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.
Laura, from Undercover Travel Agent, got The Travel Bunny nominated for the Liebster Award. 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. 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.
Rules for 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:
- Thank the person who got you nominated for the Liebster Award, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog after you get nominated for the Liebster Award.
- Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging.
- Name 5-11 other bloggers to get nominated for the Liebster Award.
- Provide a list of 11 questions for the ones you 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 fiancée. 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 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 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 leads 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 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 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 pigskin, 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 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.
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 for 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. 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. It’s about this old nice lady Natasha met when she was traveling in Japan. The woman (Yoko) offered to share with Natasha, a complete 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 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 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.
G̶e̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶s̶p̶i̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶l̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶d̶o̶o̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶J̶e̶m̶’̶s̶ ̶b̶l̶o̶g̶,̶ ̶T̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶K̶i̶w̶i̶ ̶H̶i̶k̶e̶r̶.̶ (Unfortunately, Jem’s blog closed a few months after she got nominated for the Liebster Award and is no longer available on the Internet. But her nomination to the Liebster Award was well deserved.)
Questions for those I nominated for the Liebster Award
- What was that first trip that turned traveling into a passion for you? What was it like and how long ago was it?
- Being a constant traveler, you have gathered a lot of experience. What are the usual steps you take when planning for a trip?
- What is the one thing you never leave home without?
- How would you communicate with locals in a place where they don’t speak any of the languages you know?
- What is the funniest memory you have from your travels?
- If you could change anything from your past travels for the better, what would it be?
- What does a day from your dream vacation look like and where in the world would it all take place?
- What do you like best in your activity as a travel blogger and what keeps you motivated? (Besides all the traveling, of course!)
- What does the place you’re usually blogging from look like?
- 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?
- 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 own list of bloggers who should get nominated for the Liebster Award and ask them anything you’re curious to discover about them. Good luck!
Mirela Letailleur is a Romanian travel blogger getting ready to move to 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.