As some of you know, Brown Gal Trekker has been nominated for the Liebster Award by Ana from Travels of Plushy. Ana is an expat who is living in Paris and blogs about her adventures near or far. Check her blog out for some great travel inspiration. Thanks Ana for the wonderful nomination!
What’s Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is a perpetual chain of nominations, where established bloggers encourage and support the new ones by promoting them through this award. You can look at it as “pay it forward.”
The rules are as follows:
Post the award on your blog so everybody knows how awesome you are.
Publicly thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
Answer their questions about yourself, feel free to add photos!
Nominate 5 – 10 people with less than 1000 followers, inform them via social media.
Write your own set of questions for your nominees.
I was asked to answer some questions. So, here goes.
How would you define your travel style? Active adventure on mountain trails, mostly solo. I am a mix between the budget global backpacker and the wilderness trekker/backpacker. My focus is to trek as many mountain trails possible worldwide. But not only for pleasure but also for business as I scout off the beaten path trails in order to promote them via my social enterprise called, Peak Explorations, and my non-profit organization, Trails Without Borders. Both entities aim to connect mountain hikers/trekkers to lesser known trails while supporting the region’s local tourism. Hence, as much as I am an island girl by birth (as a Filipina), my heart belongs to mountain trekking with a mission to share the passion with other adventure seekers while making a positive impact on mountain communities worldwide. In addition, the BGT blog itself promotes inclusion of diverse women in the outdoors with the hope of inspiring them to venture out solo or with others.
What was your process of becoming a travel blogger? I started out with a few informal blogs prior to the current one. Looking back, it was necessary to go through years of writing to find my own identity as a blogger. It has been a unique journey to finally get a better sense as to what makes me who I am as a travel blogger. Being a successful travel blogger goes beyond simply writing. A significant part of it requires narrowing down your true voice. If there’s any hint of doubt on how you brand yourself, then it’s likely this will create confusion among your readers/followers. I take the role as an important responsibility to encourage and inspire others to travel, or more appropriately, trek that mountain!
Which region of the Globe do you prefer to travel to? Most certainly a place with mountains. To be more specific, I’m fond of the Himalayas. There is a spiritual sense to the experience that I haven’t experienced in other trekking destinations, so much so, that I have initiated a project whereby a few mountaineering friends and I will be trekking the entire length of the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal (1700 kilometers) for the purpose of publishing a book that touches on the unique stories in this part of the world as told by the locals themselves. It is a huge endeavor but this will be an educational experience for the project that I have in the Philippines, which is to promote the trekking tourism that is currently underway based on the creation of its very first long distance trail called, Cordillera Great Traverse.
What’s your most interesting experience abroad? Randomly, I hiked with a 1 year old terrier dog once. This was in Croatia where we climbed up to the third highest peak of the country. The dog, who I now fondly call, Furry Gal Trekker, by her own choice followed me on the trail. She lives in a mountain hut in Paklenica National Park. Furry Gal and I trekked for 11 hours which included scrambling over boulders and a few minutes of being lost. The next morning as I was about to leave, I heard Furry Gal crying. I had to say goodbye many times on my trips but this was one of the most emotionally difficult farewells that I had to do. I do plan to visit her one day and do more hiking. If only she can write a blog, she would then be a perfect hiking buddy.
Your favourite top 3 photos you took?
Tough question to answer as I have plenty of favorites. But here are some of them that I highlight because of the magical experience of being there.
REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA’S LAGODEKHI
TIBET’S EVEREST BASE CAMP
Which country has the best food so far? Italy. Cliche, but so true. And the worst? Dehydrated food on the trails. The good thing is when you eat dehydrated food, all the meals in all countries you visit taste amazing.
What is your favourite book or film related to travel? I have read most of the books written by Paolo Coehlo. His writing is not directly related to travel but his power of imagination often renders me feeling as if I’m in another place. That’s how good writing should feel and he does just that. Film-wise, I’m always watching adventure documentaries for inspiration. There are so many of them to even name a specific one.
To be or not to be: the mountain or the sea? No doubt, mountains. I believe we find some kind of connection while we travel or trek. For me, the mountains move me to reconnect with my creativity at a much deeper level than I typically experience anywhere else. It’s also a haven of peace and clarity for my mind and spirit.
