We’ve Been Nominated for a Liebster Award!

Nominated for a Liebster Award

So last week something very exciting happened. We were nominated for a Liebster Award (twice!). We’re both very new to this blogging game so just knowing people are actually reading our travel stories is brilliant (Hi mum!) let alone to have been nominated for an award. We can’t quite believe our luck :).

A BIG thank you to Torny and Marina of Made In Moments and to Christina from Hello Guanster for the nominations. These are both fantastic blogs, so we’re so flattered they chose to nominate little old us.

If you don’t know what a Liebster Award is… you’re in good company – neither did we! In short, it’s an internet based award given by bloggers, to other bloggers. It’s a fun and interactive way of spreading the love around the blogosphere, recognising new blogs and getting to know other bloggers. A win-win for us lot really! (If we’ve nominated you, you’ll find your questions at the bottom of this post).

So you’re about to be bombarded with A LOT of info about us (embarrassing revelations included). Deep breath. Here goes…

OUR LIEBSTER Q&As

1. What motivates you to travel?

Gabby: I’ve always had itchy feet. Travel embodies everything that is fantastic about life. People, experiences and the beautiful world we live on. How could anyone be happy not travelling when they know what incredible places are out there to be found? That’s what motivates me to travel – to make the most of every moment. The world is vast and we’re not around long. Make it count.

James: The thirst for adventure and learning about cultures and lands I don’t naturally understand.

2. What is your favourite form of transport and why?

Gabby: When travelling, the transport you use is a massive part of the overall experience. I love to travel using whatever means of transport is most native to the country I’m in. Give me an elephant in South East Asia and an elephant in India and I’m a happy girl.

James: I love to travel on foot to really feel submerged in my surroundings and nothing beats the sense of achievement you get when you finally reach your destination. Alternatively, I love driving and anything fast… adrenaline junkie right here!

James walking

3. How do you deal with homesickness when on the road?

Gabby: When travelling solo (as I did pre-James) homesickness is going to strike at some stage. With technology as advanced as it is these days though, the faces of your loved ones are only a couple of clicks away. Give yourself a break, have a chat, then get back out and explore the amazing place you’re lucky to be in.

James: If you have an internet connection then email and Facetime work wonders in conquering homesickness. However, on my first trip I took photos and videos that I stored on my iPod. Not only a comfort, but nice to share with other cultures where the language barrier may be an issue.

4. How do you finance your travels?

Gabby: I try to work hard and play a little less than usual. Be sensible and remember that while you may be missing out on that extra gin at the pub, the experience you’ll get at the end of it will be more than worth it.

James: Save save save. On nights out drink lime and soda, walk, save petrol, work extra hours and save your birthday money. Literally save the pennies. Mine once turned into £200.

5. Do you have a daily/weekly/monthly budget and how do you keep up with it?

Gabby: I am far from organised so I think of budgets as a little bit of a buzz kill. I know it’s important to be mindful of what you’re spending but there are so many resources out there to help travellers explore on a budget… Couchsurfing and housesitting to name just 2. I tend to just go with the flow but keep one eye on the old bank balance.

 James: For my first trip, I relied on credit cards… DO NOT DO THIS. To keep costs down, I paid as little as possible for a room. One night in Thailand I spent as little as 1US dollar. Another tip is that when in Aus, pick up food due to expire that day. They can’t legally sell this, so just help yourself, fill your boots and eat like a king-ish.

6. Have you ever experienced culture shock? When?

Gabby: We are currently on the beautiful island of Antigua and I experienced culture shock here when I first visited 10 years ago. The people and the island are utterly beautiful. But the juxtaposition of rich and poor is a little unsettling at times. One of the best 5* hotels on the island sits in the middle of one of the poorest villages. Tourists are dining like royalty mere meters from the locals, living in shacks and trying to get by on next to nothing. They are bloody happy though and that’s what counts.

James: Alice Springs, Australia. I felt extremely uneasy here. The way in which the Aboriginal people are treated was horrible to witness. I didn’t hang around long, in a word – hostile.

7. If you had to choose one country to live in for the next 5 years, where would you choose?

Gabby: I fell in love with New Zealand when I visited. The array of different breathtaking landscapes, the friendly people, the adventures… you really do feel like you’re walking around in a film set. The country is brilliant. In fact, I reckon you’d need a good 5 years to take advantage of everything both the North and the South Island has to offer.

milford sound New Zealand

James: Cambodia. This truly amazing country has so much to offer. It had a feeling of remoteness that I personally love. The beauty of an exotic island and the people were the best on this earth. I have a huge urge to submerge myself in Cambodian life and truly feel the benefit that I’m sure it would bring. One day maybe!

