For some time ago I got an email. It was an email that put a smile on my face. I have actually never even heard of the Liebster Award before I got nominated by the beautiful Nixtie.org. This girl thought my travel blog deserved a high five, and that’s what I think is so cute and heartwarming about these kind of awards; You can only be nominated by people in the same category as you; people that are sharing the same passion for exploring and retelling stories. These stories are so pure and so hands-on that you will almost feel like you are experiencing it with them. Storytellers, bloggers, you can call it whatever. Part of this award is to answer 11 questions, which the storyteller that nominated you has plotted out.
1.What does “To Travel” mean for you?
Living. For me there is a big difference between being and living, being stuck in one place is not what life’s about. You need to explore and understand the world through living it.
2. If you could choose one city in the world to live in which one would you choose?
San Francisco has always been a weakness for these itchy feet of mine. This city stole my heart and today my “home base” is hidden in the heart of SF.
3.What was your most embarrassing moment during travels?
I was stuck on a tropical island in Cambodia when the most powerful storm I’ve ever experienced hit the paradise. Our bungalow became not only our hiding spot, but also a massive termite colony decided to move in. Termites remind me way too much of ants (which is my absolute biggest fear, and don’t you dare laugh!) so I had a pathetic panic attack. I still understand completely the rational irrational fear I was experiencing, however, I’m still blushing over my dramatic breakdown…
4.What was the weirdest/funniest tradition or ritual you have ever done?
Getting engaged! Definitely the most memorable “ritual” I’ve ever been a part of. You can read more about it here.
5.How do you finance your trips?
I try to only spend my money on things I actually priorities. Instead of buying an expensive piece of clothing, purse, phones, whatever, I would rather save my money for what I actually care about; traveling. Of course there are times and places in life where not all of us can afford our wildest dreams, but being patient and being smart with your ‘investments’ will get you far. Another way I ‘finance’ my trips is by being very aware of the money I spend during my adventures. Being constantly conscious of my food budget, accommodation style, transportation choices and the endless temptations when traveling is hard, but not impossible. It is often the smallest things that will have the greatest effect on our trip financing. My guilty pleasure is coffee, which tends to add up in a sum that I try desperately to ignore! I wonder what amazing trip I could have exchanged for all the money I have wasted (or should I say ‘prioritised’?) on coffee. Do as I say, not as I do… The bottomline is that I have always worked hard for my own money, and finding the balance between saving and spending is key when financing anything. It’s as easy as that!
6. What was the best food you ever tried abroad and where was it?
I stayed with a local family at the Cham Island in Vietnam. Mama Vietnam (that’s what she called herself) made the best food ever! Tropical fish that we caught in the morning, fresh fruit from the trees of the island, spices of rich vietnamese traditions, and of course pancakes made with mama love. I miss Mama Vietnam.
7.Which country would you recommend others to visit and not miss out on?
Japan. This has for a long time been THE COUNTRY on my bucket list, and it did not disappoint once I went. Even though it can be very touristy it still has its core japanese soul intact, which is very rare for cultures to manage in combination with such tourist demand.
8.What is your biggest fear and how do you try to cope with it?
Haha, I am terrified of ants! Yes, ants. Being a backpacker has definitely increased my tolerance for cockroaches and rats, which normally is something humans tend to avoid. Snakes, spiders, darkness, creepy men; I can handle all of that. However, ants are not something I’m ever going to be okay with! So I guess the answer to this question is that I do not cope with it.
9.Which countries are on your list for 2016?
So far: USA, India, a couple of stops back home to Norway, and maybe saying hi to England too.
10.How does a day in your life look like when you are not on the road or traveling?
Depending on the day! I have an extreme need to express my creativity through crazy projects. So if I’m not painting, writing or dancing I’m making a table or a terrarium. And let’s not forget about working and coffee drinking…
11.What is the best advice you can give future travelers?
Stop complaining over lack of money or time, start living the dream of traveling if it is really your dream. Yes, there is a time and a place for everything, but just jump into it and start living when you are ready.
So now it is your turn to answer my questions. Once you have answered them don’t forget to put your link in the comments section so I can have a read through your answers. These are my lovely chosen ones, they are the most amazing storytellers out there so give them a big hug from me:
Haha, this is going to be fun!
Quote Of The Day:
“I turned my hand over just in time to avoid a slap on the wrist. I was applauded for my effort.”
― Jarod Kintz