We couldn’t be any more thankful about how wonderful and supportive the blogging community is. We are nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers by Mags On The Move and Elizabeth and Dale Abroad! Thank you so much for nominating us! Please do check out their website! 🙂
Bloggers around the world can nominate female bloggers who deserve recognition and it also gives everyone a chance to learn more about them. When nominated, you will have to follow these steps: thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, answer their questions, select 10 new nominees, and create 10 questions for them.
Here are our Q&As:
Our answers for Elizbeth and Dale Abroad,
What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel and why?
Stacey: One of my favorites is the subway for various of reasons. One, it is often Deaf-friendly. It has the visual accessibilty to see what are the stops. Secondly, it avoids traffic (although not people during rush hour, haha). My other favorite is biking. Although I’m not very althetic, I enjoy biking at my own place to explore.
Lilo: My favorite mode of transportation would either be a bike or subway. A bike is a great way to enjoy the view while riding plus it’s great exercise! Also, the subway is great too because it’s beneficial to the environment (less polluting the air) and also, I just love to people watch.
What type of travel do you prefer (jet setter, back packer, weekend warrior, slow travel, beach, city, mountains, etc.) and why?
Stacey: I mainly prefer the city, but I also love mountains – somewhere out in the nature.
Lilo: I actually prefer all kinds of travel- I love to experience many different things as much as I can just as long as I can get out.
Who is the most interesting person you met while traveling and why?
Stacey: ooo, this is a tough one. Everyone I have met thus far were all interesting. That’s hard, haha. If I can mention who I’m deeply impress with and felt inspired, it would be this Korean couchsurf friend – she had hiked at the mountains for 21 days for volunteering organization. She also biked from Seoul to Busan! She did a lot of volunteer at such a young age. She’s selfless and courageous person. She also knew from day one, to write down in order to communicate with me. I’ll just ramble on and on about her haha
Lilo: I met all kind of different interesting people through my travel. It’s hard for me to just pick one because they all made an impact on me. Ugh! I seriously can’t choose haha.
Would you rather have your flight delayed by 10 hours or have to fly 1 hour through bad turbulence and why?
Stacey: Flight delayed by 10 hours! That way I can explore the city if it’s nearby, even for mere hours. Moreover, I’m not a huge fan of turbulences…
Lilo: ooooooh! Turburlence is no fun at all. I definitely would rather have my flight delayed. There’s many things you can do while waiting for the next flight.
We all have our own preferences and experiences, but what is one place that you prefer not to visit again and why?
Stacey: Out of all the countries I’ve traveled so far, I would say Hong Kong. There’s nothing bad about it! I had a great experience, but I’m just not IN love with it. I just feel that it was a good for one time thing.
Lilo: Hmm if I had to pick, I would probably say Singapore. It was a one day layover. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and so clean! But, one day visit was enough for me.
When we travel to other countries we learn how people do things differently than in our own home country. What is something that you would like to take back to your home country that you learned while traveling abroad?
Stacey: this is a very good question! I remembered that there’s something I wish I could take it back home but can’t remember what it was. Sorry! I’ll edit this once I come up with it
Lilo: Hmm something I would like to take back? Well whenever I come back home, I always come back with a deep appreciation of life in general and the opportunity to have all these experiences. However, I do wish California would have more subways and take better care of the environment. South Korea, Japan and Singapore were all so clean. I hardly ever find trash anywhere!
What is your funniest “lost in translation” moment while traveling?
Stacey: I met a Deaf Korean recently and she signed in Korean Sign Language (KSL). To explain simply, put your right hands up and do a thumbs up. Then put it on your right cheek, hortizonally. In American Sign Language, it means “menstruation.” However, it was different in Korean Sign Language. She asked me “Do you want (—–)?” and I was taken back. Despite the fact that I knew it should meant something different, I couldn’t resist laughing. She was confused, and I asked her “What’s that sign means in KSL?” She finger spelled in ASL saying, “cookies.” I told her that, “In ASL, it means menstruation.” She completely blushed and laughed.
Lilo: Being a deaf traveler, I have experienced so many of those moment. That’s the best thing about gestures. Hmm, the funniest one I’ve experienced is when I was flying home from Washington D.C. and I informed the airport desk that I am deaf. When I arrived at LAX and came out the gate, there was a woman holding a sign with my name on it and in front of her was a wheelchair.
Okay, my most serious question: how many pairs of shoes and what type of shoes do you pack for a trip that lasts longer than 1 week?
Stacey: I bought three pairs of shoes for my recent backpacking trip. They were hiking shoes, converse and cute flats. They all last longer than a week, even though the two shoes went through so much (mud, rain, etc).
Lilo: I had three shoes as well. I may have overpacked a little bit but I really do love shoes! I am a sucker for vans and converse shoes. It was hard for me because if I could, I would take all my shoes especially with different colors! For the trip though, I had my hiking shoes, sandal and of course my white high top converse.
