One week ago I didn’t even know this award exists and now the Bubbly Traveler is already an award-winning blog! Whoops!

A massive thank you goes to the lovely Chiara from the Adventures Found Me for the nomination! A young adventurer from Italy, she has a passion for travelling, natural living and outdoor activities. Check out her wild adventures and travel tips at: http://adventurefoundme.altervista.org.

What is the Liebster award?

For those who haven’t heard, the Liebster is a fun award created by bloggers for newbies (less than 200 followers) to spread new content in the pay-it-forward manner. To accept the award, the nominee will need to follow a series of steps which may vary from one year to another. These are the rules that my nominator passed on:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their site on your blog
  2. Display the award on your blog
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers for the award
  5. Create a new list of questions for your nominees to answer
  6. List these rules in your post
  7. Inform the people/blogs that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so they can learn about it

My response to Chiara’s questions

1.Describe yourself in 4 words?

Bubbly, spontaneous, slow traveler

2.How did you choose your blog’s name?

It took me quite a while to settle on a name for this travel blog. I’ve tried different travel-like general names but somehow I don’t feel like they represent who I am (let alone most of these names were already taken). So I decided to get a little more personal: bubbly traveler. This is how Urban dictionary defines the word ‘bubbly’: ‘a really HAPPY, PERKY, kind of ANNOYING person at times. It’s one of those people who wake you up in the morning really perky and you just wanna smack them in the face’. Yeap, that’s more like me! 😛

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Budapest, Hungary – 11/2016

3.Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?

Mountains I guess. Less people in sight. And the higher I climb, the better I see tho the reward won’t come easy! It takes endurance, hard work and patience. Mountains change my perspective on challenges and life, they force myself to push beyond limits before claiming my prize.

2016-10-16-11-54-19Mount Morissolino, Piedmont, Italy – 10/2016

4.Where and when was your first international destination? 

In 2009 I took my first flight and first solo trip to Singapore which was exciting and intimidating at the same time. But the country itself was a beautiful, calm, green oasis whether in the airport or along the train line.

5.Which country has surprised you in a positive way and why?

I always keep expectations low during my travels, therefore surprises, good and bad, hit me all the time. Belgium surprised me the most for the lively and buoyant nightlife although it was one month after the October attack. I was expecting it to be a boring city as many had described, but no, it turned out a city of many aspects. I was in love with food and parks and cheap museums for students there.

6.When and where do you blog?

I’m on vacation now so anytime after filling my tummy is the blogging time, although my brain would function best in the morning. A quiet empty room would make a perfect place to write and reflect on the memories, but during long travels I’d prefer jotting down my thoughts on a long-hour bus/train.

7.What’s your favourite blog and why?

I would pick Traveling the world solo by the Aussie girl Ellen Burne which I had followed from my early days of blogging! The blog content is unique and varied from the insightful travel journals, hostel etiquette to discovery of hidden gems (one of my favorite is the bunny island in Japan). I look up to her fun story-telling and fascinating photos. Ellen leads an independent nomadic lifestyle that every woman dreams about but few have the courage to do.

8.If you had the opportunity to travel with a famous person, who would it be and why?

This is a hard one! I’m inspired by so many of them but if I get to choose one to travel with that would be Emma Watson. She’s beautiful, smart, a bookworm like me and passionate about feminism. She loves hiking too. I’m sure we would have hearty conversations along the trails.

9.Which is your favourite post (written by you of course)?

‘First Snowshoeing in Devero brings back to me beautiful memories of snow-trekking in Devero (Italy) on the very chilly New Year’s Day. It’s the one piece of writing I always revisit when craving for the feeling of freedom. Can you imagine tasting the throat tingling ginger tea in the minus five cold while admiring the last rays of sunlight over this spectacular snow-capped mountain?

img_1160Devero, Italy – 1/2017

10.What are your travel and blogging goals for 2017?

This year I will be traveling around New Zealand while studying full time. I’m not going to plan any itinerary, but probably the first month will be dedicated to the parks, rain forests and pristine beaches around my base Auckland. I’ll save the South island for the long break. Any advices on trip planning/what to do/where to go?

With regards the Bubbly Traveler, for the past six months it has been running with no major purpose but to write for myself. BUT 2017 will be about growing the blog traffic. Some of my goals are:

  • Increase the number of WordPress followers by 300, engage more with my readers
  • Try guest posting
  • Try to publish one feature post a week
  • Work on my story-telling skills

Alrighty, now it’s my great honor to announce the nomination for the 2017 Liebster Award. These are five bloggers that I carefully hand-picked from my reading list and have secretly admired their works. From wanderlust-worthy trips to ordinary life moments, their inspiring stories have taught me about living free and fearlessly. Here’s the new 2017 Liebster Award nominees:

Lady in a Land-rover

Hello Mountains

Postcards from Polebridge

Whistle While You Wait

Travel on a budget

Congratulations, now it’s no secret that I’m their fan! There are so many things I would like to know about my nominees:

  1. How do you define travel?
  2. Why do you start blogging?
  3. What are your best and worst travel moments to date?
  4. Do you have any other passions besides travel (and blogging)?
  5. How do you stay healthy when you travel?
  6. What are your must-have travel accessories?
  7. Do you travel with guidebooks?
  8. Which city is your favorite?
  9. Where are you going next in 2017?
  10. Do you have any advice/tips for female travelers?

I’m so looking forward to your answers! Let’s spread the love!

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