We are super excited to announce that Four Dirty Feet has been nominated for the Liebster Award 2016.
Firstly, big thanks to Cecile from Nomadic Hippie 2.0 for nominating us. We are truly honored!
Cecile writes about her slow travel through South America and Europe as a freelance translator. Check out her blog to read about her incredible adventures working on a farm in Chile for a month and Wwoofing in both Italy and Tuscany. Cecile is a wonderful example of how full time travel is possible. Her nomadic lifestyle and passion for environmental conservation is incredibly inspiring.
As newbies to blogging we had never heard of the Liebster Award and so will give a quick run-down for any other oblivious souls out there.
What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award exists only on the internet and was created by bloggers, for bloggers. The award has German origins and the word “liebster” means dearest, endearing or kindest. Being nominated for the award is a great way to discover and connect with other bloggers as well as promote your own blog.
If you are nominated for the Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, you should write a post using the following rules:
Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their site on your blog.
Display the award on your blog.
Answer their questions about yourself.
Nominate 5-10 other bloggers for the award and inform them via social media.
Create your own set of questions for your nominees.
Enjoy winning an award and passing this great feeling onto someone else!
Our Answer to Cecile’s Questions
How did you decide to become a travel blogger?
Teaching in South Korea we have received countless questions from friends and family about how we do it and what our lives here are like. So, one day we just decided that starting a blog would be a great way to keep them all in the loop. We also thought it would be a great way to document our time here so we could look back years from now and have something to remember it by. It really just started out as a small project to keep us busy and share our experiences with friends and family. However, we slowly started realizing that we could help inspire other people to break away from their ordinary lives and do something challenging, simply by sharing how we did it.
Where’s your favorite place in the world (so far)?
Our favorite place that we have traveled to together has to be Sabah Borneo, Malaysia. The combination of jungle, wildlife, gorgeous white sandy beaches, and the most incredible diving we have ever experienced made it an all-round hit for us and absolute paradise.
What’s the best food you’ve ever eaten and where did you eat it?
This would have to be Malaysian food. All of it! We loved the variety of Indian, Chinese and Malay dishes to choose from. Our love of spice was definitely catered for in this culinary heaven.
What’s the most incredible thing you’ve done while travelling?
This would definitely be a toss-up between seeing Orangutan’s in the wild on a river safari in Malaysian Borneo, and the mind blowing diving on Sipadan Island. Seeing Orangutan’s in the wild has been something we have both dreamed about since as long as we can remember so it was a very special moment. Diving Sipadan’s dive sites was the most exhilarating experience. The amount of marine life was almost overwhelming to the senses and we were completely speechless for days afterwards.
Who would you choose as your travel companion, if you could pick absolutely anyone (dead or alive, real or fictional character)?
(Hayley) Definitely Bear Grylls. We are most happy out in nature and Bear Grills would make any experience out in nature completely thrilling and challenging in all the best ways. We would probably swear a lot but love every second of it :)
(Steven) For me, it has to be anyone in my family. They understand me best and every time I travel, I wish they could be sharing the experience with me.
Who would you say inspires you the most (in your travels or life in general)?
There are a number of people that inspire us but David Attenborough is our clear favorite. He is an incredibly humble man who is passionate about the environment. He not only has an extensive knowledge but is always learning and discovering more. A true inspiration.
What’s your favourite travel quote?
Hayley: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”- Marcel Droust
Travelling continually changes and shifts the way you see the world. It opens your eyes and gives you a completely new perspective. That is why I love travelling, because of how much I grow and learn along the way.
Steven: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the road less travelled by.” – Robert Frost
I prefer to see the less popular and unexpected places. Dare to be different and love the unique, less documented things about travel. When people enjoy the views of the beaches, I prefer to discover the thickness of the jungle. Everything that mankind has touched less of, or has not been shaped to benefit us.
Name 3 items that you cannot travel without (passport doesn’t count!)?
Hayley: My ipod (for those long hours on buses, planes, trains, etc.), a great book and a strong pair of slops (aka flip flops or thongs).
Steven: A cap, shorts and a pair of shoes. Everything else, I can do without. Well a camera now that we have our blog and YouTube channel.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone who wants to become a travel blogger?
Write about what interests you. Being passionate about what you write about will not only make it more enjoyable but will probably result in much better content. Write whenever you feel like it and don’t put yourself under pressure to post too regularly. Although the more consistent you are the more chance you have of being discovered and being followed by a loyal audience, always remember that you want to love what you are doing and not feel like you have to do something you aren’t excited or motivated to do. In short, just aim to enjoy the experience and the rest will follow.
Apart from travelling (and blogging about it), what is your biggest passion?
As two teachers that’s an easy answer. Education is something we are both very passionate about. Of course, we feel that the world is one big classroom and travelling is the best education. Not only do you learn about the world but you learn so much about yourself too.
What’s your next destination?
Hopefully we will be heading to Palawan, Philippines during our winter vacation in January.
Our nominees for the Liebster Award 2016
Mel & Jona – Mel & Jona Travel
This sweet, down-to-earth couple from the UK caught the travel bug on their honeymoon, road tripping around the USA. Since then they have had numerous trips to the US and are currently adventuring around New Zealand. They also make beautiful videos so be sure to check out their YouTube channel.
Jade & Kev – Two Tall Travellers
This go getter couple left their home in England to explore the world. If you’re interested in teaching abroad in China, are curious about expat life in China or just want to follow this fun couple on their travel adventures in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand then check out Jade and Kev’s awesome blog.
Camille & Niels – Couple A Wanderers
These two are an exceptionally creative couple and they make a brilliant team. We loved reading about their incredible night spent in a capsule among the stars in Peru, and are so excited to follow them on their exciting ‘round the world honeymoon.
Jen and Rudolph Raath - The Married Wanderers
This inspiring duel quit their jobs, rented out their house and now plan on travelling the world. We just loved their crazy and wonderful proposal story. Oh did we mention, they are from South Africa too.
Neha and Abhishek - A Revolving Compass
Having a toddler does not stop this couple from pursuing their passion for travel. We just love reading their write ups on travelling India, the country that is number one on our bucket list. Go check out their insightful blog and we hope to meet you soon.
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11 Questions to our nominees
Describe yourself in 3 words
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
What do you want to accomplish with your blog?
What keeps you motivated and drives you to keep writing blog posts?
What is the weirdest thing you have eaten while travelling and where did you eat it?
What country or experience is at the top of your travel bucket list? (ie. If you were offered a free trip anywhere right now where or what would you choose?)
What is the most rewarding thing you have ever done?
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Is there anywhere in the world that you don’t want to visit?
What are your top 3 travel gadgets that you can’t live without?
What do you miss the most while travelling and being away from home?
Have fun and don’t forget to pass on the Award to other amazing travel bloggers!