Thank you, Heather Raulerson, of RaulersonGirlsTravel for the nomination! Heather is a fellow Gen Xer that is traveling around the world creating interesting and unique content that you should check out! I really loved her post about celebrating her birthday aboard! Very soon, that will be me!
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is an award given from a blogger to bloggers, recognizing fellow bloggers, and promoting new and upcoming blogs. This is our chance to say, “you are doing a great job, and I recognize all the hard work you have been putting into your blog.” The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. And this travel blogging community is an amazing one to be a part of. I have met some lovely bloggers that have become great friends of mine. Even though we see each other in passing at travel conferences, it is the only community that I’ve been in that the friendship doesn’t stall out in between the times we meet. We support each other all year round and frequently meet up with each other on our travels.
What are the rules/guidelines for the Liebster Award?
If you are one of the lucky ones to be nominated and choose to accept this honor, there are a few things you have to do. First and foremost, you need to write a blog post that needs to include the following:
- Thank the blogger that nominated your blog and provide a link back to his/her blog
- Answer the thought-provoking questions asked by your nominator
- Describe what motivates you in life. Why do you do what you do (other than blogging)?
- Nominate 2-6 blogs that you feel deserve this award and have brought a unique perspective to travel blogging
- Ask five creative and unique questions to your nominees.
- Display the Liebster Award medallion and list the rules associated with the award on your post. (There are so many different award medallions to choose from on the official site.)
- Submit your entry leaving a comment in the Comment Box at https://theglobalaussie.com/the-liebster-award/ with a link back to your site for the judge to read your questions and responses.
Heather’s Questions to Me:
#1 “There is a greater gift than the trust of others. That is to trust in oneself. Some might call it confidence, others name it faith. But if it makes us brave, the label doesn’t matter… for it’s the thing that frees us, to embrace life itself.”– Jennifer Worth
Have you done something that others have called you brave for doing?
- 2 years ago I made the ultimate decision. I decided to risk it all, and move to another country! American born, and no legal rights to move anywhere else, I had to do a lot of work to find a way to get a visa. After much research, hard work, and persistence I got a visa in Germany…but I get the visa after moving here…with no guarantee that it would work out. Lucky for me it did!!
#2 “People who go on holidays are generally passive travelers. Travelers on longer schedules tend to lend themselves to more active participation in culture, language, and attitudes.”
How do you actively participate in culture during your travels?
- A lot of my motivation to travel is for the food. At every opportunity, I can be found in the local restaurants trying the native cuisine. I find that countries with dumpling based dishes are my favorite!
#3 “ Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind” – Anthony Bourdain
Have you ever had to deal with the uncomfortable side of traveling? How has it changed you?
- I once was planning a solo trip to Ireland and had become friendly with a local guy I started chatting with on the internet. We were both very excited to meet each and see if the spark we felt online was real. After 6 weeks of talking daily, and feeling really excited to meet in a few days I got the call…he told me he met someone else. So the trip I thought would be us traveling around Ireland together, was back to just a solo trip. It was hard at first to enjoy the places I had envisioned would be spent with this person, but in the end, it was a great trip that was worth going on.
#4 Now for the lighter side of the questions…If Star Trek fans are called Trekkies, Star Wars fans are called Star Warriors, and Harry Potter fans are called Potterheads, what is the most creative name you would call Travel Blogger fans and why?
- This is a fun question… Travelogger. Sounds almost like you will save “travel lover” but then you don’t. If I am honest, I never really liked the word “blog” sounds like blob… haha
#5 If you knew the zombie apocalypse was to happen next week. Where would you travel to that would give you the best chance of survival? And Why?
- I would find one of the world’s largest fortified cities such as Carcassonne in France. Hoping that banning together with the others looking to stay safe this walled city would give us a chance.
My Nominations for the Liebster Award are:
My Questions to the Nominees are:
#1. To create, manage and keep up with a blog, you need to be a very motivated person. Until I started my own blog I had absolutely no idea how much work it would be. If you are like me, then you have questioned whether it is all worth it.
- What keeps you motivated to continue working on your blog and creating new content?
#2. My site is all about inspiring and encouraging the solo female traveler inside them. Understanding that solo travel might not be for everyone, I do really believe in its power to promote self-growth, confidence, and strength.
- Have you ever traveled solo? If so, what was your experience? If not, would you? – Where would you go and why? If not, what is holding you back?
#3. As children, we all have ideas of “what we want to be when we grow up”. I remember answering that question several times. My top 2 answers were “become a vet” because I love animals… or “become a writer”. I used to start little stories in notebooks that I would only get maybe 5 pages in before giving up on it.
- What were your childhood dream jobs? Have you attempted these jobs? What is your dream job now?
#4. I always loved the movie Eat, Pray, Love. For those of you that haven’t see it, Julia Roberts quits her life to travel for a year. She goes to Italy to Eat, India to Pray, and Bali to Love.
- If you had to rewrite the movie and choose 3 different locations for these three things to take place: Eat, Pray, Love – Where would you have the locations be for each?
#5. A traveling lifestyle can look all fun and games via Instagram, but a true traveler knows it can be work.
What would be the biggest piece of advice you would tell to first-time travelers?
Best of Luck to all you nominees!
Please leave the link to your posts here in the comments, so I can follow along your journey!