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I Sign. I Wander has received three nominations for the Liebster Award! This is pretty exciting 🙂

The first nomination was from Cole Brian of Undertaking Travels. Cole is new to the world of travel blogging, and he is starting his European travels in June. His blog is excellent, especially for those who are new to travelling and just starting out in the blogging world.

Second nomination came from Jessi and Tara of Outbound Adventurer. Jessi and Tara are friends and travel buddies, and their blog is filled to the brim with travel advice, destinati0n guides, reviews, personal travel recounts and a few more. They’re both passionate about travel, and it’s largely obvious through their blog.

And lastly, the third nomination came from Bridget of Bridget Without Boundaries! Bridget is new to travel blogging, and she is a nursing student. She shares her passion for travel on her blog, and it’s one to keep an eye on as it has so much potential 🙂

Those three aforementioned blogs are worth checking out!

A big THANK YOU to Cole, Jessi & Tara and Bridget for the nominations 🙂

Prior to receiving those nominations, I was not aware of the Liebster Award. After reading up about it, I think it’s an amazing concept. New bloggers recommending other new bloggers. It’s fantastic.

The rules of Liebster Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back up to his/her blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate other bloggers for the award.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

I have been given three sets of questions to answer…so I’ll start with Cole’s 🙂

1. If you could be any specific place other than where you are now, where would that be?

Canada, that’s for sure. I’ve always wanted to go there since I was 9 and I did a school project on it.

2. What is number one on your bucket list?

Go on a RTW trip, researching and documenting Deaf culture in various countries. This is my initial PhD topic – I’ll get to do that someday soon!

3. In one word explain what travel means to you.


4. Whats the best thing thats happen to you through traveling?

The international Deaf community, and having the ability to code-switch between different sign languages – International, BSL, ASL and Auslan.

5. Worst thing?

Being hit by food poisoning in an unfamiliar country. I really HATED being sick away from home.

6. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

It allows me to write and share my travel experiences, advice and thoughts on various issues with my family and friends, and especially the Internet. It also allows me to refine and polish my writing skills, especially reading other blogs and learning from their examples.

7. Do you know any foreign languages? If not, which one would you love to learn?

I know some basic German – need to get back into learning more! However, I am able to converse in International Sign, British Sign Language and American Sign Language.

8. If you could drive any car/motorcycle/bike across the US for an extended road trip what would you choose?

VW Kombi. It’s durable, but I would require for it to come with automatic transmission because I cannot drive a manual to save my own life…! 😉 It also has plenty of room, and I can sleep inside it – saves money on accommodation costs.

9. What is one piece of advice you wish you would’ve known before you set out for your first adventure?

Be daring.

10. Where are you going next?

Perth, Western Australia. I haven’t been there since 2011, and Tiger Airways was having a massive sale last Boxing Day, and I managed to grab a return flight for $150.

Now for questions from Jessi & Tara!

1. Has a book or movie ever made you want to travel somewhere? If so, which one, and did you end up going there?

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series made me want to go to London, and I’m glad I did. London DOES have that magic. Sure, there’s no Diagon Alley in real life, but it certainly did make me feel like I was walking through Diagon Alley in a few places around London.

2. What’s the best thing you’ve found about the travel blogging process?

Interacting with the blogging community, especially those who are travellers.

3. How about the biggest challenge about the travel blogging process?

Moving from to self-hosting with GoDaddy, and the whole process of moving content, and how it all works. Information overload, I would say!

Currently, the biggest challenge is getting regular traffic… I’d love to have an average of 20-30 views per day, but I’m not even close to achieving that. And having the motivation to post regularly – especially if I’m not travelling.

4. What are your top three bucket list destinations?

1. Canada

2. Turkey

3. South America

5. What’s the strangest or most interesting food you’ve ever tried in your travels? Or, is there something you’d love to try but haven’t?

Food…don’t get me started! I’ve tried a number of strange food when I was in Samoa, and they were all delicious. There’s a lot I would love to try.

6. What single song or quote best defines your travels?

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” ~ Pico Iyer

7. Have you ever met someone on the road that just stuck with you, for whatever reason? Tell us about them!

Julia. We had met previously through mutual friends, but we didn’t really become friends until we were both in Bulgaria for the Deaflympics last year. She’s also passionate about travel, and we talk about everything travel-related. It’s really amazing having a friend who shares the same passion, and that we can connect over it.

8. What’s the best tour you’ve ever been on?

I haven’t had the chance to go on a tour – mainly because of my deafness and how major tour companies such as Contiki, Topdeck, Intrepid and the like do not provide sign language interpreters upon requests.

