Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello everyone! Today I will be answering to some Sunshine Blogger Award questions. It’s always honor to be nominated for blogger awards (and I just love to answer any kind of questions) so I’m really thankful for Len Kagami. I totally love Len’s blog so remember to check it out. His photos and stories are perfect to read if you need some wanderlust for your day.


What is Sunshine Blogger Award?

Sunshine blogger award is given out by bloggers to fellow bloggers who blog about positive, happy and inspiring content.

If my nominees want to accept the award, I encourage you to read and follow the rules below:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blogs.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.


And here are my answers to the 11 questions:

1.When did you start blogging and why?

I think February? Almost a year ago (haven’t even realized it has been so long!) I started for many reasons. Firstly my English sucks so I want to get better at it. Secondly I hoped my blogging would maybe inspire other people or at least make them smile or dream. And thirdly I just simply love writing and travelling, so why not?

2.What is your favorite destination and why?

I think this is clear for anyone ever seen my blog (or maybe not?) but I have totally fallen in love with Japan and specially Kyoto. I don’t even have reason why. That city just feels like a home for me. It’s beautiful, full of kind people and has anything you need from perfect Japanese experience.

3.Name five destinations on your bucket list?

Check out my bucketlist from here. But five destinations are:

  • Santorini, Greece.
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Australia or New Zealand
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

4.Do you prefer to travel alone or with others?

Can’t decide so both.

5.Name three Must-have items for you while traveling (mobile phones and camera do not count, as we always bring them with us)?

Headphones (can’t live without them), woolen socks and my notebook.

6.Which meal do you think you cannot skip while traveling?


7.Do you prefer local specialties or something you are familiar with like burger, pasta, etc.?

I eat everything but I prefer to try new things.

8.If you have tried some specialties, which dish left a strong impression on you?

Can I just say Sushi?

9.Who is the most interesting person you have ever met on your journey?

I have so many I can’t pick one! Let’s just stay being awake in hostel’s common room at evening forces you to meet all kind of people.

10.Assumed that you are a solo traveler, are you afraid to ask strangers for help, or maybe just take a picture for you?

I totally am solo traveller and this is kind of complicated question. If I need real help, like if I am hurt or in danger, I have no problems of asking help. But if I need to ask directions or someone to take photo of me I can’t do it. I’m scared of people.

11.Have you ever getting into trouble (e.g. scams, thefts, lost luggage, etc.) or any dangerous situation while traveling? How did you handle the situation?

This question inspired me to write my tomorrow’s travel blog post about this story I haven’t yet told. Let’s just say it has something to do with Japan, getting lost, abandoned amusement park and polices who don’t speak English. And like I usually handle all the situation I kept apologizing and apologizing until I go forgiven.


My questions for the nominees:

1.At what age did you travel for the first time? And where?
2.What are some places from your home country that you would recommend for travellers?
3.Tell us about person who inspires or motivates you
4.Describe your blog in three words
5.If you should decide one country to stay the rest of your life, what country would it be?
6.Share your best secret travel tip.
7.What is your own favorite post from your blog?
8.Have you travel plans for the year 2017?
9.If tomorrow you could get last minute flight to anywhere, what would be your destination?
10.What is the scariest part in travelling?
11.Do you have any words of gratitude to share with the people reading your blog?


The people I nominate:

I have always been bad and nominating people for things like this. I mean what if they don’t want to answer and I nominate them? So I will just nominate everyone reading this! I don’t even need to see your blog and I’m sure it is inspiring, cool and just plainly amazing.

Just write comment below if you want to take the nomination and answers the questions I wrote. I will then add your name here to the people I have nominated. (Also I always love to check out new blogs so anyone is welcome to share their blog in the comments.)


I hope you are having an amazing day!
With love,

Viivi Severina


Sunshine Blogger Award (again)

Hello everyone! I got nominated back to the sunshine blogger award so go and check out amazing 11th Squad Cat blog. I love her travel photos (and she had amazing music taste!)

Because I already nominated 11 persons for this award I will today just answer to the questions I got. (But if you end up reading this and wanting to participate just comment below and I will nominate you! Questions are same as in my first post…)

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.


