I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0 ! I just wanted to start off by saying thank you so much for the nomination, it means so much to be recognized after only a couple months of blogging!
What exactly is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is an online award given to bloggers by bloggers, helping each other promote their sites and connect! You can find a post detailing the official rules here (this is also where you’ll submit a link to your post when you’re done).
The basics are:
- Display the award on your blog
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site
- Answer their questions about yourself (feel free to include photos!)
- Write your own set of questions for your nominees
My answers to Nomadic Hippie 2.0’s questions:
- How did you decide to become a travel blogger?
Well, it started with a project for one of my college classes where we had to research our career of choice in depth throughout the whole semester. Weirdly enough, the career I chose at the moment had absolutely nothing to do with travel or blogging. I had actually chosen to research forensic psychology! I was okay with this for awhile, even though it didn’t feel quite right (I often jumped from one career choice to another). Towards the end of the project, we had to make a list of all of our future goals and then pick the top 5 most important goals and rearrange them in order of importance. As I did this, I began to realize that the most important thing to me was to travel. I didn’t care what career I had or even how much money I had, as long as I was able to travel the world, every corner of it. By the time the project was over, I realized my heart wasn’t really in forensic psychology and that my heart had always been in two things: writing and traveling. Long story short, I did some research on my own time and realized that being a travel writer was an actual career choice. Why not get started towards it now? That’s how From Lianna with Love was born.
- Where’s your favourite place in the world (so far)?
This is really such a difficult question because I’ve fallen in love with so many places already. Almost every time I see a new place I end up thinking this is my new favorite place in the whole world! One place I will always want to come back to over and over is definitely New York City. It’s not necessarily that I think New York City is better than any other place I’ve been because I love different things about different places, but New York City will always fill me with excitement and nostalgia whenever I set foot in it.
- What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten and where did you eat it?
I can’t name one specific food as the best food I’ve ever eaten (sorry, I just can’t do it!), but the place where I’ve eaten the best food is definitely Berlin, Germany. It’s such a melting pot of so many different cultures and I was able to enjoy everything from Italian to Lebanese to Vietnamese to obviously, German. I loved absolutely every meal I had there.
- What’s the most incredible thing you’ve done while travelling?
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a really indecisive person, so I’ll list three. One was walking around New Orleans’ most haunted neighborhoods and cemeteries at night, another was seeing all of London’s city lights from the top of the London Eye for the first time, and another was my first canal boat ride in Copenhagen.
- Who would you choose as your travel companion, if you could pick absolutely anyone (dead or alive, real or fictional character)?
I’d love to travel with Anthony Bourdain. He always eats the best food and I’m a huge fan of trying new foods. Plus, he just looks like a really fun time in general and he has experience, so I bet we’d have no problem finding amazing things to do in new places.
- Who would you say inspires you the most (in your travels or life in general)?
As cliche as it is, I don’t think anyone has inspired me more than a few of my close family members (parents, aunt, and grandmother) and boyfriend, especially when it comes to travel (life too, of course). Not only have they all actually given me the opportunity to see so many incredible places in and out of my country, but they’ve always supported my passions in writing and traveling. I wouldn’t have seen so many places and had the motivation to actually start and keep up with this blog without each of them. I’m forever grateful.
- What’s your favourite travel quote?
My favorite travel quote is “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher. I love it because I relate to it so well. Every time I travel, I feel myself grow in the best way possible and I don’t think I ever come back home as the same when I left.
- Name 3 items that you cannot travel without (passport doesn’t count!)?
I never travel without a camera of some kind (usually phone, but recently my Polaroid has come along too), headphones, and if it’s a plane trip, gum.
- What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone who wants to become a travel blogger?
Remember that travel doesn’t have to be expensive! Someone who loves travel may not start a blog because they think they don’t have the money to do it a lot. That’s where you’re wrong. Traveling is simply leaving where you live. This means you can go to the next city over and still be traveling. You can make a whole blog based on the area you live if you can’t afford to go anywhere else. Don’t let money stop you from following your dreams.
- Apart from travelling (and blogging about it), what is your biggest passion?
My biggest passions besides traveling are writing and animals. I’ve been a writer since I had the ability to write and even went to an arts high school for it. My major now involves writing. It’s been a constant in my life. Same thing with animals, I’ve always had pets (cats, dogs, fish, hermit crabs) and I love animals of all kinds. If there was a way to combine writing, traveling, and helping animals for a living that would be my dream! For now, I think one day being a full time travel writer and then eventually retiring and opening up my own animal shelter is close enough.
- What’s your next destination?
My very next destination is Gatlinburg, Tennessee to stay by the Smoky Mountains. Then I’m planning a trip to California to see Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the summer, I’m making a brief stop in Ireland and then going on a cruise to Spain, Italy, France, and Montenegro. That’s all I have planned out right now, but hopefully some more destinations will be coming up in between!
My nominees for the Liebster Award are…
The Coddiwomplers – “A travel blog aimed at millennials written by two Gen Y gals who are skipping the typical American dream in order to travel the world.”
Pebble Walks – “Pebblewalks is a travel blog for all lovers of time travel. Through photo stories you will see changing landscapes, cultures, yum eats & experience tales of people, from familiar & not so familiar lands. It hopes to make us more welcoming of all that makes us different, even uncomfortably so.”
The Backpacking Mama – “The Backpacking Mama is a blog about the travel adventures of Mohit and Pooja who used to be backpackers till their kids arrived. They choose to continue traveling with the kids who are now 5yo and 2yo. Together the family has been to over 30 countries with the kids. They hope to inspire young parents to travel and share their stories and travel hacks through the blog.”
Glamour Granny Travels – “My name is Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, a free lance travel writer and photographer. I have created this blog with a view to encourage female baby boomers who, in theory, love to travel but do not yet really dare to go out and actually DO it.”
Curious Jessie – “I’m Jessie and you guessed it, I’m pretty curious, curious about Blogging, Design and Travel. I’m a Media and Journalism Graduate turned Digital Marketer from Liverpool.In August 2015 I finally took the plunge and left the comfort of my home town to travel the world with my Girlfriend.”
My 11 questions for my nominees:
- How many languages do you know?
- What’s your favorite method of travel (plane, boat, car, etc.)?
- Who is your favorite person to travel with (or do you prefer to travel solo)?
- What is your most memorable travel experience?
- How do you save money while traveling?
- What’s your favorite destination?
- Least favorite destination?
- Three things you’ve learned from traveling?
- What blogs do you read regularly?
- Where are you going next?
- One interesting fact about yourself (travel related or not)?
Now it’s your turn to pass the award on to bloggers who you think deserve it!