I am honored that Jennifer from Just Chasing Rabbits has nominated me for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers” award! It is great to have such an amazing and supportive blogging community.
What is this “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers” Award? It is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It’s a way to recognize great bloggers and get to know them a little better.
Once nominated you thank the blogger that nominated you and answer their questions. Then you nominate 10 bloggers you think deserve recognition for their blogs and pass it along with 10 new questions.
My answers for Jennifer from Just Chasing Rabbits
How long have you considered yourself a “traveler”?
I’ve known I was a “traveler” since I was a child too young to travel on my own. I’ve always wanted to travel and see the world. My dad, older sister, and brothers were in the military and would tell me stories of the amazing places they lived and visited. My siblings would give me souvenirs from these places. I would sit and listen to my dad tell stories from when he was in the Navy during the Korean War living and working on an aircraft carrier (the USS Lexington). He would talk about his time in Japan. I was so interested in their travel stories about the different places they visited and the new cultures they experienced. I think my family has the travel gene and I inherited it from them!
What is your funniest travel story?
This is a tough question because I have many funny travel stories. It’s difficult picking the funniest so I will share a few from when I lived in South Korea. There was the time my friend Elisabeth and I ended up in a Korean prostitution house. We were wondering why the walls in the bar were pink and the decorations were gaudy! We managed to sit down at a table and order drinks before we realized we were in a hooker bar. Another time I took a road trip with my church group in Korea to the east coast. I rode in the car with three other expats. The man driving was Korean and he was an upstanding member of the church. We stopped at a gas station/rest stop area because he was hungry and wanted a snack. It was a penis rest stop! There were phallic symbols everywhere. It was some sort of tribute to Sigmund Freud. They had these giant penis totem poles in front of the gas station and all kinds of penis shaped souvenirs inside. The man from our church just went about his business buying and eating his snack like it was no big deal. Meanwhile, the other passengers and I were giggling and losing it!
Why is travel important?
I think it is important for everyone to get out of their comfort zone and experience a new and different way of thinking and seeing the world. Travel is important for individual growth. Travel makes you more open and accepting of people’s differences and understand at the same time just how similar we all are. Travel also makes you appreciate things more that you once took for granted.
What is the biggest lesson this world has taught you?
No one cares what type of house you live in, car you drive, or clothes you wear. At least not the people that love you. The most important thing in life is your relationship with other people. Spend time with the people you love. Connect with others. Help people. Be kind and compassionate. These are the things that matter. Appreciate the people you love because they will not be in your life forever. Laugh, have fun, make memories, and live your life your way!
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I wish someone would find a cure for cancer. As some of you may know it has been a difficult time for my family with my dad and sister both being diagnosed with cancer. Almost everyone knows someone that has struggled with this disease.
Couple or solo travel? Why?
Both. I have traveled solo and as a couple. I think solo travel is important and everyone should experience it if they can. Solo travel will test and challenge you. Solo travel builds confidence and teaches important life lessons. With that said, I love traveling the world with my husband! It is such a gift to be able to share these moments with another person. We can always reminisce together about our travels and understand each other because we shared these experiences.
What is one travel tip you’d tell to a fellow traveling sister (packing tip? Safety tip?)?
Do your research but be flexible with travel. If you feel unsafe, leave. Also be open to changing your plans and going off the beaten path because it can be so rewarding!
What one destination could you visit again and again without ever tiring of it? Why?
Thailand has so much to offer. You can relax on the beaches, explore in the cities, and escape to the countryside. The people are friendly, it’s inexpensive to travel there, the food is amazing, you meet a lot of free spirited fellow travelers, the beaches are beautiful, and it’s a great place to unwind and relax!
What is the one item you can never leave home without?
Chapstick. I get so annoyed when my lips get dry and chapped!
How has blogging been rewarding for you?
It’s been an amazing to share our travels and adventures with other people. Over the years you forget some of the details of your travels. Now I have an amazing record of all the places we visited.
Also, blogging is a great creative outlet for me. I used to love to write but I became so busy with work I stopped. Now I’m writing again and I’ve realized how much I enjoy it.
What I didn’t expect was that I might inspire others. I’ve been contacted by a few people that have told me I’ve inspired them to get out of their routine and explore. It’s really cool to be able to inspire others-just like my siblings and father have inspired me!
I would like to nominate
Anita at Anita Hendrieka
Kelli at Life Made to Order
Ailish at Ailish in Wonderland
Nicolette at Culture Travel Reflections
Lindsay at Round the World Sabbatical
Lilo and Stacey at Deafinitely Wanderlust
Petra at The Global Couple
Hannah at Nomad’er How Far
Lindsay at Where is Your Toothbrush
Dannielle at While I’m Young & Skinny
What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel and why?
What type of travel do you prefer (jet setter, back packer, weekend warrior, slow travel, beach, city, mountains, etc.) and why?
Who is the most interesting person you met while traveling and why?
Would you rather have your flight delayed by 10 hours or have to fly 1 hour through bad turbulence and why?
We all have our own preferences and experiences, but what is one place that you would prefer not to visit again? Why?
When we travel to other countries we learn how people do things differently than in our own home country. What is something you would like to take back to your home country that you learned while traveling abroad?
What is your funniest ‘lost in translation’ moment while traveling?
Okay, my most serious question: How many pairs of shoes and what type of shoes do you pack for a trip that lasts longer than 1 week?
As a female traveler, what are your tips for warding off unwanted attention or what is the most creative way you let someone know you were not interested?
What do you like to do when you are not traveling? Hobbies? Interests?