Recently I had the honor of receiving a nomination for the Liebster Award from my friend Jose at My Normal Gay Life. Go check out his blog dedicated to LGBT travel!
The Liebster Award is a fun way for bloggers to help out their other blogger friends by creating a little bit of promotion for each other and learn more about each other! While it’s not actually an award, it’s fun to promote and be promoted by my peers!
One of my favorite blogs is a brand new blog from a friend of mine from Northeastern University, Loving Me LEX. She has an entire blog about self love and I DIG it. I read her blogs whenever I feel a little bit down about myself or lonely along my travels and I basically immediately feel better/inspired/you name it. Check out her blog at the link!
10 Facts About Me
- I started travel blogging only about 10 weeks ago, when I started my around the world trip after graduating from Northeastern.
- I fell in love with traveling when I went to Europe for the first time when I was 14. Each adventure since has gotten bigger and more adventurous.
- Aside from my passion of traveling, I love to sing, follow music news, paint (when I have time), run (well….it’s been awhile), and photography (if you couldn’t tell!)
- I have so far been to 34 countries! My goal for while I’m young is to keep the number of countries I’ve visited above my current age – and I’m 22 right now so I’m doing well! In life, I want to visit 100.
- I’m single. Hint Hint, gentlemen.
- I was in a fraternity in college, Phi Delta Theta. I love my brothers and I still keep in touch with many of them!
- I graduated with a BS in Economics and Environmental Studies from NU. Guess I’m not really using that degree post grad, oops!
- Previously, I have worked at restaurants, a PR company, and ran a small community non-profit Green Cambridge.
- I often get asked my favorite country, I have to go with Croatia, it truly stole my heart.
- I lived in Barcelona for 4 months while studying abroad and I can’t wait to go back to my other home in about two weeks!
What is your favorite travel movie?
Honestly I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for My Life in Ruins with Nia Vardalos. It’s what initially sparked my desire to go to Greece, which I did back in 2015!
What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever had during a trip?
Oh god, with my luck there’s so many. One time I was in Bordeaux, France and once I found my hostel it appeared to be completely deserted. No one was at reception, all the doors were locked, lights off. I found wifi and called my mom for help (moms always help) and she booked me a nice hotel down the street. Still one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever been to and I still thank her to this day for that experience.
Ever had something go wrong while traveling?
On this trip, I went to Norway in order to do two specific hikes, and I had two days to do them. The weather totally didn’t cooperate with me for the first hike, and the second hike opened for tourism the day after I left Norway (while researching, it said that the hike would open in June, so I went in June, but it didn’t open until June 10th, I left the 9th – still bitter). Made a backup plan to see some famous street art, to find a van parked in front of it. Read the whole story here.
If you could travel with only one person, who would it be and why?
Kara. Ann. Schweid. My absolute best friend on this planet and my soul mate. We’d be married if I wasn’t gay. We grew up together in our hometown of Rochester, NY and went to middle school and high school together. Despite not having lived in the same city for 5 years, we still talk every day and see each other as much as possible. If I could spend every day with her, abroad or at home, I would. You can see her profile at @karaschweid on instagram.
How has traveling changed your life? Why do you travel?
That’s a very deep question. It’s brought me to places I’ve both dreamed about and never thought I’d be. It consistently drops my jaw and makes my heart race. There’s nothing quite like seeing a new place on this earth. That’s what traveling is for me: seeing as much of this earth as possible. For some people it’s culture, for some it’s adrenaline, for some it’s people. I love all of those things, don’t get me wrong, and I love seeing and experiencing those aspects of travel and search them out, but really for me, is what does the earth look like at this spot on the globe? And I find my adventure by finding out.
How do you fight homesickness?
Um…I’m still trying to figure this one out! I hadn’t ever felt homesick in any of my recent adventures. Either too short or I had friends with me there. This time, traveling alone, I’ve started to feel somewhat lonely and homesick recently. I almost gave up and booked a flight home. I tried my best to fight it off by texting my friends and family, but it’s not quite the same. I think what works best for me is getting really active and appreciative in whatever destination I’m in. When else will I be here again? Who knows? So let’s have a busy day and I’ll probably forget I’m even alone. Also, sometimes when I’m with people I find that I like having the total freedom and control over my agenda (and budget!)
How long would you survive the zombie apocalypse and how?
TBH I’d probably start that shit.
What are your top 5 travel bucket list items?
This is tough but I’ll do my best, in no particular order
- The Great Pyramids of Giza (on my itinerary for this trip!!)
- Lima and Machu Picchu, Peru
- Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia during the wet season for the reflection effect
- Palawan, Philippines (on my itinerary for this trip!!)
- Petra, Jordan
City or countryside and why?
For living, I’m more of a small city kinda guy. I grew up in Rochester, NY which was a touch small for me, and then moved to Boston for college. I loved the size of Boston, not too big and a TON to do. For travel, I love both, I really love hiking and national parks and I also really love seeing a big city with a lot of landmarks. I will say that I sometimes get frustrated with those tourist hubs (for example, on this trip I didn’t love Milan). While I’m usually fine with touristy places, some things can just get a bit overwhelming.
What’s the most beautiful places you’ve ever visited?
I can’t pick just one. A few are Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, Tatra Mountains National Park in Poland, Galapagos Islands, Fiji, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia.
I nominate two blogs (sorry, I’m so new to this blogging this that I don’t know many other startups!)
Answer these questions:
- What inspired you to start blogging?
- How long have you been blogging?
- Lex – how do you find the inspiration for all your confidence? Besides being absolutely stunning because we can’t all have perfect genes
- Cassie – what has been your favorite destination?
- What are the best moments in life that inspire your blog posts?
- What is the favorite thing you’ve ever published to your blog, your instagram, or any other social media platform?
- If you couldn’t be a blogger, what would be your occupation?
- What do you do if/when internet trolls start harassing you? How do you move past it?
- What is it about travel (you too Lex) that inspires you to keep doing it?
- What’s the next destination you have in mind?