The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy. A lot of the time we find ourselves following our passion but feeling quite isolated. It’s not your “conventional job” so not everyone GETS it. For me, receiving this award meant that all of my hard work was actually being noticed! So thank you Stephanie from The Atlas Edit – who nominated me, it was just the boost I needed!
Go check her blog out… when she’s not busy globe trotting, she’s based in her home country of Malaysia (somewhere i’ve still not got around to visiting but is on the list!). She creates fab travel itineraries and snap shots of the places she visits via her blog, so head on over for some destination inspiration!
This is my happy travel face (in Laos)
The questions I was asked:
1. What’s your favourite part about traveling?
I love finding great art in the places I travel too. I love the intricacies in the patterns and textures I come across. I love how the colours and styles change from place to place. As an artist, it gives constant stimulation and inspiration and I love that.
2. Which is the most overrated country/city you’ve visited in your opinion?
Hmmm, thats so hard! Country wise I just cant pick as I loved parts of everywhere i’ve visited but I’d say for places I really didn’t rate, Kuta on Bali was pretty rough. It was just a party town and very, VERY dirty. It was also the place I contracted Typhoid so that probably didn’t help!
3. Where is the best food you’ve ever had?
Vietnam baby! The flavours are so fresh and strong, as I spent a year here before I travelled around SE Asia I had expected everywhere to be of the same standards… it was not! Northern Vietnam also has the best coffee, so rich and chocolatey! YUM
THE best coffee – on the road in northern Vietnam
4. What is your most spontaneous travel story?
In Laos I took a 14 hour bus up to the north (Phongsaly) and managed to blag my way onto a private tour, up further, to see and meet some Hmong people. It was a truly humbling experience that resulted in being invited to eat with the chief of the village and chowing down on their local delicacy… larvae, washed down with home brew whisky… It was green. It was terrifying. It was an AMAZING experience!
5. Do you have any travel regrets?
I regret not experiencing more of Indonesia. I became very ill while I was there and so didn’t get to do a lot of the things I was looking forward to do… like visiting Komodo and pretending I was David Attenborough for a day! But, there’s always next time!
6. How do you usually decide on where your next travel destination will be?
I’ll maybe read an article about a place that really makes me want to visit or through talking to people who recommend places. When you travel you always meet others who share the travel bug and that’s a great way to discover new places! Of course, I always have a rough idea in the back of my head of places I want to visit. This is constantly evolving and it’s more a case of destinations being bumped up or down the list!
My heart will always return to Scotland
7. What’s something not many people know about your home country?
I’m from Scotland and most people don’t realise that the haggis IS a real animal… there’s one on display in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and museum in Glasgow. 😂
8. What made you start travel blogging?
I wanted to document all the great things I was seeing and really build something that people would want to follow and engage with. I wanted to start a travel blog with a difference and as I have a passion for all things arty, it seemed like a great niche that would appeal to others who share my passion. It was also a good way to show my mum what I was doing!
9. What’s your favourite and least favourite part about travel blogging?
My favourite thing is getting the material… travelling and finding art. I love the experiences that determine what I will write about and I love the feeling of publishing a new post! It’s really uplifting to realise that people are reading what I write. Responding to people’s comments and getting this nomination really make it all worth while and give a little boost.
The black hmong of northern Laos
10. What are your long-term goals for your blog and what do you want to achieve out of it?
Oh wow, hard questions!! Well, I want to build a following through my social media/ blog and use this to gain exposure when I setup a fair trade arts platform. I want to be able to build relationships with artists in SE Asia, Promoting and selling their work through the OiOI Arts site as well as in galleries internationally, where they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.
More importantly I want to keep travelling and find more great ART!
11. What makes your blog unique?
I think the thing that separates my blog from other travel blogs is that it’s not just about travel. In fact, the travel aspect is almost secondary. It’s about Art and finding beauty in the places I visit. And, one day it will also be about giving back. So a little less me, me, me and a bit more: check out this guy! I love the idea of support and collective growth. Living in the West we have such opportunity and I think sharing some of that is what will make the world a better place, I want to be a part of that.
Here are my nominees for the award:
Travel. Paint. Repeat.
An Adventurous World
Gallop around the Globe
Green Global Travel
Journey to Design
Where is Tara
Questions for the nominees:
- Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
- Spring, summer, autumn, or winter?
- List 5 people you would love to travel with (living or dead)?
- Have you had an instance where a situation totally turned around and became unforgettable for all the right reasons while travelling?
- Whats in your kitbag when you travel?
- What is one way you relieve stress while you travel?
- What destination would you like to visit next and why?
- Name at least 3 places that hold great memories for you.
- What cities or towns have you lived in?
- Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
- Why do you blog?
Now go check out the bloggers above! And be nice to people.
Rules for the award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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I really enjoyed that, a little bit different to my usual posts! Maybe now you feel you know me a bit better, haha… if that wasn’t enough, check out the rest of my blogs/website, to get a feel for what makes me tick! See you next time…