First of all, I wanted to say how very delayed this post is and I apologise for that to the lovely bloggers that have nominated me for the Liebster Award.
What Is Liebster Award?
It is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. The idea is to help new and upcoming bloggers to strengthen the community and spread the word about their great content. I know my blog is slightly older now but most of the nomination that elitravelbug.com has received were quite a while back.
But hey, it’s better to write this post late than never.
Let’s be real, it’s not easy to start as a blogger, and this award helps to gain a bit of exposure, plus let’s you find out about new blogs.
However, most importantly – if you are new in the blogging world, receiving this kind of award definitely helps to gain some confidence and gives a bit of a kick to carry on doing what you love. In the end, your blog has attracted someone’s attention enough to nominate you.
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The Steps :
- Get nominated
- Thank those who nominated you
- Write an intro on Liebster Award to spread the word
- Answer the questions asked by the blogger who has nominated you
- Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award and inform them about it.
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Who has nominated elitravelbug :
The very first that has nominated me! Thank you.
Reporter on the Road is run by Florence – ‘a curious girl fascinated by the world, international relations and cultures.’
Florence’s blog is stunning and the well-written articles will grab your attention in no time.
Plus, it’s written in two languages, English & French!
A travel and lifestyle blog full of colour and positivity run by Birgit.
Birgit used to be an opera singer, which I find amazing! Her passion for music is still huge, hence the name of her blog.
Run by Becca who is a tourism student from Spain writes about great destinations around Europe and not only.
Her city guides are full of great and very helpful info.
The author of Travel Your Dreams is Lauren, based in Northamptonshire, England.
Lauren has a great way of writing, which makes you feel like you’ve known her for a good while.
This travel and lifestyle blog is run by Tyler, a female traveller who’s incredible energy shows through not only her writing but even just by looking at the pictures. Most importantly, Tyler is super down to earth and funny!
Winny is a food and travel blogger and a vlogger from Sydney.
I love the design of her blog and the content is great, especially if you like mixing travel and food.. and who doesn’t?
Thank you all again for your nominations!
Please give them a follow!
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Liebster Award Answers
As I have been nominated by different blogs and there are different questions – I’ve picked 10 that I like the most! 🙂
Why did you start a travel blog?
After I started travelling more, many of my friends, family & people I didn’t necessarily know started asking me lots of questions – how I got to certain places or about my recommendations.
I love giving tips and talking about my experiences whether good or bad. Therefore I thought what better way to share them than creating a blog, hoping that it can help or inspire more people out there!
My other reason is to be able to share my allergy and travel experiences altogether – As I suffer from many allergies myself, I realised there isn’t much out there on how to travel with skin problems.
What is your favourite thing about travelling?
There are SO many things I love about travelling which keep me wanting to adventure more.
I think the main one is meeting people from the countries I travel to and learning about their ways of life and the culture. Seeing places and their beauty that I never imagined existed as well as doing things out of my comfort zone are also up there.
How has blogging changed the way you approach travel?
I think it made me appreciate travelling more. Writing about the experiences or re-living them when editing my videos/pictures reminds me of how lucky I am to do what I did.
It also makes me realise that going with the flow, is the way to go. It usually allows me to meet locals and spending time with them plus listening to their stories is the best way to learn about any destination and culture. When I write about those kinds of trips, I write it with so much more excitement and passion as the stories are so real and interesting.
Those stories make me want to ‘put myself out there’ more than I used to before writing my blog. I realised the huge difference of travelling with and without a strict travel itinerary.
What destination feels most like home to you?
Away from actual home, I think it must be Thailand. I’ve spent a bit of time there travelling and volunteering while meeting SO many incredible people – both locals and travellers.
Thailand is known as the ‘land of smiles’ for a reason and once you explore the outsides of the main touristy areas, such as the islands in the south – you will know what I mean!
Would you rather travel alone or with someone?
Depends where. However, I think I prefer solo travel.
I just got back from another solo adventure in Hong Kong – a place that I didn’t have high expectations for, especially that I was only there for two days. Within the first day, I managed to meet some great people that made the trip amazing. And Hong Kong is actually really cool btw.
