before and I will probably never visit again – but right then it made a wonderful home for me!
Another post I really enjoyed writing was Jesus DownUnder and Upside Down. If you dare to go of the beaten track of east coast Australia, you find the most fascinatingly quirky places – Coonamble is definitely one of them!
4. What advice do you have for new bloggers?
I’m still very much a new blogger myself! I think the most important thing is to treat the blogging world as a community of like-minded people. It’s great to connect and share stories with people who have the same interests as you. I work full-time and it’s sometimes hard to grab a free moment to have a read around new blogs or new topics – but it’s definitely worth it as there’s so much out there!
5. What is your favourite photo and where was it taken?
Another tough question Fernando! There are several but Mongolia is probably one of the most photogenic destinations I’ve visited so far. I took this photo perched on a high rocky outcrop overlooking my Ger camp. The landscape is massive and so serene. What always fascinates me about travel is that you can be a million miles out of your comfort zone and yet still feel remarkably calm and comfortable!
6. What’s your favourite camera? What’s special about it?
My favourite camera is my current one – it’s the best one I’ve ever treated myself to! It’s a Canon 600 DSLR and I’m gradually building up a collection of different lenses. The best thing about it is that it turns photography into an activity in itself. Now when I travel, I end up making a special effort to see certain places that I may not even go without the camera! It’s definitely become one of my biggest hobbies.
7. Have you taken photos underwater? If yes, where? If not, where would you like to travel to take these photos?
Yes I have! I love scuba diving and have taken underwater shots in Thailand and Australia. (I’ve added a few below) More interesting is probably the underwater photo I most wish I’d taken – the Weedy Sea Dragon. I was diving off the south coast of Tasmania in the kelp forests and saw this amazing creature for the first time. They’re otherworldly!
8. Where are you traveling next and why?
My next trip will be a weekend in Scotland with some good friends to watch the Commonwealth Games. I’ve been to that part of the world several times now and always find something new to explore – it’s a wonderful country that’s definitely worth visiting more than once!
9. What is your most unforgettable travel experience?
Gosh this is a difficult one! I think there have been several moments that I’ll never forget. I always know when one’s coming on because I’ll stop dead and look around me and wonder: How did I end up here? That’s when I usually realize I’m having a moment! If I had to pick a top three, then the list would read: Arriving at the Sun Gate and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time at dawn; Waking up under the stars on the top of a dune in the Sahara and almost having to squint because the night sky was so bright with galaxies; My first night dive on the Great Barrier Reef – having no senses really makes an experience more vivid!
10. What has been your craziest adventure while traveling?
Certainly my most spontaneous adventure was a last minute flight to Mexico while I was travelling in Canada. Some friends I met skiing had a hotel space on their ten-day holiday and invited me along…only a few hours before the flight left! It felt great just to hop on a plane without planning anything and take in the culture of Mexico on a whim! I did wake up on the plane half way there and question where I was though! Oh, and there was the time I got my passport stolen in Bolovia…but I’ll leave that for a future post 😉
11. What’s your favourite season of the year? Do you travel to a specific destination during this season?
I don’t have a favourite season overall because I think it varies widely dependent on where you are. In Canberra where I lived for three years, autumn is the best season because the summer’s are too hot and the winters too cold. Canberra’s colours in autumn are wonderful. Britain? I’m all about the summer time in the UK – you can’t beat it when it’s a sunny day and everyone descends on the parks and beaches! I’d also like to visit Japan in spring – that’s very much on the wish list!
Thanks for your great questions Fernando. For my Liebster Award nominations I have chosen:
San and her blog TravelSan. Not only are we WordPress theme buddies but San has a lovely way of writing about her view of the world. I particularly like her post on her arrival in Australia. Her landscape photography is also pretty awesome!
Lucy from OntheLuce. Lucy fits travel around work and family and gives us all top tips on how to travel whenever we can! I love her blog’s layout and It’s an inspiration to bloggers like me who squeeze in trips between working weeks! I really enjoy her ‘Take 12 Trips’ section, where she explores near and far for a few days at a time.
And my 10 questions to you both are:
- Why did you start blogging?
- What’s your favourite topic to write about?
- What was the very first trip you took, and how old were you?
- Which destination would you not go back to, and why?
- What’s the best view you’ve ever had? Show us a pic!
- What can we watch out for on your blog in the next few months?
- Give us an unknown tidbit of travelling trivia?
- Which book has been most inspirational for you?
- What destination is top of your wish list?
- If you had to pick one country to stay in for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?
Looking forward to reading your answers and stories!