Outstanding Blogger Award Nomination

Our Nomination

On a wet, windy and reasonably dull hump day I opened my lap top to find a message from one of our favourite travel bloggers Leighton from Leighton Travels . With the news he had put us forward as one of nominations for the Outstanding Blog Award.

Humbled and delighted especially in these times where writing a travel blog is particularly hard, with the world on hold. This was certainly a lift we needed.

You can read Leighon’s nomination list and post here The Outstanding Blog Award! – Leighton Travels!.

As part of the nomination we have to answer 7 of Leighton’s questions and nominate our list of nominations for the Outstanding Blogger award.

So without further ado here it is

Drum Roll!!!!

Our Questions

1: What’s the best accommodation you’ve ever stayed in? Did you have to pay an arm and a leg for it?

Now this is tough one but I think it would have to be Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls. The hotel is the closest to the falls and the constant sound of the falls and spray in the background made you feel so relaxed.

From the moment you walk in the door it was service of the highest quality. Attention to detail was one of up most important.

The food was of highest quality, with a buffet breakfast to die for, featuring homemade granolas, cereals, fresh fruits, fresh baked pastries and a aroma wafting from the fresh barista grade coffee. At night the Palms restaurant turned into a tropical candlelit outdoor seating area with a fine dining menu to rival anywhere

The rooms were purpose built with comfort in mind. Spacious, with all your normal amenities coffee machine and tv etc. A large full 4 poster beds looking out over to the spray of the falls and balcony where you can sit and see worthogs and monkeys roaming the grounds.

And finally a bathroom which would be the size of a basic hotel room fully equipped toiletries and and his and her sinks.

Price was certainly on the higher side but for us you get what you pay for and it was certainly worth every penny.

2: What’s the worst joint you’ve ever stayed in? All the grimy details please.

I took a trip around Bali i decided to go for what they call “The Real Experience” for a week. The place was i think $2 a night.

Now to be fair it was a spacious hut but that’s where any positives ended. The bed felt to what can only be described as greasy. Liked it had been washed in dirty water. Maybe it was left out in a Balinese monsoon.

Then there was bathroom, well quite frankly reminded me of a of something you would see in a horror movie. And again the greasy feel from the water persuaded me to a quick wash of each day in a neighboring hotels pool.

3: Which of your articles holds the most special place in your heart? Why?

Anything from our South Africa and Zimbabwe trip.

This trip was a trip we had both had always wanted to do and we decided to do it for our honeymoon.

I won’t say no more but here are a few links to tantalise the taste buds over it.

Here we go Johannesburg Our First Stop

Victoria Falls Adventure – nature’s true wonder

Safari Sabi Sands South Africa

Cape Town Where Africa meets Europe

Franschhoek Wine District

4: If you could share a secluded desert island beach with just one person, dead or alive, who would it be? And why?

Now this is a good but tough one. Id say between 2. David Attenborough would be one just hear the stories and adventures he has been on.

But ultimately my choice and being a chef myself and a love for travel. I would have to say the late Anthony Bourdain.

He inspired the travel journey for me with his love food and taking that to places around the world to explore and try new and exciting things. His sense of adventure and wanting to find new avenues is exactly what Chalk and Cheese Travels is all about.

5: If you won the lottery tomorrow and could build your dream house anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I think New Zealand’s south island. We loved New Zealand its just a beautiful i could really picture a cabin on the side of the hill in Queenstown looking out onto the bay sipping on red wine. Even as i write this it puts a smile on my face.

6: What does the WordPress blogging community mean to you?

WordPress has given us the platform to share our adventures and for people to follow our journey.

The community within it is just amazing. A group of like minded people who have the same goal to deliver and produce exciting content. They continually push us to keep going even through these hard times.

7: What are your personal hopes and plans for 2021? Any blogging goals?

To make the most of whats on our doorstep. Explore what in the past we have shrugged off and make the most of local beauty while the world battles this pandemic.

I wouldn’t say we will get to much travel so a second goal would be to take the time to write more. We have past trips to places like Bali and New Zealand we have never found time to write about, so now is the time.

Here Is Our Nomination List

Rebecca Goes Rendezvous

I’ve Bean Travelling

P e d r o L


The A to Z of Travel

For those who are up for participating, here are the Rules:

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate up to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination.

Our Questions

1.What is your number one destination you have ever been to? And why?

2.What is your most useful accessory you take when travelling and couldn’t do without?

3.When travelling do you prefer a hotel stay or airbnb style holiday?

4.Who is your favourite blogger you follow and why?

5.Who inspires you the most?

6.What goals have you set yourself this year? do you feel you can achieve them

7.Do you have a set routine when planning out blog posts?

Look forward to seeing everybody’s answers. Enjoy your nominations to the Outstanding Blogger Award.

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By chalkandcheesetravels

We are adventure seekers who love to explore the world. So one day, we decided to write about it here is our story so far


  1. leightontravels – Beijing, China. – Freelance travel blogger from London. Former music & film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.
    leightontravels says:

    Great post guys, particularly into the Zimbabwe and Safari Sabi Sands trips. One day….

    1. Thanks Leighton if you do you know where to come for advice

  2. Thank you so much for the nomination! I’m envious of all the travels you’ve been to, especially places I’ve yet to discover some day. I graciously accept your nomination, and as I’m currently backlogged with other posts to be published in the next few months, expect my award post to be up sometime in late spring! Thanks again! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the kind words 🙏 we look forward to seeing this in the future 😀

  3. I’ve Bean Travelling – Canada – A travel & food blog. I’m a 30-something traveller based in Toronto, Canada making my way around the world and documenting my adventures for all to see. Also, I like to eat.
    I’ve Bean Travelling says:

    Congratulations and thank you for the nomination!

    1. No worries at all we love your work and delighted to nominate you 😀

  4. jasonlikestotravel – I'm Jason and from a little place in England. Here to just talk about my various adventures. Hopefully you find some inspiration or just enjoy hearing my stories :)
    jasonlikestotravel says:

    Interesting read. I have to agree, Anthony Bourdain would have been a fun desert island companion. I’m enjoying his parts unknown series on Netflix 🙂

    1. Love the show its so great 👍 he was so fascinating and inspiring.
      Thanks for stopping by

  5. Amy Aajee – Pacific Northwest – I am the mom part of family travel blog located in the Pacific Northwest. We love to travel locally and to any Disney destination we can afford. We mostly have a great time, but when we don't, we tell you about that too.
    Amy Aajee says:

    Your Victoria Falls trip sounds bucket-list worthy to me!

  6. hey hey, just to confirm that you can read my answers hope you find it interesting and thanks for this chance 🙂 have a great weekend! PedroL

    1. Great post loved all the answers 👏 its also a great way to get to know people. Look forward to seeing more of your work 😀 and reading your nominations posts also.

      1. Thanks again, have a great week 🙂 PedroL

  7. Mixed Focus – Hi guys, Conor here. This blog will consist of me sharing my thoughts and ideas. I will be posting blogs mainly on travel, music, history and film, as well as the occasional thought-provoked blog. Hope you enjoy, and any feedback would be appreciated :)
    Mixed Focus says:

    Great post guys! Delighted for you. Hope all is well.

    1. Thanks so much for the well wishes we are delighted

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