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Need A Change of Scenery? The Countless Benefits of Traveling

Are you bored of the daily grind? Desperate for a change of scenery and a shakeup in your routine? If so, traveling is always a good idea. Here are just some of the many benefits of spreading your wings:

 

Unique experiences

 

When you travel, there are often things you want to see and do. Perhaps you’ve planned an itinerary around all the sights or maybe you’re hoping for spontaneous adventures on arrival. Wherever you go, it’s highly likely that you’ll do things you’ve never done before and you may possibly never do again. The world is such a vast and diverse place. It’s a shame not to get out there and see its wonders for yourself.

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Self-development

 

There are few things in life that can teach you more about yourself than traveling. Jetting off on a plane is not just about visiting famous monuments and reclining on palm-lined beaches. It’s also a voyage of self-discovery. According to this article listing these nine ways to be more positive, taking time out gives you a chance to think about your life, assess where you want to go and what you want to do, and learn more about yourself. Doing new things and meeting new people can give you clarity and inspiration. Perhaps you’ll decide that you want to change career or you’ll make a concerted effort to do more to help others when you get home. Traveling can also give you a new lease of life if you’ve been struggling. It can make you stronger and more independent, and you may find that you’re better equipped to deal with obstacles after your trip.

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New skills

 

When you travel, you’ll undoubtedly learn new things. This may include lighting a fire or catching fish if you’re out in the wilds or speaking a new language if you’re working abroad. It always good to strive for development and to try and improve yourself continually. Nobody will ever get to a point where they know too much, or they have too many skills. The things you learn will set you up for life and make you a more well-rounded person.

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Learning to prioritize

 

When you’re away from home, it can make you understand and appreciate what’s important. There’s often an assumption that success is defined by money and possessions. But when you’re camping out in a hut in the middle of nowhere, you get a sense of what really matters. You’ll probably be more grateful for everything your parents do for you and the bonds you have with your best friends when you get home.

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You often hear people enthusiastically prasising the virtues of traveling. If you haven’t traveled much before, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The truth is that it’s very easy to get bitten by the travel bug. Once you start, it’s hard to stop. The world is such a fascinating place, and there’s so much to see, do, and learn. If you’re after a change of scenery or you’ve reached a crossroads in your life, why not consider embarking on an adventure? You won’t regret it!

From Lianna with Love Nominated for the Liebster Award

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From Lianna with Love Nominated for the Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0 ! I just wanted to start off by saying thank you so much for the nomination, it means so much to be recognized after only a couple months of blogging!

Cecile is a freelance translator from France traveling the world. She’s worked on a farm in Chile, been to an underwater village, and more! Check out her blog for some great stories.

What exactly is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an online award given to bloggers by bloggers, helping each other promote their sites and connect! You can find a post detailing the official rules here (this is also where you’ll submit a link to your post when you’re done).

The basics are:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site
  • Answer their questions about yourself (feel free to include photos!)
  • Write your own set of questions for your nominees

My answers to Nomadic Hippie 2.0’s questions:

  • How did you decide to become a travel blogger?

Well, it started with a project for one of my college classes where we had to research our career of choice in depth throughout the whole semester. Weirdly enough, the career I chose at the moment had absolutely nothing to do with travel or blogging. I had actually chosen to research forensic psychology! I was okay with this for awhile, even though it didn’t feel quite right (I often jumped from one career choice to another). Towards the end of the project, we had to make a list of all of our future goals and then pick the top 5 most important goals and rearrange them in order of importance. As I did this, I began to realize that the most important thing to me was to travel. I didn’t care what career I had or even how much money I had, as long as I was able to travel the world, every corner of it. By the time the project was over, I realized my heart wasn’t really in forensic psychology and that my heart had always been in two things: writing and traveling. Long story short, I did some research on my own time and realized that being a travel writer was an actual career choice. Why not get started towards it now? That’s how From Lianna with Love was born.

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  • Where’s your favourite place in the world (so far)?

This is really such a difficult question because I’ve fallen in love with so many places already. Almost every time I see a new place I end up thinking this is my new favorite place in the whole world! One place I will always want to come back to over and over is definitely New York City. It’s not necessarily that I think New York City is better than any other place I’ve been because I love different things about different places, but New York City will always fill me with excitement and nostalgia whenever I set foot in it.

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  • What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten and where did you eat it?

I can’t name one specific food as the best food I’ve ever eaten (sorry, I just can’t do it!), but the place where I’ve eaten the best food is definitely Berlin, Germany. It’s such a melting pot of so many different cultures and I was able to enjoy everything from Italian to Lebanese to Vietnamese to obviously, German. I loved absolutely every meal I had there.

  • What’s the most incredible thing you’ve done while travelling?

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a really indecisive person, so I’ll list three. One was walking around New Orleans’ most haunted neighborhoods and cemeteries at night, another was seeing all of London’s city lights from the top of the London Eye for the first time, and another was my first canal boat ride in Copenhagen.

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  • Who would you choose as your travel companion, if you could pick absolutely anyone (dead or alive, real or fictional character)?

