The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is something that’s new to me, along with the world of blogging. The Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.  With bloggers nominating other bloggers, it seems like a never ending chain of fun. I was nominated by Travel By A Sherrie Affair – thanks very much! Now I will:

  • Thank my nominator & answer the questions she posed
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers & ask them 11 questions
  • List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo

Sunshine Blogger Award Logo

My Sunshine Blogger Responses

Tell us why you love to travel?

Woah, big question! An answer to this could be its own post, but I’ll put it into three words. I love to travel to learn, to connect, and to share.

What has travel blogging brought to your life?

I only began my blogging adventure a couple of months ago. Thus far, it has been a creative outlet and opportunity to learn new skills. Who knew there was so much to know about building a website! It has also shifted my view on “online friends”. Before, I was skeptical about the idea of internet friends but I must say the friendliness of people and conversations have been surprisingly awesome.

Where was the first place you can recall you traveled to?

San Diego! The only bit I remember is sitting in a shop on a stool while my mum shopped around, people watching the tourists and shoppers as they strolled past the window.

Where is the farthest from home you have traveled to?

6 months spent in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dunedin is on the South East corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Living in Toronto, Canada makes me physically quite far from Dunedin, although it is somewhere I feel very connected to all the same. One of my favourite nights was the one spent in Mueller Hut, with incredible views of Mt Cook!

Where was the most luxurious place you ever stayed or ate at?

While travelling alone, “luxury” is not top of mind. I have been lucky to travel with my family, however, and the most memorable night was in Japan. We stayed in Hakone at an Onsen Ryokan. This traditional Japanese inn had a tub you could fill with natural hot spring water. It included a dinner and a breakfast in traditional Ryokan style, and those were truly two of the best meals I’ve ever had!

What was the most “out of your comfort zone” thing you have ever done while traveling?

The one adventure that taught me new skills and pushed me outside of my usual repertoire of hiking and biking was climbing to the summit of Mt Armstrong. This required me to learn basic avalanche safety as well as the use of ice axes and crampons. Awesome!

Tell us a funny story about one of your travel adventures.

While hiking the Santa Cruz Trek in Peru, I ate almost half a stick of butter. Accidentally, of course. I had bought it in town thinking it was cheese. When I opened it on the trail after a long day of walking, I got nearly halfway into this glorious “cheese” before realizing it was still glorious, but most definitely butter. WHOOPS.

If you could stay in any Hotel/Resort in the world where would it be?

One day, I’ll travel to Bhutan and do a homestay there. Though not luxurious, the appeal is in the country, its people, and its landscape!

Tell us something you wished you did on your last trip

My last trip was to Portugal to walk the Fishermen’s Trail. It was everything and more than I could have asked for, but I would have liked to have spent more time in Arrifana to improve my very beginner surfing skills.

Who (travel writer/photographer/adventurist) would you love to sit down and interview and why?

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Christina Mettermier speak. She is a Nat Geo photographer and advocate for the seas. Her passion, values, and experiences were incredibly inspiring, and I’d love to sit down to learn more about her mission and adventures.

How many languages do you speak?

I only speak English fluently, and could have a slow and simple conversation in French. The next language I want to learn, however, is Spanish!

Lauren Chu on the Kepler Track, New Zealand

My Nominees for The Sunshine Blogger Award

These are blogs or people who I’ve been inspired by as I navigate this strange landscape of blogging. Thanks to each of you for making it easy fun to share my stories! I apologize if you have already been nominated, and no pressure to participate whatsoever – it’s just an opportunity for me to give a shout out!

My Sunshine Blogger Questions

  1. What is your favourite type of cuisine?
  2. Where would you like to visit next?
  3. What is the hardest part about planning a trip?
  4. Who is your favourite travel buddy, or do you prefer travelling alone?
  5. Are you a meticulous planner, or do you prefer to make up your itinerary as you go?
  6. Do you prefer the city or the country?
  7. What is the hardest part about having a travel blog?
  8. What is the best part about having a travel blog?
  9. Mountains or the beach?
  10. What is the your favourite post on your blog?
  11. What is your favourite part about travelling to a new place?

All the best and happy blogging to you and all of the Sunshine Blogger nominees!

Sunrise in Udawalawe Park, Sri Lanka

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