We actually had no idea what the Liebster award was until we were nominated by two lovely couples a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who still don’t know, the Liebster Award is a sort of blogger’s chain mail, passed on from blogger to several other bloggers in order to bring awareness and recognition to little-known blogs. Being very new to the blogging scene as well, it was an honour that TWO awesome blogs chose us for their Liebster Award nomination.
Our first nomination was from Wanderlust Vegans, two England-based adventurers whose passions include photography, embracing the vegan way of life and travelling together. Their efforts to lead a minimalist life really resonate with our travels and we wish them many years of happy travelling.
Our second nomination came from teachamantothink, a wonderful couple living out of a car and dishing out a good dose of philosophy mixed in with their travel exploits. They have an incredible extended version of their “About Us” which gives you a real insight into who they are and why they are doing what they do.
Thank you to both of our nominators. This is a great way for bloggers to help people discover new blogs and strengthen the community of blogging worldwide! We have been asked 11 questions from each couple which we will answer below, after this we will be nominating 7 more bloggers.
Answers for Wanderlust Vegans (by Katie):
1. Where is the best place you have ever travelled to and why?
Peru has probably been our favourite country so far, the culture and history is so rich here and there is so much to see. It is a vibrant and friendly place to visit and we have not had a dull day since arriving.
2. What is your most essential travel item?
The bicycles, of course!
3. If you could live in any place, where would you choose?
We are still trying to figure that out ourselves, hopefully by the time we make it around the world we will have found the perfect location.
4. What is your favourite mode of transportation?
Haha! By bicycle, of course!
5. What is the most incredible travel deal you have ever gotten?
We haven’t received or taken part in any travel deals, so we can’t really give our most incredible deal. However, our dream deal would be some sort of adventure to a really high mountain (6,000m+) or the deep jungle. We’ll probably end up doing those things without a travel deal anyway, so no worries.
6. Where would you love to travel to, but are afraid?
We aren’t afraid of anywhere! Maybe Antarctica. Or the Canadian/Russian winter.
7. What’s the longest you’ve travelled at one time?
So far, we have been on the road for 6+ months, we intend to travel by bicycle for many more years.
8. Where have you travelled to that you wished you had more time at?
Perhaps we could have spent more time in Spain and biked in the north. We didn’t really get to explore that side of Spain.
9. When did you realise that travelling was a passion of yours?
I was 13 when I decided that I wanted to travel around the world. Chris had the bug but then lost it when he moved back to London, but I helped him catch it again when we met back in September 2015.
10. Who is your favourite travel companion?
Mr bunny. He’s travelled everywhere with me since I was born, he is the most reliable trustworthy travel companion I could ask for. Chris is alright too, ha!
11. How do you decide where you are going to next?
Look at the map, see what direction we are cycling in and chose a place that looks the most interesting! We are heading south at the moment to Patagonia and then we’ll come all the way back up to the Amazon.
Answers for teachamantothink (by Chris):
1. What do you think is the most challenging part of running a blog?
Getting regular updates and posts out there! When you wake up every day, pack your home together, cycle for up to six hours, rebuild your home somewhere else and cook a meal large enough to feed two exhausted adventurers and finally get yourself inside the tent to relax, you often find you don’t have the energy to work on something which requires as much patience as the blog. Much easier to lay back and drift off into the world of a book. We’re still figuring out the best way to make working on the blog easier!
2. What is the most rewarding thing about writing a blog?
The absolute best bit is when somebody gets in touch to tell you that a post you did or a picture you posted made a difference to their day. Katie battled for a long time with mental illness and eating disorders and we hope that some of the things she writes will resonate with some people struggling out there. It’s amazing to actually hear from those people too.
3. If you could choose anywhere in the world to live right now, where would it be?
Right here! With Katie, in Peru, on bicycles. We haven’t found a place we would want to spend the rest of our lives yet, so we still have a lot more to see before we think about living anywhere for a long time.
4. What are you most proud of?
Honestly, I am most proud that I had the guts to hand in my job resignation (despite it being a relatively incredible job) and begin this adventure of a lifetime with the person I love. I can’t remember a better decision I’ve made or a decision I have regretted less. I think I will always remember the decision to come adventuring as the best thing I ever did.
5. If you could change one thing in your life at the moment, what would it be?
I have a stubborn eye infection at the moment which is bugging both of us. I kind of wish that would go. Other than that, there’s nothing I really want to change!
6. Where is your happy place?
In the tent, when the sun goes down, snuggled inside the double sleeping bag with Katie. Our tent is our home and it’s easily the happiest place I have known. I get to experience it each night and look forward to it each day.
7. If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Beans on toast. Peanut butter on toast?! Toast and soy butter…TOAST. I miss toast on the road. I would love to carry a toaster around.
8. Pick an animal that you think best represents you, and why?
I nominated Katie to pick my animal and apparently I am a walrus. No justification unfortunately, I’m simply a walrus.
9. What is your definition of happiness?
I tend to equate happiness (contentedness) with the knowledge or belief that what I am doing in life is rewarding and not harmful to others. So, whenever I am doing something in my life that feels adventurous without having a negative impact on those I am interacting with, I am content. I feel happy when something monumental happens, but that’s more of a temporary thing. Contentedness is the thing I strive for, and it often leads to happy moments.
10. Do you prefer the city or country, and why?
Country, country, country! We absolutely loathe big cities. Every city we have had to cycle into has been a disastrous, stressful affair. Traffic, pollution, huge roads, horrible buildings. Even a city as “beautiful” as Cusco has kilometres and kilometres of industrial suburbs that make for awful cycling. To be honest, small towns in the countryside would be my preference. You still encounter people, but it is nowhere near as stressful as biking through a city.
11. Are you happy?
As per my definition of happiness in Q9, yes!
- The Travelling Sloth
- Young and Undecided
- Stephanie Fox: Newcastle and Travel
- Crank and Cog
- Nomad’s Diary
- Travel with Rahat
- Stylish Travlr
Questions for our nominees:
- When did you first discover you have a passion for travelling?
- Can you imagine yourself still travelling in your old age? If not, explain why!
- What do you get most excited about when you visit a new city or location?
- What is the most remote location you have ever travelled to?
- Which country/place would you recommend for a first time traveller leaving their home country?
- Which gadget or accessory could you not travel without?
- If you could improve any city by giving it something extra or changing something, which city would you improve and how?
- If you could choose any human or group of humans (living or dead) to accompany you on your travels, who would you choose?
- What is the most overrated place or city you have visited?
- Which is more beautiful, sunrise or sunset?
Here are the rules for our nominees:
- Write a post about the award making public your witty answers and your worthy nominees.
- Thank your nominator and LINK to their blog (important!)
- Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent 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.
- Tell everyone you know you’ve won an award!