The Travel Bunny takes flight: Nominated for the prestigious Liebster Award

A little while ago, The Travel Bunny got nominated for the Liebster Award, as you probably learned from my Facebook page.

For those who don’t know about it, the Liebster Award is an online honor awarded to aspiring bloggers to acknowledge and promote their work. I am thrilled to have been nominated for this award since it’s such a wonderful way for bloggers to interact and exchange experiences.

I had wanted to be nominated for the Liebster Award for a very long time, and I find it an honor to be part of this community of new and inspiring bloggers.

I’ll go into greater detail regarding the Liebster Award, my nomination, and the other blogs I’m nominating in this article. In addition to celebrating my recognition, I hope that this article will serve to highlight some other amazing bloggers and their work.

What is the Liebster Award?

Here I am all excited about being nominated for the Liebster Award and you know nothing about it?! Not to worry, that’s probably because the Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the Internet.

The Liebster Award is a virtual honor bestowed to bloggers by other bloggers since 2011. Its goal is to promote emerging bloggers by recognizing them and helping them gain more followers. The award is often presented to blogs with a small number of followers but the precise requirements may change depending on who or what organization is presenting it.

The Liebster Award aims to foster a sense of solidarity and community among bloggers. It allows bloggers to interact with one another and reach a larger audience with their work. Those who win the award may contribute to promoting and showcasing the work of their peers, and foster a spirit of camaraderie and collaboration within the blogging community by nominating and honoring other bloggers.

The Liebster Award is a method to find fresh and fascinating blogs in addition to honoring individual bloggers’ efforts. Readers can discover fresh information and topics to explore by following the blogs of individuals who have been nominated, and they can also help emerging bloggers grow and develop by doing so.

In short, the Liebster Award was created as a way for new bloggers to get discovered, and connect with the blogging community. Its name comes from German, and it means dearest.

Criteria for being nominated for the Liebster Award

Depending on who or what organization is presenting the Liebster Award, the requirements for a nomination may change. However, some typical standards include:

  1. Blogging for less than a year. The Liebster Award is often presented to younger bloggers who are just starting and may need encouragement.
  2. Having a modest fan base. Since the award is meant to acknowledge and encourage emerging bloggers, it is frequently presented to bloggers with under 200 followers.
  3. Producing high-quality content. The Liebster Award takes into account a blogger’s work quality in addition to their readership. Candidates are often selected for creating engaging, educational, and well-written material.
  4. Showing a passion for blogging. Candidates for the Liebster Award should be passionate about blogging and dedicated to regularly producing and distributing high-quality material.
  5. Being involved in the blogging community. Whether it’s by leaving comments on other blogs, taking part in blog hops, or working together with other bloggers, nominees should be actively involved in the blogging community.

My nomination

I am honored to share that Laura, from Undercover Travel Agent, a skilled and motivational blogger whose work I have long admired, has nominated me for the Liebster Award. I am thrilled to have been recognized by such a gifted and committed blogger as Laura, who constantly produces high-quality content that is interesting, educational, and thought-provoking.

Laura is a travel agent and travel blogger from the Chicago Area. She fell in love with traveling while studying abroad in college and just couldn’t shake this off. I am grateful to Laura for taking the time to acknowledge my efforts and for helping me along the way in my blogging career. It’s a genuine pleasure to receive this nomination, and I am happy to be a member of such a lively and encouraging blogging community.

Rules for/after getting nominated for the Liebster Award

Here is the list of official rules, as listed by The Global Aussie, for those nominated for the Liebster Award in 2018:

  1. Thank the person who got you nominated for the Liebster Award, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog after you get nominated for the Liebster Award.
  3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging.
  4. Name 5-11 other bloggers to get nominated for the Liebster Award.
  5. Provide a list of 11 questions for the ones you nominated for the Liebster Award.

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Mirela The Travel Bunny was nominated for the Liebster Award

My answers for Undercover Travel Agent

If you won a trip to Europe, who would you take with you?

Mathieu, my husband. We both enjoy traveling a whole lot, and he is the best travel companion I could ever ask for. I am the kind of person who plans a lot and thinks about making a schedule even for going on holiday. Mathieu balances that wonderfully: he never plans, he is spontaneous and curious, and he knows how to help me relax and just enjoy exploring a new place without checking my list of must-sees in that area.

Which of your blog articles is your favorite? And why?

