The Outstanding Blogger Award

This week, I was shocked and flattered to receive a notification from Aiva a.k.a. Our Crossings that I had been highlighted on her page and nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award.

Aiva has been a consistent supporter of my little blog and it blows my mind that someone halfway across the world reads about my travels! I have to give a HUGE thank you to her, not only for the nomination but for her support and lovely comments that mean the world to me. The best part of this nomination was the opportunity to get to know her better as she answered the questions from her THREE nominations.

She said it perfectly, “bloggers need other bloggers.” Sharing the journey with other bloggers who understand the dedication and, frankly, bravery that blogging takes is what makes this such a great community.

The Award Rules

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.

My Answers to Aiva’s Questions

1. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?

Before we moved down to South Carolina, I was all about Free Little Libraries and I’ve recently been exclusively reading books that I found in my Minneapolis neighborhood. The last book I read was Hush by Kate White. It wasn’t the greatest story I’ve ever read and some of the events are a little unbelievable but it definitely had me hooked until the very end and I think I finished it in just a few days. If you like guilty pleasure reads, this might be one to check out!

I was out walking in Beaufort yesterday and found Little Fires Everywhere in a Free Little Library and I can’t wait to start reading it.

2. When you travel to the far corners of the earth, do you feel like the world shrinks or grows?

Am I allowed to say both? That’s probably cheating but I think traveling can make you feel more aware and connected to the planet and therefore making it feel smaller but I also believe that the more you see, the more you realize that there is so much more to see.

Inca Trail

3. Does traveling make you a better person?

I believe that traveling can make you a better person but not everyone travels for the same reason. If you’re like me and travel for the experience, you’re probably going to come back from your trips with a new appreciation for our planet and empathy for the creatures inhabiting it. I think there is another faction of people who travel for vacation, relaxation or entertainment purposes and they might not be on the types of trips that truly change people for the better.

4. What’s the longest plane ride you have ever been on?

Well, if we’re talking direct flights my longest was probably from New York City to Paris or Amsterdam. I think both of those flights are around 7 hours.

But if we count multiple stops, I think my trip to Lima, Peru consisted of traveling for about 15 hours straight.


5. If you were offered a one-way ticket to go on your dream adventure tomorrow, what would you say?

Can I bring my dog?

6. If you wrote a novel, what would it be about?

I personally don’t think I have strong enough writing skills to complete a novel (ironic that blogging is my hobby) but to spring-board off of my last answer, I think I would only be able to write about things I know, so maybe my novel would be about a girl and her dog. I love reading books that have elements of magic and folklore so there would definitely need to be a little of that. Ideally, the dog would be able to live forever and communicate telepathically. See…novel writing is probably not my thing.

7. Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?

I do think I could live in another country for the rest of my life (I’m looking at you Costa Rica!) but I would definitely miss the United States and I feel very fortunate to live here.

Costa Rica

My Questions

  1. Where is your favorite place to be?
  2. What inspired you to start blogging?
  3. How did you choose the name for your blog?
  4. What’s your favorite way to explore a new place?
  5. How did you pass the time this past year?
  6. Link to a post that you are proud of.
  7. What are you looking forward to in 2021?

My nominations, in no particular order:

There is absolutely no pressure to participate! These tags aren’t everyone’s thing. Just know that you are appreciated and someone out there (me) thinks you are quite outstanding. :)

Travel with Intent

Retire in Branson

The Gen-X Travels

Best of the Midwest

Big Snacks Sarah

Rosie Culture

Love Traveling Blog

Handstands Around the World

Sunshine and Celandines

Living the Q Life


7 thoughts on “The Outstanding Blogger Award

  1. I am so glad to see that you decided to accept the nomination, Casey! How exciting. I loved reading your answers and learning more about you. When it comes to your blog, I love your authenticity and integrity. You don’t have to be Margaret Atwood to turn an ordinary subject into something interesting and/or useful. Thanks so much for participating. I am looking forward to check out the other bloggers you’ve nominated. Cheers and have a good day! Aiva :)

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