I’d love to travel with Anthony Bourdain. He always eats the best food and I’m a huge fan of trying new foods. Plus, he just looks like a really fun time in general and he has experience, so I bet we’d have no problem finding amazing things to do in new places.

  • Who would you say inspires you the most (in your travels or life in general)?

As cliche as it is, I don’t think anyone has inspired me more than a few of my close family members (parents, aunt, and grandmother) and boyfriend, especially when it comes to travel (life too, of course). Not only have they all actually given me the opportunity to see so many incredible places in and out of my country, but they’ve always supported my passions in writing and traveling. I wouldn’t have seen so many places and had the motivation to actually start and keep up with this blog without each of them. I’m forever grateful.

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  • What’s your favourite travel quote?

My favorite travel quote is “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher. I love it because I relate to it so well. Every time I travel, I feel myself grow in the best way possible and I don’t think I ever come back home as the same when I left.

  • Name 3 items that you cannot travel without (passport doesn’t count!)?

I never travel without a camera of some kind (usually phone, but recently my Polaroid has come along too), headphones, and if it’s a plane trip, gum.

  • What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone who wants to become a travel blogger?

Remember that travel doesn’t have to be expensive! Someone who loves travel may not start a blog because they think they don’t have the money to do it a lot. That’s where you’re wrong. Traveling is simply leaving where you live. This means you can go to the next city over and still be traveling. You can make a whole blog based on the area you live if you can’t afford to go anywhere else. Don’t let money stop you from following your dreams.
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  • Apart from travelling (and blogging about it), what is your biggest passion?

My biggest passions besides traveling are writing and animals. I’ve been a writer since I had the ability to write and even went to an arts high school for it. My major now involves writing. It’s been a constant in my life. Same thing with animals, I’ve always had pets (cats, dogs, fish, hermit crabs) and I love animals of all kinds. If there was a way to combine writing, traveling, and helping animals for a living that would be my dream! For now, I think one day being a full time travel writer and then eventually retiring and opening up my own animal shelter is close enough.

  • What’s your next destination?

My very next destination is Gatlinburg, Tennessee to stay by the Smoky Mountains. Then I’m planning a trip to California to see Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the summer, I’m making a brief stop in Ireland and then going on a cruise to Spain, Italy, France, and Montenegro. That’s all I have planned out right now, but hopefully some more destinations will be coming up in between!


My nominees for the Liebster Award are…

The Coddiwomplers – “A travel blog aimed at millennials written by two Gen Y gals who are skipping the typical American dream in order to travel the world.”

Pebble Walks – “Pebblewalks is a travel blog for all lovers of time travel. Through photo stories you will see changing landscapes, cultures, yum eats & experience tales of people, from familiar & not so familiar lands. It hopes to make us more welcoming of all that makes us different, even uncomfortably so.”

The Backpacking Mama – “The Backpacking Mama is a blog about the travel adventures of Mohit and Pooja who used to be backpackers till their kids arrived. They choose to continue traveling with the kids who are now 5yo and 2yo. Together the family has been to over 30 countries with the kids. They hope to inspire young parents to travel and share their stories and travel hacks through the blog.”

Glamour Granny Travels – “My name is Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, a free lance travel writer and photographer. I have created this blog with a view to encourage female baby boomers who, in theory, love to travel but do not yet really dare to go out and actually DO it.”

Curious Jessie – “I’m Jessie and you guessed it, I’m pretty curious, curious about Blogging, Design and Travel. I’m a Media and Journalism Graduate turned Digital Marketer from Liverpool.In August 2015 I finally took the plunge and left the comfort of my home town to travel the world with my Girlfriend.”


My 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. How many languages do you know?
  2. What’s your favorite method of travel (plane, boat, car, etc.)?
  3. Who is your favorite person to travel with (or do you prefer to travel solo)?
  4. What is your most memorable travel experience?
  5. How do you save money while traveling?
  6. What’s your favorite destination?
  7. Least favorite destination?
  8. Three things you’ve learned from traveling?
  9. What blogs do you read regularly?
  10. Where are you going next?
  11. One interesting fact about yourself (travel related or not)?

Now it’s your turn to pass the award on to bloggers who you think deserve it!

August’s Interesting Holidays Around the World

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August’s Interesting Holidays Around the World

Every month has unique celebrations and holidays taking place around the world, so I thought it would be fun to look into a few of these and share them each month on here. Learning about a country’s holidays can tell you a lot about it and might even inspire you to visit one day! Here’s some that I found for this month:

August 7th: Friendship Day (India)

While Friendship Day is a day that is recognized in multiple countries around the world, including the United States where it originated, it is most actively acknowledged and celebrated in India. There is no set way to celebrate this day, but it is most often celebrated with parties, small and large, consisting of friends spending time together. People also get each other cards and gifts, most popularly friendship bracelets. These are usually handmade and easy to make (you can learn how to make one here). They can come in all kinds of colors and designs. This holiday is simply meant to be a day to celebrate your friends and enjoy each other’s company in whatever way you see fit.

