Thank you for nominating me for the Liebster Award, The Spirted Sloth! (Check out their awesome and hilarious travel blog, twitter, and Instagram!) Seriously. You won’t regret it.
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster award is a peer to peer award given and received between up and coming, new, and under the radar travel bloggers.
Here are the rules:
- Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
- Display the award on your blog (tons of options with a quick image search)
- Answer their ten questions
- Nominate 5-10 other bloggers for the award and inform them via social media!
- Come up with 10 questions of your own to ask your nominees
The Spirted Sloth asked me the following questions:
- Why did you start blogging & what are your goals for your blog?
- In all honesty, I’ve been wanting to start a travel blog for a really long time, but college kinda got in the way of everything for all of my adult life. Having recently graduated and also recently becoming single, I currently have more free time than I can handle. I started reading old college textbooks for fun; that’s when I knew it was getting bad. And here we are now, sitting between two computer screens, looking at these very words. My goal for this blog is to (of course) keep a record of my travels for my friends and family, but I also want to share all things travel related. I’ve experienced some pretty crazy stuff while traveling, and I think it’s time to share it with the world. Who knows maybe we will all learn some things along the way. I know I will.
- Tell us about someone you met traveling that changed your life.
- I met Kaspar in Copenhagen; he was our couchsurfer host. It was my friend and my first international trip, and he picked us up from the airport. He took time out of his schedule to entertain us and give us a thorough, knowledgeable walking tour of Copenhagen. He even snuck us into Tivoli; it was the greatest introductory experience to being in a foreign country. Ultimately, he showed me that people are kind and compassionate. They want to help you even if they don’t know you. I found that so cool, and that realization changed my life.
- What has been your favorite food experience?
- When I was in college, I lived 8 hours away from home and never, ever cooked for myself. Suffice to say, I survived on peanut butter and the dollar menu.This all changed when I met my previous boyfriend, though. He’s Vietnamese and lives a very Vietnamese lifestyle. His mother, who lives with him, doesn’t speak any english, but we communicated through food. Pho is, and forever will be, my favorite dish. I’m not lying when I say I dream about pho sometimes.
- What place do you enthusiastically recommend that everyone visits before they die?
- For the people that know me, I may sound like a broken record, but for those that are new to this information, I am so excited I get to share this with you. GO SEE OUR LADY OF THE ROCKS in Perast, Montenegro. Seriously. Look at these pictures. I don’t need to say anything else.
- How did you come up with your blog name?
- I’m named after cayenne pepper, so inevitably everyone calls me pepper. Pepper’s Passport was taken. It’s a cooking site, so Pepper’s Passport Travel’s was born.
- What is one comfort from home that you miss the most when you’re traveling (not including people or pets)?
- My pillows! I’m a terrible sleeper; I wake up multiple times a night. This is exemplified when I don’t have my pillows. Unfortunately, pillows are bulky and don’t travel well through TSA, making sleeping unsatisfying while traveling. – Fun Fact: I cannot say the word “pillow” correctly for the life of me. I always say “pellow” –
- What did you want to grow up to be when you were little?
- I could never make up my mind when I was a kid and had the same problem in college. I changed my major at least three times. Here are a couple examples: teacher, astronomer, archaeologist, writer, and marine biologist.
- Tell us a little bit about your hometown or the place you were born.
- I was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and moved to a barely on the map town when I was 8. Suffice to say, I grew up in a small, rural area. It’s about 6 hours east of Seattle and an hour south of Canada. It’s located in the Pacific Northwest and is literally one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. It took me leaving for college and traveling around the world to truly appreciate the beauty.
- What are the top three things (not places) on your bucket list?
- Travel the entirety of the Tran-Siberian Railway
- See the northern lights
- Take the great American road trip
- Hmm. this is a hard one, but I narrowed it down:
- Backpacker, luxury, adventure, tropical, adrenaline…what is your travel style?
- Hybrid, is that allowed? I’ve spent a month backpacking in Europe, but I also went on a three-week cruise of the Mediterranean. I like to switch it up. Change is exciting. Basically, you can call me a luxurious backpacker?
- Keep It Micro, Keep It Local
- Where’s Nika?
- Globetrotter Post
- Laura & Max Explorers
- Little Blonde Danielle
- What is the hardest thing you have encountered while traveling?
- If you could only give one piece of advice to new travelers, what would it be?
- How do you entertain yourselves on long airplane/bus/train rides?
- How would you describe your country to someone that is completely unfamiliar with it?
- If you could meet one famous person, who would it be? And Why?
- What is your inspiration for traveling? What makes you choose new places?
- What is your favorite social media platform to use?
- Do you have siblings?
- If the world was ending next week, and you only had a couple of days to visit the last thing you want to see on Earth, what/where is it?
- Tell us five fun facts about yourselves.