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2018 Sunshine Blogger Award Nominee!

We’ve been nominated! We’ve been nominated!

That’s right folks, we’ve been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award! We’re pretty happy about it, and after learning about the award a few months ago it’s something we’ve wanted to help boost our page and help out others at the same time.

You’re all probably wondering just what exactly the Sunshine Blogger Award is. Well, let us tell you!

The whole point of the award is to help up and coming bloggers get more exposure. Part of what dictates search engine rankings is mentions on other websites, so the award helps to do just that. The nominee will answer interview questions given to them by the person who nominated them. Then, when they’re done with their questions, they’ll nominate 11 other blogs and give them questions to answer. In our case, we were nominated by Erik The Hungry Traveler.

There are a couple rules to follow regarding the award. The rules are as follows.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

So as you can see it’s a sort of Pay It Forward type deal. It’s a win win for everyone involved, and we’re very thankful to Erik The Hungry Traveler for nominating us. Now, on to the questions! 

What inspired you to do a travel blog?

In 2016 we left the US on a one way ticket to Bangkok, not entirely knowing where we would end up or how long we would be away for. The rough itinerary was a round the world trip for about a year, but we ended up spending the majority of the time in Southeast Asia and were gone for 14 months. The blog was originally a way for our friends and family to keep up with what we were doing, but also a way to show other people how they could achieve their own travel goals.

In your travel adventures, what delicacy/ food are you never ever going to eat again?

Anthony – We’ve had our fair share of weird foods over the years so this was a tough one. If I had to pick just one, I’d have to go with Tiết canh aka raw blood pudding. It’s a Vietnamese delicacy, and we had the opportunity to try it last year in Hoi An. The raw blood is garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander, and mint. It’s safe to say once was enough.

Breada—I wasn’t adventurous enough to try to the raw blood pudding, but I’ve had my fair share of weird foods over the years.  I’d probably say fried stinky tofu is something I’d never try again.  It’s a Taiwanese delicacy and at every night market around the country.  You can smell it for what seems like miles, and it often stays stuck in you hair and pores.  People love it, but I was definitely not a fan. 

If Erik the Hungry Traveller is to visit your home country where would you take him and why?

Anthony – I’d take Erik to The Big Easy : New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve only been once, but it’s a city that’s been high up on my list for a return. It just has so much to offer. There’s beautiful French style architecture, historical sites, and one of the best food and music cultures anywhere in the world.

Breada—I’d take Erik to our home base of Boston.  Anthony was born here, and I’ve lived here for over ten years.  It’s one of my favorite places in the world, and something about it keeps me excited even a decade later.  I’d take him to a Sox game and then to have all the typical Boston foods. 

What was your most unforgettable travel destination and why?

Anthony – It’s actually one of our more recent adventures : three days at Kruger National Park in South Africa. South Africa as a whole was absolutely stunning, but Kruger was on a whole other level. The closest I had ever been to some of these animals was at a zoo, surrounded by glass and cages. Kruger is completely open, with the animals living in their natural habitats. The feeling you get being just a few feet from some of the most beautiful (and dangerous) animals in the world is indescribable.

Breada—I’d also have to go with Kruger.  Seeing animals in their natural habitat is just incomparable. 

What was your most embarrassing travel story?

Anthony – It takes a lot for me to get embarrassed personally, but I’ve had a couple embarrassing travel mistakes. When Breada and I first left on our round the world trip, I got sick on the plane. Threw up on the plane, in the cab in Bangkok (in Breada’s favorite Red Sox hat), and felt like complete death. We got to the hostel around 7 am and were told we would have to wait till 4 pm to check in. There was no main common room area to sleep, but I managed to find a small space on the cold concrete to lay. It was horrible. First day in this awesome city and I’m waiting to be read my last rites. It got to be around 2 pm and I got up, went back to the reception area, and begged to be checked in early. The receptionist asked me for my name and after giving it to her, she told me I had booked the room beginning the night before! I made the reservation so far in advance I completely forgot, and instead spent the morning curled up on the floor.

