Liebster means ‘dearest’ or ‘most beloved’ in German and is a lovely way to describe the bloggers this award recognises. The Liebster Award is designed to raise awareness of new and upcoming bloggers with less than follower. We all love the attention so let’s share the love.
First, the rules:
- Write a post about the award making public your witty answers and your worthy nominees.
- Thank your nominator and link to their blog.
- Answer the 10 questions they’ve set you with as many illustrations as you feel appropriate (as long as they make you look cool).
- Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know on social media.
- Write your own questions for your nominees. We’ve written 11 which I think is pushing it!
- Tell everyone you know you’ve won an award!
Thanks to Gareth at BrokenJawTravel, we have been nominated for this award. It is an honour to have been considered for it as WhenTwoWander has only been live for three months and we’ve only been on the road for three weeks! Gareth is doing a great job at BrokenJawTravel. His posts manage to combine travel inspiration with witty lines and funny stories. Go and have a read, it’ll brighten up your work day.
So, to our answers:
What first inspired you to start blogging?
Sam already had a blog before we decided to take this trip, and throughout the planning stages we have taken a lot of advice from other bloggers such as Goats on the Road, NomadicMatt, and The Broke Backpacker. We were inspired by their passion for travel, and their willingness to share their experiences with us. We wanted to be able to do the same; so after a long naming process, WhenTwoWander was born. Aside from this, it is a wonderful way of keeping in touch with our friends and families, letting them share in our journey.
Do you prefer to travel solo or with others?
We both have a little experience travelling solo, and as rewarding as it can be, we much prefer travelling with other people. It allows you to see the world in so many different ways, and through so many different eyes. Plus, there is always someone to back you up if you ever get into trouble or get sick. We really admire travellers who can live as individual ‘digital nomads’.
What is one thing you wish you’d known before starting blogging?
Blogging on the road takes a lot of work; from editing photos, to thinking of interesting post ideas, especially when you’re doing it all on an iPad. Perhaps we’d have considered bringing a small notebook laptop, it would enhance our functionality and allow us to get things done much quicker.
Do you have a favourite photo from your travels?
S: We’ve taken over a thousand photos on our trip, and our GoPro memory card is full. By far my favourite photo is a panorama we had taken whilst quad-biking on the sand dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam. Its such a spectacular photo and we had a wicked day.
K: Yeah it’s one of us at the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos. I love this photo because we look so happy and we loved Vang Vieng as a place. Its no wonder were smiling because just before this photo was taken, I fell off the swing…
Are there any countries you wouldn’t visit on ethical grounds?
What an interesting question. It seems a bit self-defeating to not visit somewhere for ethical reasons, the only way to affect change is to actively get involved to change the situation. There are some deplorable things happening in the world; FGM across the world, and decapitations in Saudi Arabia for example. These may be hard to change as a traveling individual, but boycotting places on ethical grounds seems silly.
Who is your favourite travel blogger?
Crikey, there are so many to choose from. We’ve had a lot of fun reading stories from those mentioned in Q1. We also like NOMADasaurus adventure bloggers – they just have some awesome stories. Gareth at BrokenJawTravel has also been good to us and has some great stories.
What is your must-have travel accessory?
We have so much stuff that you might considered to be a bit superfluous like carabiners and a washing line. We have considered taking a lot of it out but in reality we’ve used most of it. I would say that the most useful accessory we’ve brought along is a four plug adapter. We have so many electronic gadgets that need charging, we couldn’t have them if we didn’t have this adapter. We actually have a list of the Top 5 Essential Items for Backpacking.
Who would be your ideal travel partner?
We travel as a couple so obviously each other! You need to travel with someone who is like-minded and who you can have a laugh with in the most ridiculous situations. You get a lot of free time when traveling, its important to have someone who is okay with not doing anything or talking. We’ve had to laugh to keep each other sane on rainy days in rubbish hostels. It is important that you have your own individual experience as well though.
Who is the most interesting character you’ve met on your travels?
Another good question. Perhaps the most exuberant character we’ve met was a guy called ‘Belly’. He was our guide on a trek in Chiang Mai, Thailand and every so often he would stop to show us something pretty extraordinary. He knew the jungle like his own back garden and grew up in a Karin village nearby. Belly revelled in freaking us out and this was one of his many tricks.
Any travel regrets?
Regrets, no. Do we wish we’d perhaps done things a little differently? I think so. Perhaps we wouldn’t have bothered with Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta in low season; lots of rain and very few people around. We might also have gone to India and perhaps have started our trip in Jan 2017 which would have allowed us to save more money. We don’t regret any of this though, we are having an incredible time and we know we are very lucky to have this opportunity (though it is truly is achievable for everyone).
So what’s next on the Bucket List?
We don’t have a formal bucket list as such, more a list of destinations we’d love to visit in the next few years. We’re hoping to skydive, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia though.
Well that’s us done. We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a bit better. Now it’s your turn, our lucky nominees are:
- www.teafortheteacher.eu – offers some really useful and insightful articles about being an expat and learning languages.
- www.travelingseouls.com – a versatile Asian-American blog with a variety of articles about their travels, and the food they eat on the way.
- www.lessonslearnedabroad.com – experienced traveler telling stories from the road from a very refreshing angle.
- www.theartincities.com – A terrific blog helping you find some of the best artwork in various locations across the globe.
- www.alwaysafriday.com – major design envy from this young British couple, they have some great tips and an awesome YouTube channel.
- www.teachamantothink.com – newish bloggers with a great focus on inspiring conscious travel; think about things you see on the road, don’t just idle by.
- www.rootingrobert.com – socially responsible blogger with humanitarian focus on travel. Highly refreshing.
Our questions for our awesome nominees:
- Where is your favourite place that you’ve been to?
- Which destination is top of your list? Choose one you’ve not been to before.
- What do you miss the most from home when you’re on a trip?
- If you could tell you pre-travelling self one thing, what would it be?
- As budget travellers ourselves, we appreciate the need to be thrifty, what is your top money-saving tip for the road.
- We love food, what is your favourite international dish?
- Tell us your scariest/most harrowing experience from travel.
- Describe your worst hostel/hotel/accommodation experience.
- Who is the most interesting character you’ve met on your travels? (Recycled question because we thought it was good).
- With your skill set, where you do you think you could make the biggest difference in the world if you were to volunteer?
- If you could learn another language in one hour, which language would you choose?
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