by Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award!

I’m super stoked that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award 2015 by Penelope Kopala from

The Liebster Award was created by bloggers to help promote new bloggers and encourage networking. The word “liebster” is a German word that when translated to English means- sweetheart, beloved person, darling, liked very much, affectionate, preferred above others.

Why thank you very much! 

In accordance to the official Liebster Award rules, I was asked 11 questions by Penelope.

(the questions and answers are as followed)

1. Can you give 5 random facts about you?

1. I hate being cold! I have a condition called Raynaud’s Sydrome which reduces blood flow to my extremities, that when cold, causes my fingers and toes to become numb, purple and then extremely painful. Ouch!

2. I was a registered dental hygienist (RDH),  and quit my job in March to pursue travel and blogging. (I still do temporary work)

3. I was told on two separate occasions, from two different psychics, that I should never ski. I never have since, and never will, just in case. Plus with the Raynaud’s I really don’t like snowy conditions anyway. The funny thing is I currently live in New Hampshire and have lived in Anchorage, Alaska for four years. Go figure.

4. I have a terrible fear of heights.

5. I was born under the zodiac sign Gemini and I am a walking guidebook of its characteristic traits. Did I mention that I love being a Gemini? Most Gemini’s do!

2.What’s your favorite travel destination?

I liked many places, so this is very hard to answer, but if I had to say, probably Thailand. I only got to spend 6 days there with stops in Bangkok, Krabi  and Phi Phi Island, but I plan to go back to explore more.

3. Whats your favorite dish from abroad and whats your favorite dish from your country?

Hands down-pad Thai in Bangkok! Preferably, street food. I would never have said this years ago (I would be petrified to eat street food) Now, it’s all I crave!

At home my favorite dish would be steamed lobster and Boston clam chowder (or as we call it, “chowdah”)

pad Thai street style (spices on the side)

4. How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since last September. Almost my one year anniversary! I came back from a trip to Paris and Amsterdam and decided that this is what I wanted to do. My entire trip I was posting videos and pictures to my Facebook, to share with family and friends, and they enjoyed it so much.  People thanked me for sharing and said they felt like they went on the trip with me.  I loved inspiring people to want to go to places I have been and wanted to give tips on what to do, what to eat, how the people are, and so forth, at these locations.  It just seemed natural to start a travel blog. Like I’ve always said, “Anthony Bourdain has the best job in the entire world!

5. What’s the hardest part of blogging?

There are a few things that come to mind, but probably the hardest is blogging when you are not traveling. It’s also hard to stay consistent when you have “life stuff” going on.  For instance, I just moved on August 1st and I am working for my husband’s business (for the summer months). Juggling family life, work life and getting in time for writing can be hard sometimes, but if you really want something you have to work hard for it. Things like being nominated for a “Liebster Award” and networking with other travel bloggers help keep me motivated!

6.When and where was your first trip?

My first trip was when I was a little girl (about 12 years old) and I went to Disney World with my grandmother, aunt and my siblings.  We never traveled outside of our area when I was a child, so going on a plane to Florida was like going overseas to me! I remember landing and seeing a palm tree for the first time and thinking how cool it was. I loved travel ever since.

7. What’s your favorite country?

The answer is Thailand, again. I fell in love with this country. The people are so friendly. The food is amazing.  They have so much culture. The architecture and temples were gorgeous! Their beaches are breathtaking and although it is expensive and such a long haul flight to get there, once you are there it is so cheap and totally worth it! I suggest everyone should go there at least once in their lifetime!

Buddha, Buddha, Buddha

8. What inspired your blog’s name?

Not that I’m a huge Nora Jones fan or anything, but the title of her famous song kind of felt right.  “Come Away With Me” was exactly what I wanted to get out of travel blogging.  I wanted to make people feel like they came along with me on my adventures.  Some of my friends and family, or people who read my blog, can’t travel. I wanted to help them get a sense of a place without ever having to step foot there.  Who knows, maybe a story or my pictures of a place would help inspire someone to take a trip that they never considered before?  I know reading other travel blogs has inspired me to see places I never even heard of otherwise.

