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Gone with the Wine Nominated for the Liebster Award!

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Travelblog and lifestyleblog. Life under the Californian sun - Gone with the Wine. Trips, food and wine from all over the world. Solo and family adventures.

Gone with the Wine Nominated for the Liebster Award!

Paula Gaston

The beginning of last week I was in for a surprise. My blog was nominated for the Liebster Award. My week could have not started in a better way, and I am very happy to receive this honour. 

Thank you Cristie from Out of the 306! 

I was nominated by Cristie from Out of the 306 -blog. She is balancing her life with her travels, career and her family in Canada. Christie wanted to nominate blogs that not only talk about travel, but also reflect on the other passions of bloggers. She thinks that there is no reason why we can't have it all, and I think she is right about that! Keep up the great work Cristie!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award ("Liebster meaning "darling" in German) was created in 2011, and only exists on the internet. It is given by bloggers to other bloggers, and is a great way to get discovered, promote your blog and give recognition to blogs that are just starting their journey. If you are nominated for the award, and you choose to accept it, you must follow the set of rules as follows:

  • Write a new post accepting the award and display it somewhere on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog (and maybe a few of their posts)
  • Answer the questions posed to you by the person who nominated you, and feel free to add photos
  • Nominate a minimum of 5 other new blogs with a following of less than 1000
  • Create your own set of questions for your nominees (its okay to reuse some of the questions)
  • Congratulate yourself for winning the award by having a glass of wine (or however you see fit) and feel good about sharing the love!

My answers to Christie's questions

  1. Why did you start a travel blog?
    I moved to California from Finland in 2011 and started writing a blog about my life in the United States. After a while I noticed that I had quite a lot of readers, and I started feeling uncomfortable sharing my personal life with people I don't know. I also noticed, that my blog was full of travel stories. So I decided to start a new blog which was all about my travels.
     
  2. Where in the world are you now?
    At this moment I am at home in California, planning our next trip and making reservations.
     
  3. What has been your favorite travel experience so far?
    There are so many. The Great pyramids in Egypt, national parks in Utah and snorkeling at Hawaii are at of the top of the list!
     
  4. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, and budget was no issue, where would you go?
    I would make a trip covering all of the national parks in the USA, or fly to the Galapagos Islands to see the amazing nature there. 
     
  5. What has been your biggest challenge as a traveller (or a travel blogger)? How have you overcome those challenges?
    Adding some personal touch to my blog has been a challenge to me. I'd rather read blogs that are open and honest, and tell a story of the traveller than just read about the destination. So I try to add more pictures of myself, and more of my own opinions but I don't want to expose my family to it too much, since it is not their blog. I am still trying to find the balance on that.
     
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    I guess I am not that far along yet with my plans. I hope I get to work with something I love, for example tourism, and travel as much as I can without it disturbing my family life.
     
  7. Name 3 places (or 3 things) that are on your travel bucket list.
    Cuba
    The Maldives
    The Galapagos Islands
     
  8. Do you have any other passions besides travel (and blogging) that you devote your time to, and if so; how do you balance those passions? (ex: a career, school, a family, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, pets etc.)
    I have a few. I have always been passionate about horses and horseback riding, and I occasionally write something about it. I also love good food and wine, and it has always been part of my career. I think visiting all the US national parks is my newest passion. There have been times in life when I have had to give up some hobbies for a while but I have always picked them up again later. 
     
  9. Have you been to my home country, Canada? If so; where and what is your favorite part of Canada so far?
    I have not been to Canada but we have been talking about a trip over there. Most likely the first trip to Canada will be a drive from Seattle to Vancouver, but later it would be great to explore other cities as well.
     
  10. Where is your next destination?
    Next week we will be visiting Japan for the first time. We are so excited! So stay tuned for that!

My nominees for the Liebster Award ARE...

  • Abroad and Beyond's Anna is originally from Siberia, Russia. She has been living in Canada and later also in the Netherlands. Check out her awesome blog!
  • Birdwinks by Christina always puts me in a good mood. This blog is all about positivity and traveling.
  • From Karoliina  is a blog from a Finnish flight attendant who flies around the world. It is always interesting to see where she goes next. This blog is only in Finnish. 
  • Muuttolintu is a blog by a Finnish girl Anna who lives in Australia. She travels around with her Australian husband, and many of the places she writes about, look absolutely like paradise. Anna's blog is also in Finnish. 
  • The Present is Perfect by Sandra Nenonen, is also written from Australia. A Finnish girl Sandra left everything behind in her home country and bought a one-way-ticket to Australia. This blog is only in Finnish.

    This article can also be found in Finnish here Viinilaakson viemää sai Liebster Award nimityksen! 

Questions for my nominees

  1. Why did you start a travel blog?
  2. Do you blog for fun or do you want to make something out of blogging?
  3. What has been your favorite travel experience so far?
  4. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, and budget was no issue, where would you go?
  5. What has been your biggest challenge as a traveller (or a travel blogger)? How have you overcome those challenges?
  6. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
  7. Name 3 places (or 3 things) that are on your travel bucket list.
  8. Do you have any other passions besides travel (and blogging) that you devote your time to, and include to your blog?
  9. Have you ever come close to stop blogging and if so, what made you continue?
  10. Where is your next destination?

Enjoy the award and happy blogging!