Well-Caffeinated Traveller Nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!


I’m very proud to say that Well-Caffeinated Traveller has been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

What is it?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. I’ve been inspired by many travel blogs over the years and it’s so rewarding to know that I can now do the same for others! Once nominated, a blogger is required to write a post in which they 1. thank the blogger for nominating them and link back to their blog, 2. answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you 3. eleven other blogs and give them eleven questions to answer 4. notify your nominees and 5. list the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

So, without further ado … THANK YOU SO MUCH to Diana of Handstands Around The World who nominated me for this award. Diana is a former gymnast who is now studying for her PhD in Nutrition. Despite the name of her blog, she’s only travelled around the States and North America so far. BUT like me, she shares a love of National Parks and hiking and has been on some amazing adventures! After she graduates she plans to conquer the rest of the world so stay tuned!

Here are my answers to her interesting and probing questions…..

1. What is/are your travel goal(s) for 2017?
My travel goals are the same as every other year: to see as much of this amazing world as possible! My list is long, but so far, I’ve already booked trips to Greece and Scandinavia and am also planning a road trip to hike in some of Canada’s amazing National Parks. I can’t wait to get started!

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
My favorite holiday has to be Thanksgiving. For me, Thanksgiving means family. I love the sentiment of gathering with all of your closest friends and family around a great meal to remember all the wonderful things that happened over the past year. There’s no pressure of finding the perfect gift for everyone – just spending time with the people who mean the most to you and genuinely enjoying each others company. And since I’m an American living in Canada, I get to experience it twice a year!

3. Most unique travel destination you’ve visited?
Great question! I’d have to say the Galapagos Islands. It was one of the most pristine places I have ever seen and even within the Islands themselves there was so much variety. One island had beautiful white sand beaches, another had stunning red sand beaches and a third was covered with lava rock which created spectacular black sand beaches. Then there was the wildlife that was indigenous to each islands. Never before had I seen such giant sea tortoises, birds with blue feet and so many different types of iguanas! I was constantly surprised by something new, making it a trip I will never forget!

Iguana in the Galapagos Islands

4. What is one off the beaten path location that you recommend for me to visit?
The destination I’d recommend you visit is not so much “off the beaten path” as it is “it’ll take you a while to get there.” I’d have to say: New Zealand! From reading your blog, it looks like you enjoy hiking, nature and being outdoors. Not only is New Zealand my favourite country in the entire world, but it is insanely beautiful and offers some of the best hiking opportunities ever. You will not be disappointed, I promise!

Stunning views at the end of Truman Track

5. Share your favorite photo from your travels:
Oh god, it’s impossible to choose just one, but one of my favorites from my most recent road trip of Utah has to be from an amazing hike at Bryce Canyon:

Starting to head a little uphill in the Queen’s Garden, in Bryce National Park.

6. What is your advice for those trying to get into the world of blogging?
Just do it! Not to copy Nike or anything but it honestly isn’t difficult to get started if you truly enjoy writing. You can start with a free wordpress template, pick a topic and start writing. Write from the heart about topics you love and it won’t ever feel like a job at all.

7. What is your favorite song?
I love music so much. It lifts me up, calms me down, makes me want to dance and so many other things. It’s impossible to choose just one favourite song. It really just depends on my mood!

8. Worst travel experience ever?
This is a tough question because I honestly try to make every travel experience a great one. Instead, I think I’ll tell you why Beijing was one of my least favourite cities I’ve ever been to. I thought I would love it because it is a vibrant city full of history and culture, however, I found it to be very dirty, the people were not very friendly and the pollution was so bad I could feel the dirty air entering my lungs each time I took a breath. However, I don’t regret visiting China. There were parts of my trip that were really amazing. Beijing is just a city I have absolutely no desire to go back to.

9. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?
Trying to come up with the answer to this question I’m realizing how I haven’t been to too many places with crazy food options. I guess it had to have been in Japan, where I tried bbq baby octopus on a stick or a wasabi flavored kit kat. Both were surprisingly delicious!

BBQ baby octopus on sale at a Japanese Market

10. Where are you from, and what is the most common stereotype or misconception about your home town/state/country?
I’m originally from Boston, Massachusetts and the question I most often get asked is “Why don’t you have a Boston accent?” Seriously people, not everyone from Boston has the terrible accent you’ve heard in all the movies.

