Vintage Reel Blog Award

Thank you to Alli at The Vintage Postcard for nominating me for the Vintage Reel Blog Award, an award she created “for bloggers to look back and recall old, valuable memories, perhaps ones that shaped who they are today and in particular, their passion for travel.”



1. Upload an old photo of yourself and describe a story behind it
2. Answer the 4 questions
3. Nominate 10 other nominees

My Old Photo


Kindergarten graduation. As it turns out, this is the only young photo of me that I have. The rest are at my parents’ house.

Four Questions

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

This is hard to narrow down.  I have so many wonderful childhood memories with my family.  I could never choose a favorite out of those.  However, one other thing that really stands out are the adventures I had on my own.  I grew up in the country, so I had miles and miles to explore with my trusty dog, Lady.  I could spend hours outside, with only the animals and my imagination as company.  I didn’t play video games or even watch much TV (we only got 3 channels!).  Instead, I entertained myself with pretend play, books, or my beloved Barbies.  I almost feel as if I’ll spend the rest of my life searching for that utter freedom I had as a child…

2. Describe how you were as a child and how you are now. Are you pretty much the same in terms of what excites you and interests you? 

I think that I am pretty much the same.  As a child, I was content with my own company.  As an adult, I am the same way.  I am definitely an introvert!  It’s not that I don’t like people – I do.  But being alone is energizing for me…I need “me time” to be happy.  I still love reading books or getting lost in my imagination.  I was an animal lover from the very beginning and I still am.  As I write this, my kitty Simon is curled up next to me.  When I was a kid, I absolutely loved family vacations.  Traveling was, and is, exciting for me.  I definitely have new interests as an adult, but I would say that the core things that make me me are the same as when I was a kid.

3. Who is that person in your life that you couldn’t live without?
There is more than one person like that in my life.  K, my family, and my closest friends.

4. What are your major barriers to travel that you overcome in order to continue traveling? (Money, time, work, etc).

Money, definitely.  And time.  Being in grad school and having money/time to travel is near impossible.  But once I graduate and get a job, I plan on setting aside a certain amount of money each paycheck to fund my travel dreams.  Of course then, the barrier will be work…

My Nominees

1.  The Landy

2. My Life Afterglow

3.  Destination Infinity

4.  The Aftermath

5.  Gallivance

6. What Coco Did Next

7. Here’s to a Full Life

8. For a Few Summers More

9. The Travel Rush

10.  Squooshed


9 thoughts on “Vintage Reel Blog Award

  1. Pingback: Better Red Than Dead | Castles in Europe

  2. Thanks for nominating me for the award. I am an introvert, as well, and somehow I developed a passion for travel quite recently. Yes, we always have innumerable barriers when we try to follow our passion, but if we are passionate enough, we’ll find ways to achieve our dreams. Wishing you all the very best 🙂

    Destination Infinity

  3. Congratulations on your award Alyssa – richly deserved! What a fascinating gathering of people you’ve assembled. We are touched and honored to be included in such eminent company. Many thanks. Can’t wait to check out all these enticing blogs. Wishing you all the best, Terri & James

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