Given that Your Next Big Trip is still a little baby blog I’m delighted to accept a nomination for the Liebster Award.
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers, by bloggers. It celebrates new blogs that are working hard to get things up and running. The rules are a little fluid but generally it is for blogs with around 200 followers. I have been equally fluid in my nominations so I hope you find some great new blogs to follow!
It’s exciting to be recognised by the blogging community so I have to thank Nadine from Le Long Weekend for nominating Your Next Big Trip. Like me, Nadine believes in making the most of her free time. Her weekend itineraries will inspire you to take a big trip whenever you can. Check out her beautiful photo essay from Santorini. It definitely inspired my next trip!
My questions from Le Long Weekend:
How did you come up with your blog name?
People often told me I should start a travel blog. My answer every time was- what would I call it? One day Your Next Big Trip just popped into my head and so I figured I had no excuses left!
How long have you been blogging?
I began the blog in June 2016 in anticipation of my 7 week African trip. Two weeks in my computer died so I spent a summer living in the moment. Now that I’m back home I’m ready to tell you all about my adventures.
What inspired you to start a travel blog?
Despite the growing popularity of tourism in African countries, most people still ask me questions like “is it safe? Is it not very expensive? What would you even do there if you’re not volunteering?” All valid questions given the way Africa as a continent is portrayed in the Western media. However, I want people to see that a big trip is more accessible than you think.
What are your goals for your blog?
I want people to interact with the blog, ask for advice, give me some advice and just generally shift the mindset that these amazing destinations are somehow off-limits to ordinary people.
What one piece of advice would you pass on to a new blogger?
Connect with other bloggers. They are the best source of advice on everything from managing your website to editing photos to growing your following. They will also provide you with amazing travel inspiration every time you go on social media!
What other work do you do/did you do before blogging?
I am a full time Primary School teacher. I am currently teaching Junior Infants which keeps me on my toes when I’m not on the road! And who better to inspire you to follow your dreams than 4 year olds?! If I told them I was going to the moon for my October break they would genuinely wish me well and send me on my way. We all could do with some of that optimism.
Where are you from?
I’m from Waterford- Ireland’s oldest city.
Where do you live now & what’s the best thing about it?
I live in Waterford. The best thing about Waterford is definitely its arts and culture scene. From Waterford Walls- a street art festival that painted the city to the Imagine Arts festival that brings international artists and musicians to Waterford, there is always something happening!
Where is the last place you travelled?
The last place I travelled was Dublin for a concert but my last big trip was through Zambia, Namibia, South Africa and Zanzibar.
Where are you heading to next?
Next I am heading to Greece, to the beautiful island of Crete!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If someone handed me an open plane ticket right now, I would probably go somewhere like Ghana or India because I’ve read so much about them. The honest answer: if I could go anywhere, I would go everywhere!
Now it’s my turn. Check out these great new travel bloggers to inspire Your Next Big Trip!
My View From Abroad: After following her Naval Officer husband around the globe for more than 10 years, Lisa Susan now resides in Edinburgh. With a passion for vintage treasures and design, her quirky destinations will keep you entertained.
UpCultured: Hudjy began UpCultured to explore the unique cultural heritage of the places he visits. UpCultured doesn’t just visit a place, it gets under the skin of a destination to explore food, dance and music. This is a travel blog with a difference and one that I’ll be following closely.
‘Tween Here and There: This bilingual blog is available in French or English. With stunning photographs and descriptions of unusual destinations, your bucket list will certainly get longer by the time you’ve finished reading.
A Spoonful of Travel: Jean hails from Cork and was a self declared home-bird. After taking her first trip at 16 she caught the travel bug and now lives in Australia, inspiring others to make the move too. Her photo of the week is always something to look forward to.
The Alternative Ways: These guys are just getting started but their concept is ambitious. They plan to showcase alternative ways to travel. You can be sure to end up doing something unique if you follow their recommendations.
My questions for the new nominees:
- How did you come up with your blog name?
- Why did you set up your blog?
- What do you do apart from blogging?
- Where do you live now and what’s the best thing about it?
- Where was the last place you travelled to?
- If I handed you an open plane ticket, where would you go?
- How do you get a feel for the local culture of a place you are visiting?
- What is the first thing you do when you arrive somewhere new?
- How do you travel? Are you a planner/spontanous?
- Do you prefer long periods in one place or to see as many places as possible in one go?
- Tell us one place you would move to in a heartbeat, and one place you will be happy to never see again!