So I was recently received a “Liebster Award” from fellow blogger Jennifer at World on a Whim (thanks, Jen!). It’s an interesting concept – bloggers nominate other new bloggers to generate interest and create a cool new post. So Jen posed 11 questions for me and I’ll attempt to answer them here.
1. Who is your favorite blogger? How would you like to emulate their success?
I really love following Julia from Gal Meets Glam for the sheer beauty of her posts – her photos are just so pretty! I also love Jillian Harris for her witty blog posts and her most recent ambition to become vegan-ish and learn more about it. She is just so real in her posts, whether on facebook, instagram, or her blog. Both of these ladies inspire me to take great photos and add simple content to my website.
2. If you could plan a dream vacation where would you go?
I have so many destinations on my list. Realistically, I’d love to go anywhere that I can be on a beach and do great activities – surfing, SUP, hiking, snorkeling, listen to live music, interact with locals, and of course, eating amazing food. An extended period of time in Hawai’i would be amazing! Also, I think I’d love to have the money to explore Europe for months where you can travel from place to place and get beach time as well as city time. We’re trying to do that this upcoming summer.
3. Where else on social media can we find you?
Instagram is my favorite medium as I love taking photos and working on my composition. I also use twitter, but I’m not very consistent with it unfortunately! With a full-time job in addition to blogging, I do find that it is difficult to be consistent across all social media sites. Pinterest is one of my favorite resources for everything from travel to recipes to hairstyles.
4. Is there a story behind your blog name?
I have been planning trips for myself and other people for a long time, and when I turned 30 in January I finally decided to create a little business out of it. A few of my girlfriends and I were sitting around one evening brainstorming ideas for names since I was thinking of doing parties as well as travel planning. I love alliteration, so once we decided on the “passports”, we brainstormed words we associated with parties. I have prosecco (the cheaper, Italian version of champagne) at all of my parties so it made sense!
5. When you’re not working on your blog, what are you doing instead?
I am a full-time junior high (or middle-school, depending on where you’re from) teacher. It is challenging and sometimes exhausting, but I love it. You’ll also catch me at my yoga studio, having a glass of wine with friends, or planning our next vacation (or someone else’s!).
6. What is the best sunset you have ever seen while traveling?
I think one of the most brilliant was when we stopped in Prince Edward Island with my husband’s parents on a spontaneous trip. We just happened to be driving and I had to ask them to stop it was so beautiful!
7. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you abroad?
In university I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Hungary. I made the mistake of booking my flight back to Canada a day too early, so I had to travel by train from Szarvas, Hungary (small town!) to Vienna, Austria. On the way to Budapest there was a train derailment somewhere ahead, and we stopped in the middle of nowhere. No one on the train spoke English, and people just began getting off the train with their bags and walking. When I finally found someone who spoke a small amount of English, he claimed that I’d have to go to Bratislava on a different train. I just waited on the train for nearly 4 hours and eventually we got to Budapest where I waited hours for my delayed train. I made it to Vienna the next morning on zero sleep literally just in time for my flight!
8. What is the best thing you have ever eaten anywhere on the planet?
This is so hard. I really love food haha. One of the coolest experiences was in Rome at La Prosciutteria Trevi – it is basically a deli, but they serve up this amazing platter of meats, cheeses and spreads with a great glass of wine. It was just so unique and delicious.
Another was gnocchi gratinati at Osterio Santo Spirito in Florence. It was so rich and creamy – a gnocchi baked with cheese and truffle oil. If you’re ever in Florence, you must try it. The restaurant is on the south side of the river not too far from Ponte Vecchio.
Now that I’ve been asked this question, I feel like I should better document my food while I’m traveling! I swear I’ve said “this might be the best food I’ve ever eaten” and I can’t remember it now!
9. What skills do you think you have developed since traveling a lot?
I have developed a great ability to pack, specifically carry-on only (you can read my post on that here). I’ve discovered that I really don’t need a lot of outfits when traveling. I make a list of the items I need and can mix/match and then lay them out and pack accordingly. I recently sold my large suitcase and now I have a carry-on sized backpack and a weekend bag.
I’ve also become really good at finding great deals for flights and hotels and planning itineraries that save money and are the most efficient.
10. Who are your favorite people to spend time with?
My husband is pretty obvious, but I have a few great friends who I really love spending time with – my four amazing bridesmaids who have been in my life for years and years, coworkers who are supportive and have become like a little family, and of course my family, even though they live in another province.
11. What’s the one thing you think your blog does really well?
It’s definitely still a work in progress, but I think I do a good job at incorporating “pretty” pictures into my posts. I also try to keep my posts as real and truthful as possible to help inspire readers.
Here are my new Liebster Award nominees:
For the Q & A, I am giving you the same questions; however, you can make up new questions to answer if you prefer! Congrats to these awesome bloggers!
Bear and Peanut
Two Passports One Pen
The Wandering Weekenders
Balenciaga & Bubbles
Happy Tuesday! – B