Nominated for The Liebster Award - The Travel Bunny

The Travel Bunny got nominated for the Liebster Award

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

Laura, from the Undercover Travel Agent nominated The Travel Bunny for the Liebster Award. Laura is a travel agent and travel blogger from the Chicago Area.  She fell in love with travelling while studying abroad in college, and just couldn’t shake this off. It’s lucky she didn’t, because she’s sharing great travel tips and some awesome vacation deals on her blog!

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. It is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers since 2011.

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

The Rules of 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 nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. 
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  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 your nominees to answer.
Nominated for the Liebster Award - The Travel Bunny reading Sherlock Holmes

My answers for the Undercover Travel Agent

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

Mathieu, my fiancée. We both enjoy travelling 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 knows how to help me relax and just enjoy exploring the 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 with 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 to 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 on 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 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 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 lead 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 the helping of other 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 in 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 traveling? 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 travelling within the country.

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 really 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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My nominees 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 the love for discovering new places and cultures for her children, with the support of her loving husband. Her stories are inspirational, because she overcomes the difficulties of combining homeschooling, physical limitations, and travelling while being in a single-income family. Learn more about the courageous Lissa on her travel blog, Roots, Wings, and Travel Things.


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, but with this old nice lady Natasha met when she was travelling in Japan. The woman was named Yoko and she offered to share with Natasha, a complete stranger, the story of the temple where they met. Yoko believed believed that in doing this, others would pay it forward, thus making a foreign place look friendlier. 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 to everyone, especially to 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 own 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 travelling as a family. Spending most of their free time discovering Vienna, the town they transformed into their home, but also dream destinations, they have gathered a lot of 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 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. Get inspired to go outside and explore the world on Jem’s blog, That Kiwi Hiker.



Questions for those nominated for the Liebster Award

  1. What was that first trip that turned travelling 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 for 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 travelling, 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 travelling?


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


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12 thoughts on “The Travel Bunny got nominated for the Liebster Award

  1. Marya Sutimi says:

    Definitely lots of money too if I could get a genie to grant a wish for myself too. I don’t care whether other people call it cliche and materialistic, you’re right when you said that it opens a lot of opportunities. Especially helping those people in need. Btw, congrats for the awards! 🙂

  2. Yara says:

    This is a wonderful way to support each other within the blogging community, kudos to you all! Connected with your Florence story, sometimes the best moment are not extravagant, just simple moments of clarity & joy.

  3. Michael Hodgson says:

    Congrats on the recognition. We “won” (read were recognized by a fellow blogger) for a Liebster Award last year and for us, perhaps the most valuable thing was the exercise in introspection to answer some of the questions posed to us…and then thinking of good questions to ask other bloggers we then nominated to “pass on” the love.

  4. Danik says:

    Well done on the Liebster award. Great award to support each other in the blogging world. Seems like a long long time ago I got this! 🙂 Keep on blogging and producing amazing posts

  5. Darah says:

    Congrats on the nomination! I studied abroad in Arezzo, Italy, which is just an hour train ride south of Florence. I can relate with grabbing a quick panini to enjoy with beautiful surroundings. My friends and I hiked in Cinque Terre and we bought panini before setting out on our hike. Those were the best sandwiches because of the view and the company we had.

  6. Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    Congrats on the Liebster. 100 reasons to visit Romania sounds like an ambitious undertaking, even for two posts. I wonder what your old-school poly sci teacher would say about wishing for endless money. On one hand, it’s a tool to solve all problems. I mean, very few problems can’t be solved by throwing huge sums of cash at them. On the other hand, if you had unlimited money and started giving it out freely, how could the world survive? You would soon run out of things to buy with all that money because everybody would have bought them all.

    • Mirela (The Travel Bunny) says:

      Hi, Jenn and Ed, and thank you!

      Regarding the spending of the money, I don’t think I will be giving money to grant other people’s extravagant wishes, but rather to ensure that they are able to live a decent life. I mean, I can see the money put to good use to provide shelter, food, health care, and education, and other such things to those in need. I doesn’t mean buying yachts or luxury products to all, not even for myself*. Sure, I may want to own a small sailboat with my fiancee in 2020, but that has nothing to do with this wish. And if my wish got granted I admit that I would splurge a bit in the beginning, but I don’t think I’m built for turning that into a permanent lifestyle.

      *Unless items for feminine care are still classified as luxury products 🙂

  7. The.Holidaymaker says:

    Congratulations! What a wonderful way to profile other sites. I will definitely be checking out those recommended bloggers.
    I love your story about Florence, it is so true, the smallest ordained things can bring us joy while on a vacation.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Heather says:

    Haha you made me laugh with Sherlock Holmes since the longest flight is 19 hours. I had just read about that the other day. I agree with you on flying. It’s my favorite, fastest and if you do it right can be the cheapest (depending). I’d rather fly by myself all over the world than drive by myself anywhere. Congrats on your Liebster Award nomination!

  9. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Congrats! I am sure this is just the beginning. You are sure to go a long way. Remembered our own Liebster award some years ago. Loved reading your responses to all the questions and also liked your posers to the people you have nominated.

  10. Maggie says:

    Congratulations on the nomination!! I loved reading your answers, particularly the Sherlock Holmes one – very clever! Haha. And I loved Florence too! There’s just something wonderful about finally getting food after a long day of exploring a new city.

    Also, I’m glad I read this because I didn’t realize you had nominated me!! Thank you! I look forward to putting together my own post 🙂

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