Lost Around the World was just nominated for the Liebster Award, and I am feeling over the moon with this. After so much hard work, so much time trying to figure out how things work and how to reach more people, finally this blog gets recognition.
This award started back in 2011 and exists only on the internet, given by bloggers to fellow bloggers to recognize their work and a way to promote their own and other people’s blog. It is a confidence booster as well, since waking up to a message from another blogger saying he nominated you for a blog award, is enough reason for a happy dance.
Lost Around the World was nominated by Travelweekli and Daily Dose of Adventures, and I’m really honored and excited to pass this award to other deserving travel bloggers out there. Huge thank you to Travelweekli and Daily Dose of Adventures for this!
How does it work? This award is given by bloggers who were nominated by others. The nominated bloggers should have less than 3000 followers, since the point of this award is to spread all new blogs and get them into the bloggers community. Once someone accepts the award, that person needs to nominate other bloggers (up to 10). There’s always ten questions to answer from the blogger who nominated you, and then you need to create ten new ones for the bloggers you decide to nominate. Always link back to the bloggers site, whether its the blogger who nominated you, or the ones you nominate. This will help your readers get to know you a little more, as well as the bloggers community, spreading your blog to all sorts of platforms.
ASKED BY TRAVELWEEKLI
1. Why did you start your blog?
I started Lost Around the World, after a semester studying in Switzerland, as an exchange student. This was my first real travel experience, and when I came back I started searching all kinds of information about travel. When I discovered Adventurous Kate’s travel blog, I found it inspiring and decided to try to do it myself. Ever since I was a kid, I always had a notebook and a pen, and I kept writing stories and saying I was going to publish a book. Creating Lost Around the World was the first step to sharing my stories so that everyone could read them.
2. What is your favorite post you’ve ever written?
Can I change this question to posts, instead of just one post? The point of these questions is for others to get to know me, so by now you know that I’m not that good at making decisions. Saying that, I will give you my top 5 of favorite posts I’ve written.
I will start with my 1 Year of the Blog post, which felt like a huge milestone and it was one of those moments I realized I really want to take my blog to a full-time project.
Ending 2015 with writing my 15 worst travel moments was a lot of fun, and it make me think about how many problems and unexpected, or weird, situations I had to deal while travel alone for the first time.
I am not an adventurous person, and I never, ever, take any tours, but while I was in Granada, I joined my first ever tour, a night adventure tour, that turned out to be one of the craziest things I’ve done while traveling. It’s one of those posts I keep reading, even after a year, and it brings me back to that adventure night, which makes me believe I may be a little braver than I thought.
One of my longest posts ever, with every single information (prices on buses, hostels, budget for food and fun times…) on how I traveled Europe for 3 months with 2000€. This is for sure the post I am most proud of, because honestly, I never thought I could keep all that information carved in my memory so that I could be able to show others how they can travel with a tight budget too.
My post on how travel is not all rainbows and sunsets, shitty stuff happens, was for me an hilarious one to write. I still read it way too many times, just to remind me on how difficult solo travel is, and how many things go wrong every time I am back on the road. Still, I keep going back, ahm?
3. Who inspires you the most?
I follow a lot of travel bloggers who inspire me to be better and travel more, which makes it hard to say just one of them. Still, lately I’ve been obsessed with a family of 4, who have been traveling the world for over a year. They are called The Bucket List Family, and I love how they won millions (after Garrett sold an app to snapchat), but decided to not touch that money, sell all their belongings, and travel the world with their two young kids. It really is inspiring to see how humble they stay about their sudden millionaire account, and how they actually turned their travels into a business, and are followed by at least half a million people worldwide. They have the most amazing and addicting Instagram accounts ever: the bucket list family, and one for each member of the family (Jessica, Garrett, Dorothy and Manilla)
4. What’s number 1 in your bucket list?
I don’t have a number 1 country in my bucket list, but I do have a region in the world that has been calling for me for a while, and it is my ultimate travel wish at the moment. I really want to travel to Southeast Asia, and explore countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
5. What’s your happiest memory from traveling?
I remember standing at a view point in Perugia, Italy, after I started my first ever trip alone (that lasted three months), and suddenly I saw myself crying. I cried because that was the moment it really hit me! It had been a very hard first week, with too many bumps, but marveling at the Italian countryside, I finally realized I was actually traveling alone, after seven months saving money by working at a crappy job. There was a lot of ridiculous happy dances after that!
6. What is your favorite place visited?
It’s always hard to choose a favorite with so many amazing places in the world. I have so many favorites that I would feel bad to choose only one. So, I would say my favorite country, since 2016, is Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the authenticity of the country and its people. But I have an all time crush for Italy that doesn’t seem to fade away.
7. What is your favorite blog and why?
With so many amazing travel bloggers out there, I apologize, again, for not being able to give just a single answer. I follow many top travel bloggers, being Adventurous Kate, Hippie in Heels, Polkadot Passport, World of Wanderlust and The Blonde Abroad, for sure my top favorites, and the ones I check every single day for new posts, as well as their social media.
8. What are your top 3 tv programs?
Shameless is for sure my favorite show right now! Oh amazing is this show, honestly? I also have a weird obsession with the X-Factor and Masterchef.