11. What is one important lesson you’ve learned in your travels?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned in my travels, and the one I’d tell everyone else is to be flexible. Things never go as planned. Something is always bound to go wrong, so let it. Some of my best memories were of unexpected things that I never planned!

In no particular order, I am nominating the following bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  1. Nicole from Wanderlust Brunette
  2. Anne from Go On Adventures
  3. Fran from La Vida Nomade
  4. Eemma from Always a Gringa
  5. Marlies from Magnificent Escape
  6. Danielle from Travel Food Adventures
  7. Amy from Hit the Road Map
  8. Emma from Luxury Backpacking
  9. Danika from DBucketList
  10. Giulia from Blocal Travel
  11. The Pamley-Liddells from Journey of a Nomadic Family

Congratulations! My questions for you are:

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. What is the most amazing thing you’ve seen while travelling?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?
  5. What is your favourite travel-related book or movie?
  6. What is your favourite season?
  7. What is one off the beaten path location that you recommend for me to visit?
  8. What is your least favourite part of travelling?
  9. If I gave you $1,000 how would you spend it?
  10. What is your favourite social media platform and why?
  11. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?


23 thoughts on “Well-Caffeinated Traveller Nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!

  1. While I have heard about the Liebster award, I didn’t know about this one. Sounds interesting. And it is always nice to know a little more about the blogger behind the scenes, through the questions that you got to answer in the award

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  2. Being from Canada, I am biased, but you must visit Canada’s national parks! And what a perfect time as we are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, you can stay for free in all national parks across Canada for the year of 2017.

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  3. Great to learn more about you! Exploring Canada national parks this years sounds like a great idea, as I think I read that they’re giving away free or discounted passes…I think! I love your travel advice on being flexible – it’s soooo true that things don’t go as planned!

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  4. It’s a great year to take a road trip in Canada, all the National Parks are free! I loved the Galapagos too, you got a great picture of the Iguana by the way. There was someone in my tour group the other day who had a strong Boston accent, it’s funny you mention it! A wasabi flavored kit kat, I’ve never heard of that one, I’ll look out for one next time I’m in Japan! Congratulations on the Sunshine Blogger award.

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  5. I love trying new foods and thought I could try the baby octopus until I looked a bit closer and I really don’t think I could lol. Congratulations on your nomination well done!!!

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  6. That’s awesome that you’ve visited the Galapagos! My hubby and I are waiting to get more logged dives under our belts before we go since we want to dive the Darwin & Wolf Islands. New Zealand is of high priority too because I’m a huge LOTR fan haha. I’m with you on the worst travel experience Beijing/other parts of China are also places I’d never go back to because of the overall cleanliness, but we’re the exact opposite when it comes to strange foods. Japanese food is my absolute favourite!

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  7. I haven’t heard of this award before. It was great to your answer to the questions. I too love NZ, I lived there for a year. There is so much to see and do its a great place. Despite spending so much time in South America, Ecuador and the Galapagos are places I have not been yet. Next time!!

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  8. Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! I hope to achieve that someday! I love that I got to know a bit more about you through this interview, and I found we have so much in common. I can certainly agree with you on #8, as I did the whole visit to Beijing and it’s not one of those places where I was immediately drawn to return to someday. I’m glad I got to see it in a layover manner though and experience The Great Wall. Your photo of Bryce Canyon is gorgeous — I’ve wanted to visit it for quite some time! I definitely have some of the same goals for 2017 as you: I’ve wanted to visit Banff and some of Canada’s national parks for awhile now and I’d love to get some of those ticked off my list! 🙂

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  9. Congratulations! It looks like this award is the same as Liebster Award. I agree with this kinds of awarding to fellow bloggers. It gives a sense of connection to all who loves to blogs. More success on you blog and travel goals.

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  10. I have never heard of this award. I knew about the Liebster because i have been nominated! Congratulations what a fantastic blog photos are amazing and you clearly put a lot of work into your content. I will be sure to check out the bloggers that you have nominated too.

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  11. Great answers! Sounds like you have a great 2017 planned. I’ve got some Canadian Rocky Mountain parks recs if you’re interested. New Zealand and the Galapagos both sound amazing, and I’m intrigued by the wasabi kit kat. And I have to admit, as someone who didn’t used to live in New England, the stereotype was that everyone out here has a Boston accent… I’ve obviously since realized that’s not the case 🙂

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