Whilst we’ve been busy fighting grizzlies and living out of our car ‘Moose’ here in Canada we’ve been lucky enough to be nominated for the Sisterhood blogger awards by three awesome female travel bloggers.
Jennifer from Just Chasing Rabbits
Steph from Big World Small Pockets
Mimi from The Atlas Heart
Ladies, thanks for the support, love, and recognition for what we do. It’s pretty cool when other bloggers like what you’re about so CHEERS!!!
How it Works:
The Sisterhood is a way to show appreciation and acknowledgement of other female travel bloggers, and to connect and discover some unique new voices in the travel blogosphere. If you’re nominated, after thanking your fellow blogger, you answer the questions they present to you. You then have the chance to nominate up to 10 other blogs and ask 10 of your own questions. Not a bad gig!
Jennifer from Just Chasing Rabbits questions:
1. How long have you considered yourself a ‘traveller’?
Prue: Oooh I like it. I guess when I left home the first time without a return ticket… geez 7 years has flown!!
Becky: I suppose it was when I returned home from my first long stint abroad and thought “I can’t wait until I go again.”
2. What is your funniest travel story?
Urmmm… well last week Becks and I were camping on this precipice for an amazing view… In the middle of the night our tent collapses from the huge gusts zipping through the mountain range and we were too snug in our sleeping bags to brave the frigid temperatures to do anything about it. So when we eventually wake up, we’re literally engulfed by our tent and unable to find the door to get out. TWATS!
3. Why is travel so important?
Prue: Travel adds perspective, not just between those who have and those who don’t have but it makes us realise how small we are in this world, how little we really are – a very humbling lesson and one I’ve grown to cherish.
4. What is the biggest lesson this world has taught you?
Prue: It’s taught me to go out there and get what I want..
Becky: The world teaches one lesson after another, haha. I suppose the biggest lesson for me is about how I can overcome any obstacle so long as I am determined, a life on the road is not without numerous challenges and it is great to tackle them.
5. If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
We both are strong believers is catching and killing what you eat. Animal production lines, battery hens, commercial meat farming and milk farming is something we advocate against however if we could change one thing in this world it would be for people to stop being naive about where their food comes from and the conditions animals have to go through to get to your mouth.
6. Couple or solo travel? Why?
Both Becks and myself have travelled solo and as a couple and they are such different experiences. We loved our bachelor days on the road, travelling wherever the wind took us, or wherever the beer flowed but we also love sharing experiences together, curling up under the stars and reminiscing about the day. Also travelling as a couple gives us more balls, we are more daring and push our travels further as a duo. We would never have slept on a strangers floor, hitch-hiked western China or camped on the side of the road on our own….
7. What is one travelling tip you’d tell a fellow travelling sister?
Find out why you want to travel… because it’s in this ‘why’ where you’ll find out where you should be and where you should go.
8. What one destination could you visit again and again without ever tiring of it?
Indonesia. We’ve been back a few times and spent over 8 months in the country and we still have a to-do list to-die for!
9. What is the one item you can never leave home without?
Prue: My jewellery… It never leaves me, ever!!! Unless the ocean steals it.
Becky: My note pad and pen, I might rant and rave at our blog now and then but I couldn’t live without writing!
10. How has blogging been rewarding for you?
Prue: Blogging and everything that goes with it has slowly created a new skill set. Media communications, website design, social media and marketing… they’ve all snuck up on me but I use them every day!
Becky: My camera skills have taken a leap and I have been published a few times this year which was really rewarding.
Steph from Big World Small Pockets
1. When did you first realise you wanted to travel?
Prue: I remember I wanted to travel as soon as I finished high school, I was still 17. I wanted to visit those places with really blue water and sip coconuts on the beach like in the magazines. So I went to a travel agent and found Thailand, I even wrote letters to all my friends parents telling them why you should let their daughters come travelling with me. haha.
Becky: As a kid when I was told that Australia was opposite England I started digging a hole in the back garden to get there, I think it has always been there, ha!
2. Do you think you’re desire was something innate or something taught/learnt?
Prue: I would have always thought the latter until recently I found out my grandmother was an insatiable adventurer. She’s told me the most incredible stories of when she was a solo female traveller back in the 60 and 70’s – She went to East Timor on her own in the 1974 for christ sake!! So damn cool.. so maybe being a traveller was inevitable, i’d like to think it was 🙂
Becky: As above 🙂
3. What made you start blogging?
Prue: Blogging came about when we felt we were pushing boundaries, digging deeper than the guide books but in hindsight blogging came about at a time when both of us wanted to look at travel with fresh eyes.
Becky: true, plus it is a great way for people back home to stay connected and know that we are safe and happy.
