The Liebster Awards

I’ve heard a lot about the passing of the Liebster Award for bloggers and it was a lovely surprise to receive a nomination from Lucy who blogs at Absolutely Lucy

The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to support the work of other bloggers; to build the community, raise the profile of each other’s work and to aid the discovery of new and emerging talented writers.

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So, here I am spreading the Liebster love. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a happy, caring, sharing idea.  Here’s the science bit.

– You must link back to the person who nominated you.
– You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
– You pick 5-11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
– You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
– You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

Simple. I have answered all 11 questions given to me by Lucy. I have also passed the nomination on to five travel bloggers and I have set 11 questions for them to answer. Here goes…

What has been your favourite blog post to write and why?
Probably the post called A Place I Love – Sydney. It was my first blog post entry for a travel blog competition and it gave me the opportunity to show why my blog is very different. Rather than being a travel reference guide, my blog gives you an insight in to how it ‘feels’ to be in a place. My writing is like story-telling; it’s the emotional and personal side of travel. It’s not another reference guide telling you where to go, what to see and how much it’ll cost you. The pleasure of travel is to discover those things for yourself.

Sydney by Sara Hardman

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d love to explore Cambodia and Vietnam; these are still high on the wish-list but then, so is Iceland, Brazil, Cuba, French Polynesia… the list goes on and on. I’ll never stop dreaming about all the possibilities. I also love to ski and one day, hope to try the slopes of Japan. The more I see the more I want to see. It’s relentless.

What’s your day job and how does it link with or fit around blogging?
I work in digital marketing and I love it. I began my career as a newspaper reporter and moved in to websites and digital communications because I get to combine my love of writing with my interest in all things digital and analytical. I write all the time. I’m often liberating the wifi in Starbucks at lunchtimes and have even written on napkins and on the back of receipts. When something pops into my head I just get it down and make sense of it when I have more time. I travel at weekends and use all my annual leave to see as much of the world as I possibly can.

Which blog really inspired you to take up blogging?
I’m a big fan of ‘A Luxury Travel Blog’. Seeing all the stunning places and the incredible hotels and beaches keeps me inspired when the weather is grey and the work-load is heavy. When the email notification of a new post pops into my inbox I have to contain the urge to book a flight.

What was your happiest memory from the past year and who were you with?
Having spent two years backpacking, coming back to the real world has been hard and at times I wanted to turn back around and head off again. That changed when I met my boyfriend last year and suddenly I started to love being back in England and seeing all the sights that are on our doorstep. We enjoy all our spare time visiting new places, exploring and taking photos – he doesn’t even get grumpy when I take ages changing camera lenses over!  My best memory is when he planned a trip to Cornwall and we spent the week together just being tourists.

Sara Hardman Travels at Land's End

Sitting at Land’s End, Cornwall

Are you planning any trips? Where are you heading to next?
The next international trip is about 4 months away and will be my first taste of cruising. I’m looking forward to a holiday with P&O and enjoying the journey with a luxury cabin rather than a backpack and a hostel dorm. My next UK trip is in March when I have a week to visit Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and some of Wales.

What is the worst and best thing about where you live?
I love Norfolk because it has a bit of everything. We have beautiful beaches, summer boat trips on The Broads, pretty countryside and a relaxed pace of life. Norwich is also a very vibrant and beautiful city. The only downside is that we are slightly on a limb so it takes ages to get to a motorway.

Favourite book and why?
I’m not much of a reader; I know that’s probably unheard of for a newspaper journalist and someone with an English Literature degree but it’s just me. I was asked this question at school – I replied that I didn’t much care for reading and was told that you can’t expect to be a writer without being a reader. You certainly can, the two are not connected at all for me. The only time I pretend to be a bookworm is on job application forms – for some reason I always think that looks good!

How would your dream man/woman sweep you off your feet?
Maybe tickets to a romantic city break and then a candle-lit dinner on a balcony overlooking the ocean or the city. I’m a predictable girl, Champagne, chocolates, flowers will usually work.

What was the best thing about the nineties?
Being young enough to live life without any responsibilities. I came to travel and backpacking quite late. When I booked a one-way ticket for a two year adventure, I had to leave a mortgage on my first home and a job I loved as Regional Content Manager at Global Radio – there was a lot to lose. My advice is do everything you want while you’re young, it’s much harder when you have to give things up and it becomes a trade off. Also, many working holiday visas are only open to people under 30.

Sara Hardman Travels

No clue how to pack light…

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I’ve had so many, it’s very hard to pick one that was more epic than the others! I regularly end up in some type of scene when I’m travelling because my backpack usually weighs half my body weight. When I arrived at Heathrow ready for a flight to Perth, I was rushing to meet a friend when some lads started yelling over to me. I tried to casually make my escape and ducked under a railing – misjudging the height of my backpack – and ending up being pulled backwards by the weight. The lads all looked over to see that I was suddenly underneath the barrier, thrashing around on the floor like an overturned beetle.

My Nominations to receive the Liebster Blogger Award:

Here are the 11 questions you need to answer to accept the award and continue nominating and passing the Liebster.

1: Which your favourite city and why?
2: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given or received?
3: Have you ever had a bad travel experience?
4: If you could pick three travel companions who would they be and why?
5: What motivates you to write and to share your experiences through blogging?
6: What makes your blog different?
7: What three items could you not travel without?
8: You’re stuck on a long-haul flight with only an iPod, what are the top three tunes you want to hear?
9: What do you think is the single best way to promote your blog?
10: What has been the best day of your travel adventures so far?
11: What do you miss most when you’re away?

That’s it. Liebster love officially spread around the globe x


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