I always loved writing and since I can remember I had the urge to turn into pages the meaningful thoughts, decisions and events that happened in my life. And yes, at one point I also dreamed of becoming a writer but the awareness of me not being one of those natural talents who can easily compose a masterpiece dissolved the fantasy.
To me, writing means passion but it also means lots of work and endless revisions. So at one point, when I decided I wanted to try to be a travel blogger I could hear the voice in the back of my mind saying “oh come on Milla, even if you love it it doesn’t mean you are good at it.” It hurt and it did because it wasn’t a judgement coming from an expert, it was just a self-defense mechanism generated from my fear of failure. But instead of giving up I decided to fight my own concerns and give it a try.
So here I am, a brand new travel blogger with only a couple of months experience but loads of enthusiasm and the desire to turn a dream into my everyday life.
ABOUT THE VERSATILE BLOG AWARD
The purpose of this award is for bloggers to reward other bloggers who inspired them with their valuable contents, exceptional stories and/or writing skills.
When Rachael of Let’s Grow There nominated me I was speechless. Not only I didn’t know such a thing existed, but I never even considered receive a nomination for my blog in such a short time. And for those who think I’m making such a big fuss for a little recognition, I say “you are right, I haven’t been nominated for the Nobel Prize, but deep down these are the small things that keep us new bloggers motivated.”
Nowadays nearly everyone is giving blogging a try and it’s very easy to feel inadequate, especially at the beginning of such a complicated journey. That’s why I’m flattered for having been selected and I’m happy to nominate a few of my favorite travel bloggers.
Katalin and Karol of Our Life, Our Travels
They are a beautiful Polish-Hungarian couple who met in Finland in 2011 and traveled to many countries since then.
Mark and Miranda of The Common Wanderer
They are an Australian couple of writers/photographers that in 2015 swapped their everyday lives for something more extraordinary – a life on the road.
Kenyon and Forest of The Travel Gays
These 2 lovely American guys packed up their lives, bought one-way tickets to Melbourne, Australia, and decided to see how long they could make it in their newfound freedom.
Josie and Greg of The Backpack Library
These two English graduates share with the readers the wins, fails, and some terrible puns, as they try to provide practical advice for other backpackers travelling on a tight budget.
Kimberley and Jerry of Two Travelling Toques
They are a Canadian couple, married for 28 years, with a passion for travel. With their last child at home just finishing college, their plans are to sell the house and travel indefinitely.
Verena and Andy of Right Lost
Andy is a 28-year-old English geologist while Verena is Canadian and works in admin.
They have been travelling internationally individually for many years and together for the last couple of years, taking in as much of Europe as possible and doing longer trips further afield.
Leiha and Su of The Lulu Lifestyle
They are two funny friends eating their way around the world, living life, trying to be the best that they can be.
Abhinav of The Drifter
After working as Application Security Consultant for 5 years, he decided to quit his corporate job to pursue his desire of wanderlust.
Amy and Adam of The Wright Route
Amy is English while Adam is from Dubai. They met at University and have been globe-trotting ever since. They are currently working their way through the list at www.theworlds50best.com.
Colby of World of a Wanderer
Colby is currently in South Korea as an ESL Teacher while she continues to check countries off her Wanderlist, one adventure at a time.
Gracie of Ginger Paws Outdoor
She is a Filipina who has been always away from home, locally and internationally, trying to enjoy life wherever it leads her. An adventurous crazy cat lady who loves to travel and meet people (and animals) along the way.
Rachel from The Imagination Trail
She is a blogger, writer, dreamer, feminist and volcano-chaser. In 2016 she left a successful career as an academic librarian in the UK and gave up her home and most of her possessions to go travelling throughout Asia.
Fred of Fred Meets World
Backpacker, street food enthusiast, mobile photographer, on the writers’ diet of whisky, wonder, and words. Aimlessly wandering is his speciality.
Mary of Feet to Flight
It’s a travel site for trekkers and adventurers and sightseers. Mary is a teacher with a serious case of wanderlust that took her to 40 countries so far.
Terry and Maura of Terry & Maura’s Travel Blog
They are a couple from New Zealand who has been married for 30 years and now on a new journey to see more of the world. They have sold their home and given up their careers having decided there is more to life than chasing the corporate dollar.
7 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME…
1. I’m a music addicted and can’t go anywhere without having some good music in my ears. Favorite band: Mumford & Sons.
2. I’m a super sporty girl. If you want to seduce me just take me playing volleyball, tennis, hiking, skiing or whatever involves moving, sweating and having fun.
3. I could eat pizza every single day of my life. For real.
4. I’m a TV show addicted. Could watch 10 episodes in a row of How I met your mother, The Big Bang Theory, Desperate Housewives and so on.
5. I have an obsession for the color turquoise and would buy everything in that tint.
6. I have a watercolor tattoo on my right foot/ankle that represents a paper plan and the two words “hopeless wanderer”
7. For my high school degree, I asked my parents for a special gift, the only one I desperately wanted since I was a kid – a dog. They got me a Labrador called Penelope that I loved with all my heart and considered like a sister. I still didn’t recover after her sudden death back in 2007 and cry whenever I see a Labrador.
RULES OF THE AWARD
Like everything in life, even this award comes with a few simple rules.
1. Always thank who nominated you and share a link to their blog.
2. Choose 15 blogs/bloggers who inspire you, who you have been following for a while or just discovered.
3. Help people to get to know you better adding seven things about yourself you want to share with other bloggers.
Once nominated, you have officially received the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats!