The Versatile Blogger Award

I was thrilled to bits to be nominated for this award! When I started blogging I was looking for an outlet to share my scribbles about travelling, my thoughts about the world and a platform to share a real passion of mine – photography. It’s given me the opportunity to engage with some fantastic bloggers and none more so than Searching For Humor who nominated me for this award. I’m always humbled and astonished when someone takes the time to read and comment on my blog posts so being nominated for a blogging award just blew me away.

The first thing I would urge you to do is to go and check out the brilliant Searching for Humor blog. There’s a healthy slice of literature and book reviews but what I love most about this site is the way our blogger takes us out on tours of places where her favourite books are set. This includes the settings and backdrops, but also a healthy slice of something delicious which is linked in some way to the book. If you can’t go out exploring yourself, then let Searching for Humor take you out on her travels around some great literary haunts!

Thank you Searching For Humor – you are amazing!

The rules for the versatile blogger award:

Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
Share 7 things about yourself
Nominate bloggers for the award

7 Things About Me:

1.I’m a Londoner and though I’ve lived away from London for almost 16 years, it still occupies a special place in my affections. It’s such a fast-paced, vibrant and captivating city. There’s always something interesting happening SOMEWHERE! I’m proud of my hometown and get back for a visit whenever I can.

2.After many years of taking group and paired trips, I’m now a huge advocate of solo travel. I first travelled solo on a short break to Jersey in 2014. I was so nervous about it but had a fantastic time and met some amazing characters. People are so much more willing to chat to you when you travel alone. Over the years I’ve picked up a few tips about how to make the most of travelling as a solo female and have visited Norway twice, Austria, Slovakia and have an upcoming hiking trip to Switzerland just beyond the horizon. I still love to travel with friends but solo travel has opened up a whole new world to me.

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Going solo on the road in Western Norway

3.I’m a massive music fan and have been to hundreds of gigs. It’s a great way to get out and see more of your own country too! My all time favourite band is Manic Street Preachers and when I was younger we would set off in a car and drive all over the country following the band’s tours. It was a thrill and a buzz! I got in to working with new bands in 2002 when I started an independent record label with a close friend and that gave me the opportunity to visit lots of tiny venues and see loads of great bands. These small venues are the lifeblood of music and are under threat in the UK. If you’ve got one nearby then go check out a band or two and give your local small music venue some love.

4.Though I’ve lived in the UK for almost my entire life, I spent 6 months living in the USA as a teenager. This was a fantastic experience! I remember the first time I came out of the subway in New York City and looked up at the towering skyscrapers which seemed so alien and yet so familiar at the same time. It totally blew me away and it’s a moment I will never forget. NYC is one of my favourite cities in the world and even though I’ve spent quite a bit of time there, it remains top of my bucket list for return visits!

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Big love for NYC

5.I love the great outdoors. Whenever my soul is sick or I need a place to wrap itself around me and give me a good ‘ole hug then I head out into nature for a long walk. If water is involved, then all the better. There’s nothing like a stroll on the beach, hiking through a beautiful forest or climbing up high and taking in an amazing view. I’m lucky to live close to the Peak District National Park and I head out there whenever my head is mashed. I also love the sea as you may have guessed from the number of beach photos I put on my Instagram page! I feel my spirits soar when I’m near salty water and dream of living by the sea some day.

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My dream… By the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur, California

6.I’m a restless fidget and always need to be doing something with my hands, whether it’s doodling on a pad while I’m on the phone, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or cracking out the paints, glue and pastels to craft something from scratch. I don’t do well at sitting still and never in one place for long. Good job I love to travel!

7.I’m scared of flying. Yes, it’s true! It stopped me from travelling for around 12 years until I realised I was missing out on something I loved. So I read books about flying and fear of flying, did a course and then took the plunge and flew just about as far as you can from the UK when I visited Australia in 2011. I’m not ashamed to say that I burst into tears as we hurtled down the runway on the monstrous A380 but it was the best thing I ever did! It was a trip to remember and since then my fears have lessened with each flight I take. I still don’t enjoy flying but I can now board the plane calmly and even enjoy the flight a bit if it’s smooth and without turbulence. I always sit by the window so I can practise my travel geekery and spot places we are flying over!