8. Do you cook whilst travelling? What do you eat?

Gabby: I do cook, but what I cook depends on the circumstances. If I’m in a hostel desperately trying to save money, tomatoes on toast becomes a bit of a staple (hardly cordon blue but it does the trick!). When couchsurfing though, I like to offer to cook for my hosts and I try to pull something more than tomatoes out of the bag when I do.

James: When broke, I ate Weetabix. Get a bag of sugar, a box of weetabix and milk as and when you can and you’re set. Alternatively, bread and a jar of something that will keep; jam… peanut butter… bosh. I love to cook and do so as frequently as possible. Everyday at home and every opportunity I get when travelling. Especially when I can get my hands on some local delicacies.

9. How do you deal with being together 24 hours a day? Do you ever get annoyed?

Gabby: We’re at a stage in our lives where we are travelling as and when we can whilst holding down 9-5 jobs. At home, we rarely spend a full day together, so when we get away, it’s lovely. We’re one of those annoying couples who don’t seem to argue… Although I’m pretty sure that’s down to James’ ninja style patience when it comes to my messiness. (His answer may be very different!)

James: Help me! Just kidding. We’re very lucky that we’re essentially the same person. What differences we have compliment eachother. I do get irritated at times though. Gabby loves to set off her ‘party poppers of clothes and mess’ anywhere she can. I’m fairly OCD, so whilst she does this I sit in the corner rocking back and forth in a cold sweat.

10. What are your plans after travel? Or is there an ‘after travel’?

Gabby: At the moment our wanderlust loving brains are fully focused on planning our big escape. Who knows where that will take us or where we’ll end up? Our dream is to explore and travel the world without restriction. When and if we find a place we’d like to settle, we will. If not, we may well be nomads for life. Your guess is as good as ours.

James: For now it’s all travel. However, I think we will come to a stop, just as soon as we find where feels right to call ‘home’.

11. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Gabby: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. And I’m also a little bit too keen on the song ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet than I should be – much to the embarrassment of anyone around me when it’s played.

James: Playing a bit of WWE on playstation. Disney Films, Classic Musicals and the song, Bambalao!

12. If you could be any animal, what animal would you choose to be?

Gabby: I’d definitely choose to be a bird. That would be like being given a lifetime travel pass to see the whole world. Who wouldn’t want that?!

James: Considering my rather ape like arms, I’d choose my lookalike ancestor, the orangutan.

13. What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

Gabby: I can’t quite believe I’m about to share this but I have very occasionally been known to sleep walk. One of my most embarrassing moments will have definitely been sleep walking whilst staying over at a friends house and getting into bed with her mum and dad. Topless. Oh good.

James: Most definitely it would be the time I drunkenly locked myself outside my hostel dorm room, completely naked as I mistoke that door for the bathroom door in the middle of the night….. Thank you to the wonderful staff of X-Base, St Kilda. You shall forever be highly thought of in my time of great need.

14. What is your favourite off-the-beaten path travel destination?

Gabby: There is only one possible answer I could give to this question and that is Kroombit Park Cattle Station near Biloela, Central Queensland. I stumbled across this little gem on a road trip and ended up living and working there for over 4 months.. Mustering cattle, leading quad bike tours, cracking whips – it was fantastic. Sadly due to a recent flash flood, Kroombit has had to close its doors to guests. This is so gutting as I would go back in a heartbeat.

James: Naluawaki, Fiji. This amazing little village is an incredible representative of the ‘true’ Fiji. I visited the village once yet it will always be very close to my heart.

The beauty of Fiji

15. What is one thing that you love to nerd out about?

Gabby: Recently it has become anything blog related. Anyone who has ever tried to get a blog off the ground will know that you need to swat up on more than just writing. You need to be an editor, a photographer, a video editor and a web designer… there’s a lot to learn and I love it. Every spare moment I have I’m reading other blogs and trying desperately to learn the million things I don’t know yet.

James: Film Trivia. I’m a major movie buff and probably have far to many useless facts to nerd out about… for instance….did you know that in the film Terminator 2 Judgement Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid around $21,500 for every single word he said? Madness.