Breada—My story also involved an upset stomach.  During my first trip out of the country to Peru I unfortunately got food poisoning twice.  The second time was our last night and we were at dinner at a BEAUTIFUL restaurant on the water.  All of a sudden my stomach basically just said “nope!”  I had to take a cab back to the hotel, up winding cliffs with a cab driver who didn’t believe in speed limits.  By the time we got to the hotel I literally had to sprint to the elevator.  I spent the last few hours in Peru with my arms wrapped around a toilet calling my mom and begging her to come get me.  We did get to board the plane early because I was so sick, but I’d take the fancy dinner any day. 

If you can choose a famous person either living or dead to accompany you on your travels who would that famous person be?

Anthony – Full confession : I’m a huge trekkie. That being said, I’d have to go with Sir Patrick Stewart. Anyone who could play both Jean Luc Picard and Avery Bullock is a person I want to hang out with.

Breada—Probably Victoria Beckham.  She’s a huge idol of mine and I really admire her philanthropy and drive.  Plus she’s an incredibly classy woman so traveling with her is bound to be an elegant experience. 

What is your travel journey mantra?

Anthony – “We could always be home!” Anytime something bad happens I try to remind myself we could always be home, but instead we’re off living out our dreams. Sometimes you just need a little perspective.

Breada—“Closed mouths don’t get fed.”  This is kind of my life mantra as well.  There are many opportunities we’ve had both while traveling and in life that wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t speak up!

Without thinking of the travel expense where is your dream travel destination and why?

Anthony – I’d probably have to go with Bhutan. Right now it’s so far out of reach but looks absolutely breathtaking. I’m hoping one day when my travel budget is a little bigger I’ll be able to go!

Breada—Either Uzbekistan or Antarctica.  I’ve been interested in Uzbekistan (and that region in general) for a few years now.  It just looks so beautiful and untouched by regular tourism.  Antarctica is also very high on the bucket list.  I love animals and wildlife, and again, it just looks STUNNING. 

What is the single best thing about traveling?

Anthony – Trying new foods!

Breada—Meeting new people, trying new food, and learning about new cultures.

What item could you not travel without and why?

Anthony – My Macbook. As much as I love being away, I also like keeping up with life back home too.

Breada—My Hydroflask.  I hate being stuck anywhere without cold water. 

When you’re not traveling what do you do at home?

Anthony – Plan my next travels! When I’m not doing that, I like to make pizza 🙂

Breada – I wait tables, and think about more travel. 

Here are our nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

And here are our questions!

  1. Why did you begin your blog?
  2. What advice would you give to someone just starting their travel blog?
  3. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
  4. What are your travel goals for 2018?
  5. What’s the best meal you’ve ever had while traveling?
  6. What’s your favorite book?
  7. What do you miss most from home while on the road?
  8. Who or what is your inspiration?
  9. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
  10. What’s the one item you can’t leave home without?
  11. Would you rather have a year of backpacking or a month of luxury travel?

 

And there it is! Help spread the love and keep on traveling!

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    • Uncle Frankie
    • April 27, 2018
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    Anthony/Breada, congratulations on a nomination well deserved!!! Antnee, I would’ve bet the house that you would have said your most embarrassing experience was when you got bullied by that rhesus monkey (or some such scimmietta)!

      • Anthony Forlizzi
      • April 29, 2018
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      To hell with those monkeys! I don’t want to give them the satisfaction of embarrassing me. I swear they all talk to each other and just like to screw with me. I had one steal a mango from my hotel room a couple months ago, then eat the entire thing on the balcony as it stared me down. To think at one time they were my favorite animal!

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    Thank you guys for nominating us! 🙂
    Here’s what we did –
    https://www.backpackingseries.com/portfolio/the-sunshine-blogger-award/

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