I am so excited to share with you today, that Out of the 306 has been nominated for the Liebster Award! I am so incredibly honoured to be a part of a community of bloggers who have been recognized for their achievements, and to be given the opportunity to recognize other blogs for their hard work and dedication.
Thank you to Juliana from Well Beyond the Travel
Now before explaining exactly what the Liebster Award is, I’d like to thank Juliana from Well Beyond the Travel for nominating me. Juliana has been travelling since 2008 when she developed a passion for travelling and planning trips after studying English in Cape Town on an exchange program. She now shares her passion for travel by sharing her travel tips, stories and custom travel planning advice on her blog. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiring content about her travels throughout Brazil, and around the world!
What is the Liebster Award?
You might be wondering… what the heck is the Liebster Award? and to be honest, I wondered the same thing when I first heard about it. Well, allow me to cure your curiosity. The Liebster Award is an award that was created in 2011, given by bloggers to other bloggers as a way of recognizing them for their hard work. The Liebster Award, (Liebster meaning “darling” in German) exists solely on the internet and is a great way to promote your blog and give some recognition to other new blogs that are just starting out. If you are nominated for the award, and you choose to accept it (although I don’t know why someone wouldn’t), you must follow a set of rules which are as follows:
- Write a new post accepting the award and display it somewhere on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog (and maybe a few of their posts)
- Answer the questions posed to you by the person who nominated you, and feel free to add photos
- Nominate a minimum of 5 other new blogs with a following of less than 1000
- Create your own set of questions for your nominees (its okay to reuse some of the questions)
- Congratulate yourself for winning the award by having a glass of wine (or however you see fit) and feel good about sharing the love!
My answers to Juliana’s questions
1. Why did you decide to become a travel blogger?
Becoming a travel blogger was something I considered after my first backpacking trip around Europe. I started following other travel blogs prior to my trip for tips and inspiration and ended up being captivated by other travellers stories and life-lessons. I decided it would be an excellent way to not only connect with other bloggers around the world who share a common interest, but to share my own travel stories with my friends and family back home. I also wanted to inspire others to chase multiple passions and strive to “have it all”, the career, the family, a healthy lifestyle and the opportunity to travel
2. If you could move to any place you have visited, where would it be and why?
Hmm that’s a tough one… probably somewhere in Europe that gets 4 seasons like we do here in Canada, as we have an 85 pound Bernese cross who loves the snow. Somewhere like London, although we’ve also discussed places like Ireland, Switzerland and Germany.
3. Do you blog for fun or do you want to make something out blogging?
Currently I blog for fun, as I have a full-time career as a Litigation Paralegal here in Canada. I love my career and I worked really hard to get where I am, but I also have a passion for writing and sharing travel stories. Who knows what will happen. I’ll say I’m open to new opportunities!
4. Name 3 places from your bucket list.
I’m a huge bucket list fanatic, so this is something I think about a lot. At this very moment, probably Capadoccia, Turkey, Auckland, New Zealand and Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
5. Do you investigate some culturally related stuff before traveling? (like traditions, taboos, religious festivities, etc.)
Absolutely. I think there is no way to better learn about a country than by embracing their culture and becoming a part of their traditions. On a recent trip to Thailand I considered getting a bamboo tattoo but chickened out last minute… maybe next time!
6. And what about the language? Do you prepare or learn some sentences? (why/why not?)
Sometimes it’s hard if the languages are quite different from English. It can be hard to pick up on certain phrases and pronounce them correctly. But at the risk of sounding silly, I will often learn basic phrases to help me get by before I travel. I will then usually carry a phrase book along with me, just in case there is something I need to communicate along the way.
7. Where do you see yourself living in ten years?
To be honest, right here in Canada. I am so blessed to be born in such a beautiful, prosperous country full of opportunity and adventure right in my backyard. If you haven’t been here yet, you need to come now. There’s a reason it was named Lonely Planet’s #1 country to visit in 2017. That doesn’t mean I won’t travel every opportunity I get, I just will always have a familiar home-base to store my pack.
