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Liebster Award

Woohoo! Marian, from The Travel Shop Girl blog, nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. This is a blogger’s way of saying “You’re one of my favorites! Good job!” (Liebster is German for “favorite”). Thank you Marian.

Liebster-Award

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
  • Make sure the blogs you choose have 200 or less followers.
  • Include a link to the person who nominated you & let them know about your post

Here are the 11 facts about me. I hope these don’t bore you too much, since I am not the most interesting person in the world.

  1. I am a farm boy. I grew up on a family farm and still work on the farm. We grow vegetables to sell at the farmer’s markets in the Madison, WI area.
  2. I am married to a wonderful woman and have one daughter. As I am writing this, I literally have the phone next to me because my wife is due any day now with my second daughter.
  3. Even though I live in Wisconsin, I HATE cold weather!
  4. I love anything that has to do with the outdoors! I am not happy when I am trapped inside. This could be why I hate winter (refer to #3).
  5. I am really hard on cell phones! I used to have a tendency to run cell phones through the washing machine. I found out that a clean cell phone doesn’t work as well as it did before I washed it. Also if you refer to #1, I work in an environment that isn’t good for cell phones.
  6. I am a cheapskate! I am always looking for ways to save money. I like to call it being frugal.
  7. I am a “people watcher”. I like to sit back and watch the crazy things people do.
  8. I love to play poker. I have always loved math that I can do in my head and making my mind work in everyday life. Some of this may have to do with fact #7 as well.
  9. If you follow me on Twitter, you may know I tweet a lot about rum. While I do like rum, I rarely drink anymore. When I was younger, drinking got me into a little bit of trouble and I realized that the trouble wasn’t worth the fun.

10. I am captivated by the water.  From the ocean to the smaller lakes around here, I love anything that has to do with the water.

11. I like to figure out how things work. If I can, I like to tear things apart just to see what makes them work.

The 11 questions asked of me by Marian

1. Favorite mode of transportation: Airplane, train, ship, boat, car, or something else?

This is a hard one. While I hate the whole logistics of air travel, the places I like to travel to, are accessed the easiest by flying.
2. If you could pick anywhere in the world to live for the next few years, where would it be and why?

This one is really easy for me. Those who know me know I am absolutely in love with Hawaii.

The smaller Kahuna Falls
3. What big trip do you have planned for 2013?

The one thing that I am really looking forward to is the Cruise Family Reunion.  We are cruising with a group of cruise experts/bloggers on the Norwegian Sky this July. We would love all of you who are reading this to come along with us on this fun-filled trip. Visit www.cruisefamilyreunion.com for more details on this event of the year.

4. What’s your favorite travel app?

The one app that you HAVE to have on your phone if you like to cruise is ShipMateApp. This app has everything you want to know about cruising.

5. Do you prefer snowy destinations or warm weather destinations and why?

Warm weather destination is my choice. Refer to the #3 fact about me above.

6. How many languages can you speak?

Only English.

7. Would you rather fly Business or First class and spend less on your hotel or resort or fly Economy class and spend more on your hotel or resort?

Save the money on economy and spend it on the resort. You spend more time at the resort so why not splurge on it.

8. Do you generally pack your bags for a trip well in advance or right before you leave?

Right before I leave. I am a procrastinator like that!

9. Best cruise advice for your readers?

Just go and have fun! You are going on vacation to relax so go and have a good time.

10. Have you ever traveled somewhere that thought felt like “home” more than home did?

Yes, in Hawaii. I feel so at ease in Hawaii and would love to make that home.
11. Are you an early riser or do you prefer to stay up late?

I am an early riser. With a kid I like to get up early and get stuff done before it gets hectic when everyone wakes up.

Now the questions for my nominees:

  1. When did the travel bug bite you?
  2. What destination have you travel to that you could travel to over and over again?
  3. What activity have you done on your travels that what out of your comfort zone?
  4. Name one thing that you hate about traveling. Why?
  5. What tops your travel bucket list? Why?
  6. What have you learned about yourself because of your travels?
  7. What foods have you ate during your travels that you never would have eaten at home?
  8. What advise would you give to others who want to become travel writers?
  9. What destination do you have no desire to travel to?
  10. What is the one thing you cannot travel without?
  11. If you could take a “travel newbie” with you, where would you take them?

Once again I would like to thank Marian for nominating me. It was a ton of fun! Now, here are my nominees. I hope you all take this on and have as much fun as me.

Allison (@GirlFriTravel)

Pola  (@jettingaround)

Colleen (@TheTrvlPrincess)

David (@BrooksCruiseSvc)

Scott (@ScottLara1961)

Shannon (@CajunMama)

Cathy (@Addict2Cruises)

I am going to break the rules on the next few. They have more than 200 followers but I really like these blogs.

Leah (@L_e_a_h)

Lola (@LolaDiMarco)

Ana (@mrsoaroundworld)

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Getting to Know Spa Travel Gal

As I continue to feature blog in my newsletter, I bring to you someone who loves to be pampered while traveling. Spa Travel Gal writes about her travels and her spa experiences at different locations. If you love to be pampered read the interview I was privileged to get with her. You can then check her out on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Who is the Spa Travel Gal?

