I want to give a huge thank you to Keith and Serena from ATLAS VIBES who nominated NomadVentura for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I appreciate the recognition, and I think it is important for bloggers to support each other in our writing journeys. Atlas Vibes is an awesome travel blog and youtube channel about world pursuits, tips and advice from both Keith and Serena. Definitely check them out, subscribe to their channel and follow along their adventures!
They have given me a fine list of questions on my travels that I really enjoyed answering. The answers are to follow but first, I want to nominate Jessica Benford from TravelingMarineBiologist and Nicole from WeeGypsyGirl for the Sunshine Blogger Award, for inspiring us to travel the world and for being such bright lights in the blogging community!
- Thank the person that nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- Answer the 11 questions from the person that nominated you.
- Nominate some other bloggers for this award and give them 11 questions to answer.
- Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo.
1. Do you make efforts to learn the language of the country you are visiting or do you struggle here?
I think it is very important to try and learn the basics at least. Not only is it respectful but also it is a great opportunity to broaden your language learning skills and it certainly makes things easier for you. I think it is ignorant of people not to make any sort of effort with the language of the local people that you hope to share experiences with and learn from. Even by having a few simple phrases and using them everyday, locals are happy to see this and I find I am welcomed with open arms after that!
2. What do you do to stay healthy whilst travelling?
Well I am a huge fitness fanatic, and as my lifestyle in general revolves around active pursuits and adventures I don’t find it difficult to stay fit. I am always a member of a gym when I am settled somewhere, but if I am on the road, well it is generally by bike or hiking up mountains so there is always a way. In fact I love finding new ways to get my blood pumping and a good sweat on!
3. What has been your favourite country to visit to date and why?
This is a tough question, because every time I leave a country I say that I have fallen in love with it and wish to go back. That said, I have a special place in my heart for the Philippines. It suits my lifestyle down to a t, and I love everything about it. The people are so friendly, the tropical islands are perfect for diving, and the cost of living is dirt-cheap. It is like living in paradise, while actually saving money!
4. What has been your least favourite country to date and why?
I can't say I have ever been to a country that I wasn't happy with. I think there is something to learn and admire from each place I visit. That said, there are areas of certain countries that I wouldn't be returning to quickly. I lived in Sicily for a year, and although it was an absolutely gorgeous island and I had the time of my life there, I would hesitate before living there again. It is seriously underdeveloped with very little public transport, and english isn't widely spoken either. It's also not the safest of places, and one should be street smart while wandering the authentic cobbled alleyways at night. That said, Italy is one of my favourite countries and I can't wait to visit again!
5.What advice would you give to someone planning to travel alone for the first time?
I was nervous enough travelling alone for the first time, but I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend people to go on a solo trip at least once. I would be wise where to go, and do your research before hand. For me, that was the key. I planned and prepped everything so I had a good schedule to go by. At the same time, make sure to have an easy-going attitude and be open to anything. It is a wonderful experience to travel alone. It will be like a rollercoaster at times, but just enjoy the ride.
6. What’s at the top of your bucket list right now?
In 6 months time I will be leaving South Korea, and plan on doing a cycle trip across South East Asia for two months. This is probably the biggest adventure I have planned to date, and even though I am still in the preparation stage of it all, I am enjoying every part of it. I will hopefully be vlogging my journey, and I’m very excited to get that vlogging series started too.
7. Your must read travel book is….
One of my favourites would have to be Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I think this is such an inspiring book not only for travellers, but also for anyone that feels like they are stuck in their lives. The journey she takes you on as she fights her way through her own mind, as well as the PTC always motivates me to look for new ways to push myself. It is amazing what we can do with these bodies of ours, and what our minds are capable of. The PTC is also on my bucket list and would absolutely love to tackle such an adventure.
8. What’s been your craziest experience during your travels?
I don’t know about the craziest, but last year Gyeongju city suffered the country’s strongest earthquake recorded since the 70s. First came a 5.1 which was followed by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4. For weeks, months and even occasionally to this day the aftershocks are still evident. We had to evacuate our buildings numerous times, and I never thought I would be used to feeling the ground vibrate on a regular basis. There were hundreds of tremors the first week of the earthquakes, which was pretty crazy to me!
9. What inspired you to start travelling?
To be honest, ever since travelling abroad as a child on family holidays I always felt a sense of wanderlust. Each time I would stay somewhere new, it opened up the world to me and my curiosity grew stronger. I have never felt the desire to stay in Ireland, or anywhere else for a long period of time. I get seriously itchy feet when I think about what is out there to explore. So I guess it was never a certain thing that inspired me to travel, except the world itself.
10. Do you prefer to travel alone or with a friend?
I love to do both. I certainly couldn’t travel with friends on every trip. I get something different from traveling alone than I do with company. I think it depends on the trip and what you will be doing, but there are great experiences to be had both ways.
11. Lonely Planet or ‘Don’t Plan It’?
I’m a bit of a planner I must admit! I’m not a highly strung traveller that needs to have things set in stone or anything, and I am happy to change plans on the day if something came up. I think I make sure to plan different itineraries, just to make sure that I won’t be missing out on anything. I would hate to hear about something once I leave and missed my chance to see it. That said, I would drop any drawn up plans for a spontaneous journey somewhere if I felt like it, and definitely would take the word of a local over any travel book or website.
My Questions to You!
1. Do you prefer slow travel, or fast paced?
2. Backpacking or luxury travel?
3. What has been your biggest adventure to date?
4. If you could pick anyone as your travel companion, who would it be?
5. What is your fairytale destination?
6. What was the worst thing that happened to you on the road?
7. What is the most valuable thing you have learned on the road?
8. How do you treat homesickness on the road?
9. Where is your favourite place for female travellers?
10. What is the most adventurous place you have been to?
11. Have you ever hitch hiked before?
Thanks again to ATLAS VIBES for spreading the love. Leave a comment below if you'd like to answer any of the questions yourself, I would love to read some travel tales! Thanks for reading, and as always, happy travels 🙂