I’d have to say my recent two-part article 100 Reasons Why You Should Visit Romania. Making the list wasn’t that hard, but putting it in order, providing correct information for each reason, and going through a very large photo archive to select the photos was a lot of work. But I enjoyed every bit of it! Writing this article made me realize that there are still a lot of things to discover in my home country.

Who would you choose to be stuck on a plane with for 24 hours?

Maybe someone who doesn’t make a lot of noise and/or fidgets a lot? Mmm, maybe Sherlock Holmes, because I’m a fan of the books, and he’d probably find out why we are stuck in a place for 24 hours and how to escape. Because several of those hours would be on a grounded plane, as the longest non-stop flight as of October 2018 lasts about 19 hours (Singapore to Newark, New Jersey).

Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met while traveling?

I would say Simon, the German guy my friends and I met in North Macedonia, during our Balkan road trip in 2016. He’s mentioned in several of the blog posts about The Balkans, as we have traveled together in both North Macedonia and Albania. He was an old-school vegetarian traveler in his thirties, without a mobile phone even in his everyday life. And he was also a Political Science teacher, which led to a lot of interesting conversations.

If you found a magical genie who would only grant you one wish, what would it be?

It’s very materialistic but honest: unlimited money. It opens up a lot of opportunities, including helping others who are in need.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

South America, on a huge tour. My cousin went after going into the army, and I adored his photos. And I have a colleague who plans on going there on his motorcycle, and I’m sure he’ll return with wonderful photos and stories, too.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten while traveling?

If it’s by my standards, nothing. If I thought it weird, I wouldn’t have eaten it. Then again, in my own country, I enjoy eating șorici, which is smoked pig skin, so my definition of weird might not be the same as that of others.

What is your preferred method of travel? Air, land, or sea?

By air, it’s the most convenient, because it takes less time and sometimes ends up being cheaper than going somewhere by train or by car. This is why we mostly fly out when we travel, even if it’s for traveling within the country. We would like flying to be more environmentally friendly, though.

I do enjoy being at sea, though. And that’s why we hope to take sailing lessons next year, and then sail the Mediterranean for about a year in 2020. That would also be our honeymoon, in the best-case scenario.

If you were on a cruise with the worst beverage variety ever, and they only served one beverage… what would it be?

Buttermilk or something of that sort. I hate the texture.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been? And why?

In front of Museo Galileo, in Florence, Italy. When I visited Florence I went with my parents and some family friends. That day had been very tiring, we had just finished visiting the Uffizi Gallery. Because the remaining time was short and we all wanted to see different things, we decided to split up before lunch. The rest had stopped at a restaurant, I looked for a shop to get a fast panini. I discovered a nice place, grabbed my delicious panini, and ate it with tremendous pleasure in front of Museo Galileo. And it was something very simple, but at that moment I realized that I was feeling really happy.

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Only fellow travel bloggers were nominated for the Liebster Award by The Travel Bunny

Travel bloggers I nominated for the Liebster Award

Maggie, from Pink Caddy Travelogue

When she isn’t working on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Maggie is a passionate travel blogger in her twenties. While she doesn’t travel all over the world in a pink Cadillac nowadays, that’s how it all started. You can discover more about Maggie on her travel blog, Pink Caddy Travelogue.

Lissa, from Roots, Wings, and Travel Things

Lisa is a family travel blogger, who wishes to instill her love for discovering new places and cultures with her children, with her loving husband’s support. Her stories are inspirational because she overcomes the difficulties of combining homeschooling, physical limitations, and traveling while being in a single-income family. So there are plenty of reasons why Lissa is getting nominated for the Liebster Award.

Natasha, from And Then I Met Yoko

Natasha is a passionate Canadian photographer, who shares her adventures on her travel photography blog. The name of the blog has nothing to do with The Beatles. It’s about this old nice lady Natasha met when she was traveling in Japan. The woman (Yoko) offered to share with Natasha, a stranger, the story of the temple where they met. Yoko believed that others would pay it forward to make a foreign place look friendlier. It’s a beautiful story that needed to get nominated for the Liebster Award. Discover Natasha’s passion for photography on her blog, And Then I Met Yoko.

Sydney, from A World in Reach

Sydney is a travel blogger in her twenties, who believes that travel is an achievable blog for everyone, especially for students like herself. Through her writing, she wishes to inspire others to plan and go on affordable trips, and enjoy the best experience once they reach their dream destination. You can take a lesson or two from Sydney on her blog, A World in Reach.

