Since starting the Bubbly Traveler over two years ago I’ve never proactively engaged the blogging community until getting a Liebster, my first blog recognition. Many questions from the nominator got me thinking seriously about why I blog and what sort of goals I want to achieve. Engaging with other fellow bloggers has become a new priory of mine, the Bubbly Traveler got more traffic the past days but more importantly I’ve reached my readers and fellow bloggers in a more personal way. I felt LOVE all around and deeply thankful for whoever invented this chain letter idea.

So YES, I am humbled to accept the Sunshine Blogger Award, hoping to spread more love and positive energy in the blogosphere! Thank you sweet Audrey for the nomination and best of luck for her simple living endeavor. Want to know what it means to live simple and how she’s doing it? Check out her blog!

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Sunshine Blogger Award is an online award given to bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere

MY ANSWERS TO AUDREY’S QUESTIONS:

1/ What is the story behind your blog’s name? The Bubbly Traveler represents a slice of me, the travel junkie self who is cheerful and eager to learn about the world.

2/ When and why did you start blogging? Although the first post goes back to last January, I didn’t get serious about blogging until eight months later. It was a big milestone as I quit job to chase my dream of traveling Europe – the wonderland of art, history, architecture, food and culture. I thought there would no better way to document this life-changing experience than putting it into words. Little did it know this blog would be more than a travel journal. Through sharing and learning it has seen me growing so much as a person.

3/ What, according to you, is the best thing about blogging? Blogging is a beautiful way of connecting and inspiring people through stories. Like this award, all the nominees are given the same set of questions but I’m sure we all have unique answers. 🙂

4/ Outside of blogging, do you engage in other types of writing? No. After quitting my reporting job, blogging is the only way I practice English writing.

5/ What is your advice for those trying to get into the world of blogging? Starting a blog from the scratch can be a little frustrating but first, ask yourself what you’re passionate about, what you want to share with the world. People are interested in people’s stories, so add a personal touch to your posts and let the audience see part of you. That’s the first thing you can do to make your entry unique among millions of posts published every day.

6/ What is/are your goal(s) for 2017? I will be in New Zealand immersing myself in the breath-taking nature and kiwi culture, so the goal is to explore this wonderful country as much as I can. I’ve just created a new Facebook and Twitter account for this blog, through which I hope to connect with a broader audience and share with them my once-in-a-lifetime journey. Stay tuned!

7/ Where are you from and what is the most common stereotype or misconception about your home town/state/country? I come from the Vietnam a beautiful country in Southeast Asia, where people never have peace until over 40 years ago. So many French and American people I’ve met thought we still have the post-war hatred towards them, but no, the war has long gone and we have respect for all foreigners.

8/ What kind of traveler are you – spontaneous or planner? Spontaneous.

9/ What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten while traveling? Almost everything I’ve eaten so far was yummy, but there’s one thing I had to give up half way: the Italian fried artichokes. The cooked flowers were left uncut and oily, I had to pull off the outer petals one by one then eat the whole thing with hands. The taste was as much bizarre as it looked 😀

10/ Share your worst travel experience ever. Sometimes things may not go my way but no travel experience is a bad one. Travels made me grow. I once missed the night bus from Amsterdam to Prague because of bad timing and a much longer-than-expected road bridge opening. It was frustrating of course, since the bus stop was in the middle of nowhere and it was very late then. I had no choice but think solutions: either spending the night at the bus station or disturbing my couch-surfing host at midnight to see if he could take me back for one more night. Finally I went for option two and got a safe place to stay. Another lesson learned: always arrive at the bus/train station at least two hours in advance.

11/ What is one important lesson you have learnt in your travels? There’s always a way.

SUNSHINE BLOGGER NOMINEES

Again thank you Audrey for passing on this chain award to me. As per the rules, I’m going to pay her back by nominating the next eleven deserving bloggers who has relentlessly contributed their positive voices to this blogosphere!

Earth to Emma

Live Life Lah

This girl and her backpack

Vylyst

Swede in Barca

Cooking with a Wallflower

Going the extra…aaamile

The Little Sail Boat

Fox on an island 

The Student Traveler

Burpees to Bubbly

RULES OF THE AWARD

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog 
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions
  • Notify your nominees
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

  1. Describe your blog in three words
  2. Where are you from and what makes you most proud of your country?
  3. How do you chill and relax?
  4. One book you would recommend anyone to read?
  5. Your favorite quote?
  6. If you could live in any country, which one would it be and why?
  7. What was the best gift you ever received?
  8. List three items on your bucket list
  9. Rain or snow?
  10. What makes you smile?
  11. Where would you most like to revisit and why?

Congratulations to my nominees! You’re only one step away from winning this award: write a post to accept it (but this is no obligation, I totally respect your choice). Can’t wait to learn more about you in person!!!

Feature photo credit to Jenny Hanh

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