8. What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten, and where did you eat it?
Oh boy… Thailand for sure. I absolutely love Thai food so the opportunity to eat delicious pad Thai and spicy red curry in the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai are at the top of my foodie travel experience list.
9. What’s the most incredible thing you’ve done while travelling?
The most incredible experience I’ve had was zip lining over the Loboc River in Loboc, Bohol, Philippines. Also the firefly kayak tour we did with kayakasia. Both we’re amazing experiences with unforgettable scenery that I will never forget.
10. Apart from travelling (and blogging about it), what is your biggest passion?
Probably my career as a Litigation Paralegal. I pride myself in being good at what I do and helping people obtain affordable and accessible legal services. I also love being outdoors with my husband and our dog, Duke. Whether its hiking, kayaking, camping or road trips were always finding something fun to do together.
11. What’s your next destination?
We are planning on heading back to Southeast Asia in the winter. Haven’t decided exactly what our route will be but we’re thinking Vietnam and Cambodia. I absolutely can’t wait to explore more of the Asian culture and the beautiful landscapes, history and food that those countries have to offer.
My nominees for the Liebster Award
It was very difficult to choose my nominees. There are just so many great travel bloggers out there with their own unique take on travel. But after much research I was able to pick out the 5 that I could relate to most.
Stay Curious Darling is a travel and lifestyle blog with a focus on economic development, women’s empowerment and ethical tourism. Brit attempts to share what inspires her with the world and to give readers a glimpse of the road less travelled. She strives to inspire others to forge your own path and define your own success. She wants readers to know that you don’t have to live your life like everyone else, just know that success is who you are not what you own, and in the end you will be remembered for how you made others feel. Be adventurous, be kind, be happy and leave the world a better place than you found it.
Words with Winos is blog created by Marilyn and her boyfriend, Matt, who are avid travelers and thoroughly enjoy living a nomadic life. Together, they love talking about their travels, whether it be with just each other or other fellow travelers. They also thoroughly enjoy wine (I mean really, who doesn’t?) So, they decided to launch a unique podcast where they simultaneously drink wine and talk about their travels and various other topics related to traveling! They even enjoy interviewing fellow travelers as well to hear all about their experiences abroad.
Gone with the Wine is a Travel & Lifestyle blog by Paula Gaston. Paula writes about her life under the Californian sun, and about her travels with her family. She has done a career in the culinary field, and her passion for food and wine can be seen in the blog. The Gaston’s like to explore new cultures but also travel around the USA. Gone with the Wine is published both in English and Finnish, as Paula is originally from Finland.
Tapped Out Travellers is about a little family that moved to Germany 2 years ago for work. Christine and her husband have managed to make a life for themselves while navigating the new world of being an expat. Raising their 2 kids in a new country, exploring everything Europe has to offer and making new friends is what Christine’s blog is all about; taking the worry and stress out of traveling with little humans, and trying their hardest to raise them right, so far from home.
Wanders Will Never Cease was created by Maria, a travel-obsessed British girl who spends most of her time (and money!) on various adventures around this amazing world. The travel bug has always been in her blood. As a kid she was fascinated by the hundreds of souvenir magnets on her grandparents fridge and inspired as she watched them drive their camper van across many borders. She wants her readers to enjoy reading about her getaways almost as much as she enjoys living them.
Questions for my nominees
- Why did you start a travel blog?
- Where in the world are you now?
- What has been your favorite travel experience so far?
- If you could go anywhere in the world right now, and budget was no issue, where would you go?
- What has been your biggest challenge as a traveller (or a travel blogger)? How have you overcome those challenges?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Name 3 places (or 3 things) that are on your travel bucket list.
- Do you have any other passions besides travel (and blogging) that you devote your time to, and if so; how do you balance those passions? (ex: a career, school, a family, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, pets etc.)
- Have you been to my home country, Canada? If so; where and what is your favorite part of Canada so far?
- Where is your next destination?
Again, thanks to Juliana for the nomination and I look forward to reading the answers from my nominees! Happy Travelling!