Very Inspiring Blogger Award

very-inspiring-blogger-award-2013As a relatively new blogger, it is always nice to receive small bits of confirmation that I am heading in the right direction with my blogging efforts.

When I received a nomination for the Very Inspiring Blogger Awards from The Travel Wench, it was like my little nudge from the Universe for the day that I am doing the right thing with my blog, and things are slowly but steadily heading in the right direction.

Here are the 5 steps in order to accept this award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. State seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination

Seven Things About Me:

1. My favorite places to travel are France and Scotland.  Scotland holds a special place in my heart.  I love the warmth of the Scottish people and the beautiful countryside.  France has always welcomed me warmly, and I love the food and wine and picturesque villages dotting the countryside.  Both places just make me feel instantly like I have come home.

2. I am kind of a chicken about eating new foods.  I know, any “real” traveler is willing to try any strange, new local delicacy at the drop of a dime (and if you need to know what it is first, you must not be a “real” traveler, right?)  Well, I am proud to say that I need to know what I am eating first, and I am proud to hold onto my god given right of refusal.  It might mean that my culinary experiences are a little on the tamer side, and I might miss some things that are really good, but it also means that I likely miss quite a few really icky things, too!

3.  My least favorite place that I have ever been is Bangkok.  I know, there are a lot of people out there who disagree with me (Bangkok seems to be a love/hate thing for most travelers).  We only spent one day in the city, and I just couldn’t get past the trash, bad smell and diseased dogs roaming the streets.  There are enough other great things to see in Thailand that we didn’t feel a need to spend any more time here than necessary.

4. When traveling, I much prefer countryside and small villages to big cities.  Of course, I love Paris and London, and we had some great experiences in Tokyo, but my most cherished travel memories took place outside of the big city, in the countryside or making connections with locals in small villages.  For me, this is where the heart of travel is.  Seeking out these types of experiences are what feeds my addiction for travel.

5. I speak some French (generally, just enough to keep me out of trouble) but it is a long term goal of mine to learn to speak French more fluently.  Speaking a foreign language (even if you only speak a little, tiny bit of one) opens up so many doors when you are visiting another place!

6. Some people collect magnets when they travel.  Some people collect spoons.  I collect rocks.  My suitcases are frequently at their maximum weight limit because there were just too many rocks that wanted to come home with me.  I brought back small, marble eggs from Scotland.  Limestone spheres from Estonia.  A whole bunch of cool, white smooth rocks from the oceanfront on Nice.  At least they are generally not expensive souvenirs…

7. Other than my love of travel, my other dream is to buy some land and built a little semi self-sufficient hobby farm.  I want to have a big garden, an orchard of  fruit trees and perhaps someday some chickens and goats.  When it comes right down to it, I really just want to live a simple, uncluttered life out in the country wish fresh food and fresh air.

Blogs that I Love:

  1. JDomb’s Travels: Adventure Travel With a Glass of Wine
  2. The Barefoot Journal: Road Tripping for Entrepreneurs
  3. Ambitious Traveler
  4. Traveling Jersey Girl: Living with Intention
  5. Planet Holland
  6. Wandertooth
  7. Nomads on the Road
  8. Traveling Liz
  9. Around the World in Eighty Years
  10. Don’t Ever Look Back: Around the World Travel Blog
  11. My 1st Impressions
  12. World Travel Family: Making the World Our Classroom
  13. The Professional Hobo
  14. Wanderplex: Tips, Tricks and Inspiration for World Travel
  15. Anglo Italian Travel Blog


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About Shanna

Shanna is a travel professional in the airline and hotel industries. She lives in Lonsdale, MN and there enjoys cooking and gardening. Her favorite places to travel are Scotland and France. Shanna writes about travel in the Midwestern part of the United States at her blog A Midwest Travel Companion More About Shanna Google


6 Responses to Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Alyson April 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks for the nomination Shanna. I’ll be onto passing the baton soon. We LOVE Bangkok by the way!
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    • Shanna April 16, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      You are quite welcome! Yeah, Bangkok wasn’t my thing. I am glad that there are other people out there who loved it. I am just not one of them :-(

  2. Laura April 20, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Wow, thank you so much for nominating me! I will be passing this on soon, I recently was nominated for the same category as this one! Makes me so happy that people out there are inspired by my blog. :)
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  3. flip April 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Congratulations for your nomination Shanna.

    Like you, one of my dreams is to be able to build a farm so I could have a sustainable life in the future. I grew up in the city but after being in various small towns, I realized that I really like the quality of life there compared to big cities. Clean air, fresh food, slow and laid back life and I don’t want to deal with the horrible traffic that most cities have.
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    • Shanna April 24, 2013 at 1:47 am #

      Yeah, we keep chasing that dream. One step at a time….I just keep moving forward.

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