I’m very happy to announce that The Headed Abroad Travel Site is home to the awesome honor of winning the Liebster award!! This of course wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for two very amazing people over at NerdNomads, Maria and Espen. Very closely to the 60 day mark of when I began this website, I received an amazing e-mail from Maria that she was nominating the website for the Liebster award!!
Maria and Espen run a very cool site that is filled with great information about their travels and blogging. They each have a master’s degree in the field of Computer Science and love helping other people for free! One of their guides is actually the reason I was able to position my logo the way I wanted it in the top left of my website, so I’m really happy that I was able to connect with them in this way and form a bond!
What’s cool about the Liebster award is that it isn’t a competition. It’s essentially a way for new bloggers to meet one another and connect. By accepting Maria’s nomination for the award, the website automatically won!
What the award is about:
There are a few guidelines for taking part in this award and I actually had a lot more fun with it than I originally thought I would. Here are a few facts about the Liebster award:
It is said that the award was made to recognize newbie bloggers to help welcome them to the blogging world. I really appreciate this welcoming since it is super hard to start a successful blog and to keep it going, especially since the traffic you gain at first is very small.
It also works like a chain letter and you can view it in two different ways. You can view it as a good thing and accept it (Like I did :D) or you can view it as junk mail and ignore it and miss out on a great way to connect with other people.
The rules for the nominees:
There are a lot of variations online, but these are the rules that my nominator used, so that’s what I’m going with :).
1. You have to thank the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Answer the 11 questions that you’re asked.
3. Nominated other bloggers with less than 5,000 followers.
4. Be sure to ask your nominations 11 questions.
5. Let them know they were nominated to continue the chain.
Here are my answers to their questions!
1. What made you start your blog, and what makes your blog different?
It was mid-April 2013 when I was researching the college that I had chosen to attend in the fall, that I decided to ask myself if being a police officer was what I really wanted to do in life, or if the awesome thoughts of car chases and guns were my only reasons for wanting in – and frankly, all I wanted was to jump through the air and fire two guns at the same time with giant explosions. I decided rather quickly after that that all I wanted to do was travel the world and live my life rich with freedom and time rather than money, so I began researching how to do it. That’s when I stumbled upon him, the man who quickly became my inspiration.
Nomadic Matt ran a budget travel website and was huge for it, with hundreds of thousands of followers. I began researching travel hacking and dreaming for the next year, until I started my own blog in May, 2014, because I wanted to teach other people how they too can travel the world as well for pennies on the dollar.
My blog is less than 90 days old, but I’m working hard to make it as useful as possible. It’s filled with my strange personality and I spend time on each article to make it as informational as possible with step-by-step instructions on how you can do the same thing. A really good example on how I want my blog to be very useful is my travel resources page that has dozens of high quality websites to use.
2. What do you most enjoy writing about?
I enjoy writing inspirational travel pieces the most. I want to not only teach others to travel for less, but to inspire them to travel in the first place. If my writing can inspire just one person, I’ll be plenty happy.
3. What is your favourite destination, and why?
My favourite destination that I have been to is Canada, because it’s the only place close to me where a 19 year old can drink. I’m just kidding, but seriously, I like their drinking age! I love Mackinaw Island so so much. I have been there multiple times and it was where we always went for vacation during my childhood since we couldn’t afford much. The 8-mile island is full of locals with quaint shops, great scenery, and a rich history.
4. If you were to give one piece of advice to someone thinking about traveling, what would it be?
Just go for it. It’s okay to be scared and to be nervous, that’s part of what makes travel so extraordinary. It is busting through your comfort zones to grow as a person. I’m new to travel compared to most other travel bloggers and so I’m still scared about going on long trips by myself, but I’m never going to let that hold me back and you shouldn’t either.
5. What kind of transport do you prefer when traveling?
I prefer an airplane because that means I’m going somewhere far away and most likely new. During my childhood, my family was only able to afford one plane trip, so we always traveled by car to local attractions. Now that i’m out on my own, it’s new and exciting to get into a plane. As uncomfortable as they are, I love what they represent, just not the price.