August 9th: The Night of Sevens (China)

Also known as the Qixi festival, this holiday falls on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar. The Night of Sevens is basically the Chinese equivalent to Valentine’s Day in Western countries. The holiday originated from a Chinese legend about Zhi Nu and Niu Lang, a weaver girl and a cowherd who were forbidden lovers. According to legend, Niu Lang was an orphaned boy who lived with his older brother and sister-in-law. They treated him poorly and eventually he was driven out of his home. On the day that he left, an old man, who was a supernatural being in disguise, led him to a sick ox, which was a being from heaven. Being a cowherd, Niu Lang knew how to care for the ox and nursed him back to health. In order to show his gratitude, the ox told Niu Lang that if he wished to have a wife, to go to the brook where the Emperor’s fairy daughters from Heaven were bathing. Niu Lang went to the brook and was immediately drawn to the youngest and most beautiful of the 7 daughters, Zhi Nu, the weaver. He secretly took her fairy clothes, so that when the other fairies flew away she could not fly off with them. Once they left, Niu Lang approached her and told her he would return her clothes if she promised to be his wife. She shyly agreed and they married and had two children together over the next two years. The Emperor realized that the sky was not as beautiful as it had been before, since Zhi Nu was not around to weave clouds and rainbows. He told the Goddess to go search for her and bring her back. Once she found her, after angrily realizing that she had married a mortal, she took her back to Heaven. Niu Lang had been told by the ox that if he killed him and put his hide over himself and his children, that they would be able to reach Heaven, and so he did this and chased them in the sky. However, the Goddess created a huge silver river, the Milky Way, between them and they were forced to stay on the stars on either side of it, Niu Lang with the children seen has the star Altair and Zhi Nu seen as Vega. Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month all the magpies in the world would take pity on the couple and fly to heaven to create a bridge for them so that they could be together again for one night.

To celebrate this day, girls usually pray for wisdom and needlework skills, as well as wish for a good husband. During the festival, contests are usually held to put the girls needlework to the test and offerings, such as paper and fruits are made. For newlywed couples, this is a day to worship Niu Land and Zhi Nu as a couple together. The Chinese also stargaze to look for Altair and Vega and the third star forming a bridge for them. Overtime, these traditions have began to die out, as younger Chinese people tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day instead of the Qixi Festival.

August 17th: Ghost Festival (China) 

Another celebration taking place in China, the Ghost Festival (also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival), falls on the fifteenth day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar. It is claimed to have originated from Buddhist scriptures and not only takes place in China, but other Asian countries, such as Cambodia at other times of the year. The 7th month is known as the Ghost Month in China, meaning this is when ghosts come out from the lower realm. During the Ghost Festival, it is believed that the dead are visiting the living and wandering the earth in search of food. The Taoist community gather at temples to pray for blessings and removal of evil in the ghosts. They perform rituals to remove the deceased from suffering. The ordinary people celebrate in other ways, one of the most important being releasing lit floating lanterns in the shape of lotus flowers down rivers in order to provide a guiding light for lost ghosts. They also burn incense and make offerings to their ancestors. At night, the people will have a feast where they usually leave an empty seat at the table and food for deceased family members. Ancestor worship also takes place. The Ghost Festival is no longer seen as a purely religious celebration, but is seen more as a family gathering and way to honor ancestors. Either way, it is still a culturally rich festival that gives insight to the strong Chinese value of family.

My personal favorite from this little list was the Ghost Festival, after researching it I think I’m going to add celebrating it in China to my bucket list. Which holiday was your favorite? Any other holidays taking place this month? Let me know in the comments!

Introduction

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Introduction

Hi! I’m Lianna, a 20 year old girl from central Florida, and this is where my blog begins. Like many other writers, I dealt with a very long writer’s block where no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t create anything. Then I was randomly inspired (I still can’t remember where the idea came from, it just feels like it popped into my brain somehow) to start this blog. After a lot of planning and teaching myself how to actually make a decent looking website, I made it happen. This is a travel and lifestyle blog, meaning exactly what it sounds like – it will be focusing on my travels and the topic of traveling in general with a little bit of day to day life thrown in. I started this blog because two of my greatest passions (besides petting animals) are traveling and writing and I just decided to combine these things and share it with some sort of audience, because why not? It’ll be a little different from the usual travel blog, since I have to balance my never ending urge to see the world with the responsibilities of young adulthood (college, job, loans, savings, relationships, etc). This means I only have certain stretches of time where I can explore the world, but I’m doing the best I can with it until I move on to my next phase of life (I have no idea what that next phase consists of yet, but definitely more traveling). I’d love to look back at posts one day and see how I’ve grown to become a world explorer. My next big upcoming trip will be to Berlin, Germany and you can find a list of my other upcoming trips here. You can also find where I’ve already been here.

I plan to write at least one new post every week (every week, I promise). Always feel free to comment on my posts or contact me directly with any questions, comments, things you loved, things you hated, additional information on a topic, anything. You can’t grow without feedback! My hope is that this little blog will inspire other young adults (or anyone of any age) to see somewhere new. Enjoy!