Liebster Award for Jetsetter Jenn
GASP! I’m freaking famous!
No, not really. But the sweethearts at Two Traveling Texans have nominated me for a travel blogging award, called the Liebster Award! My first ever! It almost makes me want to slather myself in BBQ Sauce and do a line dance, Texas Style. So thanks Anisa and Katherine! Girl power!
Here are the Liebster Award Rules
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
- Answer questions they ask you
- Display the award on your blog
- Nominate 10 others and let them know
I like nothing more than to talk about myself, so this is a double-yay!
Here Are My Answers to A + K’s Questions:
- How did you pick the name of your blog?
It came to me in the night. Literally! I woke up one morning with it already in my head. I rushed to my computer, because surely some other Jenn in the world already bought the URL… but NOPE! So I bought it and converted my old blog over all in one day, I was so excited. Then I found out that my sister (also with a J name) had actually started a blog (now-defunct) with this same name (but with her first name, obvs). Which means I probably had it stored in my subconscious and it just shook it’s way out that morning. Turns out I’m not as original as I thought. *sad trombone*
- Other than your own, what is your favorite travel blog to read?
I regularly follow ‘The Big Three’: Adventurous Kate, Nomadic Matt, and Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse. They are all tremendously successful, obviously, but I appreciate that they also can write. There are tons of travel social media stars out there that are great and who I follow, but when it comes to actual writing I’m always coming back for more from these three. I also check out The Mochilera Diaries (I met Leah briefly when I was traveling in the Balkans last summer) and Just Travelous, for a non-American perspective. And of course, the bloggers I nominated below!
- What is your next trip?
I’m in Australia right now, and I’m going back to California (my hometown) for a while to play hostess to my sister’s bachelorette and and bridal shower. Then I’m off to meet up with my aunt and cousin, who are traveling the US by Airstream for the next year! We’re planning to check out Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
- If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
Oh that is such a cruel question. A few places spring to mind immediately: Ubud, Indonesia is one. I fell so in love when I visited, and it was so expat friendly I knew I could live there with very little problem. Seattle, Washington is another. I lived here for three years and it always felt like home. Beautiful scenery, amazing food scene, fun nightlife. I’ve been considering Boulder, Colorado as an alternative US home base for many of the same reasons!
- What is your favorite beach and why?
I’m picking two, okay? First: Long Beach on Koh Lanta, Thailand. Because sunsets. And because it’s just a happy place for me. Second: Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach. I grew up here, and I’m always staggered by the beauty of my hometown. I took it for granted for a long time, but traveling sure opens the eyes!
- What is your favorite budget saver?
Staying in hostels. I was terrified of them before I left on my long-term travels, and after a few months I realized I’d so much rather use my money on an incredible meal, learning to cook the local cuisine, or seeing the sights than a luxury hotel. Not that I’d turn down a luxury hotel! But if I have to trade off on something, it’s going to be the hotel. There are great, clean hostels everywhere, and when you are solo it’s a great way to meet people. Case in point: In Geneva, Switzerland, I stayed at the City Hostel and treated myself to fab fondue dinner for one at the famous Restaurant Les Armures. The meal cost more than my bed for the night! I wouldn’t have been able to experience that if I’d stayed at one of the nicer hotels in (notoriously pricey) Geneva. And when it comes to cheese, I’ll do anything.
- What is your favorite beach read?
Oh dear. If you knew who you were asking you wouldn’t have asked this, because the answer would be the length of a novel. I read nearly 150 books in 2015. Yes, I averaged one book almost every two days. I read everything! Seriously, I’d go from Chuck Palahniuk to Jane Austen in the space of a week. I also recently discovered contemporary romance novels (gasp!) and I actually really like them. Victoria Dahl is fave – sassy, funny, and great characters.
- What is your favorite travel snack?
To be honest, I’m not much of snacker. But I did discover these amazing dried veggie chips in Dalat, Vietnam that I couldn’t leave alone! I bought six bags before I left to go back to Ho Chi Minh City, and by the time I arrived they were gone!
- What is your guilty pleasure?
Cheese! And chocolate! And oysters! And wine! Though I have a really hard time feeling guilty about them at all. Life is meant to be enjoyed!
- What is your favorite post you have written? Link please!
Oooh that’s a toughie. I wrote a post about heartbreak on my other blog that went semi-viral and got daily hits, and I like that one simply because of its raw honesty (which also makes it a little embarrassing). But I didn’t port that over to this blog, so I suppose my favorite is Listening To the Universe, where I explain how travel has helped me reach for goals I was ‘too busy’ or ‘too scared’ to reach for in the past.
And Now I Would Like to Nominate:
- Kelly @ The Wandering Blonde
- Terry & Emily @ The Sleepy Travellers
- May @ The Little Blonde Backpacker
- The Bella Travelista
- Stephanie @ The Girl Who Wanders
- Lindsay @ I’ve Been Bit!
- Ellie and Nina @ The Sisters
- Iqah @ Be a Little Wild
- Martha and Nigel @ Bay Breezin
- Karin @ Girl Astray
My 10 Questions Are:
- What would you say is the biggest gift that traveling has given you?
- What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done on your travels?
- What one thing always has to go into your backpack or suitcase?
- What’s one meal you’ve had on your travels that you will never forget?
- Which country that you’ve visited had the best cuisine?
- What’s your top safety tip when you travel abroad?
- What’s one place you’ve been desperate to visit, but haven’t yet?
- What’s the biggest travel ‘disaster’ that’s befallen you? Tell me about the not-so-fun side of travel!
- What’s one travel tip you’d give new travelers?
- What’s your favorite comfort food when you go back home?