Now that the holidays have come and gone and things have settled down a bit, I can get back to writing and sharing more of my stories with you guys! 2016 was a great year full of travel, discovering new things, and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. It was also a great year for my blog. Not only did I start my blog as a creative outlet to share my stories and ideas, but Out of the 306 was nominated for two awards by other amazing bloggers. Back in October, Juliana from Well Beyond the Travel nominated Out of the 306 for the Liebster Award. Then in November, I received a nomination from Kathy at Walkabout Wanderer for the Versatile Blogger Award. Kathy is an experienced traveller who has visited over 55 countries and counting! She shares her experiences and travel tips on her blog Walkabout Wanderer and strives to help backpackers make the most out of travel. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you’d like to follow along on her travels. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my travel tips and stories with other individuals who share my passion for travel and adventure. I’m even more thrilled to be recognized by such amazing blogs who have their own ideas on why travel is an important part of life.
What is the Versatile Blogger Award?
Now what is the Versatile Blogger Award you ask? The Versatile Blogger Award is awarded to blogs that have a high quality standard of writing, eye-catching photography, a uniqueness to the subjects covered and most of all, blogs that allow you to sense the passion and love put behind every word in a story and each photograph in a collection. In order to accept this award, I’m required to tell my readers 7 things about myself and nominate 15 other blogs that I enjoy reading, in order to share their talents with you.
7 Things you may not know about me
1. I’ve always had a passion for travel, but chose to put my education and career at the forefront of my early 20’s. I have now devoted my late 20’s to making up for my lack of international travel as a young adult (beyond the US and Mexico) now that I have established myself in my career as a Litigation Paralegal.
2. I once drove from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, California (2,248 km) with one of my best friends in 8 days (there and back) sleeping in the back of a 2000 Honda Civic in Walmart parking lots. It was the ultimate road trip.
3. I was involved in a pretty severe cliff jumping accident in Hawaii which remarkably only left me with several stitches to the face.
4. I have a 3 year old Bernese cross Australian Shepherd who goes on all of our road trips with us. He’s a great little traveller and absolutely loves car rides.
5. I come from a family of 4 with my closest sibling being 14 years older than me. I suppose you could say I was a miracle baby (or a mistake) depending on who you ask.
6. I am absolutely terrified of snakes. Can’t look at them, touch them, or even be around them. I have fainted and had panic attacks on several occasions just at the sight of a tiny little garter snake. One of my goals through travel is to slowly overcome this fear.
7. I am a shameless Saskatchewanian. Even though I’ve moved around the country a lot over the past 8 years, I will always call Saskatoon my home and love when I get the opportunity to go back and showcase my beautiful home province.
Nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award
Each of these blogs I have nominated have shared something that has impacted my life in a particular way. A travel guide that has opened my eyes to a new destination or a story that has sparked the wanderlust in me. The creators of these blogs are extremely talented and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to give them some of the recognition they deserve. Some of them are just starting out (much like myself) and some of them have a lot more experience in the blogging world, and have travelled extensively. I think its important to remember that we all have our own style of travel, and some of us choose to travel and blog as a full-time career, while others have other passions and commitments that we devote ourselves to equally. Some travel solo while others travel as a couple or even opt to take their entire family with them. Some focus on world travel while others focus primarily on local experiences and exploring your own back yard which is equally important and just as rewarding. My picks for the Versatile Blogger Award demonstrate that travellers do come in every shape and form and from completely different walks of life, much like what I write about every day. That we can have it all, the career, a family, an education, a healthy lifestyle and the opportunity to explore every corner of our beautiful world.
- Kenton De Jong Travel – Kenton is a Regina, Saskatchewan based blogger, so naturally I’m inspired by what he shares about the beauty of my home province. Kenton not only has the inside scoop on local travel within Saskatchewan, but he’s also explored some really interesting places globally, like the time he visited Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone.
- Hair to There blog is written by two best friends who have known each other since high school and are now travelling the world together. I love the friendship that they share as it reminds me of the friendship I have with my best friends and how they can tolerate each others quirks as they explore the world as a team. One of my favorite posts is 8 Ways Travelling Enhanced Our Friendship.
