It is always wonderful to receive recognition for one of your projects, and particularly if it’s something you have put your heart and soul into. So I was thrilled to hear I’ve been nominated for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Denise from The Girl in Seat 5A.
A bit about my journey
I started Amanda’s Wanderlust in June 2014 when I left a busy and demanding full time job to go in search of a better work life balance. I felt like life was passing me by at my desk; working all hours.
I’d wanted to start a sustainable travel blog for some time, to enable me to raise the profile of sustainable tourism and combine my two great passions (environment and travel). But I’d never had the time to devote to it before.
Running a busy travel blog is no easy task. It may look like it’s all days out and holidays, but actually it’s time consuming to set up your own blog, learning new skills like website design, marketing, and search engine optimization.
Alongside this you are constantly researching material, pitching to travel companies and press officers, running multiple social media accounts, and juggling all this with paid work.
You start out doing this for no financial reward whatsoever, and will have many many moments when you wonder whether anybody even reads what you post.
That’s why awards like this are amazing. They tell you that not only does somebody read your material, but that they enjoyed it enough to take the time to nominate you for an award. What a gift!
Just like every like you get on Facebook, twitter or instagram, and every comment on a post, it warms your heart and makes all the hard work seem worthwhile. So thank you again to Denise from The Girl in Seat 5A! This nomination is much appreciated.
So what is a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award?
- Put the award logo on your blog
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link to her site
- Write a post and answer the questions provided
- Nominate up to 10 other female bloggers
- Then it’s YOUR turn to ask the questions to your nominees
And now to answer Denise’s questions! Thank you Denise, these really got me thinking!
Did you ever travel somewhere you weren’t sure you would like, but ended up loving it? Or vice versa? If so, where and why?
To be entirely honest I never had a particularly strong urge to travel in the United States. This is partly just because I tend to be drawn more towards developing countries and particularly east Africa.
We all have preconceptions about places and I guess I wasn’t sure that a vegetarian, environmentalist, who doesn’t much like guns was going to get a particularly warm welcome. But of course my prejudice was completely wrong and in both North and South Carolina’s I got the best welcome I think I’ve had ever anywhere.
Now after visits to California, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina, I would love to go back and explore north America in all it’s wonderful diversity a lot further.
What is your favorite city in the world and why?
I’m not sure I have a clear favourite but Marrakech has got to be right up there near the top. It’s such a wonderfully colourful, vibrant city and perhaps the most exotic place that you can get to within three and a half hours of London.
What are three things you never travel without?
Camera, travel journal and snacks!
If your life was a movie, what would the title be?
I can’t imagine anyone making a movie about my life, but if they did it would probably be called Storm in a Teacup (or similar) as life can be a bit of a drama sometimes.
When traveling, are you a planner or a make-it-up-as-you-go-along type of person?
Definitely a planner, but not a very good one!
What is your favorite travel quote?
This one says it all for me:
“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
William Least Heat Moon
Do you have a specific souvenir that you buy every time you travel?
It’s guilty secret time. I have a strange obsession with tacky fridge magnets. In fact my fridge looks like a brightly coloured journey around the world by magnet. The best one is a wooden lion from Botswana.
How has traveling changed you?
I believe travel broadens your mind and enriches your life. It gives you the opportunity to better understand global processes, meet people from completely different walks of life, experience new things, and give back to the communities that you visit. It also makes you more patient and tolerant.
Who is your personal hero and why?
My top heros are the rangers of Virunga National Park who work so tirelessly under really difficult circumstances to protect the critically endangered mountain gorillas and other wildlife in Africa’s oldest national park. That’s why I became a trustee of Gearing up for Gorillas, the only UK charity that focuses 100% on the conservation of the mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo, through providing funds and equipment to the rangers and vets whose job it is to protect them.
If I asked your friends to describe you, what adjective would be used most often?
Now this one is tricky! My first thought was maybe tenacious. But this question really got my thinking, so I asked a few friends and the consensus seems to be something along the lines of ballsy, determined, and focused. So I wasn’t far wrong.
I would like to nominate the following people and their awesome travel blogs for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Some of these are up and coming bloggers, others are well established, but they are all blogs I love to read.
Amanda from Burger Abroad
Linda from Eco Traveller Guide
Steph from Every Steph
Mary from Green Global Travel
Mary from Inner Compass Travel
Karin from My Slow Journey
Karyn from The Lost Lemurian
Kim from Travels Through Midlife
Amy from Two Drifters
Mihaela from World Travel Bug
Congratulations to them all for all the hard work they have put into their blogs.
- What was your first great travel experience?
- Have you had a travel-related mishap or embarrassing moment that you’d be happy to share (we’ve surely all got one!)?
- Which do you prefer: mountain, jungle, ocean or desert?
- Which is your favourite passport stamp so far?
- Which passport stamp would you most love to have?
- What do you worry about most when travelling?
- What three things do you never travel without?
- What book are you reading at the moment, or what was your most recent book?
- Window or aisle seat, and why?
- Where are you heading next?