I was so excited and honored to learn while I was on the cruise that A Trip With a View had nominated me for the Liebster Award! If you are not already familiar with A Trip With a View I encourage you to head over and check out her amazing travel blog. Nicole is a travel blogger with a vision to inspire affordable travel for all. She offers honest reviews of real-life places and wonderful tips and insights into how to travel affordably and happily! Isn’t that what we all want to do?
It’s always nice to get recognition, and I work hard on my blog so it’s a nice warm fuzzy for me in the New Year. So without further ado let me fill you in on the details of this award.
About the Liebster Award
The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers by bloggers. It recognizes new blogs with great content. It brings attention to blogs that have presented a fresh perspective on travel blogging. It’s bloggers supporting other bloggers.
- Thank the blogger who nominated your blog and include a link back to their blog in a post.
- Answer 10 questions asked by the nominator.
- Nominate other blogs with a fresh outlook and great content, then ask them 10 questions.
- Display the award logo in your post and list the rules associated with the award.
10 Questions from Undercover Travel Agent:
1.) What is one piece of advice you would pass down to other new bloggers?
Content is King. Don’t write for the sake of writing. Write quality over quantity. Find a niche and stick to it, with really good writing, even if it means taking an online writing course. I’ve seen too many poorly written blogs, I’m sure you don’t aspire to that group!
2.) What was the first foreign country you visited and why did you choose it?
Well I am ALOT older than many bloggers out there so my first foreign country was Canada when I was a little girl in the 1960’s. I went there several times with my family for vacations from our home state of Washington. I still love Canada, even after traveling now to 91 countries, Canada is still one of the prettiest, kindest and most interesting places.
3.) What is your favorite destination that you have traveled to?
This is a hard one, as I said above I have been to 91 countries. But I would narrow it down to two surprising countries; Bulgaria (cheap, delicious, beautiful and friendly) and Namibia (fascinating!)
4.) Do you ever run out of ideas for blog posts and if so how do you break through that writer’s block?
As a full-time traveler I have a lot of material to choose from, but sometimes I want to write something a little different. I always have several ideas floating around in my head, often based on other things I’ve read. My blog is personal, and I make a point of keeping it that way, so I might drop a personal piece about family or health into the travel blog from time to time. Just to mix things up. I also do a weekly book review, since travel provides lots of opportunity to read.
5.) What inspired you to start a blog?
Before I became a full-time traveler (2.5 years ago) I was using the blog to inspire middle-aged woman to feel confident and the best they can. When I retired from my career in marketing I wanted to reach out to other women my age and encourage them to look at retirement and being in our fifties as the greatest time in our life, unburdened by the things that caused us stress in our younger years. So that is how My Fab Fifties Life began.
6.) Share your favorite travel photo that you have taken and explain why it is your favorite.
I took this photo in Namibia just as the sun was setting and we were hurrying back to camp in Etosha National Park because you aren’t allowed outside of camp after sunset. This beautiful beast almost looks unreal – like a statue. Covered with grey mud to keep cool, he is just one of my favs.
7.) Are there any places that you visited that you would never want to go back?
Hmmmmm. Well, this is also a hard question. There are pro’s and con’s to every destination. But if I have to choose I would say Santorini. I’ve been there twice, eleven years apart. On my second visit (this past October) I was so very disappointed at how much it had changed – and not at all for the better. It’s still pretty, but overcrowded, overbuilt and ridiculously expensive. There are so many other Greek Islands that are beautiful and much less expensive.
8.) Have you ever visited a destination that really surprised you? For instance, a place that either far outweighed your expectations or a place that really disappointed you?
I could list several but I will say Bangladesh far outweighed my expectations. Bangladesh is NOT a tourist destination and I was actually a bit afraid to go there. But we went to visit someone we know who is a teacher, and then we took a three-day tour. The tour was amazing. Nothing fancy or first class but it was so incredibly authentic. The people were so kind and interested in us. Even the poorest people we met invited us to have tea. It was just a remarkable time. I loved it and I am so glad I went.
9.) What is a destination that you have never been to but want to go and why?
Israel, Madagascar, Malta, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Myanmar are all on our list for 2019-2020. Israel for the history, Madagascar for the nature, Malta for the beaches, Zimbabwe for the falls, Bhutan for its unique approach to tourism, Myanmar for EVERYTHING.
10.) What is one thing that you must have in your carry on?
You might be surprised to learn that a full-time traveler suffers from extreme motion sickness. So I always carry Meclazine. This little pill has become a life-saver for me. I don’t know if it’s available in all countries (I’m from the USA), but it’s similar to Dramamine but it does not put you to sleep. Me and my Meclazine are very good friends.
My 10 Questions for the Nominees are…
- How many sleeps until your next trip and where are you going?
- How old are you and what age were you when you realized travel was a fabulous way to live?
- Thinking about your writing experience, what advice would you give to someone considering blogging as either a hobby or a career?
- Shoes – oh girl how do you decide what shoes to pack?
- Do you have any travel horror stories or near misses you would like to share to help others avoid the worst case scenario?
- Travel fatigue is a real thing (I know!), how do you deal with it and how do you explain it?
- Favorite travel destination and why?
- Solo travel – do you? could you? would you? Why?
- Do you collect anything when you travel? (magnets, mugs, art, jewelry, shoes 🙂
- Finally, what is one piece of advice you can share for successful travel and successful travel blogging?
Thank you again Nicole for giving me this honor!