4. What is your number one tip to new female travel bloggers.
Travel first… Enjoy travel for what it is, leave the blogging until you’re looking for something more out of your travels. Go live with a tribe, teach english, surf your way around Asia and when you’re done and need something more, start blogging 🙂
5. Do you think travelling can make a difference and why?
Prue: hmm that’s tough. No I don’t think it does.. I feel as though travellers are the spectators of normal life, fascinated by the subtle differences between cultures and clans and by the way the worlds carved.
Becky: You can make a difference to the daily lives of locals by buying locally and hiring local guides but I think the main aim is to preserve the wonderful places we see without making a difference.
6.What’s the best food or meal you’ve had while abroad?
Prue: Hands down the fried papaya salad and sticky rice from a little place around the corner where I used to live in Thailand.
Becky: This is the toughest question yet! Italy blew my mind and I must confess, that was the one place where I travelled to eat. Oh and you can’t beat an Aussie breakfast: Smashed avocado, cheesy croquets and poached eggs on sourdough… ooohhhhh!
7. Which city in the world would you most like to visit and why?
Prue: Cleveland, because I have a date with a long lost friend who wants to tell me all about her trip to Alaska!
Becky: Berlin, I’d like to visit the Berlin wall, grab some German beers and meet several friends of mine who live in the area! That sounds silly doesn’t it, it’s about a 2 hour flight from my home country.
8. What has been your worst moment as a female traveller?
Prue: I’ll keep this one short and sweet, it’s times when men think they can take advantage of you just because you are a women. It’s absolute bullshit but it happens everywhere.
Becky: yes, as above… YES! but the more kind of “you need help because you’re a woman” kind of thing.
9. Travelling romances, do they ever last!?
Time will tell 😛
10. Which other female travel blogger inspires you?
Sarah Duncan from Serepa. She has honed in on Colombia, a country she loves and is truly passionate about and we love that.
Mimi From My Atlas Heart
1. Describe the most interesting person you’ve met on your travels? Where were they from?
There are too too many as this is one of the massive reasons we travel. We’ve met volcano guides who paint about the civil war to help them overcome the trauma; Lived with a maasai tribe; Volunteered in schools and chatted with men who are determined to live in polar bear country. The world has the most incredible and unusual people and it is these folk that determine how much we fall for a country.
2. What’s your favourite travel quote?
“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.” Anderson Cooper
3. Which place do you think you’ll settle down?
Ahhh the question that is always on our families lips. Hmmm we have no idea. We talk about what we’d like to do when we settle down, what our pet goats name will be but we never connect our future to a place. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂
4. What’s the longest amount of time you’ve been abroad?
Prue: Becks and I haven’t had a base for the past 2.5 years. That would make it my longest… However I know Becks parents had to wait 4.5 years before they got a cuddle from her.
5. Do you have a favourite travel-related tour you’ve been on?
Climbing Dukono was a pretty incredible tour. Mr Yus, a local Indonesia takes tourists on an overnight adventure up his local volcano, we never expected a bubbling lava pit the size of a football field be at the top of it. HA!
6. How many countries have you visited? Best and Least favourite country?
Prue: 26. Best – Canada… Least favourite: Singapore
Becky: Ooohhhhh I wrote this “Why country Counting Will Ruin Your Travels” as a backlash to everyone being obsessed by country counting but I’ve probably been to nearing on 60 countries. Best – China… Least – China, oh my gosh this was a country of contradiction 😀
7. Where do you want your blog to be in the next 5 years?
haha, a lot more complete than it is now! We have a list of articles to write that no joke, exceeds 70. Tying our blog together, rounding off destination guides and having a complete full circuit interaction for visitors would be great.
8. What’s your favourite choice of alcohol on the road and why?
Beer! It’s cheap, it’s social and it’s also cultural… triple wammy, hard to beat!
9. Have you always been a writer?
Prue: me no, never… I’ve always been told I have great ideas but cannot transcribe them to paper. Becks on the other hand has always perused the idea of writing more seriously and often finds writing to be therapeutic rather than work… Lucky her huh! 😛
10. What’s the craziest food you’ve ever tried?
Prue: Being veggies we don’t have any pigs hooves, or goat hearts but I have tried locusts… that was enough!!
Becky: Yeah mine were crickets, although I have seen some awesome things eaten by non-vegetarians…. meat treats I call them 🙂
Sarah from Serapa
Katie From Feathery Travels
Alice from Teacake Travels
Questions for you sassy ladies:
- Are you a boozer, culture buff, adventure seeker, landscape lover or museum junkie?
- What do you look for when planning a trip?
- Why did you start blogging?
- As a women, do you think your travels are hindered in any way?
- Is blogging your full time job? If not what kind of work do you do?
- What is your favourite country and why?
- If you were given $10,000 and had to spend it on travel would you a) spend it on an expensive dream trip like the galapagos or b) use it for lots of cool little trips or c) make it last as long as you can
- Share with us a travel experience that was out of your comfort zone
- What is and where is your favourite hike?
- What can’t you travel without?