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Liebster Blog Award!

This past week I was hard at work in Mexico’s Riviera Maya checking out a bunch of awesome hotels and doing lots of yoga on the beach. (A tough gig I know…)

I was thrilled to return home with lots of new family beach vacation ideas to find that I’d been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award! A huge thanks to Mandie Sanders of Rambling Mandie  for the nomination. I loved reading through her awesome blog, especially this post about pushing through the sometimes tough times when traveling. We’ve all been there! Thanks so much for the nomination Mandie.

So what is the Liebster Blogging Award all about?

The Liebster Award is basically passed around the blogging community, with bloggers nominating other bloggers. While there are a number of different sets of “rules” out there surrounding this award, the general idea is that this blogging award is simply a way of getting to know each other and spread the word about cool new blogs.

Here’s how it works:

  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
  • Answer the eleven questions they ask you.
  • Nominate other bloggers
  • Ask those bloggers eleven questions.
  • Let the bloggers know they’ve been nominated so they can continue the chain!

What’s not to love?

For a professional traveler like me, it was funny that I really had to think carefully about some of these questions below. With a lifetime of travel memories, it’s always hard to narrow things down to just one experience.

Anyway, here are my answers. Learn something new about me here!

What is your most memorable travel moment?? Crazy hard question to answer, but watching the sun rise over the African savannah is always a highlight. I’ve done this more times than I can count, so can’t point to just one morning, but this is a very special experience everyone needs to have in their lifetime!

Do you prefer to visit popular attractions or get off the beaten path? Both!

If Hollywood was to make a movie about your life, which actor/actress would you want to play you?? I have no idea, maybe I’d give acting a go and play myself!

If you could live anywhere in the world for 1 year, where would it be?? Anywhere with a beautiful white-sand beach and 80-degree weather year round.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?? I LOVE food and have had some amazing meals. Because it’s fresh in my mind, I’d probably say street tacos in Mexico.

How did you choose your blog name and what does it mean to you?? I chose my blog name after spending a week at the beach with my family. Going into the trip we were all exhausted and just needed a break. We spent a week laughing, relaxing, unplugging and reconnecting and it was just magical. From the very beginning, my mission at A Week at the Beach has been to encourage and inspire families to travel more … and I really love the beach!

Have you ever had a major travel fail?? I rented a condo in Vail, CO for my husbands birthday a while ago. It was one of my first VRBO rentals and it was a major fail. It was SO awful and disgusting. He still gives me a hard time about that one.

What’s on top of your travel bucket list? ?Peru, Turks & Caicos, Greece, and Bali

What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?? Traveling more with my children.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?? Wine?

What is the #1 way in which travel has changed you? Travel makes you realize there is more to life than the American dream, the 9-5, and the way everyone else does “life”. It makes you realize that it IS totally possible to live your dreams and build a life that is what YOU want, not just what everyone else is doing. It’s one of the only ways to truly live in the moment, and that’s why travel is an addiction for so many of us. Once you’ve traveled extensively, it changes you and changes the way you live your life – for the better!

And I’d like to thank the academy….

So in true acceptance speech format, I’m dedicating my Leibster award to the upcoming TBEX in Cancun. This will be my first TBEX conference and I can’t wait!

Are you going to be there? Leave me a comment below if you’re going to be at TBEX Cancun this September. I’d love to connect in person!

I nominate the following awesome bloggers, all ladies who I hear may be attending TBEX in Cancun, for the Liebster Blogging Award!

Samantha Scott of Wanderlust and Lipstick’s Wanderfood blog

Jennifer Evans of the Venturists

Tara Wilson at Pint Sized Pilot

Dawn Jorgenson at The Incidental Tourist

Christy at Sweet and Savoring

And here are my questions for you:

1. What and where is your favorite hotel?

2. Who is your favorite travel companion?

3. What is your favorite mode of transportation?

4. What was your first “real” travel adventure?

5. How many stamps are in your (current) passport?

6. Name one destination you have no interest in visiting.

7. What do you want to be when you grow up?

8. How many flights have you taken so far this year?

9. What is your favorite piece of luggage?

10. What is one item you never travel without?

11. Are you going to TBEX Cancun?!

Thanks again for nominating me Mandie and I look forward to meeting everyone in September! Will you be there? Leave me a comment below!

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