Liebster Award Nominee: Itchy Boots

Liebster Award 2018

I was pleasantly surprised and honoured to be nominated for the Liebster Award by fellow travel bloggers Dagney and Jeremy from Cultura Obscura. Thanks guys! Since my blog is still crisp and new, it’s just great when you get noticed and even be considered for an award!

So what is this Liebster Award then?

The Liebster Award 2018 is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Pretty cool award huh!

I had the pleasure to answer the questions that Cultura Obscura came up with for me. So let’s go!

  1. If you never had to eat a particular type of cuisine again, what would it be?

Without a single doubt: Mongolian cuisine. Even though I absolutely loved traveling through Mongolia (!), the food was just horrific. 

For breakfast I was fed fermented horse milk - an entire bowl of it! One evening, a special dish was prepared: marmot. They chopped off the head and stuffed it with hot rocks. Leaving it cooking overnight from the inside out, it was then served the next morning as breakfast. Together with that awful fermented horse milk.

Ugh, that was hardcore. 

2. If money is no object, what is your dream holiday?

I would definitely go to the Galapagos islands. This has been high on my list for a long time, but as a budget traveler I never made it there (yet). With all the money in the world, I would go there on a private sailboat to see the turtles and swim with seals! 

3. Do you prefer to be disconnected from society or plugged in?

Unfortunately I have to admit that the internet has gotten to me. When I’m not connected I start to feel a bit twitchy. Only when I know upfront I will be disconnected (like when I went trekking in the Himalayan mountains for two weeks) - that I can actually really enjoy the peace and quiet of zero contact. 

So even though I would like to be disconnected from society, I know I just can’t. *sniff

4. What item has been most useful to you while travelling, that cost the least money?

Earplugs! Noisy flights, snoring roommates, extreme honking of cars, barking dogs in the nighttime - oh, the times that I’ve been grateful for them have been countless! 

5. What is the best travel advice you’ve been given and who gave it to you?

The best advice came from my good friend Mandy - who I met 8 years ago on a very crazy Indian Bridal Competition in Pushkar, India (hilarious story, but that’s for another time). She traveled around India many times and told me about Zanskar Valley in Ladakh. It took a good couple of years before I finally made it there, but I did! 

I actually went there solo and on a motorbike.  It led to an absolutely insane adventure which I will never forget. I can recommend everybody to explore this gorgeous, off-the-beaten-track Himalayan valley - you will not regret it!

6. What’s the most difficult situation you’ve found yourself in while travelling?

When I was traveling solo in Myanmar, I picked up malaria. By the time the symptoms started, I was in some small village up in remote mountains. Violently ill and with nobody to care for me, or even talk to, I took a bus back to a bigger city. 

12 hours on a local bus, while vomiting out of the window and with a burning fever was hard! After getting medication at the hospital it took a few good days more before I started to feel better again. I did gave me the strong feeling that if I could conquer this, I could do anything! 

7. What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?

Riding my motorbike! Travel is my greatest passion, so combining that with my greatest love -motorbikes- is just the best. My two favourite things in the world combined don’t make me excited to get out of bed in the morning.. they make me jump out of bed!

And not only that, but early mornings as well. As I’m traveling by motorbike (through India at the moment - on my way towards Malaysia), I love to ride in the mornings to my next destination. The afternoons I can then spend relaxing and exploring the place. To bed early - and ride again the next day!

8. Do you have any travel superstitions?

I’m not particularly superstitious, but I always travel with my ‘lucky pouch’.

Ok, I guess that counts as superstitious.

The small pouch contains a small buddha, a Ganesh (hindu elephant god), a Guatemalan lucky puppet, and three small stones (amethist, mountain crystal and rose quartz). It goes with me on all my travels and when I come across something particularly lucky - it can join the pouch!

9. What is your ideal packed lunch for a journey?

A nice, brown-bread sandwich. Oh, how I love bread. That soft, brown bread with seeds on them. Few slices of cheese, ham, egg and lettuce in between. Yummie! If this packed lunch is for a long hike or trek, then throw in a sweet to finish it off pleeease. Chocolate - always good. 

