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As the old saying goes “it never rains, it pours”.  Well this saying is very relevant to me at the moment.


As some of you know I have been busting by butt to get my new travel blog off the ground.  I launched it in November and ever since, every free moment has been gone into trying to get it off the ground and noticed by people who aren’t just my family and friends.


Well how surprised was I when this week I was nominated not once, but twice for the Liebster Award!


On Wednesday 11 January 2017, we just arrived back from three weeks travelling around Vietnam – it was an amazing trip!  As soon as we had settled in and I looked at my messages there was an email from Suzanne Bhagan from Hot Foot Trini asking if I would accept a nomination for the Liebster Award.


And then 2 days later on Friday 12 January 2017 I received another nomination from Josie Kelsh from Josie Wanders.


I was so flattered, I don’t even know these people and they nominated me for a blogger award so despite being a complete amateur someone liked my blog!


So a bit about my nominators:


  • Suzanne from Hot Foot Trini is already a successful travel writer, having been featured on many well-known travel pages. She took a break from her own travel blog for a few years and is back!  She is a Trinidadian / Caribbean girl seeks to share the lessons she has learned while living, working, and traveling at home and abroad.


  • Josie from Josie Wanders is an Australian and mother just like me. She is about to start on the adventure of a life time.  With her kids all grown up Josie and her husband are about to travel the world for 12 months.


So what is the Liebster Award?


Whilst I had heard about the Liebster Award – I really didn’t know anything about it – so the first thing I did was go to trusty google and, well – googled it.


Basically the Liebster Award that is given to up and coming bloggers by bloggers as a way of recognising their work and getting them some exposure on the internet.


For those interested you can check out the official Liebster site for more information .


As part of accepting the award I need to do the following things:


  1. Say who is my current favourite blogger;
  2. State 10 random facts about me;
  3. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated me ( in my case 22 questions!); and
  4. Nominate at least 5 other bloggers for the award and ask them 11 questions about themselves.


So here goes:


Current Favourite Blogger


Being only new to blogging, I have read loads of blogs.  One of my favourite travel blogger at the moment would have to be Where’s Sharon.  Sharon has been travel blogging for about 10 years.  She now travels with her husband and 3 children and shares great tips on travelling with a family, in her words “the good, the bad and the (hopefully not too) ugly!”


10 Random Facts about Me


  1. I love white wine.
  2. I have travelled to 33 countries.
  3. My favourite food is Indian.
  4. I’m good with budgeting and organising (hence why I am so awesome at organising great trips!).
  5. I can’t cook!
  6. I was 23 when I first went overseas.
  7. I had cancer in 2012 – almost 5 years cancer free!!
  8. I have taken my daughter has been overseas 7 times.
  9. I love to dance and sing.
  10. I can’t spell! Thank you Spell Check!


11 Questions from….


Hot Foot Trini


  1. What was your longest travel journey abroad?


Probably when I came home to Australia from the Amazon Jungle in Peru.  It took 4 flights and took almost 48 hours – longest journey of my life.


  1. What was your shortest travel journey abroad?


Vanuatu – its only 2 hours from Brisbane.


  1. Describe your worst stopover.


Well coming from home Cuba (I was travelling solo) I had to go via Mexico and then Los Angeles before another stopover in New Zealand – so it was an epic journey home.  Once I finally made it to LA – I was advised that my flight was cancelled and that there would not be another flight until the morning.


It was late at night and I had no choice but to sleep in the airport.  Luckily I was travelling with a sleeping bag so I just rolled it out and slept in the middle of the airport.


  1. Describe your best stopover.


Probably the stopover I just had in Singapore – it was only 1 hour and by the time we got off the first flight from Ho Chi Minh City and bought a drink it was time to board the next flight.  Love those short stop overs.


  1. How much was your cheapest flight ever?


I can’t recall exactly – but I flew to the USA during the Sydney Olympics and the flights leaving Sydney were super cheaper.  I’m pretty sure it was like $800 return.


Being an Aussie though international flights are never cheap!