16. Tell me about one of the best meals you’ve ever had!

Gabby: One of the stand out meals for me has to be when Couchsurfing just outside of Brisbane. I rocked up at the home of my lovely hosts Kylie and Conrad and it soon became clear that I’d lucked out in more ways than one. Not only were they the most fantastic couple, but Kylie soon revealed herself to be a Michelin Star chef. Needless to say, after living on toast and cereal for 3 weeks – the duck confit she rustled up on my first evening there won’t be forgotten in a hurry!

James: We’re lucky enough to live just minutes from the stunning old English town of Old Amersham. There is a tiny restaurant there called Artichoke and Gabby treated me to a meal here on a recent birthday. It was unbelievable and I’m looking forward to writing a blog post on it shortly. Alternatively it would be my mums chicken lasagne and tiramissu. Love you mum!

17. What is your favourite thing about travelling?

Gabby: Without doubt the freedom that comes with it. Nothing beats waking up in the morning knowing that the day is completely yours. You can explore, meet new people, get lost, have adventures. There’s nothing better than that.

James: I love the anxious feeling I get in a new place when I don’t know where I am going and what I’m doing. What I love even more is finding my barings and meeting new people who you go on to remember for years to come, if not, forever.

18. What is the best thing anyone has said about your blog?

Gabby: It’s such early days that we both still get ridiculously excited over a retweet on Twitter or a single comment on a post. So without doubt the best thing anyone has ‘said’ about our blog is deeming us worthy of a Liebster nomination. So big shout out again to Made in Moments and Hello Guanster for that.

James: Notey are a great, up and coming blog sharing platform. The first time they published one of our blog posts was very exciting and their support of us means a lot.

19. I’m giving you a free plane ticket ANYWHERE in the world. Where would you choose to go?

Gabby: South America is VERY high up on my bucket list so a plane ticket to there would be awesome. You’re too kind :).

James: Wow, great question! I have so many places on my ‘list’ but I think either Nepal or Vancouver Island, Canada.

20. What is your coolest travel story?

Gabby: I love boring people with the story of when I hitchhiked from Leeds to Africa. Far too much ridiculousness to write here (as this post is already long enough) – but I’m working on a post about it currently so watch this space!

hitchhiking

James: There are a couple of contenders here but I’d opt for my time in Ha Long Bay. An overnight junk boat trip through the islands of the Bay, climbing to a mountain lookout, exploring the Amazing Cave and kayaking through a tiny gap, leading you into monkey island. This was a proper adventure!

21. What makes you happy? 

Gabby: It goes without saying that travel and adventure make me happy. I get very irritable when I’m chained to a desk all day and a fixed routine 5 days of a week. I’m at my happiest when I feel like I’m making the most of every moment. With my man at my side of course.

James: Plonk me down in the theme parks of Orlando, Florida and I’m a very happy chap! But getting away from materialism and on to the things that really matter, I’d say, my family, my little nephew and… Gabby.

OUR LIEBSTER NOMINEES…

Monica & Jon of We travel Together for their fab blog design and interesting stories.

Anja of The Mint Story for her great photography and user friendly blog.

Amy at Generic Dreams for her intriguing stories and enjoyable writing style.

Irene & Stefano from Freelancers on the Road for their colourful site and inspirational tips on freelancing.

Steve and Lexi at They Get Around for their hilarious writing style and use of vlogging.

Tod at Visit50 because we love his aim to visit 50 countries and 50 states by the time he’s 50.

Johnny & Radhika at Fulltime Nomad for chasing the digital nomad dream and making it work.

Marissa at Tiny Pilgrim for her quirky designs and fab stories.

Sam & Zab at Indefinite Adventure for their photography, stories and destination guides.

Heidi & Gilles at Grand Escapades for their photography tips and budgeting guides.

QUESTIONS FOR OUR LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINEES

1. What’s the most bizarre local delicacy you’ve eaten?

2. Do you prefere organized tours with like minded travellers or going it alone?

3. What are your best and worst nights sleep whilst on your travels?

4. If you could give someone one travel tip – what would it be?

5. What is the most life-changing experience you’ve had whilst travelling?

6. Have you ever had a travel accident? Tell us the gory details.

7. What is at the very top of your bucket list?

8. What do you enjoy most about travel blogging?

9. Tell us your favorite travel story…

10. And now tell us your worst…

We hope you enjoyed this little insight into our world and we hope our nominees enjoy answering our questions. Do let us know when you have – we look forward to reading your answers!