I mean, not that I can get this particular dream packed lunch anywhere besides my home country. But hey, a woman can dream.

10. My favourite travel luxury item is a perfume. And I love it because it makes me feel normal.

I’ve done a lot of backpacking. Low-budget backpacking and roughing it in the cheapest accommodations. But when you travel long-term, there comes a time when you start to crave being normal. Smelling nice is part of that. Having a hot shower every once in a while. Go and see a movie. So now I’m traveling with perfume. You should smell me - it’s awesome!

11. What is your favourite part of blogging?

The best part of blogging - and one that I did not see coming when I first started - is that it entirely changed the way I travel. I used to be the ‘typical’ backpacker, hopping around, snapping photos and partying a lot. But now I’m running a blog - I look at places differently. I search for the best angle to discover and explore a place, I interview local people and try more different foods. I guess traveling is now more in-depth and I absolutely love it!  

My nominations

As new bloggers, it’s great to know there is an entire community of us out there! To support each other, I’m now nominating 5 other starting blogs so I can pay it forward. I love these starting blogs and think they are worth checking out!

The Nameless Blog - Alfredo did what we all want to do: sell your stuff and hit the road with your backpack! He has thoroughly explored South-America and has great posts on Colombia and Ecuador. I especially loved his post on street art in Bogota, check it out!

Passports and Preemies - Kylee has found a way to combine work with travel, as a traveling nurse! She came up with the idea of starting a blog while sitting on a boat in Paris, looking out at the Eiffel Tower. What a great place to be inspired to start blogging! She will definitely inspire you with this foodie’s guide to Seattle as well.

PKTravels - Paulina has been traveling to 31 countries so far and is counting. Check out her great post on Poland, the country she was born but hadn't explored much since she moved to the US when she was just 12 years old. A talented photographer, her pictures will definitely make you want to go and check it out!

Take a hike dude - Tori and Evan are on a mission! They want to visit all national parks in the US and all 7 continents. That should keep them busy for some time! They grab every opportunity they can get to get out there and explore. But besides that, their blog is also a place to interview other travellers to get inspired. Go Tori and Evan!

Ars Currendi - Sander, a college student from Belgium, is sharing all his travel mistakes with us. So you don’t have to make the same! You can download his free e-book “The insiders guide to solo travel” or the very useful guide to how to travel without becoming an annoying tourist!

My questions

  1. Where would you travel to in an instant, never to return? Why?

  2. Would you rather climb Mount Everest or Mount Kilimanjaro and why?

  3. What is the biggest culture shock you have ever faced?

  4. Has one airport encounter or conversation ever changed your life?

  5. What is the dirtiest thing you have witnessed while traveling abroad?

  6. What is the farthest a stranger has gone to help you (or you helped them) while traveling?

  7. What’s your most unforgettable travel experience?

  8. What is a city that you will never visit again?

  9. What triggers you to travel more?

  10. Have you ever temporarily changed your accent while traveling - just to fit in?

  11. In what foreign country have you experienced the warmest hospitality? 

Liebster Award 2018 Rules

Once nominated, there are a few rules you need to follow to be considered for the Liebster Award 2018. Once you’ve accepted the nomination, post a Liebster Award blog on your website with the following information:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you. Link back to their blog.

  • Display the Liebster Award 2018 logo on your website.

  • List the Liebster Awards 2018 rules in your post.

  • Pay it forward: A nominee must in turn nominate a further 5 – 10 new bloggers that they think have great content that you enjoy, admire or inspires you. Then leave a comment on their site or social media page that they have been nominated.

  • Answer a set of questions given to you by the person who nominated you and provide a set of questions for the people of the blogs you have nominated. The most unique and creative questions win.

  • Link the original Liebster Award 2018 post of the Global Aussie in your blog post, available here.

  • Comment on the original Liebster Award 2018 blog post with the link to your own Liebster blog post.

Liebster Award 2018