The Outstanding Blogger Award Leighton Travels
Source: Chalk & Cheese Travels

Some time back, Michelle and Richard from Chalk & Cheese Travels nominated me for “The Outstanding Blogger Award.” Their nomination actually came just right after Leighton from Leighton Travel’s nomination, which I’ve graciously accepted and have already published a post on it. While it would’ve been economical to have combined the nominations from both bloggers in one post, I thought it would be more considerate to take time to do one post at a time to show my appreciation for both bloggers. That said, thanks, Michelle and Richard!

PS This is the third nomination I’ve gotten within six months. Crazy to believe, but I’m always flattered whenever I receive a nomination. Thank you, thank you! 🙂


  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate up to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination.


1. What is your number one destination you have ever been to? And why?

Tough question, but instinctively, I’ll have to go with Romania. I had little expectation going in, but my week-long travel in the Eastern European country ended up blowing me away! I was pleasantly-surprised by the natural beauty of its Carpathian Mountains, the hospitality of the people, and the hearty, affordable cuisine. I would go back in a heartbeat!

2. What is your most useful accessory you take when travelling and couldn’t do without?

A packet (or two) of tissues. I tend to have a runny nose, so I constantly have to blow my nose whenever I’m out and about. Plus, I can use tissues as toilet paper when public bathrooms are out, and I can also use them to hold onto food as I eat them when I don’t have access to soap or hand sanitizer. Tissues are a severely-underrated accessory that many people often forget to pack, and I say stock up when you can!

3. When travelling do you prefer a hotel stay or Airbnb style holiday?

I’m fine with both, but if I had to choose, I’d go for hotels. I like having a sterile-like environment, in which I have service to change sheets and clean the bathroom every day; there’s nothing quite like returning after a long, exhausting day of sightseeing to have a clean place to rest. Call me spoiled, but if I can afford it, I’d go with hotels!

4. Who is your favorite blogger you follow and why?

I’m going to be cheesy here and say that I like ALL of you whom I follow. Each and every one of you have different perspectives to share on travel and life, and it’s really insightful to read your posts to get to know you. All of you are awesome, and stay awesome!

5. Who inspires you the most?

It’s the travelers whom I’ve met on my travels, those in the blogging community, or both. I consider myself well-traveled, but I’m always in awe of those who’ve been to more places than myself, as well as places where I haven’t gone yet. I love hearing their stories of their times in countries I’m dying to go to (e.g. Singapore, Argentina, the Ukraine…), and they inspire me to reach those places when I can travel again.

6. What goals have you set yourself this year? Do you feel you can achieve them?

I don’t have any big travel goals this year, as we’re still in a global pandemic, but career-wise, I hope to have the option to work from home and take at least one trip out of the state before the year’s end. I think it’s possible to reach both goals, but we’ll have to see!

7. Do you have a set routine when planning out blog posts?

Yes! I’m very much a planner, and I also have plenty of post ideas which exceed just how many I publish. I aim to publish one post a week (occasionally, I do twice a week), and I try to mix up the themes of the posts at hand, e.g. destination posts, itinerary planning, blog awards, poetry…as of now, I publish every Wednesday, so you can expect new posts to be out then!

Thank you for reading! I won’t nominate any particular bloggers, but you’re more than welcome to answer the questions I ask down below:

1. Are you more of a nature or city-break type of traveler, and why?

2. Name your favorite French dessert.

3. If you could eat only one cuisine for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

4. Tell me one book you’ve read that changed your life.

5. How do you stay in shape (bonus points if you have some tips!)?

6. Describe the first time you traveled solo. Was it a good or bad experience?

7. What is your alcoholic drink of choice?

Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great day!

— Rebecca


44 thoughts on “The Outstanding Blogger Award 3

  1. Rebonjour and Congratulations on the award! I agree with your point about traveling with tissues. I wrote in a blog post how they can be fun, inexpensive, and useful souvenirs of your travels if you pick up a few packs of mouchoirs that are labeled in different languages, for example. To answer question 7: I like margaritas.🍹Best of luck on reaching your goals for this year!

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    1. I never thought that mouchoirs could be souvenirs, but you make a good point: they’re all the more meaningful if they come from the countries you visit! Margaritas are delicious; I wish I could have one right now (at work)! 😆 Thanks for your support, Darlene!

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    1. Romania is severely-underrated, but highly worth a visit! The Carpathian Mountains truly are wondrous and should be seen at least once in one’s lifetime. Glad you have the same sentiment about this Eastern European country!


    1. It would be wonderful for you to visit your family’s homeland; even though I don’t come from a Romanian background, I still appreciated just how stunning its nature was, especially the Carpathian Mountains. Hope you can make it over one day!

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  2. Congratulations, Rebecca! Another use for tissues: saving a seat for yourself at the street food markets in Singapore while you go up to the stall to order and buy your food 🙂 In answer to #2, I think it’d have to be a tarte aux framboises for me (with a fondant au chocolat coming in close second!).

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    1. Yes, I’ve heard it’s a Singaporean thing to do that at the hawker centres! Will need to flex that tissue-seat saving muscle should I head over to Singapore…tarte aux framboises is one of my favorite French pâtisseries; great minds think alike!

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  3. Congratulations Rebecca! I agree with the tissues, you never know when they’ll come in handy. Same with wet wipes. If I could eat one cuisine for the rest of my life, it would have to be vietnamese! There’s so many choices and I get the best of both worlds with noodle and rice dishes.

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    1. Now, wet wipes are really underrated; they didn’t cross my mind until now! They’re perfect for removing makeup and refreshing your face, all the while feeling clean. Vietnamese cuisine is delicious; I haven’t had too much of it, but it’s growing on me!

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  4. Congratulations, Rebecca. Romania just got bumped higher on my list. I wouldn’t say reading Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue changed my life, per se, but in addition to being a fascinating read, it introduced me to the world of Bill Bryson, one of my favorite authors, so I guess it changed a tiny corner of my life.

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    1. I hope you can visit Romania someday; it’s not too far off from the Balkans, where you’re now stationed! I’ve not heard of Bill Bryson, but the book’s title sounds fascinating to check out! Currently looking for new things to read, so thanks for that!

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      1. Actually, I’m stationed (so to speak) in Minnesota, but wouldn’t mind being stationed (so to speak) in the Balkans… at least temporarily! 😆 Bryson is a great and funny travel writer, but he’s done other genres as well.

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      2. Ah, my apologies! I confused you for another blogger who’s currently in Montenegro. Although technically, Minnesota is closer to Romania than where I am, in Los Angeles… 😉

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  5. Congrats on the award!! I really want to visit Romania now ahahah! I compltely agree with you on the hotel thing as well, but I would have to add that it is also because I absolutely love the buffet-style hotel breakfasts, where you get to eat pretty much everything! 😁
    And, if I could only eat one cuisine I would definitely go for Italian!

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    1. Given that you’re in Europe, Romania is just a plane ride away! It’s true that hotels offer that buffet-style breakfast, although I will say that some hostels offer them, too: the difference is that hostels tend to only serve continental (i.e. cold) breakfasts while hotels may have the option of hot meals. Italian food is rich and delicious; I recently started craving pesto dishes, and I’m thinking of making pesto again!

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  6. Congratulations! Romania’s in my bucket list, I hope I can go there too!
    If there’s only one cuisine I’d eat for the rest of my life I’d go for Korean food. Can’t get enough of their banchan =)

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