And now my answers to the 11 questions:

  1. What got you into travelling?
    I have always loved traveling. I was probably eleven (can’t remember exact age…) when I did my first holiday abroad. I loved it from the first seconds. After that there has been no way back to not traveling for me.
  2. What place is on the top of your bucket list?
    I think I have too many to even list them all here… But some examples are: USA, Berlin and Budapest
  3. Cityscape or nature?
  4. Are you more of a planner or are you more spontaneous?
    I first plan but then don’t follow the plans I have made.
  5. What’s the longest flight you’ve been in, and how did you spend your time?
    It took 25 hours to Japan but I had 2 transfers in that time. I watched movies, listened music, wrote, told sappy stories for myself and played Nintendo.
  6. What’s the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten?
  7. What is the number one place in your country that you recommend?
    Lapland and seeing northern lights
  8. Do you collect mementos from your trips?  What are those?
    Yes, everything random and maps.
  9. Who or what inspired you to write?
    People I meet. There is so many inspiring stories I hear from new people I meet.
  10. What’s your favorite time of the day?
  11. What do you miss most about home when you travel?
    My friends and family. Food. The quietness and no people around.


Thanks for reading!
With love,

Viivi Severina

Sunshine Blogger Award


I got nominated (two times) for Sunshine Blogger Award! Well the truth is my travel blog GOTRAVELGLOBAL got nominated but that blog is place for travels and I have made decision to keep it free from other things. So I will be receive this award here in my side blog. 🙂

Thank you for lovely Jackie and Mae for nominating me. Check out their blogs because they write amazing content.

I decided to do these two nominations in same post so you get to see me answering too many questions. I hope this will give you better picture of me as person. Enjoy!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It is given to “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.


Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.


And now to the 22 questions I got…

What is travel for you?

Life, freedom and finding myself. Travel is the way I want to keep living the rest of my life.

What keeps you motivated?

Good music, interesting people I meet, new experiences waiting for me, writing stories… The list is endless.

Who are the people that inspires you to write? Who inspires you?

All the blogs I follow and read. And all the people reading my blog. It still amazes me that someone would like to read my texts. And of course the people in my past who thought I will never succeed in my life and dreams.

How will you achieve great results in writing your blog?

Well… Being myself? I haven’t really thought that too much. Right now I will just keep writing and hoping that someone wants to read.

What is favorite color?

Pink, black, green.

How old are you when you started writing?

I was late bloomer and learned to read and write later than my class mates. However after I knew how to write nothing was stopping me. So the age was probably ten years old.

What is your favorite place around the world?

I have many but if I had to currently choose one it would be… Mount Inari in Kyoto

Which would you choose? New York or Bali?


Will you go trekking or go to the beach?

Can I go trekking to the beach?

What is the one thing you can’t travel without?

Open mind and smile. Everything else is

What are the challenges that you have face in writing an article?

My sometimes lacking knowledge of English grammar.

Favorite destination you’ve traveled to?

I’m bad at deciding my favorite things but Spain or Japan.

What is your dream vacation?

Backpacking around the world.

What does happiness mean to you?

I’m not so sure about this. Being able to talk with my friends and family. Writing without limits. Doing whatever I want with my life (currently that is traveling). And meeting new people and hearing inspiring stories.

Favorite food?

Finnish macaroni casserole

Favorite book?

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild

What do you wish you were doing right now?

Listening music on plane and planning what to do in the exotic destination I would land in coming hours.

Would you fly to the moon if given the chance?

I would say yes but probably back out just before departure.

Do you prefer the beach or mountain life?


What was your high school mascot?

Didn’t have a mascot.

How would you describe your personality in one word?



And the eleven people I nominated:

Anywhere With Brooke

11th Squad Cat

From Dream To Plan

Local Girl Foreign Land

The Start and The Bean


Roaming Red Sneakers

World Inside My Pocket

Munky Travels

Japan Living

The Pearly Life

And the questions for nominated (or anyone who wants to answer) are…

  • When did you start your first blog and if it is not the current one about what it was?
  • Dream travel destination?
  • Name one book/movie that has inspired you
  • What countries have you traveled to?
  • Tell something funny that has happened for you in plane
  • What is your own favorite post from your blog?
  • What are your three must listen road trip songs?
  • Do you believe in destiny?
  • Share your secret blogging advice with everyone
  • Train, car, ship or plane travel? Which one do you prefer?
  • Introduce your blog in three words


I hope you enjoyed this!

With love,

Viivi Severina (aka Neidotta)