Ellis, from Backpack Adventures

Ellis is a cultural anthropologist with stories to share from her travels in over 50 countries, mainly along the ancient Silk Road. She provides all the necessary information for travelers to go on their budget trips, no matter their age or gender. Discover more about Ellis’s adventures on her travel blog, Backpack Adventures.

Anca and Sinan, from Dream, Book, and Travel

Anca and Sinan began their travel adventures as a couple, and now they are writing about traveling as a family. Spending most of their free time discovering Vienna, the town they transformed into their home, and dream destinations, they have gathered many useful travel tips from personal experiences. Read more about Anca and Sinan’s travels on their blog, Dream, Book, and Travel.

Jem, from That Kiwi Hiker

Jem is a traveler nominated for the Liebster Award who prefers being on her own rather than in large groups and exploring the great outdoors instead of the busy cities. She is a solo female hiker who is always sharing useful tips for hiking, plus hiking and camping guides, both in New Zealand and overseas.

Questions for those I nominated for the Liebster Award

  1. What was that first trip that turned traveling into a passion for you? What was it like and how long ago was it?
  2. Being a constant traveler, you have gathered a lot of experience. What are the usual steps you take when planning a trip?
  3. What is the one thing you never leave home without?
  4. How would you communicate with locals in a place where they don’t speak any of the languages you know?
  5. What is the funniest memory you have from your travels?
  6. If you could change anything from your past travels for the better, what would it be?
  7. What does a day from your dream vacation look like and where in the world would it all take place?
  8. What do you like best in your activity as a travel blogger and what keeps you motivated? (Besides all the traveling, of course!)
  9. What does the place you’re usually blogging from look like?
  10. Let’s say that for one day, there would be no laws or rules, and you could do anything without consequences. What would you do?
  11. Is there anything in the world that would make you give up traveling?

Dear nominees to the Liebster Award, I hope you take the time to answer the questions above. Then, make your list of bloggers who should get nominated for the Liebster Award and ask them anything you’re curious to discover about them. Good luck!

Liebster Award: the ultimate recognition for new bloggers!

You should visit the blogs of the other bloggers I nominated for the Liebster Award if you haven’t already, I urge you. All of these creative and hardworking people are producing wonderful material and deserve to be commended for their efforts. I appreciate your time and hope you enjoyed my content.

Here are some hints and suggestions for other bloggers who might be interested in participating in the Liebster Award:

  1. Don’t be reluctant to nominate others. The main goal of the Liebster Award is to encourage and support the work of other bloggers. Don’t be afraid to nominate your colleagues for the award; it’s a terrific opportunity to recognize their efforts and promote their material to a larger audience.
  2. Participate in the blogging community. Being actively involved in the blogging community helps get nominated for the Liebster Award. This might be leaving comments on other blogs, joining blog hops, or working together with other bloggers.
  3. Produce high-quality articles. The Liebster Award isn’t simply about numbers, but it’s still crucial to produce well-written, interesting content. This will not only help you be nominated for the award, but it will also increase your audience and position you as an authority figure in your field.

Here are some websites you might find useful if you wish to learn more about the Liebster Award:

  1. The official webpage for the Liebster Award. This website offers details about the award’s background and goals, as well as a list of previous winners and nominees.
  2. Blogging communities. A wonderful approach to discovering more about the Liebster Award and making contact with other bloggers who are interested in taking part is to join a blogging community, such as a Facebook group or online forum.
  3. Resources for blogging. Several internet sources offer guidance and recommendations for bloggers, as well as details on the Liebster Award and other contests.

Finally, the Liebster Award is a fantastic method for bloggers to collaborate, showcase their talent, and encourage one another. Don’t hesitate to enroll in this award program and take advantage of the chances it may present if you are a new blogger. And if you’re a reader, spend some time perusing the blogs of individuals who have been nominated to encourage the expansion and improvement of emerging bloggers. Have fun writing!

About the author

Mirela Letailleur The Travel Bunny

Mirela Letailleur is a Romanian travel blogger living in the South of France. She writes on The Travel Bunny travel blog about affordable travel in Europe, creator of unique free travel guides, local travel expert. Problem solver. Wannabe coffee guru.

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