- Brittany Thiessen Travels is a Manitoba based blogger who shares her passion for responsible travel and authentic experiences both within Manitoba and abroad. Brittany not only has a knack for amazing photography, but puts an emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while travelling through gluten free and plant based eating. Check out her latest post about two of my favorite destinations in Canada, Banff or Canmore: Where Should You Stay.
- Nina on the Go – Nina, an Alberta born Canadian with German heritage left her Canadian life in 2010 and now lives in Bingen am Rhein, Germany. She mixes her love for travelling, photography and writing by sharing her stories travelling around Europe. Check out her post Small Town Germany for an interesting take on how living in small town Germany is similar to living in small town Saskatchewan.
- The Runaway Couple – I recently discovered Juraj and Julia’s blog through Instagram while looking for travel inspiration for our upcoming trip to Vietnam. Follow them along on their backpacking adventures on Instagram or check out their recap of Halong Bay in their latest post Halong Bay Vietnam – Part I.
- Well Caffeinated Traveller – Lynne’s blog shows that you don’t have to grow up travelling in order to have it as a passion. What I really love about her blog is that she has travelled to 40+ countries while keeping a full-time job. Join her as she shares her experiences and stories as well as some amazing photography on her Instagam, searching for adventure and her next great cup of coffee.
- Thrifty Family Travels – Another blog that I recently discovered while looking for tips for Vietnam is Thrifty Family Travels. Melissa writes about budget travel for families and has plenty of tips and inspiration for those looking to travel with young kids. Check out her 3 week family friendly itinerary for Vietnam.
- Never Stop Wandering – Karli’s blog is essentially a one-stop shop for advice, inspiration, packing lists and reviews for solo women travellers. Specializing in solo female travel, her blog is full of information giving the newbie advice on where to go, what to see and most importantly, how to stay safe. Check out her post 1,000 Ways to Die in Samet which deals with some of the trials and tribulations of travelling within Thailand.
- Go on adventures – Anne has been all over the globe, documenting her travels as she experiences new cultures and discovers new places. Her Instagram is amazing and I love that she has such a zest for life at such a young age. Check out her post about the time she hiked down the Grand Canyon alone and you’ll see what I mean.
- The Lost Girls Guide to Travelling the World – This one is another easy pick! A fellow Saskatchewanian and experienced travel writer, Ashlyn spent a year as the Saskatchewanderer travelling around the province and showcasing what it has to offer, inspiring you to visit Saskatchewan. She recently just got back from her travels which included Antarctica and has been sharing some amazing videos on her Facebook like the time she had the opportunity to hang out with penguins in South Georgia.
- Birdwinks is not only aesthetically pleasing but allows you to discover other cultures through her stories, authentically and unapologetically. Christina’s writing is poetic and inspiring and I find myself being captivated but her experiences, like the time she went on a Middle East Adventure.
- Our Sweet Adventures – Adam and Christina met in the hospitality industry and share their love for food and travel through their blog. I loooooovve drooling over all the delicious treats and desserts they post on their Instagram as they travel from country to country. I mean what’s not to love about food and travel? Check out their post, 20 Things You Must Eat While In Paris and you’ll be hankering for a crepe in no time.
- The Viking Abroad – Vibeke, a Norwegian globetrotter now living in Ecuador, writes about her experiences abroad while she teaches English. Check out her Top 10 places to visit in Ecuador for some inspiration for your next adventure through South America.
- The Wanderlost Way – Stephanie found her niche in one of my favorite types of travel. Road trips. She recognizes the freedom of setting out an adventure not knowing where it will take you and writes about embracing all that comes along with it. Her writing is real and her stories are authentic. Not to mention she has an adorable sidekick in some of her adventures and shows that having a dog shouldn’t hold you back from travelling.
- Thirty 30 Courtney – Courtney is on a mission to see 30 states and countries before her 30th birthday. She is constantly reflecting on her experiences and pushing herself out of her comfort zone as she try’s to blend her passions for photography, art and travel. Her writing is inspiring, and I constantly find myself reflecting on my own experiences when I read her blog. Check out her post The Best Travel Lesson I Learned in 2016 and you’re sure to be inspired to “just go for it”.
I hope you enjoy reading some of the content that these other blogs have to offer and are just as inspired as I am by what they do! Are there any other blogs that inspire you? Comment below so I can check them out! 🙂