Guess what? I got nominated for an award! I know it ain’t no Nobel Prize but the great thing about the Liebster Award is that it’s given to bloggers by bloggers. Liebster in German means “sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.” It’s basically a pay-it-forward movement that gives new bloggers the exposure they crave and asks them to pass on the love. Thank you These Traveling Feet for nominating me! Here are my answers to those questions you asked.
1.What made you start your own travel blog?
I decided to start my own travel blog after a trip to the UK for a uni reunion/ friend’s wedding. It was the first long-haul trip I had taken in years since I had returned home after living in the UK for four years. The trip made me remember how much I loved traveling and sharing my stories with anyone who cared to hear them. I thought a blog was the perfect platform so I started Hot Foot Trini with Blogger in 2011. I then decided to shut down the Blogger website and migrate the blog to my own domain and website in 2016.
2. Were you raised to travel? Or did you decide to be different and explore the world?
Travel was never a big thing with my family but my parents encouraged me to read. A lot. Reading inspired me to travel across borders and time and paved the way for me to actually travel when I had the means and money to do so.
3. What/Who inspires you to travel the world?
I like the challenge of travel. It forces me to wake up and really live. It taps into my survival skills and most of all, my common sense.
4. If you can be anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go to Iceland because it’s one of the most literate countries in the world and Reykjavik is a UNESCO city of literature. I also love the wild, open landscapes of that country. I could definitely be inspired to write more there.
5. What is your favorite travel essential?
My travel journal.
6. Is there a city you’ve been to but hate?
Hate is a very strong word. Initially, I was intimidated by Kolkata because my husband and I arrived in the city in the early morning. It seemed empty and desolate. However, when we started venturing outside over the next few days, we realized that it wasn’t scary, just different, and we soon adapted to the Indian way of doing things.
7. What is the best accommodation you’ve ever stayed in?
The best place we ever stayed was Kuniga-so on Nishinoshima in Japan’s Oki Islands. Our room was so clean and overlooked a beautiful port. The food was also really fresh and we got to see fireworks from the hotel during our stay!
8. And the worst?
The worst was in Kolkata. The staff clearly did not know we were coming. When we arrived at three in the morning, the gates were locked and we were shuffled into a sunless room that had not been cleaned. It definitely did not look like the picture on the website. There was also a tiny window with a huge, noisy generator in front of it.
9. What is the most amazing thing you’ve seen while traveling?
I’ve seen too many amazing things that it’s hard to narrow it down. Honest.
10. What is your least favorite thing about traveling?
Travel delays and wait times.
11. Do you have any tips for new bloggers?
Don’t write all your blog posts like personal diary entries. Dig deeper and write about topics and issues you face during traveling. It makes for better reading.
Right! That’s done so now I’m going to reciprocate. It’s all about the journey so here are my 11 questions to my nominated bloggers: Travelgal Nicole, Thrifty Family Travels, Jayraini, Sindi’s Suitcase, Little Discoveries, and The Bohemian Style. To read more about the initiative, here are the official rules regarding the Liebster Award 2017.
- What was your longest travel journey abroad?
- What was your shortest travel journey abroad?
- Describe your worst stopover.
- Describe your best stopover.
- How much was your cheapest flight ever?
- Describe your worst flight ever.
- Describe your best flight ever.
- Who is your best layover buddy?
- Describe your best experience with immigration/border control in a foreign country.
- Describe your worst experience with immigration/border control in a foreign country.
- How many flights have you missed?
Looking forward to reading those answers!