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Well, we are so excited we might just cry!

This week we announced our very first nomination for the Liebster Award. Here we are again to announce our second nomination, courtesy of the awesome non-traditional full-time traveler Jonathan from http://lifepart2.com/. Thanks, Jonathan!

He chose to do the rules a little differently, and we dug it, so here they are:

Rules:

1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.

3. Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked.

4. Nominate 5 up and coming travel bloggers who you feel deserve this award.

5. Answer the 10 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 10 new questions.

6. Post a really fun travel picture in your post! (This one we came up with)

 

Jonathan´s Questions:

1. What makes you smile?

Hamilton: Happy life surprises. When I don’t believe that a plan is actually going to work out and somehow, miraculously, it does.

Lucia: The sun, good movies, jazz, ice-cream, French patisseries, children sometimes, books, trees, the sound of the beach, so so many things!

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Stuart: Laughter, genuine laughter. Performance art where you can really sense the artist’s expression of themselves. Sitcoms. The antics of my friends.

2. What makes you shake your head in disbelief?

Hamilton: People who are mean to children and animals.

Lucia: When people make sexist/racist/homophobic comments orjgergerñksghbgv

Stuart: People who lie, cheat, steal. And feel like it’s alright to do so.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?

Hamilton: I listen to and watch the people around me.

Lucia: Depends on why I’m there and for how long! Usually, stare at the buildings and take it all in.

Stuart: Hmmm… I usually like to watch the patrons of the new place. Understand the target audience a bit.

4. Where do you find inspiration?

Hamilton: My elders, films, other travel blogs, nature, and people who exude warmth with whomever they meet.

Lucia: In people, in books, in films, and in nature.

Stuart: In nature. In the people around me. And often in my dreams.

5. Other than friends and family, what do you miss most from “home”?

Hamilton: When I leave, I miss my dogs! They’re my four-legged children.

Lucia: This is difficult because I’m multi-cultural and I’ve lived in several places so “home” is not one place. From Colombia I miss the food, the music, the people; from Miami I miss the weather, the pool, the beach; from New College I miss the bay, the weirdness, the promenade towards College Hall, the sunsets,and from France I miss the wine, the cheese, the food, the amazing parks, and being able to walk everywhere. Phew!

Stuart: Taco Bell… Just kidding. I miss Pandora and US television programming.

6. What is your favorite quote?

Hamilton: My favorite quote changes depending upon where I am in life, but right now it’s, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”  It’s from the world-traveling anthropologist extraordinaire Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. I’m leaning into the fact that I’m in the “years that ask questions” stage of life at the moment.

Lucia: Ahh I love quotes! I’m such a geek that I have a quote book! But I guess at this moment of my life I really like a quote from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: “For what it’s worth, it is never too late-or in my case, too early- to be whatever you want to be.”

Stuart: I know this sounds cliché but I really believe in Gandhi’s words about changing the world. Everything begins and ends from the actions of individuals. It is up to each and everyone of us to do better.

7. Could you be happy if you had to stop traveling completely?

Hamilton: It depends! If I were stuck in some awful region at the time of my halted travels, probably not.

Lucia: I want to think that I would adapt to such a situation and find other forms of happiness. It would definitely be extremely difficult but I would overcome it.

Stuart: Me too. Happiness, for me, is a result of the relationships I have fostered.

8. What fears did you have that you have now discovered were unfounded?

Hamilton: I definitely feared solo travel for several reasons.  Traveling has made me discover that I’m far more capable than I would have ever thought.

Lucia: Well, I have an unfounded phobia of psychopaths that I hope always remains that way…

Stuart: I’m afraid of heights. Probably always will be.

9. How has traveling changed you?

Hamilton: Traveling has improved my communication skills.  I am always working on the art of engaging in random conversations with strangers.

Lucia: It has definitely made me more confident and much more of a go-getter. I used to be extremely shy (still am a bit) and it has forced me to get out of my shell and be more comfortable in my own skin. I’ve also learned how to go for the things I want. More importantly, it really puts reality and culture into perspective. As a sociologist, I have all the theories, but traveling makes cultural differences and the necessity to get past our own barriers and mentalities a reality.

Stuart: Traveling has allowed me to challenge myself to push my comfort zone.

10. What is the difference between being a tourist and a traveler?

Hamilton: Tourists want a sanitized, commercially-produced version of culture. Travelers usually seek to experience a local, holistic version of culture.

Lucia: A tourist is the kind of person who pays $3k to go to another country and then complains because everything is different. I travelled with a group once where people only ate at McDonald’s or BK, and they complained every time someone didn’t speak English or whenever something wasn’t like it is in the States. UGH! I’m not saying that you will always love everything about everywhere, but I think a traveler makes an effort to immerse in the culture and to experience things differently. The whole point of traveling is to learn and do new things, not to take instagram pics.

Stuart: Tourists retain a sense of entitlement whereas travelers tend to immerse into themselves.

Nominees:

1. Kanlaon - A blogger who refers to herself in the third person and has a pretty awesome sense of humor. She recently took her “self” to Ireland and took on a weekly blog photo challenge while there.

2. theadventuresofbeka - A Fulbright scholar teaching English in Colombia and blogging about whatever she feels like.  It’s pretty awesome. Just check it out.

3. Kat Pegi Mana - This blogger from Kuala Lumpur has travelled through Asia and Europe, and shares her thoughts on various cultures.  Look at all of the gorgeous photos on her blog.

4. Spicy Road - It’s a food and travel blog that is sure to have some mouth-watering posts.

5. Charlotte’s Nest - A UK blogger who is currently on an all-American road trip.  There are quite a lot of yummy pictures being posted on this journey.

Questions:

1. What is the most foolish thing you’ve ever done while traveling?

2. Who is one person you’ve met while traveling that you wish you could see again?

3. Where are you planning on traveling next?

4. If you had to settle down in one place and never leave it again, where would it be?

5. How would you describe the perfect travel companion?

6. If you could be fluent in a language other than your mother tongue, which would it be?

7. What is your best travel tip?

8. Have you ever felt more at home in a place that is away from your actual home? If so, where?

9. Where have you had the best meal of your life?

10. What is the one piece of technology that you can’t live without during your travels?