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer with a passion for resort spas. Fox News, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Spa Week and the Atlanta Journal Constitution have recently quoted her concerning spa, travel, fashion, the environment, and various other topics. As a travel writer and the editor of Spa Travel Gal, her articles have appeared with Spa Week, H Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine, CBS News, Upscale Living Magazine, Healthy Living Magazine, Examiner and various other media outlets.  Ava Roxanne is a writer, a financial analyst, and a wife and mother from Atlanta. For her writings on the joys of travel, spas, skincare, and ways to refresh your life follow her at www.SpaTravelGal.com Also Ava Roxanne is a Curator for ahalife.com.

Where do you live and where are you from?

I live in Atlanta, but I live in a spa in my mind!

How long have you ben writing about travel and spas?

I have been actively writing about travel and spas for 3 years, but wrote a lot of poetry in high school and articles for my college newspaper.

Have you traveled anywhere recently that has become your favorite? Why?

My most recent favorite destination is St. Kitts.St. Kitts Marriott poolWhile staying at the St. Kitts Marriott I was able to hike through the rainforest by day and still dine at a fine dining restaurant called Blu at night. St. Kitts is an undiscovered paradise that I feel blessed to have been able to see at this time. Click here to visit the St. Kitts website.

St. Kitts Marriott Spa

But then again for shopping you can’t beat Chelsea’s King’s Road in London!

Where is the next place you REALLY want to go?

Hawaii to see active volcanos and lava!

How did you become so interested in travel and writing about it?

It’s in my blood!

What kind of content will people be able to expect from your blog?

Spa Travel Gal believes that spa, travel and skincare experiences are not a luxury, but essential to a healthy body and mind. Travel is the collection of experiences and I believe everyone needs travel in their life.

Any thing else you want other people to know about you and your blog?

Please come by and comment to let me know about your own experiences or those travel experiences you dream about taking one day!

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Mrs O Around the World Interview

In my newsletters, I wanted to start featuring blogs that I love. This has morphed into doing an interview with the blogger and showing the full interview on my blog here. So in my second attempt at featuring a blog in my newsletter, here is the post of the interview. You can sign up to receive my newsletter by clicking here.

Ana Silva-O’Reilly (@mrsoaroundworld) is a blogger I have been following for a few months now. I really enjoy her content and her pictures are amazing. She loves to travel and loves to help others by giving them insight into her travel. I interviewed Ana this past week and here is the transcript.

Meet Mrs. O

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Mrs. O Around the Worldmrsoaroundtheworld.com

Excited by all good things in life, Mrs O spends a significant part of her life travelling around the world and having a bit of fun. MrsOaroundtheworld.com is the place to come if you want to know where to go for your next lux weekend or proper holiday getaway. She loves travel, loves people and she loves shoes. You can visit her blog, follow her on Twitter or like (and love) on Facebook

THE INTERVIEW

Where are you from originally and where do you now call home?

I am originally from Lisbon, Portugal but love made me move to the pretty town of Henley on Thames, in the English countryside!

How long have you been a travel blogger?

Mrsoaroundtheworld.com started at the end of 2011, so a little over 8 months. Hadn’t realised how quickly time goes by!

How did you become so interested in travel and writing about it?

To be honest, it is my parents’ fault. We have always had nice holidays and it was always part of our lives. Writing about it? A complete accident! It all started on Twitter late last year – friends always asked me for recommendations here and there and I always had some emails ready to fire away. With the blog, I am just making available such tips and experiences to a wider audience.

Where have you been and what destinations were your favorites? And why?

My favourite verb, is indeed go. I know Europe and North America pretty well, and have recently discovered a bit of South America, which I love. From Asia, I have only been to China. But technically, have been “around the world” on my honeymoon which took us to Australia, Tahiti, US and back to England.

What content can reader expect to find in your blog?

My mother always told me (and still does) that “if you are leaving home, it has to be better”. So I am a good girl and do as I am told. I love going away to nice places, which means hotels will be pretty nice and the destinations not bad either. But like most people, I have limited resources, so need to be organised in order to make them go as far as possible, so no hotels which costs an arm or a leg. I would say $300-500 would be the absolute maximum, so technically affordable. I don’t like reading magazines where I cannot even dream of going!

Have you ever been cruising?

To be honest, I never thought I would – just not my thing. So I was quite surprised when I found myself accepting an invitation to try it out recently. I spent a weekend onboard MSC Splendida’s Yacht Club, which is a ship inside a ship and really enjoyed it. Who says people can’t change their mind? I had a lot of fun, especially shooting some films, which was a first to me!

Any thing else you want other people to know about you and your blog?

I am a girl who likes travelling. A lot. And shoes too. I only write about places I have been and loved, and doing it for fun. If I can inspire one single person to go somewhere, try a place and love it, I have fulfilled my ambition.

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