It’s true: Global Debauchery won a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is given to new bloggers by other award-winners in an effort to recognize up-and-coming talent in the blogosphere. They provide that extra “oomph” of exposure and build a supportive online community. Thank you so, so much to Virginia and Enrique of Travelling and Dreaming for seeing something special in Global Debauchery!
Once nominated, you must write a post thanking your nominator with a link to his/her site. You must inform readers what the Liebster Award is and answer questions provided to you by your nominator. Then, you nominate your own blogs, providing fresh questions for them to answer. And so on and so forth… See a complete listing of Global Debauchery’s awards and affiliations.
Global Debauchery’s Liebster Award Questions
Which is your favorite place in the world and why?
My favorite place in the world is wherever my husband is. Sound sappy? Maybe. But it really doesn’t matter where we are, we pretty much always have a great time. At the very least, we can laugh at ourselves when things aren’t going so well on the road. As such, we’ve dubbed ourselves the #AdventurePartnersForLife.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
My first trip was when I was two months old, from England to the United States. But the first trips I remember were when we lived in Colorado. I remember visiting the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods (the Balancing Rock!), and Pueblo. No idea what the order was.
I remember going fishing in the Rockies once with my dad. Boulders had toppled off the mountainside into the road and stopped just short of our river location. He picked me up to move me out of the way, but told everyone he’d used me as a human shield, and that I’d saved his life. I was only five or six (and an only child), so this resulted in me repeating the story relentlessly to anyone and everyone who would listen. The beginning of my storytelling days, I suppose. So… thanks for that, Dad.
Mention 3 things you would never want to travel without, aside from the basics like your passport and credit card.
My husband, my camera, and my Nike zip-up. The husband: Life’s just not as fun without the #AdventurePartnerForLife. The camera: I’m a professional designer and amateur photographer who usually spends more time Photoshopping than nailing the perfect shot the first time around. The Nike zip-up: It’s thermal, it’s great for layering, and it has pockets that actually hold stuff. It’s getting pretty old, but I’ve yet to find a suitable replacement. And I have like thirty thermal zips now. They’re just not the same.
What is the oddest place you’ve ever spent the night?
Ooh, good question. I don’t know that all of my weird nights are “odd,” as much as they were “inconvenient.” I’ve slept in a few airports. I slept in a teepee in Fairbanks, Alaska. I slept in a historic hotel in Kalispell, Montana with hallways reminiscent of “The Shining.” Oh, I also slept under a tarp backcountry in Yellowstone once. It rained all night and I just laid there, soaking wet and cold, crying in my sleeping bag for hours. Good times.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst traveling? What happened?
There have been plenty of those, believe me; they’re usually funny after the fact, though. The most recent one was probably in Bulgaria. Jeff and I took the bus from Istanbul to Burgas, and needed to catch a bus from there to Sozopol. The buses left every half hour, but the bus station was being renovated and we ended up wandering the streets looking for the temporary stop. No one spoke any English (not even close), so we were waiting at what we thought was the right stop when a random man approached us offering a taxi.
Now, we’d read all about hustlers and illegal cabs offering inflated prices to tourists, so we declined the man over and over. Finally, he says with a heavy accent, “Is five bucks. What’s the problem?” Okay… sold. We got in the cab, which looked legal enough, when two twenty-something Bulgarian girls hopped right in with us. This seemed 100% suspect. I’m certain this is exactly how human trafficking operates—a half hour cab ride in a foreign country. The cab will get pulled over on some random back road and we’d be attacked by all three of them.
Well, we didn’t get out. Instead, we pulled up the GPS on our phones and tracked our entire route as we nervously glanced back and forth at one another. I thought I was going to have an aneurism right there. Turns out, it wasn’t two girls; it was a girl and guy with a slight build and a higher-pitched voice. And they were just going to Sozopol for some arts festival. Nevertheless, it was certainly a half hour of complete terror on my part.
