I am so excited to accept the Liebster Award from Ali at What Ali Sees. Ali and her husband travel the world with their young children showing you that you don’t have to compromise a family for a life of travel. Ali and her family strive to inspire families to travel by sharing tips, stories and photos. Check out her blog, and be inspired by her passion and love for her family. Follow Ali on Facebook, for fun photos and news from the travel world.
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award was started back in 2011 as an online-only award given to bloggers by bloggers. “Liebster” in German means “dearest,” so I am feeling quite humbled and excited to be recognized as a new blogger. The award is a way for newer blogs to be discovered and also to connect with and support the blogging community.
Liebster Award Rules
- If you decide to accept the nomination, thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog onto your blog post.
- Display the Liebster Award photo on your blog post and/or display it using a “widget” or a “gadget” on your home page.
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 5-11 bloggers/blogs who you think deserve the Liebster Award
- Create 11 questions of your own for the nominees to answer on their blogs.
- Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they will know what to do.
- List these rules in your blog post.
Now that we have the rules out of the way, let’s move on to What Ali See‘s questions:
What made you choose the name of your blog website?
I’ve always like alliterations, and since most of my travels tend to be short sojourns – sadly, not long stays – the name Simply Sojourns just sorta seemed to click.
Why did you become a travel blogger?
After years of traveling and accumulating photos, I had also accumulated a bunch of stories as well. So what better medium to combine photos and stories than through a blog? While the blog has focused mostly on tips, I’d like to incorporate more personal anecdotes from my travels in the new year on the blog.
Who inspires you most? And why?
As cliche as it sounds, my husband, Mark, inspires me the most. He encourages me to follow through with all my crazy ideas and never says no. He believes in me the most and inspires me to fulfill my potential. Mark believes in himself and sets high goals. This has showed me that I, too, can reach any goal if I work hard and believe in myself.
What is your first travel memory?
It’s not very exotic, but my first travel memory is traveling to Sudbury, Ontario and visiting Science North. They had a small eco-system with a live porcupine living there. On the day we visited, we were lucky enough that the porcupine was laying on a log near the glass wall/fence which allowed us to reach over and pet him. I remember thinking then that I had wanted to experience more incredible things.
What’s your biggest travel regret?
I don’t really have any travel regrets. Of course, I would love to have longer stays in the destinations I travel to, but it’s not really a regret.
What would you include in a two-day itinerary for someone visiting your hometown?
An underground mine tour and kayaking on the river that runs through the town.
What place did you experience your biggest culture shock?
I experienced quite the political culture shock in Greece in 2010 when the austerity measures were just coming out. I was present for the protests in Athens. I witnessed strong political feeling and sentiment against the measures that were being put into place. It was shocking because we are such push-overs in Canada; I can’t imagine ever seeing thousands of Canadians protesting a government decision. So it was pretty incredible seeing that passion and response to a decision with which they did not agree.
What is the tastiest food you have tried on your travels?
It’s a toss up between moussaka in Greece and carbonara in Rome.
What has been your worst travel “mishap”?
I haven’t had too many mishaps, but I’ve done some questionable things. As it were, you can read about them here: Four Dumb Things I’ve Done while Traveling.
Which place would you most like to go back to?
I’d love to spend more time in the French Alps, or any small village in any mountain range. I also really love going back to Greece every few years. The first time I was in Greece was in 2010, then again in 2013. Sadly we did not make it there in 2016 to keep the three year visit going, but we’re making plans to go back in 2018 for our 30th birthday.
Where are you travelling to next?
I’m just finalizing plans to visit the Washington D.C. area in March to see the cherry blossoms. It’ll also be a mother-daughter weekend. I’ve never traveled just my mom and I so I’m really looking forward to spending time with her.
Liebster Award Questions for my Nominees
- What is your first travel memory?
- Why did you become a travel blogger?
- What is your preference: urban or rural destinations?
- What place gave you the biggest culture shock?
- Where is the tastiest food?
- What is your dream destination?
- List five items from your bucket list.
- What has been your worst travel mishap?
- What is your biggest travel regret?
- Where would you like to return to?
- What are the items you always pack in your carry-on?
- Where are you travelling to next?
My Liebster Award Nominees
Here are the bloggers that I have nominated to receive the Liebster Award. Congratulations to my nominees!