Yes, you heard that right and yes, you can picture me beaming with pride and raising my head high, strutting around in my hostel room on the small tatami mats while nobody is looking. I am super honoured and flattered to receive the second Liebster Nomination this year! And let me check, it is only the 4th month so far. Sorry for my bragging, let me just get off that horse just now (where did it come from?!). I am allergic to those anyway.
I think I should catch up on some sleep but I want to bring constantly great content to you and as it turns out, it is appreciated. The lovely travelling couple from Happy Travellers has dropped the bomb and awarded me with this precious award for bloggers by bloggers. If you have missed out on my explanation from the first time I was awarded the Liebster (I like the ring of that^^), the Liebster Award is a little thank you for all the interesting blogs out there to give ‘colleagues’ a little virtual pat on the back for their hard work and dedication and get the word out. I love the blogging community. It’s a little like an online family.
Anyways, so this time the Happy Travellers (which have been awarded the Liebster now twice as well – Congrats!) have nominated me and that means that I get to pass on the honour and have to ask a few questions about myself. This way you will learn something new about me and get to see other awesome bloggers at the same time. Full on win for everyone! Be sure to check out all the amazing bloggers listed in this post and give them a little virtual hug as well – you don’t have to be a blogger for that. So here goes:
1. What has been your worst travel experience?
Oh, that’s easy. That was just a week ago and is still mighty scary. All the hostels in Tokyo were fully booked by the time I stopped improving my procrastination skills and finalise my travel plans. So I had to find a cheap Airbnb in the North of the city, way out back, where absolutely no one spoke English. It was a factory turned makeshift hostel and retained the charming essence of a hoarding place. It was stuffy, it was crammed and there were rats, which I luckily didn’t see myself. But the biggest pests was a group of Russians that had come all the way from beating up people over there to attend Heavy Metal concerts and start drinking from 10am onwards. Their behaviour was borderline rude and scarily out of control. Crudely harassing us girls and getting into fistfights with the guys, everybody was visibly relieved after their departure.
2. Where would you fly off to right now if you could?
Hawaii. Or the US in general. I have been having this insane yearning for the USA for nearly three years now and think it’s about time to do something about it. I don’t mind a magically appearing plane ticket and pick up truck.
3. Who is your favorite travel companion and why?
My laptop. Wait, that sounds sad. My camera. Is that better? I am a solo traveller. This didn’t start off by choice but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. At first, I could find nobody who a) wanted to travel, b) had matching time off and c) had the same travel ambitions and approach as me. It never worked out, so I figured, why wait around and miss out on crazy adventures? And I found out it is actually fun. So maybe I should say my readers – because knowing they follow me, I can be just as crazy as I want to be. Who cares if someone stares as long as we all have fun? Knowing that there are people out there with whom I can share the ups and downs of travel makes it so much better.
4. What is always in your carry-on?
My passport, tissues and lip balm, even though I always forget to use the latter and especially in winter time that’s a bad idea. Since the start of my world trip, I also carry a small hand sanitiser with me because more often than not, there is no soap. And general hygiene in hostels and public toilets is doubtful at best.
5. What is your comfort food that reminds you of home?
My favourite dishes However, I can’t get them anywhere than at home, which makes me sad because I get daydreams about them sometimes. My faves are German dumplings (Klöße), potato pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) and beef roll served with a generous helping of gravy, red cabbage and dumplings (Rinderroulade). Seconds, please!
6.What is your camera of choice while traveling, why?
My first choice, that of a Nikon DSLR, broke down one week before my trip. Trying not to reducing my travel budget too much, limiting my carry-on weight and still high standards regarding quality shots, I opted for a bridge camera, the Lumix DMC-FZ200.
7. What is your biggest fear?
Falling down into endless depths. I don’t have a fear of flying or heights but the thought of plummeting to my death sends chills down my spine. Maybe that’s why you will not see me anywhere near bungy jumping.
8. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
My Australia travels have been pretty insane. I am super happy that I travelled most of Australia through my blog and got over my excessive cleanliess (well, most of it) when faced with a swag on dusty sand, wallabies in my face and a bush that was a better option over stinky bush toilets. I swam in a volcano, with tuna and did some serious hiking. I am mighty proud of pushing my limits. They might not look like the most drastic and adventuresome but there are perfectly challenging to me.
9. If you lived in another time, when would it be, and why?
Easy, I would like to live next to Jane Austen in a quaint little cottage and we have a secret writing circle where we pen iconic novels under a fake name and shake our heads over society sipping from a nice cup of tea. I guess you can imagine why, I just love her novels and England at that time was just so classy, refined and well dressed. I can totally pull of the empire waist too, as well, if you wanted to know.
10. What has been your biggest challenge as a blogger?
Oh, there are so many challenges. One that keeps on being hard is always the wifi issue. In New Zealand I was always hunting down Burger Kings and libraries for free and reliable wifi, but Australia proved to be a hard one. You’d think with that as modern a country you would get a good network but that is as rare as most of the parts are remote. This does not explain, however, why city wifi is super slow and don’t even get me started with free wifi in hostels. The best way is to use it in the middle of the night, when no one is using it. There are a lot of free wifi spots if you know where to look for but then again, I always thought it might be better to have no wifi at all than this, which raises your hopes with a loading bar and crashes abruptly when it stops just like that.
11. What drives you to travel?
My inner voice. It just doesn’t shut up with its constant dreams of foreign islands, lush rainforests and endless roads. I like to live life differently all the time and soaking up new impressions. Being a person that gets bored easily and needs ample stimuli and impressions, travel is the best option for me. And getting to know other people and their different lifestyles opens up a completely new world, and you realise that travel is about finding similarities as well as differences.
So much for me. Now on to fellow travellers. There are so many out there, whose blogs I thoroughly enjoy and whose adventures inspire me so much, I can’t wait to take you there as well. But patience, patience. To share with you these amazing blogs (in no particular order), I hereby award the following blogs and bloggers with the Liebster:
- Shelly and Jimmie from Norway to Nowhere
- Emily from The Cosy Traveller
- Angel and Michelle from Anywhere at Home
- Kelly from Endlessly Exploring
- Tomy and Marina from Made in Moments
And to get to know them better, not only check each of their blogs out but read up on their answers to my silly little questions, which are as follows.
1. Do you prefer to travel with a map or just get lost and see what happens?
2. What is your unusual advice for first time travellers outside of their own country?
3. Name a stylish travel accessory that you always take with you?
4. Which is your favourite country to visit and why?
5. Where is your next destination and what are you most looking forward to?
6. How do you survive long airplane rides best?
7. Where was the place that you had the worst experience in?
8. Would you prefer an Antarctic expedition over climbing the Kilimanjaro and why?
9. What is the first thing you do when you get home after being on the road for a long time?
10. What is the first thing you do when you arrive at a completely new destination?