9. What’s your favorite airlines or third-party sites for booking your flights?

My favorite airline I traveled on thus far would be Emirates.  They take flying to a whole new level. Even if you fly coach, you get great food, awesome entertainment and they just seem classy. My favorite third-party booking companies for flights would be a tie between Travelocity and Expedia

10. In which countries have you lived in?

I am a lame American and have only have lived in the USA. I know, boring. I did live in Alaska, however ,(as I stated earlier), which felt like another country in a way. Does that count for anything?

11. Did you have any unpleasant moments when traveling? How did you face it?

Even though my love for Thailand will never die, I had a horrible experience there. My daughter and I were so excited to check off a bucket list item and ride on an elephant. We found a place in Krabi, Thailand that offered a two and half hour jungle elephant trekking tour that was right near our hotel, and early enough to do before we had to catch our boat to Phi Phi Island. The price was very cheap and we thought it was meant to be. It wasn’t! The elephants were treated horribly and our guide kept hitting the poor baby elephant (mind you), with a spiked tool in its ears. It was awful!! The elephant was clearly hurt and agitated and starting running and whaling out. We were scared and sad.  We were so shocked and upset that we told the guide to stop the tour immediately and bring us back. It was that bad.  I understand people need to make a living, but these are living creatures and not an amusement park ride.  I was naive and learned the hard way. I completely regret going for that elephant ride and hope the Thai government puts more restrictions on companies that don’t treat animals

Here is a link to my article on the elephant trekking tour:

I would now like to nominate:

1. Camilla Riis of

2. Rebecca Richardson of

3. Pam Haas Garner of

4. Mysha Pavel of

5. Junee Ceballos Aguelo of

6. AS Pope of

7. Andy Oon Ean Tan of

8. Leigh Wilson of

9. Shayne Alameda of

10. Maija Shakira of

11. Zaianna Ortiz of

Instructions for Nominees:

Create a blog post on your site, answering the questions that I’ve provided below.
In your post, be sure to link back to the blog who nominated you (aka myself/Jessica of Come Away with Me) with a thank you and shout out.
After completing the questions, add a section for your nominees. Select, list and link 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers. Provide these instructions. Finally, create 11 questions for them to answer.
Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they know what to do.
Once you’re done, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers.

Questions for the Nominees:

1. What made you want to write a blog and for how long have you been blogging?

2. Have you gotten any negative feedback about blogging from friends, family or acquaintances?

3. Was there any place that you traveled to that you weren’t initially excited to visit, but then after your visit ended up loving it?

4. Have you gone to any travel blogging conventions to network and if so, did you find it helpful and did you learn from the eperiene?

5. Have you ever traveled solo and if so, what did you like best about traveling this way? What did you like least?

6. Do you travel blog full-time or do you have another career as well?

7. How do you keep consistent with blogging?

8. Have you gone on any press trips? If so, what were they like?

9. Was their one particular trip that made you realize you have the wanderlust and you knew that you needed to keep traveling?

10. What was the longest trip you have taken?

11. When you travel, do you stay in hostels, hotels, airbnb rentals, couch surfing, stay with friends or other most of the time?

Again, I want to thank Penelope Kopala of PHILEAS FOGG ADVENTURES for the nomination! Please check out her site for cool and inspiring travel stories.

Happy travels!

here are some of the response posts by the nominees:

4 Responses
  • Sagan Pope
    August 12, 2015

    I love your stories! I’ll get on mine soon enough. Can’t wait to read more of your blog once I have some time 😀 Cheers to female travelers around the world! Keep being the badasses you are.

    • Jessica Griffin
      August 12, 2015

      You are very sweet!! And I agree! Women in travel, ROCK!!! I love the community we have 🙂

  • Rebecca
    August 14, 2015

    Hi Jessica, thanks so much for the nomination. Love your blog! Here’s my answers! 🙂

    • Jessica Griffin
      August 17, 2015

      You’re welcome! So excited to read them 🙂

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