Aw, shucks! | Blogging Award Nominations

30 July 2015

Recently, these two little cheese lady friends of yours were nominated for a blogging award -- three times! -- on the inter webs (you know, where blogging takes place). Big thanks to Gemma (and Craig) of Two Scots Abroad, Lauren from Twirl the Globe, and Vicky of Buddy the Traveling Monkey for nominating us for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

What exactly is the Sisterhood of the World Bloggin Award, you ask? It's a lovely way for ladies in the travel blogging community to recognize each other for doing great work, so we are truly honored to be recognized by some of our favorites in the industry. We salute you, ladies (and guy)!

We decided to go with questions from just one of our nominators, and we've got some answers!

What song takes you back somewhere (and where does it take you)?
Caileigh: Anytime I hear Enya, Jimmy Buffet, or Coldplay (I realize these don't make sense together), it takes me back to my childhood. On summer weekends, our dad would blast music all throughout the house as my sisters and I would clean the house, with all the doors and windows wide open.

Holly: I'd have to go with anything by Jimmy Buffet, too. Our dad would blast it over the radio during long car rides home from the Wisconsin Dells, and it always reminds me of how important family vacations were to us growing up. 

What can't you travel without?
Caileigh: Maybe a spork... or my electric toothbrush. 

Holly: My iPhone. It's seriously changed the way I travel. 

How did you choose your blog name?
Caileigh: I brainstormed a few hundred ideas and eventually landed with "The Brave Little Cheesehead." I think it just sounded cute, while also incorporating a bit of my nervous, yet adventurous spirit, and my Wisconsin roots. When Holly joined up with me on it, we recalled the days when we'd stay home sick from school (this was a rare occurrence, but we always wound up sick together because we shared a room--aka, petri dish) and watch The Brave Little Toaster on repeat. Love that movie.

What is your pet hate on the road?
Caileigh: Holly

Holly: Caileigh. Just kidding we love each other. 

If you could live anywhere, where and why?
Caileigh: Hmm... I really love the Pacific Northwest, but I think if I could live anywhere I would maybe consider Scotland or Croatia. I loved both places so much. 

Holly: I haven't been there yet, but I think I could get along in New Zealand quite well. 

Where is the coolest accommodation you have stayed in?
Holly: Teepees on the campground we grew up on as children. At the top where the poles criss-cross to hold the structure up, the canvas makes a little hole through which we could always see the stars.

Caileigh: TBD, I'm still on the lookout! Let me get back to you on this one.

Show us your favourite travel photo that you've taken?
Caileigh: I think maybe this one from the Oregon coast.

Holly: I love this one that I snapped at The Blue Lagoon in Iceland. I think it proves that even if you don't have perfect weather while traveling, you can still capture beautiful moments and memories.

How do you keep fit whilst traveling?
Caileigh: I don't travel long-term very often, so I'm more likely to splurge while traveling than cut back. But, when I traveled the U.S. for a year, I'd choose one must-have sweet to try from each region, rather than frequently indulge in desserts in every city.

Holly: Yeah, it's pretty difficult to say since we are part-time travelers. But we're quite active travelers as well. We'll pick things like hiking, biking or kayaking over shopping. 

How do you get on a hammock without looking stupid?
Caileigh: I think you've just got to own it. Flail like no one's watching.

Holly: I usually go for the butt-first then feet follow method. Seems effective. 

Everyone should travel because...
Holly: Someone once told me that life is only as good as the stories you have to tell from it. And so far, all of my favorite stories involve travel. It's enlightening and adventurous, and it teaches you new ways to see the world. You'll learn things about the places you visit and people you meet that will make a permanent, positive imprint on you. There's nothing else quite like it.

Caileigh: I would echo that. I think we're all inherently curious and, having the ability to travel--to see just how magnificent our world is with its natural beauty, diverse people and cultures, and the tales both of these tell together--gives us firsthand experiences that satisfy that curiosity. Really, it instills in us a deep appreciation for and connection to our world that no book or lesson could ever do well enough.

Now, it's our turn to nominate a few!

There Goes Gypsy
Travelin' Chicks
Flirting with the Globe
Diaries of a Wandering Lobster
Map Maiden

Our Questions:
1. Did anyone influence your decision to travel, and if so, who?
2. What are some of your favorite things to do while traveling?
3. What's one place you've visited that you didn't like as much as you thought you would?
4. Who is your favorite travel companion, or do you prefer to go it solo? Why?
5. What is one piece of advice you'd give to a new traveler?
6. What was the last place you traveled to?
7. Where are you headed next?
8. What's your ideal length of a trip?
9. Which destinations are your top three must-visit-right-now picks?
10. What's your favorite kind of cheese? Really, we're asking this.

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