I have been nominated for the Liebster Award, a blogging award!

What is the Liebster Award?

It is a virtual award that is given from one blogger to another, to support, recognize and promote the work of fellow bloggers. I would like to thank Angela of Global Gadding for nominating me. Much like me, Angela balances her love of travel with home and work life. She shares stories from her travels and tips for maximizing traveling in a limited timeframe. She’s living proof that travel and full-time work can be balanced.

Liebster Award

The Liebster Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their site.
  2. Display an image of the award and write a post about your nomination on your blog.
  3. Answer the 10 questions your nominee has asked in their blog post.
  4. Nominate 5-10 other deserving new bloggers for the award and ask them 10 questions of your choice.
  5. List the rules of the award in your blog post.

My answers to the Liebster Award questions

What’s your most memorable travel experience?
When I was 13 we visited Lithuania to see where my family is from and meet some relatives for the first time. It was 7 years after Lithuania gained independence from Russia so the country was still rebuilding from decades of neglect. One day we were in the countryside exploring with one of our cousins and we came upon a run-down school. We heard piano music coming from one of the rooms and went inside to find a young blind child playing flawlessly.

What is your biggest struggle as a Travel Blogger?
How to focus my energy most effectively so that the content I produce is something that I am proud of and providing value to my readers.

Out of all the places that you have travelled to, which one could you envisage living in permanently?
Hawaii is high on my list, it is such a beautiful place and full of adventurous things that I love like snorkeling, kayaking, hiking.

Which country would you never want to visit again, and why?
I haven’t been to a country that I would not return to. There are regions I wouldn’t go back to, one of them being Phuket in Thailand. It was geared to a crowd that liked to party pretty hard core on their holiday and that is not something that I am interested in doing for more than 1 night every once-in-a-while.

Describe your worst travel moment to date.
Sitting at dinner on New Years Eve realizing that my train from Milan to Barcelona was pulling out of the train station at that very moment. I calculated the military time wrong and thought we had another 2 hours before it left. My friends and I were supposed to spend the next day in Barcelona and then continue to Madrid. We ended up having to book last minute flights to Madrid in order to get back in time for our flight to the USA.

What does the word “success” equate to in terms of your own blog?
I think of success in a couple different ways. The first one is I will feel successful when someone tells me that something that I wrote positively impacted their views of traveling and/or helped them on one of their trips. Another way I will feel successful is continually growing my reach and increasing visits to my site.

How do you stay healthy while traveling?
My trips are usually full of outdoor activities and we are on the move a lot so that helps. I try to eat healthy, but I also like to try local cuisine so it can be hard to eat healthy. Breakfast is usually where I’m eating like I normally do at home and then the rest of the day is kind of a crap shoot.

What is your least favourite part of blogging and why?
Editing my posts! I get so excited sometimes and want to share my posts with everyone and I have to hold myself back so I can let the post sit for a couple days to come back to edit it. Editing sometimes takes longer than writing the original version. I’m always glad I do edit, but it’s definitely my least favorite part.

Tell me 3 facts about yourself as a person.
1) I have been borderline obsessed with pockets since I was a kid.  Bonus points for pockets in dresses.
2) I love animals. I dream of having a cat and a dog one day.
3) I am an introvert through and through.

Who is the quirkiest person you have met while traveling?
When I was in Dominica, we were hiking back from exploring a secluded beach and ran into a local man, Nicodemus, that lived at the trailhead. He was in his 70’s, didn’t look a day older than 50. Everyday he came down to the beach to get fresh water from the underground spring that filtered through the rocks and fish. He climbed back up the ropes, ladders and trail with us. When we arrived at the trailhead he was so excited to share spices and fruits from his garden. He was telling us about this amazing vegetable and I couldn’t recognize the name he was saying so I told him we had never had one. He ran off to grab a couple for us and as he hands them to me I realized he was saying cucumber, but I didn’t understand because of his accent. He insisted that we take them even after we realized that we had eaten them previously.

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Nathan from The TRVL Blog
Yazzi from Simple Gold Life
Marta from Where Life is Great
Sophia from Wanderstation

My questions for the nominees are:

1. What was the first major trip you took?
2. Are you a part-time or full-time traveler?
3. If you are a part-time traveler, how do you strike a balance between work and travel? If you are a full-time traveler, how do you manage to fund your travels?
4. What draws you to traveling?
5. What is the strangest thing you’ve encountered on your trips?
6. What is your favorite thing about traveling?
7. If you had to live permanently in one of the places you traveled to, where would it be and why?
8. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made while traveling?
9. Why did you start a blog?
10. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Congratulations to all nominees. Please leave the link to your post here in the comments, so I can read your answers when the post is ready!

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