A couple of weeks ago, sorry it took me so long, Portia from Migrant Muse nominated me for the Liebster Award. It’s an award for bloggers to recognize other bloggers and to show which ones they think do a great job. Therefore I take it as a compliment and appreciate this recognition from fellow travel blogger Portia at Migrant Muse for the nomination!
I have to be honest, before the nomination I have never heard of the Liebster Award, but I don’t mind to be amongst “favourite” bloggers (which would be a rough translation of the word “Liebster” from German). In the end it is great for new bloggers like me to be discovered and connect with other bloggers. And I feel proud and honored that my blog was already noticed after just a few weeks in the bloggin’ biz 😀
Ok so there are a few rules that are required with the Liebster award and they are as follows:
- Write a blog post thanking the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog. In this case to myself aka Jey Jetter at www.jeyjetter.com
- Answer the 11 questions that I ask you below
- Nominate 10 bloggers of your own, with under 600 followers, who you think are awesome and deserve of this honour
- Create 11 questions for your nominees
- Display the Liebster Award logo on your page
- List these rules in your post
- Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they know what to do
- Once you’re done, return to this post and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers too
So here are my answers to the 11 questions from Portia:
- Why did you decide to start a travel blog?
After having travelled around the world for 4 years, I accumulated so many pictures and stories that it’s almost a waste not to share them 😉 Well, seriously speaking I only started recently with my blog because before that I thought no one would care about “just ANOTHER” travel blog. So, I never documented or wrote about my travels until recently. What changed my mind in the end, was the constant messages from friends and family back home that showed a big interest in my newly found lifestyle. Everyone seemed to be impressed that I “just do it” and wanted to know how and why and where…so I figured, perhaps it is finally time to start a blog and write about everything that has happened ever since I left home. I like the idea that some people might get inspired by my stories and lose their fear of taking the first step.
- What do you currently do for a living?
Well, a combination of three things: I am a traveller, which keeps my soul alive. I am a wwoofer, which lets me live and eat for free. And I am a freelance PR Consultant and Translator, which help me finance my trips.
- What do you love and hate most about blogging?
Honestly, I love sharing what I am experiencing because it is wonderful to write about what you just did. It’s a great way to document your life but also to make it even livelier: you live the moments twice and when I look through my pictures in order to select them for my blog posts, it makes me happy and it shows me over and over again why I am travelling. I hate really nothing about blogging so far – but I have literally started blogging 6 posts ago…so perhaps you ask me next year again 🙂
- Have you received any negative reactions from your blog?
Nope! So far I haven’t had enough readers, I guess 🙂
- Where do you plan to travel to next and why?
HAWAII: I am really excited about this! In actually exactly one week, I will be going to Hawaii. Why? Because it’s one of the paradise destinations that I have always wanted to visit. And at the moment I am on Vancouver Island, so I figured, I am very close to Hawaii…and flights are cheap: CAD 300 return! I couldn’t resist!
- What has been your most memorable or inspirational trip and why?
My around the world trip four years ago. When I started my trip I had no idea that travelling would turn into my lifestyle…that’s why I chose the following subtitle for my blog: “The road of no return…or how I started travelling on serious terms”. It really changed my life, my way of thinking and I guess me as a person too. I learned a lot about myself and about life in general. It was as if I opened the door to a completely new world with new options and suddenly there appeared new perspectives and ways in front of me – I felt my horizon had widened after that solo trip.
- Are you involved in any travel blogger networks or groups? If so, which ones?
Yes, I joined a bunch of groups on Facebook: Girls Who Travel, Nomads, Travel Bloggers Network, We Travel We Blog, Awesome Bloggers, Girls vs Globe, The Aspiring Travel Writer, Matadornetwork
- Have you gone on any press trips or written any sponsored posts or products?
Not yet, not yet!! Perhaps after this award…anyone? 🙂
- How would you describe the way you travel?
I travel with an open mind, always happy to fit in spontaneous changes and I never have too many (if any!) reservations made in advance. I like it that way, because then I can react more freely to upcoming ideas when meeting other people. Mostly I travel to connect with people from the places I travel to. I love learning about their cultures and hearing about their stories and their opinions. That’s why I try to stay out of hostels and prefer to do woofing or couchsurfing. In hostels you meet travellers and tend to hang out with them instead of getting in touch with local people.
- What do you think sets you apart from other bloggers?
I haven’t really defined my whole blogging concept yet, but I know I want to inspire people, so every time I post it’s almost as if I am writing for other people. I want to encourage them and hopefully get them out on the road too. Why? Because I know from experience that the only valuable things in life are actually experiences and travelling creates a whole lot of them. Life is too short to not live every day as if it was your last.
- What are your goals for your blog and what are you hoping to achieve from blogging?
All I want is make travelling more approachable for other people. Before I started travelling I didn’t know that it would actually be possible the way I am doing it. So, I am hoping to give those who read my blog and are hesitant to change their lives into a nomadic lifestyle a push and motivation so that they can start to create their own awesome journey.
And now it’s your turn! I’d like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:
- Phoebe at The Start and the Bean
- Christine Messina at NYC Jet Setter
- Robin Tournadre at Robin T. Photo
- Erica at Girl Unspotted
- Tim O’Callaghan at Flat Tires and Slow Boats
- Karla Ramos at Karlaroundtheworld
- Revati Victor at Different Doors
- Jana Hönnige at Six Senses of Travel
- Laura Lynch at Savored Journeys
- Heather Cole at Conversant Traveller
And these are my questions for the Liebster Award nominees:
- What is your biggest challenge while travelling?
- How did you find blogging in the beginning and now?
- How did you create your website/blog?
- What’s the concept of your blog?
- Have you thought about or are you already blogging for a living?
- What is your favourite country/place you have been to?
- What is a must have in your carry on/suitcase?
- What was your longest trip that you have taken?
- Which places are your top 3 on your bucket list?
- Which nationality do you find is the most traveller type?
- Where would you never go back to and why?
I am looking forward to reading all of your answers! The Liebster Award is a wonderful way to give and take: you will get a bit of extra attention on your site and can help some fellow blogger to gain the same. Also, it’s a nice way to give your readers some extra information about yourself and your blog. So join the Liebster Award circle!
Thanks again to Portia at Migrant Muse for including me in the Liebster Award nomination and happy blogging everyone!