Woohoo… The Wanderluster’s have been nominated for a Liebster award. Our baby blog, that started out just a few months ago has already been nominated and we couldn’t be more pleased. No, it’s not an award that we can display nicely on one of our shelves at homes, it’s more of a pretty image that we can proudly display on our blog. The virtual Liebster award is a sign of appreciation and recognition of bloggers by other bloggers. Not only does the award encourage new bloggers to continue to write, it also a sign of recognition by fellow bloggers.
Our blog has been nominated fpr the Liebster award by Lara; the lovely lady and creative travel writer behind the blog Curious Journeylist. Lara is Croatian born and bred but has spent a fair bit of time studying and working in many exotic locations from Europe to Asia and everywhere in between. With such a range of travel locations and experience of writing for STA travel, Lara provides a great insight into the countries she has visited. So, Thanks a lot to Lara for recognising our blog and sharing the Liebster award love.
Has Lara nominated our blog, we now need to answer some of her questions. Here goes:
- What is your favourite travel quote?
‘To travel is to live’. For me travel is a way of life and makes me feel alive. When I am not travelling, I am living to travel. Work and save, work and save, repeat, repeat, repeat.
- Describe your most memorable experience from your travels?
There are just too many. My mind whizzes through many experiences I’ve had through travel. One that is sticking out more at the moment though is simply rolling around in an old Russian van through the Mongolian desert.
- Share one travel tip/ hack that can help people either in organizing their trip or help them while traveling.
Don’t plan to much in advance. Sure, it is good to have a rough itinerary and a few things listed of what you want to see and do. But plans change, you meet people along the way and what you thought you would do one day could be completely different the next. Also, if it is not a busy holiday period, avoid booking accommodation in advance. It is often much cheaper and efficient to scope out your options when you arrive at a destination.
- What advice would you give someone who wants to start a travel blog?
Just go for it! Start with writing about your experiences and topics you are comfortable with. Don’t force yourself to write just start doing it when you have some free time and you are feeling creative. Often, this is when the best content is created.
- What kind of traveler are you? What’s your travel style?
A budget backpacker. I’m not too fussed about splashing the cash on fancy accommodation, restaurants or equipment. I would totally rather have more money to spend on more travel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always opt for the cheapest of the cheapest accommodation but you can bet it is the best value for money accommodation. If it’s clean then I’m happy. As for my travel style, I always prefer to travel independently. If I can avoid a tour then I will. If I can avoid getting on a tourist bus and instead take the local bus, I will.
- Name one place that you don’t mind visiting repeatedly. Why that one?
Since being old enough to travel without my parents, I have never visited the same place twice. Unless you count Vietnam, but the second time around it wasn’t for travel but to make the big move. I am hoping to return to both Myanmar and Mongolia one day though. I would love to explore more of Myanmar and I would love to return to Mongolia in the winter months to see the beautiful landscapes topped with snow.
- We read a lot about negative impacts of tourism to the environment. In your opinion, how can travelers give a positive contribution to the places they travel?
As tourist are mostly consumers and buy a lot of products, I think it is the responsibility of travellers to dispose of their garbage correctly. Of course, this is something we should all do at home, but we should also keep that up whilst on the road to.
- Did traveling change your point of view on something? If yes, which one?
Travel has changed my views and opinions in many ways. Before going to some countries, I had certain expectations, both big and small, which quickly changed when I arrived. For instance, I was quite surprised at how much I love the food In Vietnam but not so much in South Korea. I’m probably going to get some stick for saying that but I just didn’t find the food in Korea that great; it made me sick.
- Where would you throw your birthday party if you could do it anywhere in the world?
Honestly, I am not really a big fan of the idea of a Birthday party. I would rather do an activity that is on my bucket list; flying in a hot air balloon, skydiving, going on a safari in Africa or spending time at a sloth sanctuary in South America. Pssst… the latter is looking very likely for my next Birthday in July, which I’m sooo excited about.
- Tell me about one person you have met on your travels that made an impact on you?
Our driver through Mongolia, Anh Ba. He didn’t speak a word of English but he made us feel comfortable, welcome in his country and helped us throughout our entire journey in Mongolia. It just goes to show, that even when there is a language barrier, the kindness of people can still shine through and we can make friends for life.
My favourite travel blog – Goats on the Road
Whenever, I am wanderlusting, need to plan a trip or need to research anything travel, I always stumble upon Goats on the Road. I am a big fan of their blog because they always seem to have the answers I am looking for. Being part of a travel couple too, I feel as though I can relate to their style of travel – budget couple backing. The way they have changed their life, to be able to travel full-time is such an inspiration. I love how they have been to countless destinations and provide valuable and honest information to their readers. Not only does their blog give useful tips and advice to fellow travelers, they also inspire people to get off the beaten path and visit destinations that are less travelled by.
Now to share more of the Liebster Award love…
As we have been nominated for the Liebster Award, I think it is only right to continue to share the love and nominate other bloggers who we would like to show appreciation and recognition to for their incredible work. Here goes…
And here are my questions for you…
- Why do you travel?
- Where in the world do you really want to visit? Why?
- What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
- What tips would you give to someone for taking a long flight?
- What is the most valuable thing you have lost whilst travelling?
- What has been your worst experience whilst travelling?
- Have you ever worked abroad? What did you do? If not, do you ever plan to?
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel?
- Where is your next destination?
- What are your top things to see/do when you visit a new place?
Liebster Award Rules
- Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it somewhere on your blog.
- Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog (that is not your own). Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
- Respond to the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you for the award.
- Nominate 5-11 travel blogs that you feel deserve the award.
- Ask nominees 11 questions you would like them to answer on.
- List these rules in your post.
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.