Is there anything you do on your travels or in your everyday life to minimize your impact on the environment?
We should probably be much, much better about this than we are, but we do practice the environmental basics. We always reuse our towels in hotels, we recycle whenever possible, Jeff is a staunch anti-litterer, I’m a staunch “no trace” advocate, we reuse plastic bags when we receive them, and we try to use reusable bags, etc. This question might inspire me to be even better about it, actually.
Mention 3 things you miss when you are traveling.
Well, I definitely miss my rescue kitties, Esmeralda and Ophelia. They’re gentle, sweet, quirky little souls that warm my heart every day. (I actually have our cat sitter send me photos when we’re on longer trips.) I tend to miss sleep. The #AdventurePartnerForLife and I are power tourists, so our travels are pretty high-intensity; we’ll try to pack in as much as is humanly possible within a set timeframe.
Depending on where we are, I’ll definitely miss coffee. I go through the sad little hotel caffeine offerings pretty quickly and a lot of places we’ve visited don’t operate on the same insane business hours that the United States does. I usually wake up at five and coffee shops don’t open until nine in countries like Iceland and New Zealand. Even the breakfast buffets don’t open until seven in a lot of places.
Best meal you’ve eaten whilst traveling?
So many to choose from! Pasta arrabiata in Rome, Jaeger schnitzel in Berlin, and goulash in Bratislava. I love comfort food, especially eastern European comfort food. The most recent memorable meal we had was at a steakhouse in Puerto Rico. They had bread rolls with fig and bacon butter, gouda truffle mac and cheese, and wagyu with a bone the size of Jeff’s forearm. Hands down the best steak I’ve ever had. It was amazing.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done whilst traveling? Where and why?
Hmmm. I did a shark cage excursion on my honeymoon on the North Shore in Hawaii. We were the first tour of the day and turned out to be the only tour of the day because the swells were so high. You have a cage attached to the back of a boat, so when you’re physically in the cage, you’re being slammed around inside the cage by the swells and then slammed around by the cage hitting the boat as well. I was trying to brace myself by hugging the cage bars as tight as I could when I realized my arms were technically outside the safe zone and might potentially become shark bait. I left battered and bruised that day, but not because of the sharks.
Are there any countries that you would never consider visiting? Why?
Never say never. There are a lot of countries that I won’t visit now because of their political climates or health risks, but you never know what will happen in twenty years. I grew up in Europe during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Yugoslavian disintegration, and I’ve visited all of those areas now. Some that definitely aren’t in the cards right now (and, sadly, might not ever be) might be Sierra Leone, Syria, North Korea, or Somalia.
Imagine you are only allowed to visit one more country. Which country would you choose?
- Okay, I know I’m only supposed to pick one, but this is kind of a toss-up between two for me. First up—Chile. Chile has such great geological differences, all encompassed in a single country. Think the Atacama, Patagonia, wine country, Santiago, etc. I feel I could really maximize my single country here. The second is Nepal. I’ve been increasingly fascinated with Nepal lately. I just love the idea of endless hiking with breathtaking views and such a peaceful, beautiful culture. Let’s just say my physical fitness standards just aren’t there yet, so it won’t be happening for me this year, unfortunately.
Global Debauchery’s Nominees
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Global Debauchery’s Nominee Questions
Alright, folks. Your questions below. Share the love and enjoy. I’m looking forward to everyone’s answers!
- Tell us a little about yourself.
- What’s your blog about and why was it started?
- When were you officially bitten by the travel bug? What was the inspiration?
- What was your last trip? What was your favorite part?
- Do you have any specific travel “goals?” If so, what are they?
- What’s your favorite part of traveling (culture, people, nature, etc.)? Why?
- Any travel disasters? Please elaborate.
- Tell me about the most interesting person you’ve met while traveling.
- Have you ever had an epiphany on your travels? Do tell.
- What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done while traveling?
- What’s your next trip? What are you most looking forward to on it?