I’ve Been Bit was nominated for a Liebster Award in December thanks to Anna of Unexpected Germany! Thanks so much for this, and I hope you enjoyed what’s on IBB so far! Anna’s blog is fabulous for knowing the ins and outs of Germany that are off the beaten path. If experiencing true German culture (and need tips on getting some cheaper train deals), then go take a peek at her blog – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
What is the Liebster Award?
“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. In the blogging world, the Liebster Award is online recognition given by bloggers to other new bloggers for enjoying or valuing their work. It is meant to highlight and credit favorite new up and coming blogs within our writing community.
Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger. They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees. This keeps the love going!
What are the rules for the Liebster Award?
Once you accept a nomination, you are expected to complete the following steps:
– Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
– Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo
– Answer the 11 questions assigned by the blogger who nominated you
– Provide rules/instructions for accepting the award
– Nominate 11 new favorite bloggers for the Liebster Award
– Come up with a list of 11 new questions for your nominees
– Notify the nominees
– Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments of your nominator’s Liebster Award Post
What inspired you to start your blog?
Honestly, I had been putting it off for over two years. I did a huge Europe backpacking trip in 2012, and ever since my friends told me I should have started one. After being at home for a while dealing with some stuff, I finally decided to jump in and write as a way to keep myself busy and add some structure to my life. Shortly after beginning I booked a flight to the Philippines and then it was natural to continue after that!
What is your dream travel destination?
Oh man, it’s hard to pick just one! I think I’d have to go with Costa Rica for the beautiful rainforests, Finland to watch the northern lights from an igloo, Japan for all the amazing food, and New Zealand for the unreal landscapes… this list could very well grow, and very soon haha.
What travel experience taught you most about yourself? What did you learn?
I’d say when I made the choice to travel solo while in Newfoundland last year. I love to travel, but I usually prefer to travel with a partner – ideally one that there’s a mutual level of respect to ensure that both parties are having a fabulous time. Unfortunately I had a squabble with the friend of mine I was road tripping with at the time, and it was bad enough that I needed a break from her. We were originally supposed to continue to head east in order for her to see her family for a few days, but that really meant nothing for me other than meeting a bunch of her extended family in a town where there’s very little to do. I was nervous, but I made the decision to travel solo towards the northern peninsula in Newfoundland to see the only viking settlement in North America, and even over to Labrador! I booked my accommodation that night, planned out my route and set sail – despite having no GPS and cell service being super spotty. I relied on WiFi and made it through the entire adventure unscathed and with a new found confidence and respect for myself. I felt like I grew so much during those few days, and it came in handy as I had to drive solo from the north eastern point in Canada all the way back to my home in Ontario… and I loved every minute of it!
What (or who) couldn’t you travel without?
Unfortunately I’d have to say my iPhone. It’s not because I’m one of those girls who’s on it 24/7, but mainly for the versatility. Camera for photos, phone to contact friends/family for updates and/or needed chats to combat loneliness or talk through problems, and Google Maps/Waze so I don’t get terribly lost… all in one convenient package. It’s a must!
If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Oh man, that’s so tough! I don’t know if I could choose a place considering I’m usually moving every 4-6 months. It’d have to be a major city with an airport so I could run away whenever I could… but if I HAD to choose, I’d probably say Berlin. I just love Germany and that city so much!
Where do you plan to travel in 2016?
As of right now I have nothing officially planned… which is weird for me. Honestly, probably a first in my life. Although I’d love to do an all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, or Panama since I’ve never done one, and I’d be ecstatic to head towards Costa Rica or Peru. Too early to tell yet though, so we’ll see what the year brings!
Which travel bloggers have inspired you the most?
Hmm, I don’t know if there’s any travel bloggers specifically, but I’ve recently joined a few Facebook groups about women travelling and that’s been extremely inspiring! The support network shared between so many women spread across so much of the world is really astonishing!
What do you like most about being a travel blogger?
Being able to connect with like-minded individuals! I only have a handful of friends here in Ontario that understand my drive to travel so it’s wonderful to continuously meet people on the same wavelength as myself. The ones that get the roller coaster that goes along with travelling, and not just the “What do you have to complain about? You went to all those places!” etc.
What would be your top tips about starting out as a blogger?
NETWORK! I’m only now just realizing how important it is to connect, join and meet up with others to get yourself going! IBB has been up since February but I feel like now it’s only starting to get traction, and even still I have lots of room to grow ahead of me! Hopefully I can keep up and maybe I’ll eventually get the odd paid gig and/or trip. That would be ideal!
If you could do anything at all (the sky is the limit) what would you do?
Honestly, if I could sit in Photoshop for 80% of my day, while having the other 20% to share, chat, etc on social media I would be the happiest little kitten around.
Where do you see yourself five years from now in your blogging journey.
It’s hard to say! I definitely love to see IBB take off and have myself travelling around the world to expand my knowledge and share it with the world, but I also wouldn’t mind having a more relaxed, structured lifestyle and do IBB as fun side project. Either way, I plan to see IBB grow along with me!
My Eleven Nominees
Victoria of Florals & Teacups
Josie of Six Year Gap Year
Rachel of Wayfaring Rachel
Esther of Trip to Adventure
Kaylene of Cheers to Traveling
Bridget of Travel is My Everything
Shawna of Exploring Shawna
Leila of Leila’s Passport
Cass of Cass Travels – responses
Madi of The Restless Worker
Sarah of Tales from a Fork – responses
My Eleven Questions
1. How did you choose your blog name?
2. What’s one thing you find difficult in regards to blogging?
3. For a first time traveller, what destination would you suggest they go to and why?
4. What’s one thing you’d tell yourself when you first started to explore our planet?
5. How do you prefer to travel and why? Plane? Train? Automobile?
6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten while travelling?
7. What has been your most nerve-wracking trip to date?
8. Have you ever travelled solo? If yes, tell me about it! If no, why not? Are you thinking about doing so in the future?
9. Name three things you’ve learned from travelling.
10. Have you made any resolutions for 2016? Despite yes or no, what’s one thing you’ll promise to do this year?
11. Where do you see yourself in a year?
I’m very excited to read everyone’s answers, and thanks again to Anna for nominating me! If you can, either send me a message or comment here so I can see all of your responses – I’ll add a link beside your nomination in this entry!