Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

August 1, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

So I woke up one day with this notification from Twitter… I’m nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award by Melissa, from A Broken Backpack. It’s going to take me a week to get this sorted… And yep, so far I’m three days in haha. Update – yeah, it actually took over a week. Opps.

My first instinct was, “what? An award? I don’t even know if what I have constitutes a proper blog yet!?” But hey, this is getting me more involved in the community, so thanks heaps Melissa! What an awesome name by the way 🙂

My answers…

  • What is your funniest travelling story?

I’m really not a comedian… My husband and I laugh a lot, wherever we go. But my favourite story is about almost missing the ferry from Santorini to Paros. We had it all organised (we thought), the rental car guy was going to be on the same ferry. He was going to pick us up on the way past.

We were sitting in the restaurant, admiring the view. We noticed a ferry coming in. The family at the Blu Rooms also noticed the ferry. They kindly pointed out this was our ferry. The onset of a panic attack started. We were kind of far from the port. It turns out the car rental guy forgot us. Hmmm. Blu Rooms organised us another ride.

Ten minutes later we were in a car, going way too slow. We got to the top of the cliff. We could see the ferry at arriving in the port. I somewhat relaxed. I thought to myself, it’s going to take a while for the ferry to unload it’ll be ok. Then about midway down the cliff, we realised the process was very efficient here, in less than two minutes the ferry was unloaded. The panic returned.

When we finally reached the drop off area, we bolted out the car. Rimaha asked me to go run, I took the day bag and his guitar, he had both our back packs. I’m running as fast as I can. With a good minute head start. He still over took me, he’s looking at me saying run faster. I can see the back of the ferry closing. The ropes being thrown off. I knew how much of an effort it was to get a ferry to tie up. My heart sank.

We arrived on the wharf and I dropped to my knees. I was in disbelief. A bit of despair. I begged the guy on the wharf to ask the captain to come back. Funny enough a group of Aussies had been waiting at a little restaurant. They had been watching the wrong ferry. They saw us running and realised they too were about to miss their boat. There were about ten of us, standing, wishing, hoping for the impossible.

The ferry was off… But it stopped. And reversed. And tied up. It came back for us. Luckiest day of travel ever. We will never be late again!! We got the stares, shame as! My husband still thinks it’s hilarious that he can run so much faster than me with about 30 kgs on his back!!

  • Which websites are you using to plan your trips?

I started out using Seat 61. That gave me some great ideas for our first itinerary, travelling overland across Asia to Europe. You can read about that idea in Planning world family travel – Part 2. Now we are really keen to travel South America. So I’ve been reading South America Living and I was really inspired by this article, Colombia with Kids – A (Rolling) Backpackers Paradise.

  • What is the thing that you miss the most from home while you are oversea?

I’ve been away from home, NZ since 2011. I’m lucky, my most important people are with me! And home isn’t too far from Australia… However it still took me three years before I went back. I miss the FOOD. NZ food is yummy. Australian food is bland. I miss my mum. And my grandparents. And not  worrying about snakes or poisonous spiders. But that is getting easier now!

  • What was your first trip & how did you get the travel bug?

I was lucky, my parents took me and my sisters overseas to Australia and the US when we were young. I don’t really believe I became addicted to travel until my husband and I visited Dubai, France, Spain and Greece in 2013. Since then I’d been trying to work out a way to take our kids with us everywhere!

  • If your blog could only have one picture, which one would it be?

I’m really going to have to bend this question because it’s too hard…

The Wiringi's Family Travel Blog

One Photo

  • Tell me about the most significant person you met on the road.

My favourite person we met while travelling was Nastassa from Blu Rooms, Santorini, Greece.

  • What is the most important thing that you learned on yourself while traveling?

On our 2013 trip, I discovered just how important travelling is. So did Rimaha. We also learned how small our tiny country New Zealand is!!

  • What was the weirdest food that you ever had to eat and where was it?

Rabbit is the strangest thing I’ve eaten so far… I’m a kiwi. So possibly other people don’t think rabbit is strange, but they might find eating raw fish strange. Raw fish is pretty normal in NZ so I can’t call that strange. Do I make sense?

  • Where are you planning to go next?

Currently we are planning to go everywhere. Realistically, our next trip is likely to be either Blue Mountains, NSW or Dubbo, NSW… We are keeping it local this year!!

  • What are you secretly wish for your Blog?

Honestly, I secretly wish it would write itself. I promised an hour tonight. So far I’m at an hour and a half and counting. Update: four days later and I’ve spent about 3 hours on this. Like wow man, who knew nominating people would take so long…

But seriously, I hope I can inspire other mums and dads who say, “I wish we could go around the world with our kids” to give it a go! I hope to someday meet a family who says, “we were inspired by your family”. That’d be satisfaction for me!

My nominations

These are mum’s from the blogs that inspired (and continue to inspire) me to get this dream on the road:

  • Alyson from World Travel Family (if it wasn’t for discovering this blog, I’d still be in the mindset that it’d cost a million dollars to take my family around the world).

The kiwi’s doing it

My Spain inspiration

  • Heidi from Wagoners Abroad (this blog will be my main go to when I’m getting ready for Spain)

A family travelling NZ

Aussie travel blogging mums

And I just love this blog – she loves islands as much as I do

My questions:

  1. Where is the most amazing place you have visited?
  2. What is the best (or your favourite) foreign word you’ve learned on your adventure?
  3. What has been your biggest mishap on your adventure?
  4. Where will your next adventure take you?
  5. What is the most beautiful man made thing you’ve seen?
  6. What is the most beautiful natural thing you’ve seen?
  7. Where do you call home?
  8. What do you miss most about home?
  9. Have you got a favourite photo from your journey?
  10. What’s your best tip for new travellers?

No offence taken if you don’t have time – it’s a busy life being a mum blogger 🙂


About the Author


Melissa is the wife of Rimaha (yes, we are Kiwis) and mother to Noah, Aaliyah and Elijah. She's obsessed with writing books, learning, travelling and making online businesses (for herself, hubby and kids) work so she can live her dream of travelling the world with her children. She currently homeschools while preparing to create a passive income that will meet her family's needs for travelling. Melissa and her family currently reside in the beautiful Central Coast, NSW, Australia.

  • Brilliant!
    I enjoyed your answers and I still cant believe that your ferry came back for you! 🙂
    I am very glad that you accepted this award!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for the nomination! It kept me busy lol. Let me know when you make it to Sydney! We’ll have to meet up 🙂

  • Alyson Long says:

    Hey, thanks for nominating me @ World Travel Family.
    I only found out through Twitter, by chance, need to read this properly and find out what I have to do! Glad you got my best bloggy mate Heidi in there too, love her work!

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Alyson, I only followed the instructions given to me too. I found it a bit confusing, but I guess it is good for me to put myself out there a bit more!! Yes, Heidi’s blog is wonderful. It’s particularly useful to us, as we plan to live in Spain either at the start or end or our travelling. Typical, I can’t make my mind up how to go, only know by end of next year we will go somewhere!! Have a great evening, I hope this award doesn’t turn out too time consuming for you 🙂

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