9. If you were on a desert island and you could only have three items, what would it be?
I would never have the survival skills necessary to be alone on a deserted island, so if that ever happened I would be in big, big trouble! Still, I would for sure have my camera (because I don’t go anywhere without it), a notebook and a pen, so that I could write a journal. At least a good story would come from that, right?
10. What is one travel tip you can’t live without?
I always travel solo, so I carry everything I learn with me through out my next travels. I’ve learned that solo travel is hard, and that embracing being alone is one of the best demonstrations of self love you can give yourself. Plus, I learned that no matter how much you plan, things will go wrong and that’s ok, because everything will work out in the end, and you will learn from it.
ASKED BY DAILY DOSE OF ADVENTURES
1. What is your dream destination?
There are so many places I want to be. Seriously, asking me to choose one is pretty much impossible. I will say that I have a dream trip that I’m planning in Southeast Asia, and I badly want to travel to Nepal.
2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I see myself still traveling around the world, in the quest of seeing every country in the world. At this time, I imagine myself with a career as a travel blogger (lets hope for that!).
3. What was the first country you visited?
The first time I ever left Portugal was to hop on a 22h bus from Lisbon to Andorra. It was our class trip after I finished high school, the first time I ever went skiing and where I turned 18 years old. I got ditched at the top of a steep mountain with such a huge fog that I couldn’t see half a meter in front of me. Then, I got so drunk I was found by my gym teacher, as I wandered the streets of Andorra, barely conscious, and he took me back to my apartment. Good times, ahm?
4. What inspired you to start writing about your travels?
Ever since I was a little girl I would always have a pen and notebook so that I could write stories. I remember being ten and writing a magical story and staying that was going to be my first book. After I spent a semester studying in Switzerland, I came back home and bumped into Adventurous Kate’s travel blog. I was so inspired by it that I created my blog and decided to start sharing experiences abroad. Couldn’t imagine that I would actually want to take it to the next level and make a career out of it.
5. What was the weirdest place you spent the night in?
My very first hostel was probably the weirdest experience I had. It was my first time traveling alone and staying at a hostel. I didn’t know what to expect. I slept in a dorm with five other dudes, who made strange noises all night long, the staff was rude and pretty much never there and tried to charge me extra on my card. My sheets had stains and there were no stairs to climb up the bun, so I had to turn into a ninja to climb up there. I remember thinking that if every hostel was like that one, I would never survive my trip.
6. Do you prefer solo travel or with friends?
In the beginning I wanted to travel with friends. It just looked like so much fun going to new places and exploring them with my best friends. But then time kept passing by and we wouldn’t go anywhere. Everyone had different plans during summer vacation and I was left waiting for someone to want to go with me. Then, I stopped waiting. I decided to go on a three months solo trip across twelve countries in Europe, and ever since I don’t want to travel any other way. I sincerely love the freedom of being able to do what ever I want, and go to the destinations that I choose, without having to compromise on anything.
7. What was the strangest type of food you had?
Since I never traveled outside of Europe, I think that every typical food that I tried was pretty ‘normal’, so I don’t really have a weird experience to share, like I’m sure I will once I get to Asia.
8. Do you keep in touch with anyone you met during your travels?
I have a strict routine when I travel, so normally it doesn’t allow me that much time just hanging out and making friends. I spend the entire day exploring from very early hours, and once I’m back at the hostel it’s all about editing photos and writing. With that being said, I still keep contact with two girls I met in Vienna, who became my instant friends during my four days there.
9. What did you learn from your travels?
Travel keeps teaching me every single day. Over the past two or three years I’ve learned that sometimes things don’t go as you planned and that’s ok. I learned that the best to know about a place is by being there, instead of believing everything you see on the news. I’ve learned that meeting locals and taking the time to talk to them is the best way to really know a place. Most importantly I learned that I’m braver than I thought, and that even when things go wrong, it will all be ok in the end, and that I can actually travel on my own and love every second. It really is true that people are good, and kind, and you meet a few that will help you get back on your way. Just believe in good and try to be positive.
10. What was your craziest adventure?
I think my three months solo in Europe were the biggest and craziest adventure. I had never traveled alone before, I had never even been at a hostel, and suddenly I packed my stuff, after 7 months working and saving money, and went on a trip with only a one way ticket to Rome, with no plans to go back home until I ran out of money. My trip turned into three months crossing twelve countries all on my own, making lots of mistakes on the way and getting myself into weird situations. many nights I cried because things were harder than I expected and I thought maybe I should go home. The beautiful thing is that I was focused on not giving up, and I only went home when I had zero money in my account. Who knew I could do it?
I’m so happy to give this award to 5 other deserving travel bloggers. I hope this helps give them the motivation to keep working hard, never stop traveling, and never give up on their blogs! Enjoy 🙂
5. New Routes
My Questions for the nominees
- Do you prefer to travel with someone of travel alone?
- How and why did you start your blog?
- How much is your usual daily budget during your travels?
- Would you like to one day be traveling the world by supporting yourself with your blog? If so, why?
- What was your worst travel moment?
- How do you save money to travel?
- Do you usually stay in hostels or hotels?
- Who is your favorite travel blogger?
- What was the first country you visited?
- Where are you going next?
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