  1. Describe your worst flight ever.


Probably the one I just had.  First of all, the flight had to return to the airport due to a medical emergency so we ended up being delayed by 90 minutes.  Then unfortunately my daughter had vomiting and diarrhoea the whole 8-hour flight – so I spent the whole night in the toilet with her.  Not ideal.


  1. Describe your best flight ever.


I don’t know??  I’ve never been upgraded.  Probably one where I had 3 seats to myself so could lie down and sleep.


  1. Who is your best layover buddy?


My family of course – Andy and Myla.


  1. Describe your best experience with immigration/border control in a foreign country.


Nothing comes to mind – anywhere there has not been a huge line up!


  1. Describe your worst experience with immigration/border control in a foreign country.


Me at Niagara Falls – look how young I was!

Easy!!!  Crossing the Canadian / US border from the Canadian side.  I crossed solo in a taxi.  It was just after September 11 and security was high.  I was young, travelling solo and had just been to Pakistan.  The taxi driver and I were pulled in by the US for questioning.  We were placed in the separate rooms and were asked numerous questions – like was I carrying explosives in my bags.  They didn’t seem to get it that young Aussie girls just like travelling along and going to off the beaten track.  They searched my bags and me before eventually letting me go.


I felt so bad for the taxi driver, but he was lovely.  So yeah that was quite interesting!


  1. How many flights have you missed?




Josie Wanders


  1. What is your favourite travel book?


Travelling with a small child, I don’t get time for reading books.  However I read the Da Vinci Code whilst travelling around Europe many years ago which was cool given many places in the book are actually in Europe.


  1. Who is your preferred travel partner? Or do you prefer to go it alone?


That’s a tough one – I have done most of my travels alone and absolutely loved it.  But now I travel with my family which is equally as good.  I’d love to go on the odd solo trip one day though.


  1. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list right now?


Easy an African safari – but I am waiting for my daughter to be old enough.


  1. Which place does everyone else rave about but you weren’t so impressed?


That’s tricky as I love everywhere – but if I have to say one I’d say Hawaii.  Whilst I did enjoy it – I found it very expensive and glitzy if that makes sense.  I think I just prefer to travel a little off the beaten track.


  1. What is the first thing you do on arrival in a new country?


Go for a walk and check out the surroundings near my accommodation.


  1. What is one stand-out moment from your travels? It could be a favourite moment, something that went wrong, or something quirky that happened.


That is so tricky.  I can’t think of anything like awesome to say – but I did see the Killers when the first came on the music scene in 2004 in New York City on the David Letterman show.  I was sitting in the front show!


  1. Who would you like to sit next to on a flight and why?


No one – I want all of those seats to myself so I can spread out!! Ha ha ha.


  1. Do you speak a second language? If you don’t, would you like to? Which one?


No but I can speak a tiny bit of French from learning it at school and I do remember a very small amount of Spanish from lessons I took before travelling around South America.


  1. Is there a souvenir you collect on your travels?


I am quite anti souvenirs actually – I don’t like stuff for the sake of it.  I guess photographs are my biggest souvenir.


  1. Where are you off to next?


We are off to Indonesia – still trying to finalise plans between Bali, Gili and Lombok.


Thrifty Family Travels 10 Nominations


Since I have been nominated for 2 Liebster Awards, I think it is only fair that I nominate 10 other bloggers.  So here goes, in no particular order, here are my 10 nominees:



Stay tuned for my remaining nominations!!!


My 11 questions for my nominees:


  1. First ever overseas destination you travelled too?
  2. Hotels, hostels or tents?
  3. How do you pass the time on a long flight?
  4. Your top two most essential travel items (excluding your passports)?
  5. Where’s your hometown and what’s the best thing about it?
  6. Where’s somewhere you have always wanted to travel but haven’t?
  7. What is one of the best travel lessons you’ve learnt so far?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
  9. What was one of the most unusual experiences you’ve encountered?
  10. Suitcase or backpack?
  11. What’s your next travel destination?


This was heaps of fun and a great to really get to know some other bloggers.


Thanks again for the nominations!