As a female traveler, what are your tips for warding off unwanted attention or what is the most creative way you let someone know you were not interested?
Stacey: Sometimes I act that I didn’t see them. Majority of my time while traveling, I wear sunglasses (due to sunlight sensitivity). It helps a lot because they can’t really tell if I saw them. Other than that, I simply shook my head and quickly look away.
Lilo: I usually wave no while putting a serious face on. I ignore them at most time. However, if it continues to get worse, then I would either report to the authority or go somewhere where I can be safe and have support.
What do you like to do when you are not traveling? Hobbies? Interests?
Stacey: I love reading books, taking videos, watching Korean dramas, self-studying, exploring locally and trying something new, such as archery.
Lilo: I am a book nerd for sure. I am a fast reader so I go through it fast but I love it. I also love watching movies, hiking, playing basketball and traveling local.
Our answer for Mags on the Move:
If you could only return to one destination (aside from where you live) for the rest of your life, where would it be?
What’s your least favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?
Stacey: If you’re referring to countries that I’ve traveled so far, then it would be South Korea. I’m in love with there, even after my second visit. My least favorite place thus far is Hong Kong. There’s nothing awful about it; As I had mentioned earlier, I’m just not in love with it. I also can’t just imagine myself doing the same routines in a very small country.
Lilo: If I could return, it would be most likely South Korea. I love the culture and the people there. Plus I could definitely live off of street food everyday! So cheap and so good! The least favorite would be Singapore, I feel that its not that much to do plus its quite expensive.
How far in advance do you usually plan a trip?
Stacey: Usually about 5 months prior the trip if it’s an international trip. If it is a domestic trip, I usually plan about few weeks to a month.
Lilo: I am always on a lookout for deals whenever I can, almost everyday. I usually like to be spontaneous but it is still good to have some kind of plan. I usually plan 3-4 months for international.
What is the first thing you do when you arrive in a new city?
Stacey: Depending what time I arrive, I would go directly to the hostel or couchsurfer’s place to drop off the backpack, then start exploring the city.
Lilo: The first thing I usually do right after dropping off my stuff is find a good place to eat and then wander around the area.
Do you have a favorite item you never travel without? (particular suitcase, backpack, camera, etc.)
Stacey: my camera! I just cannot!
Lilo: My gopro hero 3+ camera for sure. I love taking that little thing everywhere.
Share your best travel memory or experience.
Stacey: my best travel experience is trekking and bathing the elephants in Chiangmai, Thailand. It was a surreal experience since I love animals and never in my life did I thought I would have this experience.
Lilo: My best travel experience is definitely just going for it. It was such an emotional and nerve wrecking experience for me. I couldn’t believe I was actually going backpacking to the other side of the world. It was the best decision I ever made for myself and I don’t ever intend on stopping… at least not anytime soon.
Now, share your worst.
Stacey: My worse experience was facing discrimination at certain places, regarding to being Deaf – especially at the airports. Sometimes I informed them that I wanted to write down, and sometimes they’d refused and would try to force Lilo and I to talk.
Lilo: Worst experience for me was being stranded in Japan due to missing our train. We literally had nothing except our phone, camera and some money. All of our clothes were left at our couchsurfer’s home. It was quite a night since we were approached by strangers.
How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?
Stacey & Lilo: We have been blogging since March 2015. The purpose of creating this blog is for you, both Deaf and Hearing communities! It is our goal in hope to inspire anyone to travel; most importantly, we want to inspire the Deaf communities due to multiple barriers. To our best abilities, we want to guide and help the Deaf communities. Additionally, we want to form an association between the Deaf and Hearing communities.
Where was the last place you traveled?
Stacey: Hong Kong!
Lilo: Laughlin, Nevada.
Where are you headed to next?
We are hoping to take a road trip in America and attend great events. You’ll see! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed our Q&As! Here are the 10 nominees we believe that deserve recogination.
9. I Am Aileen
Questsions for new nominees:
1. What was one of your biggest traveling mistakes, and what advice you can give us about that?
2. During your trip, had you ever encountered discrimination? If yes, what happened and what did you do about it?
3. Is there anything that you collect while traveling?
4. Have you ever experienced the travel stump? If you had, what do you do to get the excitement back?
5. If there’s a country that you would go back countless times, what would it be and why?
6. How do you tolerate long international flights?
7. What do you wish to experience that you haven’t done yet?
8. Have you join any awesome world festivals? If not, what festival do you wish to go?
9. Do you know any other languages other than your primary language? If not, what language would you love to learn?
10. Let’s make this fun: What song would you say best describe you?
Hope you had fun reading this post just as much as we had fun writing it! We are truly honored to have this opportunity and to be able to pay it forward by nominating these wonderful women. We can’t wait to see all your answers!