I don’t think I have ever been nominated for an award before. I’m not really one of those people that naturally attracts luck unlike my Grandmother (or Grannyma as she is affectionately called), who seems to magically play the pokies or place a trifecta bet on the horses and ta-dah, she’s a winner! So, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a nomination from the lovely Charlie (Reaching 30 Before 30), for The Versatile Blogger Award.
Charlie is a fellow travel blogger and has a great little hook – she set herself the awesome task of travelling to 30 destinations before reaching the age of 30 and has surpassed her goal. I love that whenever I post a “anyone got any recommendations” post on Twitter, Charlie is always right in there with a “here’s my post on…you just have to go”!
So, about this award; it was created by bloggers for bloggers and encourages us to get to know each other by revealing seven things about ourselves others may not know. So, here we go…
1. I was always destined to have a heart that belonged in two countries. I was born in Australia to an Australian Mother and a British Father. As my 21st birthday approached, I remember realising a big-ticket birthday was coming my way, so I asked my Mum and Dad for a return flight to London. I don’t really know 100% why I wanted to go to London, but I had never wanted to go anywhere more. So, my birthday came around and I was given my cake and a return flight to the United Kingdom, and I couldn’t have been happier. Off to London I jetted, touching down at the beginning of September 2004. I was due to depart in the December of that year. Much to my parent’s dismay, I never did board that return flight and it has now been 14 years since! (Don’t worry, I can assure you have been back many times over the years to visit my family and friends, and Australia will always be one of my two homes).
2. I’m concerned that I look like a pug. This is kind of true, and here is why: I’m sure some of you will know about Smithers, my faithful amigo who is a very gorgeous seven-year-old Pug. He has been my rock since moving to London. We’ve been side by side through ups and downs and he is always there to give me a cuddle and an eye-sniff whenever I need one (does anyone else have a Pug and can relate to the eye-sniff, or is it just Smithers and I??). Where was I going with this…on yes, so you know the whole thing about people looking like their dogs? Well, Smithers is a squishy-faced Pug, so by default according to the theory I must look like him too! Si (my equally as lovely, but not squishy-faced boyfriend), assures me that’s not the case. But I have to tell you, we do have a lot of similarities including the following:
- He has laboured breathing – I’m an asthmatic.
- He’s always fast asleep and hates being disturbed – I wish I was always fast asleep and hate being disturbed.
- We’re both kind of lone rangers, but love each other’s company… Ok, I’m going to leave it there before you think I’m crazy dog-girl. Possibly too late!
3. I was a late bloomer. By that, I mean I didn’t take the traditional path to academic success. Whilst most of my high school buddies went off to uni to pursue further studies, I was hard at work in the fashion industry trying to make my name as a working Model. To be fair, I was enrolled at the Australian Catholic University when I was 17, however soon deferred after securing ongoing extra work on the set of the Scooby Doo Film. It wasn’t until I moved to London, and at the age of 25 that I decided to give uni another go. I can’t say for certain why I suddenly wanted to go, because it certainly has had no baring over my career (I had already made the transition from Fashion to Banking and was established as an Event Planner by that stage). I think I did it to make my parents proud. After five very long, hard years of part-time study, I finally received my BA (Hons) English Language and Literature Degree at the age of 30.
4. My first trip abroad was to Tokyo. I think I was 18 when I secured my first overseas modelling contract there. I remember arriving and being totally emotionally unprepared for the independence required to live and work abroad. But I was a quick learner and really embraced the Japanese culture and on the weekends when I wasn’t working I tried to get out and see as much of Japan as I could.
5. I have been to 34 countries across 5 continents. I think like all travel bloggers, I’m on a mission to see the whole big-wide world, ticking off one country at a time. These are the countries I have visited so far.
Antigua & Barbuda
Korea, Republic of South Korea
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
6. I am a talented gymnast. Or not – definitely not. I remember this one time when I was about five, I popped next door to visit our neighbour and her grandson. We were out in the garden mucking about and was climbing over a brick retainer wall, next thing I knew the wall gave way beneath me as I swung my leg up over the top. As I was about to descend the other side, the whole thing came tumbling down on top of me. The result – two broken legs!!!
7. I was 23 the first time I went on “holiday”. Yep, it’s true. So, I had obviously been abroad to work and had seen different parts of the world, however it wasn’t until I went to Santorini when was I was 23, that I had my first ever leisure holiday. As you can imagine, I’ve gotten the knack for travelling for fun since then and am grateful to have had to opportunity to travel for both work and pleasure.
Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award
- Thank the person who nominated you — Charlie (Reaching 30 Before 30)
- Share seven facts about yourself
- Nominate up to fifteen others for the Versatile Blogger Award
- Ellie – The Wandering Quinn
- Monica – The Travel Hack
- Jayne – Girl Tweets World
- Isabella – Isabella Noble
- Jodie – Ala Jode
- Aggie – Travel in Her Shoes
- Kristin – Be My Travel Muse
- Christine – Tour de Lust
- Marcella & Tim – A World with You
For those of you who don’t know, The Versatile Blogger Award was created by bloggers to give to other bloggers. If nominated, you have received the award and are tasked with passing it on, by nominating other bloggers. It shows the incredible amount of support in the community! No question about blogging is ever ‘too silly’ or weird, and this award helps you get to know the people behind their blog and/or brand. We are so humbled to have received this!
It’s been a huge honour to be recognised and nominated by a fellow blogger. And I love how close this community of fellow writers is. I have really enjoyed getting to know more about you all, and hope that my readers have also enjoyed getting to know me more. Thanks again to Charlie for the nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Until next time, safe travels.
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