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Friday Favorites

October 16, 2015

Friday Favorites

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Hello from Thailand! I am having a blast here in Bangkok and I can wait to share with you what I have been up to here over the next coming weeks. As India is still so fresh in my mind, I will probably have a few more posts about India before Thailand starts. However, if you want to have a look at Bangkok stuff now, then head over to my Instagram account. One of the great things about this week is that I am meeting tons of other travel bloggers at TBEX. Some of these people I have followed for a little while and some I have just met. So instead of my usual travel articles and destination tips this week, I am going to share with you a few of these people I have met. Please check out some of their blogs as I think they offer a unique view on travel.

The Overseas Escape – Margo is also an expat traveling the world. However, she was an expat in Germany. I say was because she has finished her job in Germany and has been traveling Southeast Asia since August with her husband. Lucky girl got to spend three weeks in Bali and we all know that Bali is high on my list. She also takes amazing photos!

Teacake Travels – Alice is a lovely British girl who has been traveling the world solo since 2012. Lately, she has been exploring Asia, much of the time from a motorbike! Alice gives you the raw nitty-gritty of travel from a woman’s perspective.

Travel Babbo – Eric’s blog’s focus is family travel. I find this very interesting, not because I am interested in family travel, but that he is a man. Most family bloggers I know are women. Eric makes it a point to take each one of his children on a trip of their choosing each year. He also likes to take them on individual trips. What a cool dad!

Girl Tweets World – Jayne is another person trying out her hand as being an expat, but in Australia. She is obsessed with street art, which I can relate to. I almost stopped my taxi today to take some pictures of street art here in Thailand, but the traffic was too bad. While Jayne is still traveling the world, she is also writing about her experiences in Australia as an expat.

That Asian Traveler – Daniel is a 16-year-old travel blogger! Need I say more! He is from Indonesia and is in his last year of school. After graduating, he plans on traveling for several years before going to college. It’s like the ultimate gap year(s). I can’t wait to see what Daniel gets up to.

I have met so many others! I will try to feature a few more over the coming weeks on Friday Favorites.

Weekly Post Wrap-Up

Sleeper Mask and Thailand Updates – Did you see if you were the winner yet?

Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada Goa Review – My review of the resort I stayed at in Goa, India.

Don’t forget you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Bloglovin’. You can also subscribe to receive posts via email in the top part of the sidebar. Stay tuned for next week’s Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

July 1, 2015


I got another award from a fellow blogger, Just Chasing Rabbits! Thank you so much Jennifer. Jennifer and I were originally connected through a social media group for travel bloggers on Facebook. The group has been really supportive and I have enjoyed reading their blogs.  So in a similar style to the Liebster Award, I will answer Jennifer’s questions and then pose questions to other bloggers. With this one though, I am going to try to do just travel blogs. This is so you can learn more about me and hopefully, you will discover some new blogs that you like.

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1. How long have  you considered yourself a traveler?

Most of my life. My parents had me flying as a baby to go visit my grandparents. We were also always going on road trips somewhere. Both my parents and grandparents are/were travelers.

2. What is your funniest travel story?

I am actually not sure. I don’t know if I have a funny one. I have scary ones and weird ones, but not funny. Darn it, something funny needs to happen to me on a trip now!

3. Why is travel important?

Travel is important because you learn about yourself as you learn about the world. Every time I travel, I learn about myself. On my last trip to Paris, I learned that after visiting with family for three and a half days, I don’t want to spend 5 days alone. I was a bit sad without them. I learned that I also don’t like big cities anymore. I was much happier when I spent a night out in Giverny, France.

4. What is the biggest lesson this world has taught you?

Patience! Everything usually works out in the end. Try not to stress about it, which can be hard to follow.

5. If I could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

That we could get along no matter our race, religion or sexual orientation. That would make this world a better place.

6. Couple or solo travel? Why?

Solo for me. I get to do what I want on my own schedule. If I want to wander down a road, there is no one stopping me. I haven’t traveled much with other people as an adult. My best friend and I do really well together traveling. I never traveled with a significant other, so I have no idea about that.

7. What is one travel tip you would you’d tell to a fellow traveling sister (packing tip? safety tip?)?

Actually, see #4! Not only is it the biggest thing I have learned but also the best thing you can be while traveling. At least one thing isn’t going to go as planned, but eventually it gets fixed and you go on.

8. What one destination could you visit again and again without ever tiring of it? Why?

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. It is beautiful and peaceful. The island is very small and there isn’t much to do, but that is the great thing. You can truly relax. See my post on it here.

9. What is the one item you can never leave home without?

I keep a notebook with me to take down notes or to store stuff in. I also keep them forever so I have them going back a few years. The notebook lives in my purse. It also helps when I have blog ideas to write them down in there.

10. How has blogging been rewarding for you?

You build a community with your blog whether it be your friends and family that want to keep up with you, but also people you have never met. I belong to a blogging group here called, BloggingME, which is for bloggers in the Middle East. We meet once a month to discuss ideas or have some training. We also get invited to events this way and it’s really nice. The Facebook group I met Jennifer through has also been great.

My Questions:

1. Why do you like to travel?
2. What is your favorite vacation spot?
3. What is the most unique thing you have eaten on a trip?
4. Do you have a favorite piece of travel gear?
5. Do you prefer budget or luxury travel? (I don’t assume that everyone wants a luxury experience)
6. What was the coolest hotel/apartment you have stayed in while traveling and do you have pictures on you blog?
7. What is your favorite historic place?
8. What is your dream vacation?
9. How do you sleep on a plane?
10. What is your biggest travel pet peeve?

My Nominees!

Emily Luxton Travels

Alba Luna

Twirl the Globe

Trippin’ Twins

Leaving Holland

Steps to Follow

The Aussie Flashpacker