6. How do you promote your blog, and what works best for you?
I’ve tried a lot of different things lately and I find a new way to promote the blog every few weeks. I have recently been using travel blog directories to find as many great travel blogs as I can. Once I find one I like, I read their content and write a comment about their article. I never talk about my website, but I always throw in a link if there is a website option.
I also write a lot of content to send into sites like ThoughtCatalog (and recently Lifehack). I try to send about three e-mails per day to prospective publishers who can bring in potential readers to my website. So far I’ve published a little over a dozen articles this way since I started in May. Outside of those two methods I just hope that SEO kicks in for my posts and I share my content on social media!
7. Is there any place in the world you never wish to visit?
I would love to be able to explore every country thoroughly, as long as I’m not arrested and thrown into jail. I’ve heard a few bad remarks about Vietnam (but I want to see for myself first) and tourists don’t seem to have much luck in North Korea, but hopefully in time NK becomes more open.
8. What does traveling mean to you, how has it affected you as a person?
Traveling means everything to me. It’s amazing how even one small hiking trip can make me not want to spend any money on material purchases so I can afford bigger trips later on. I love being able to connect with people from other cultures and seeing how others live, it really opens up my own mind and makes me better for it. Travel has definitely made me harder working, more patient, and kinder. When you travel a lot, there isn’t any room left for anything but positive thoughts.
9. What country has the best food in your opinion?
As much of a health nut as I am, I love burgers, pizza, and brats. I still have to say America, but maybe that will change when I backpack Eastern Europe next summer!
10. If you could choose any country in the world to live, where would it be and why?
I have a confession to make. I have been obsessed with France for years. I was obsessed to the point of buying a trashcan just because it had the Eiffel tower on it and attempted to teach myself the language for 2.5 years. My obsession didn’t end there though, I took French classes when I entered college and I’m still open to buying crappy merchandise with French monuments for no reason.
11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is the million dollar question! If my plan comes to fruition, I will have already graduated with a Creative Writing degree, I’ll have an active website and a round-the-world trip under my belt that covered six continents. I don’t expect to have a massive website by then, but I would really enjoy having a few thousand active community members and I want to be making a living off of the website (hopefully by then it looks a lot better too!). If everything goes good, I’ll be struggling to find my way out of a jungle or I’ll be enjoying sangria while watching the waves roll in. Both sound pretty good to me!
Awesome questions from Maria and Espen, they were a lot of fun to answer :)!
Now here are my nominees!
Daniel blogs about entertainment. He covers music, fashion, art, movies, lifestyles, pictures, locations, and quotes. He also has a travel section on his website that has been consistently getting bigger and it’s filled with great content. He is your one stop shop for all fun and entertaining news!
Mimi started traveling when she was only eight years old! She loves exploring unconventional places like Minsk and Belgrade, even though she still wants to see the more typical places like Rome and Barcelona. In 2005 she met Heinrich, who was to later become her husband, after losing her passport.
A personal travel blog site where Red shares her personal experiences, adventurous travels, and just funny randomness that occur in her life! Take her travel advice if you like dining out & eating well, partying & EDM clubbing, beaches & sailing, riding motorcycles or scooters, the finer-funner aspects of life!
Congratulations to all of the nominees! I highly suggest checking them out, they all run amazing and informative content.
The questions for my nominees:
1. What is your inspiration for traveling?
2. What has been the hardest part about beginning your blog?
3. When you started traveling, what was your biggest fear?
4. What is the coolest travel experience you have had?
5. What do you want to achieve with your blog and what steps are you taking to achieve them?
6. How do you feel that you connect with your readers?
7. What are you the most passionate about in life?
8. If you could give one travel mistake to avoid, what would it be?
9. What blogging moment are you the most proud of?
10. When did the travel bug bite you?
11. How has travel made you a better person?
I just wanted to say thank you once again to Maria and Espen from NerdNomads.com and to say congratulations to all of the nominees! I can’t wait to see all of your responses :).