I am very excited to have been nominated for my first award in the blogging world, The Versatile Blogger Award. And by the epic pair of The Travelators no less! Thanks so much Katherine and Tom. Check out these two extensive aussie travellers who are experts at travelling while juggling careers at home through career breaks. Love browsing through your articles and photos, guys!
What is the Versatile Blogger Award about?
The Versatile Blogger Award is given by bloggers to more bloggers who display uniqueness and love for what they do through quality writing on throughout their blog. This helps encourgae to continue delivering great content, and get fellow blogger’s work out there! Since starting my blogging journey recently, I have already connected with many like-minded people out there sharing their travel experiences with the world, and this is another amazing way to do so and be a part of. There are some criteria though such as: The quality of the bloggers writing, photograph quality, uniqueness in the subjects covered and a strong level of love shining through their work for what they do!
Here are the rules once you receive The Versatile Blogger Award:
- Be kind and publicly thank who who nominated you, linking to their blog so everyone else can see their great work as well.
- Choose up to 10 nominees you think are deserving of this award and notify them via social media so they can feel good about themselves too.
- Share 7 random things about yourself, and ask your nominees to do the same. Learning about others is fun and connects us even more!
Before I share my own list of nominees (!) as promised, here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about me:
1. I moved to a country I’d never visited before (or even the continent!)
I am currently living in Chile, and I had never visited before moving here! While I was working and travelling around Australia last year, I met my now partner, who is Chilean. After both of our visas expired in Australia, and due to a scholarship requirement of my partner, we are now living in Chile! I am loving it so far, so it’s all hands on deck learning spanish and getting accustomed to the latin life!
2. My favourite place to travel
I have so many places I have travelled to and fallen in love with, but I’d have to say my favourite place so far is Nusa Lembongan, near Bali in Indonesia. This island is heaven for me. With dive shops and cheap nature-based boat trips around the island for a small cost compared to Canada, my first sight of a TURTLE while scuba diving, the delicious food and endless back roads and hidden areas to find by bike, it’s my dream destination, and tucked a bit further away from the crowds on Bali island.
3. My best flight ever.
Air Asia! I know, it’s a budget airline, and especially after some complications a few years back I was honestly nervous to fly with them. BUT. I travelled from Bali to Yogyakarta, Indonesia recently. A relatively short flight, and I had a blast! The flight attendant sang the entire time on our tiny plane to songs by Bruno Mars and others, accompanied with an acoustic guitar and everyone was having a great time. That’s what I like to call in-flight entertainment!
4. My favourite food.
I have three. Avocados, Yams and Cinnamon. Yes they are not complete “meals” within themselves (I beg to differ), but they are my top 3. They haven’t changed in years. And living in Chile is really helping my avocado craving – much cheaper here than in Canada or Oz! #sellingpoint.
5. My favourite childhood memory.
I have so many. But I think the one that pops out most to me is being at our cabin (aka a cozy, handbuilt structure by my dad, uncle and grandpa), with my two brothers. We would always create a homemade theatre between the two bunkbeds in the kids bedroom, and hold plays complete with costumes and a dressing room, sit my parents down, and begin the show! I have always loved to dance, act (sometimes), and sing. This was definitely the lift-off point. Plus, back then my brothers and I had much more time to spend together. Now we are scattered around the world studying, working and whatever else. Good moments.
6. My usual day job.
I am a Marine Biologist working in Conservation Science by day! I hold my degree from UVic in Canada and before my extensive travels I worked in commercial fishery observation and in a laboratory for a mark recapture study of salmon for the Canadian government. In Australia, I continued this but more in the direction of teaching, working with an aquarium and various not for profit organizations. Now in Chile, I am slowly but surely breaking the language barrier to be able to do just the same here – the environment and wildlife here is incredible!
7. How I’ve been travelling for so long.
Working Holiday Visas, people! Unless you’re a digital nomad (jealous a bit), or you’re over 35 (sorry!), Working Holiday Visas are my jam. They are available in multiple countries, for one year or more at a time, and you are able to work in the country while supplementing your travels. If you have any questions on how I obtained mine for Australia, New Zealand,or Chile, send me a message!
And finally.. the Nominees. Check them out and give them some love!
- Little Foot Adventures: Since starting to travel in 2012 after moving to England, Amalia’s list of countries is ever-growing. A self-proclaimed culture and history buff, she loves to accompany her stories with beautiful photos of special moments. She’s currently blogging from Copenhagen and is ready to pass on her travel inspiration to you!
- A Romanian in Russia: Simona left her small hometown of Zimnicea after feeling a need for independence, a beach lover and a lover of reading! Follow her beautifully laid out blog accompanied with stunning photos as she is now working and travelling from Moscow, Russia.
- Momentum Travels Blog: Maria’s blog isn’t just a blog- it’s a travel diary! Coupled with stunning photography, and 20 countries checked off her list, you should definitely take a browse! She also loves beer, cats, books, and chocolate. I feel like a lot of us could easily relate!
- Sliva: Sliva is an acronym for Share and LIVe Adventures. This is a group of people who are passionate about all things adventure. Sliva also means plum in Slovene, so they have a plum as their signature icon! Their clean, well-written blog discusses everything from where to camp in Azores to what pedals are best for mountain biking. Check them out!
- Traveling Katie Bug: From Colorado, Katie is a photo taking, dessert loving wanderluster who loves to share all things travel! She has experienced 18 countries already and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon! Awesome stuff Katie.
And that’s everything! Thanks so much again to Katherine and Tom for the nomination and for those I have nominated, please continue to share this award with those who’s work you admire.
-Jenn, The Redhead Abroad