As a result of that, I would love to create affordable tours for Deaf people – that will happen someday; I just have to figure out the logistics and whatnot. I also have a dream of partnering up with either Contiki or Topdeck, or any other tour company to organise a special tour for Deaf and anyone else who knows sign language with a team of volunteer sign language interpreters.

The closest to a tour I’ve been on is when my mother won a weekend away to Canberra for the Human Brochure, and I was invited along as her guest – thus that is when ISIW was born!

9. What’s the most unique destination you’ve ever been to?

Budapest. It’s extremely unique, and I fell in love with it. It’s so European, yet SO beautiful. I would love to go back and spend more time there. 3 days wasn’t enough.

Cambodia also holds a special place in my heart, and I would love to go back and explore more, and volunteer at a Deaf school or organisation there.

10. Home is where the heart is, right? Where is “home” for you, and what’s one piece of advice you have for anyone traveling there?

The deaf community – no matter where I am – is home for me. It’s where I really belong, and also where we can identify with each other. So essentially, the world is “home” for me. I really don’t have any advice for that, but I would suggest for you to get yourself immersed into the Deaf community or whatever other culture wherever you go. Your life will be enriched for that 🙂

And finally, Bridget’s questions!

1. What was the best place you have been to recently?

Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s bloody amazing, especially Angkor Wat. I’m definitely going back to explore more and get temple’d out 😉

2. Of all time?

Of all time?!?! You’re seriously asking me that…? Out of all places I’ve been to…man, this is incredibly difficult. I’d have to go with London. I love how it’s buzzing all the time and how it’s magical.

3. If you could travel with anyone in the world, who would it be?

My mother. Definitely. She passed down the wanderlust trait to me, so I’m incredibly thankful for that 😉

4. What is your preferred accommodation setting? (hostels, hotels, camping, etc)

Hostels. I love the buzz they give out, although I’ve stayed in a couple of terrible ones but all in all, they are amazing. You meet a lot more people while staying at hostels than you would if you were to stay at a hotel. Not to mention that it’s cheap!

5. What was the craziest thing you have done while traveling?

I need to do more crazy things because the ones I have done is quite…tame. Although, I need to be a lot more daring.

Anyways, there’s 2 crazy and on whim things I have done while travelling:

– Piercing in Camden Town, UK. I got a helix piercing, and I hadn’t thought much about it. I was walking down Camden High St with Janelle, and she pointed out a body piercing studio to me.

Janelle: You should get something pierced!

Me: At that place?

Janelle: Yes! Let’s go!

Me: Alrighty then!

I went up to the counter and asked how much it would be…they quoted me £15 with a titanium piercing. Forms signed, and I was whisked into the piercing room by Ceasar (that dude had shitloads of piercings!)…and it was all over in a minute! I love my helix piercing.


The first tattoo was when I was visiting Brisbane in October 2012, and it was pretty much a spur of the moment decision. The tattooist and I decided on an Irish clover leaf design to be done on my left wrist with colour. I paid $100, and it was done in 20 minutes. I don’t have any regrets and I bloody love it. I also think it’s my good luck charm 😉

The latest tattoo I got was when I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I chose to get WANDERLUST tattooed on my right calf, just below the knee. Only cost me $50 (or rather, 1500 baht) and it was done bamboo style.

6. What is one thing you cannot travel without?

My iPhone! All those travel apps and its awesome camera. And of course, social media and text messaging apps.

7. Where do you want to travel next?

Turkey, for the World Federation of the Deaf Congress to be held from 28th July to 2nd August 2015.

8. What would you recommend to new travelers?

Go with an open mind.

9. What inspires you to travel?

The ever-changing world. The deaf community. My mother.

10. How would you define travel to someone who has never experienced it?

An experience that will change your life for the better.

Now for my nominations!

Every Word Counts – Phoebe is a Deaf woman who is about to embark on her big adventure to the USA. Her blog is beautifully done, and gives you an insight into life as a Deaf person and she has done a number of interviews with a couple of people. It also shows her passion for writing.

The Lady Dragon – Jenny is a Deaf woman from USA, who is currently on her RTW trip. She is a sign language researcher, and has lived in London for a year. She won the RTW trip from a competition she entered on a while ago. Extremely inspirational and a blog to follow!

Now that you have been nominated, and it would be fabulous if you could take 10 minutes or so to answer my set of questions 🙂

1. What is one travelling experience that has had a huge impact on you?

2. Why do you enjoy travelling?

3. What barriers have you encountered during your travels?

4. Do you have any advice for Deaf people who are thinking of travelling?

5. Who are your inspirations?

6. What is your life motto?

7. What is your favourite thing about sign language?

8. What would you like to see the Deaf community achieve?

9. What do YOU hope to achieve out of your travels?

10. Describe your travels in one sentence.

Let me know when you’ve done this on your blog as I’d love to read your answers!


S x

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