Would you support a cause while traveling? I am doing so already through my social enterprise, Peak Explorations, LLC, and my non-profit organization, Trails Without Borders. Both constitute the heart of why I wish to live a life of travel and trekking. The mission is to promote sustainable local tourism in remote mountain regions globally and to connect avid hikers from the U.S. with an authentic trekking experience. A lesser recognized fact is that tourism can impact the lives of the locals when foreigners visit. As travelers, I believe we have the moral duty to be responsible and mindful of our impact on the lives of the people in the places we go.
Share an advice for fellow travelers. Follow your deepest desires. Beyond just the traveling, I believe we all yearn for a specific purpose or intention in life. Don’t travel to a point where you lose track of your true desires. If you wish to be married and have a family one day, it’s okay to settle down and discontinue your travels. Marriage and family can be a new set of adventure on its own. Or, if your heart desires being in the mountains walking on foot, then you do that, even if it means for a lifetime. Traveling is a means to an end. It is never the finish line. Living life is the “travel” we are doing, in essence. It’s just that most of us don’t awaken to such an honest perception of life that easily.
My Nominees for the Liebster Award are:
- Anu from the Travelling Toes, who spent a year in Sri Lanka and has now been traveling for 7 years in lieu of the good old cubicle. Follow her journey from trekking to beach hopping and other adventures in-between.
- Sassy of Strictly Sassy, who is based in the west coast of the U.S. with a passion for hiking and photography. Check out her stunning photos and adventures on the mountain trails.
- Will and Kate from The Life Nomadic, who have lived in 5 different countries in their lifetime. Now, they are traveling on the Pan-American Highway. Follow their zany adventures on their blog!
- Baz of What Should Baz Do?, who is a free-spirited man-child with adventure, exploring & surprise on his mind. He feels most alive when in unknown surroundings that present a new experience or challenge; hence, he allows readers to dictate where he should go next!
- Punita of 100 Cobbled Roads, who launched the first human resources magazine in India, but decided after 17 years to walk away from that life to travel the world. You can follow her travel stories and be inspired at the same time by her guts to live the unconventional life of traveling.
- Whitney of Whit’s Wilderness, who is a 6th generation Texan with a passion for the outdoors. Her blog is focused on women in the outdoors and will inspire to spend time outside hiking, kayaking, paddling and all that good nature stuff.
- Mike of Travel for Losers, who is dedicated to educating all of us travelers about blood types and the importance of educating ourselves about the resources available worldwide that will assist in the event of any health emergencies. Travel for Losers aims to promote this unique mission and also to provide travel tips and travel stories for inspiration.
- Arnav of Eat, Travel, Live & Repeat, who is an engineer by profession who has chosen to spend his life traveling where he notes his adventures in travel and food. Arnav has been traveling most of his life; now finally, he gets to document the adventures in writing.
- Marcie from Marcie in Mommyland, who juggles life as a mom and traveling. She is the go to person definitely for mommies out there with kids and has had a few well-noted publications to date.
- Chantell of Travel for Your Life, who takes a more practical approach and focuses on helping people with plotting routes around countries and how to get between places. She also published a book by the same name.
My Questions for the Nominees
Now that you have been chosen for the Liebster Award, I’m passing on the baton for you all to answer the following questions:
- Name one thing that inspired you the most to compel you start a travel blog?
- If a reader asked for advise on where to go and what to do over a period of 6 months, what would you advise & why?
- How do you see your life 3 years from now?
- What challenges so far have you run into with your travel blog and how did you address them?
- How are you able to financially sustain a life of traveling?
- Name an experience that you enjoyed but will never want to experience again or wish on someone else?
- What is your impression of Brown Gal Trekker’s blog and what recommendations do you have, if any, in terms improving the site?
- Besides the obvious which is giving others travel advise, how else do you believe your blog is making an intangible impact on people’s lives?
- What is your favorite country so far, and why?
- What is the most memorable trip you’ve done so far?
Cheers to all you travelers! I thoroughly enjoyed you guys’ level of passion and the uniqueness that you bring to the world. Keep on traveling…. or trekking, whichever suits you best.
-Brown Gal Trekker