It’s that time for Adventures with NieNie’s Featured Blogger of the month program again. Each month I am sharing a new featured blogger. This program is to work with other travel bloggers and introduce them to my readers, that means YOU! This is a collaborative and supportive aspect to Adventures with NieNie.
Meet Miranda from Miranda’s Muses!
- What inspired you to become a travel blogger?
Oddly enough, other travel bloggers have inspired me the most to start my blog.
Reading their stories and tips have always been helpful and enjoyable for me. For as long as I can remember, the first thing I did before going somewhere new was to read travel blogs about that destination!
Then, after a certain point, I felt the push from God to go for it. I realized I had my own stories to share, and the desire to connect with other people on a similar journey.
- What makes you unique compared to other bloggers?
I’m unique compared to other bloggers in the sense that I write beyond travel destinations. I like to share about the less glamourous experiences that come from traveling and speak the truth.
Part of my “mission statement” over at Miranda’s Muses has been to always speak honestly. From that, posts have stemmed from the ups and downs of expat life, the loneliness that can often be felt, but also the little victories that feel like milestones.
Since I choose vulnerability, I find blogging to even be therapeutic at times!
- What got you into traveling?
Traveling is something I’ve always desired, even when I was young.
I think my wanderlust is partly genetic, as my mother would often share about her experiences working for Canadian Airlines, and some of the spontaneous trips she took.
Along with that, she would always find a way to take my sister and me on a vacation every year, so travel was always seen as a priority as I grew up.
- What country is next on your bucket list?
Japan, hands down!
My husband lived there for a few months before we met and he’s raved about it to me throughout the whole of our relationship. I’ve yet to meet someone who’s been and hasn’t had a positive experience, everyone seems to fall in love with Japan.
I would love to go and learn more about the respectful culture and also experience the buzz of the cities.
- Where do you currently live?
- What is your most memorable travel experience so far and why?
Definitely the three months I spent backpacking through the Philippines as a missionary. I was 18, and it was my first overseas trip. In short, it was truly life-changing!
I learned about adapting to a new culture, and pushing through when the euphoria had died down and I was ready for the familiarities of home.
It was easily one of the most challenging things I’ve experienced, but also so rewarding and an amazing time of growth.
- What is your favorite city and country and why?
I’m so in love with my current location: Brisbane, Australia. I know it may not be the glitziest of the cities in Australia, but it has my heart.
Brisbane is compact, yet diverse. In its downtown core, you feel the city hustle and bustle, along with the shade from skyscrapers, yet a short walk over the bridge and you’re enjoying the peaceful Southbank parklands, facing the skyline and the river.
Also, it’s where I met my husband a couple of years ago, and where we started our relationship. I love walking through the city and remembering moments from when our relationship was just starting. This place really has taken up space in my heart, it is so dear to me and I’m so grateful it’s my home for the time being.
- What is one destination that didn’t meet your expectations and why?
That’s a toughie! I think my most recent trip, which was to Wellington, New Zealand.
I definitely enjoyed it, however, the mental picture I had built around New Zealand didn’t match. Typically, when you think, “New Zealand”, you think rolling green hills and hobbit houses, but of course, that wasn’t what I found within a city.
I try to go on a trip with zero expectations because they’re almost always going to be wrong, but sometimes my imagination gets the best of me.
All the more reason for me to go back and explore more of New Zealand, since this was a quick weekend trip.
- What is your greatest personal accomplishment?
I am proud of myself for choosing the road less taken. Packing up and moving somewhere new every so often, being away from friends and family is definitely not the easiest or most typical route I could’ve taken, but I’m so glad I did.
Taking the plunge shortly after high school graduation was a big leap of faith, it was something I’d talked about for years but then you reach the point where you ACTUALLY have to choose to do it or not.
I’m so glad I did! I’m grateful for every experience, and destination I’ve been to, there are so many great people I’ve met along the way and places that have captured my heart.
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