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We Received A Liebster Award!

In Blog by Erin Hardie1 Comment

Well that’s nice! Melàànie of BRB Travel Blog fame (check out her wanderlustworthy travel photography on her blog here and her Instagram here!) has very kindly awarded Downbubble Travels a Liebster Award! This award is an initiative between the blogging community to recognise and showcase new blogs. As part of the award’s intentions to showcase and introduce new bloggers, below I answer Melàànie’s six questions so that you my readership get to know a little more about the blogger behind the curtain (so to speak!) If you enjoy my answers then you’ll be sure to want to check out some more new and upcoming bloggers who I am nominating next!

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1. Why did you start blogging?

This all began largely thanks to our very bossy parents. With Ryan’s keen love of web design and my passion for writing plus our mutually shared love of travel our parents just couldn’t let well enough alone insisting we start a blog. So we did, and even though it often feels like they are our sole readership of four, it’s been a lot of fun and very rewarding.

A picture of our parents

You can thanks these lovely dorks for our blog…

2. Out of all the countries you have visited, which one did you like the most?

Such a dreaded question, how can I choose!? They’re all my favourites! But I think Mexico will take the win for me. If you’ve not travelled to Mexico before you may be surprised like I was by how truly vast Mexico is. And due to this geographical vastness Mexico really has something for everyone. Whether its little cut-into the mountain villages like Taxco, foodie culture centres like Oaxaca, tropical beaches and nightlife in Puerto Escondido, chill-out beaches and nature on islands like Holbox and Isla Mujeres or history and cenotes just outside of Pueblos Mágicos like Valladolid, like I said: truly something for everyone! And what, I hear you ask is a Pueblo Mágico? This is the Mexican Tourism Board’s program of “Magical Towns” if you base your list of places to visit off this list you will NOT be disappointed, truly these places are (like all of Mexico is) enchanting!


If you weren’t sure: this is a cenote. They’re naturally occurring open or closed cave pools, very surreally beautiful!

3. Airplane or Train?

Train. No contest its got to be a train! We did the math one very relaxed train journey and came to the realisation that although internal flights for example can usually be as low as an hour or less in flight time you have to take the “sunk (time) costs” of air travel into consideration too. That is how long is it to travel to the airport, airports are usually outside of the city centre where you stay, so say at least half an hour on both sides of your journey. Then add the mandatory arrival at the airport by at least an hour or two before. Suddenly a sub 1 hour flight time works out to be more like 3 – 4 hours total, which is typically more than taking a nice comfortable domestic train journey. We did trains all around Spain as far as we could go, from Barcelona down to Cadiz. This was right near the end of a six month non-stop stint of European travels. It was without a doubt the most relaxed part of our trip, and not just because the Spanish culture favours a bit of a sleep-in and plenty of vino with dinner 😉 I’d say the train travels had their part to play too. Highly recommend!

Plaza de Espana Seville

We got to the gorgeous Plaza de Espana in Seville by train

4. What’s your travel style (off the beaten path, popular sites, sand and sun, adventure, nature-lover, etc.)?

Now we don’t want to be that guy, you know the one when asked about their taste in say music is like “oh I like everything”, but… we have to say, yes, a bit of everything! We don’t want to sound greedy but we kind of want to experience it all! And personally I think if you define yourself too clearly then you leave no room for spontaneity. Everyone who travels a lot champions how important spontaneity is to creating those life-lasting memories. We for example in Crete had accommodation for 14 nights in Hersonissos and rented a car to get out exploring around the island. We took what was supposed to be a day trip down to the hippy beach town Matala, and absolutely fell in love with the vibe there. So we put ourselves in the hands of fate, walked up to the coolest cliffside hotel in town with a nightly budget of 70 euros to stay and what do you know!? The hotel room asking price was exactly 70 euros a night. So we called the car rental company, bought some toothbrushes and stayed two nights. That’s the stuff that life-lasting memories are made of!

Matala bars along the cliff's edge over the ocean

It looks like something out of pirates of the Carribean! Pictured our favourite reggae bar and favourite hotel hang off the cliff’s edge over the clear ocean

5. What do you hope to accomplish through your blog

We’re not for world domination or anything! Just building a small but engaged readership (beyond our parents) would be super rewarding as we want to share our stories and hear from others too. As I said above, we want to experience it all! But getting everywhere around the world takes the advice and know-how of many. We look forward to being a part of the community, sharing and heeding advice to make the most of our opportunities to travel!

6. What is your favourite dish?

This is difficult although I often give this thought in the context of the “desert island” paradigm ie if the desert island were without any food but one, what food could you imagine yourself eating for all eternity without going stir f**king crazy. Then I start thinking well what about nutrition? Does it make for a well-balanced diet!? Then I realise I’m giving it waaaaay too much thought (it’s a hypothetical!) So, I’ll go with a plain old ham & cheese (or jamón y queso to make it sound fancier!) sandwich! Which to be fair when travelling through Cuba and Spain I ate daily (usually at breakfast time and sometimes even twice a day!) and always woke up craving again the next day. Groundhog day made good!

Cuban street scene

Cuba was everything we had hoped for – truly a time capsule from the fifties!

I will be nominating
  • The Foreign Local Travel Blog – a twenty-something who has set out to conquer the world in no particular order.
  • Travel with Rahul – A blogger and budding travel photographer who has started his journey by conquering his home country of India before eventually the world!
  • Bite Sized Happiness – This foodie blog focuses on treats and lifestyle from a standpoint of good nutrition. The author is a close personal friend whose food I can recommend having tasted it many times – she’s got that elusive culinary “it-factor”!  
  • The Lone Traveller – Another good friend of the travel blogging variety. Hayley has travelled to well over 100 countries before deciding to start recording some of the many things she’s learned during her extensive travels.
  • The Travelling Sociologist – A well travelled blogger who shares her travel stories blogging in her off hours with a focus on really getting to know the culture of the places she visits.
  • Nomad Plans – Two ex-teachers that gave it all up (sold the house, quit their jobs!) to become time (and adventure!) rich! Now they travel the world sharing via their blog what it’s like “to dance to your own tune”.
Here are the rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Respond to the questions provided by the the blogger who nominated you to the award
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have small readership.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)
  8. Post a comment in the comments of –> the award post <– so your post and blog can be viewed.

That’s all folks! Thanks for reading and celebrating our award with us! We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about us two crazy cats behind the curtain. Cheers, Erin & Ryan.

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