When I travel solo, I am SO much more open to other people.
What are your essentials when it comes to packing?
Mainly due to my allergies – A cotton sleeping bag liner and my Hammamas (cotton) travel towel!
One of the main necessities is coconut oil , I use it as a moisturiser, conditioner, make up remover and so on.
What is your favourite way to travel: plane, train, automobile, ship or other?
Depends on where I guess.I’m not gonna lie, I love night bus journeys.. so often when travelling around Thailand or Myanmar, I’ve heard people complaining about it when I was actually kind of excited as strange as it may seem. It’s always an adventure, whether there
I’m not gonna lie, I love night bus journeys.. so often when travelling around Thailand or Myanmar, I’ve heard people complaining about it when I was actually kind of excited as strange as it may seem. It’s always an adventure, whether there are unexpected party lights and music at every stop (Bangkok to Chumphon) or a driver that beeps every 10 seconds for no reason (Myanmar).
I also absolutely love train journeys, especially if the views are nice! My favourite journey till this day was in Myanmar (Mandalay to Hsipaw) – rated as one of the top train rides in the world, the 11 hour journey through the Shan mountains was nothing but pure beauty.
How do you try to avoid scams and deter pickpockets?
The best way is to research the destination beforehand but also talk to people – whether it’s the hostel/guesthouse owner, the locals or other travellers you meet along the way.
I also try to not have too much cash on me and cash that I do have – it ends up being separated all over, some in my main backpack, some in the small one and also something on me whether it’s a bumbag or shoe depending on where I am.
I try to have a few bank cards and again separate them. I DON’T EVER leave my passport and the main belongings in the main luggage when travelling. When on a night bus or train, I have them right by my side and either my arm goes through one of the handles or I use my wired padlock.
When it comes to scams – try to research the prices before, so when you are given an ‘offer’ you will know whether someone is trying to rip you off or not. If yes – don’t give in, pay what you think is right.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
There are so many things still on my bucket list that it’s really hard to narrow it down to one.. I think the top ones must be visiting South America – it’s islands, Bolivia salt flats, Machu Picchu and experiencing the different cultures in general.
I would also love to visit Nepal, see the sunset over the beautiful Santorini in Greece and skydive. Spending a few days in Borneo with the orangutans is also a huge wish of mine.
But there is so much more! Click here for my full list. <3
What is your favourite travel quote?
‘Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.’
By far my favourite and the truest quote I have come across in regards to travel and not only. We can learn a lot while studying – however, the experience and lessons that travel will teach you (especially solo or on a budget) is simply impossible to learn otherwise.
Whether good or worse – these experiences will make you so much stronger and will not only teach you about the world and open up your eyes to what is happening around us. They will teach you about yourself in a way that nothing else will.
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Blogs I nominate
Stunning photography, amazing design and catchy content.
I only just recently discovered Angelas blog and absolutely love it.
I have met Chloe when travelling Thailand and she is generally one of the nicest people.
Her blog is about travel and not only – Chloe talks about ‘ life experiences and thoughts on mindfulness to motivate and inspire your own journey.’
If you like travel but also food and wine – look no more.
You can find a tonne of reviews, recipes, and any new wine & cocktail trends.
This blog is not in English, but I love it. If any of you can speak Polish – check this out!
Gosia is a mum who will give you tips on everything you can think of whether it’s recipes, books, best polish brands and even travel.
Created by Cassy whose passion for travel shines through the number of great destinations she has visited.
I really like the style of writing and the way she introduces locations in a different light.
A travel and lifestyle blog created by Laura.
Again, I like the style of writing which is easy and nice to read. Laura won’t flood you with a tonne of text, but manages to cover the necessities perfectly.
Give them all a read and a follow!
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My Questions For The Above Nominees
- Why did you start blogging?
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
- Do you prefer solo travel or with other people?
- What’s your best travel hack?
- Favourite location so far?
- Where do you feel most at home and why?
- Craziest travel adventure?
- Where have you had the best food (country or city)?
- If travelling solo – what is your best tip to make friends?
- If you were given 1 ticket to anywhere in the world – where would it be?
Looking forward to reading about your answers!
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