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Beautiful Sydney, Australia – worth facing the fear for!

My Nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

Tasty Itinerary

Faiza Blogs

Win Life Win Love

The Frozen Mind

Hello Bexa

These 5 blogs will offer you a glimpse into the vast range of topics being blogged about out there in cyberspace, from travel to lifestyle, from mental health to stationery! They are all really worthy recipients of the Versatile Blogger Award as they not only cultivate brilliant blogs, they are all so lovely and have been supportive to me in the early days of my blogging journey. Please do check them out!

Thanks again to Searching For Humor for the nom and I’ll be back next week with more travel gubbins!

 

 

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28 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. That was a great description!
    I think it’s so awesome that you’ve done lots of solo travelling. I can’t wait to do that one day even though I’ll probably be so nervous. I’ll read your posts about 1000 times before I attempt it.
    Let me know the next time you’re in NYC! 😊

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    1. If you ever want to take the plunge and travel solo give me a shout and I’ll give you some tips. It’s scary before you do it but really liberating! I’ll let you know when I’m coming back to NYC 😉

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      1. Thanks so much! I will! 😊😊

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  2. Thank for the nomination. Truly honored. I need to catch up on these nominations 😆

    Love to get to know my fellow bloggers! No idea you were a solo traveler. Totally admire that. I have never solo traveled. Have I gotten on a plane alone to meet someone else elsewhere, yes all the time. Trip on my own? Never. I would love to someday, even if it’s a quick trip. Thanks for being inspiring. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment, it’s so much easier to travel solo after the first time. My next trip will be my longest, almost two weeks, but I’m really looking forward to it. Hope you get to try it sometime!

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  3. Thankyou so much for the nomination. Being a newbie blogger it took me time to learn about it. I am honored. Thankyou again.!

    I am totally fascinated by the beautiful feelings and soul calming experience of living in the vicinity of a National Park. Trust me, It’s my dream to be in a place as such..You are very lucky on this. Thankyou for sharing all these with us.

    Lots of love
    Aditi

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    1. Ah, thanks Aditi. I’m very lucky to live right in between a big city and a national park. It’s the best of both worlds! 😊

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  4. Ah what a perfect way to get to know to you! I really enjoy reading posts like these 🙂

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    1. Ah, thanks for stopping by! It’s great to find out a bit about the person behind the blog and I enjoy reading these posts too 😉

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  5. I loved reading this! Its so awesome you conquered your fear of flying and have been on so many amazing trips! I admire that you are able to go solo travelling, I’d love to try that someday. NYC looks incredible, a destination on my travel bucket list. Thank you so much for the nomination, really enjoyed reading this 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Ah, you’re very welcome! I really enjoy the riot of colour on your blog. NYC is a fantastic place to visit, I can’t imagine ever tiring of it. Hope you get to visit someday xx

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  6. Loved reading your answers 😀

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  7. betterthangoodenough123 July 9, 2018 — 5:52 pm

    What a wonderful post and such great photographs, too! Kudos for you for conquering your fears and taking flight!
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline
    kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com
    @joansenio1

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    1. Thanks, best thing I ever did was tackling my fear of flying 😊

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  8. Such a great idea and a great way to promote one another!

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  9. Love reading these to get to know people. I couldn’t imagine being afraid of flying, it’s one of my favourite things!! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I used to love it, then one bad experience changed that. I’ll probably never love it again but I can do it! X

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  10. Congratulations on the award! And I love your photos in this; they are wonderful, and such a breath of fresh air from hyperstylized Instagram.

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    1. Thank you so much, the comment about my photos means a lot to me. I’m not a fan of filters and always prefer a natural, organic look to things to remember how something looked at the time 😊

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  11. It was so great to learn more about you in this post ❤️ Well done for overcoming your fear of flying!!

    Livvy x
    http://www.seabreezecorner.com

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    1. Thanks so much, it’s great to be flying and getting to travel – my dream! X

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  12. How awesome you’ve been to a lot places 😍 I’d love to try solo traveling in the future too. ❤️

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    1. It’s great, definitely try it! 😊

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  13. great facts about you! It is amazing that you are a solo traveller, especially being not so good with flying!! x

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    1. Ah, thank you! I’ve grown to tolerate flying for it brings me great opportunities to travel 😊

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