The Liebster Award 2015

First of all, thank you Lizzie of Pocket Planet for nominating Girlswanderlust for the Liebster Award. In our opinion it is a great way to explore new travel bloggers and to encourage each other to keep continuing what we love to do: writing and sharing our thoughts about things we love.


The Liebster Award works according to the following official rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)
  8. Once you have written and published it, you have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

So here are the questions provided by Lizzie:

  • What is your favourite of the countries you have visited so far?

Daphne: This is definitely Indonesia. I have lived in Bali for six months. During that time I visited Java and Sumatra as well. Currently I am travelling again through Indonesia to explore more parts of this beautiful country. I really love the nature, the people, the local food, the fruit juices, the hospitality, the weather and the different cultures.

Tamara: That would be Japan, since that country has a beautiful culture and so much to offer: from nature to the big city and from traditional to modern. Furthermore, the Japanese people are kind and hospitable. Japan is very safe and clean, so I definitely had a great trip and if I get the chance, I would definitely go back to explore more.

Todaji Temple (Nara)

Todaji Temple (Nara)

  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Daphne: This is a hard question. I have lived in Spain, Indonesia and the Netherlands. I am planning to live (again) in Indonesia and the United States of America for a couple of months. However, I really would like to live for a long time in Spain. This country really attracts me to live in for a long time, because of the tourism, the people, the food, the weather (not too hot and not too cold), the nature and the language.

Tamara: The United Kingdom really attracts me when it comes to a country to live in. The country has some gorgeous places, it is still close to my home country, it has very kind people and the language is English (which I can speak and which I would like to learn even better).

  • Who would be your ideal travel partner?

Daphne: My ideal travel partner is friendly and enthusiastic, has travel experience, speaks a couple of languages and is not too crazy, but a bit open-minded.

Tamara: I already did some trips with my sister and in my opinion she is my ideal travel partner. During a trip, we want to see and do the same things, so we never argue about what to do or what to visit. We always have a great time and love the same kind of countries.

  • Are you an under-packer or an over-packer?

Daphne: I am definitely an over-packer, but I am making progress to become an under-packer.

Tamara: I guess I will be an under-packer. When I go on a trip, I try to take not that many pieces of clothes, I try to combine everything. Furthermore, during a trip I do not take a lot of make-up with me, while I do not wear a lot of make-up when I travel. Also, I take the most comfortable shoes with me. Mostly sneakers and when I go to a warm destination, I take some open shoes, like sandals. Most of the time, I have the smallest suitcase from all the people I go with.

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  • What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

Daphne: During my time in Indonesia, I slid of a waterfall of 12 meters high. This was really scary, but at the same time it gave me a lot of adrenaline and finally it was really awesome. Next to this, I have to admit that the ‘London Bridge Experience’ (comparable to the London Dungeon), was really scary. I was glad to ‘survive’ this crazy experience in England.

Tamara: I just cannot come to an answer. I am even questioning myself if I did something really, really scary in my life. I do not think so. Maybe I need to do something scary to overcome my fears?

  • What’s your dream job?

Daphne: It is kind of hard to say what my dream job looks like. I would love to work in the tourism industry, but I am not sure yet if this will be in the hotel field or more in the the travel agent and tour operator fields. Contrary to this, I already know I would love to travel around during my job and get the chance to explore as much as the world as possible.

Tamara: I do not really have a dream job, but if it has to do with travelling and tourism I would already love it.

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  • Who do you envy most in the world?

Daphne: I definitely envy the people who became famous by writing about travelling, making money of it and are able to keep continuing travelling and exploring the world.

Tamara: The people who are always on their way travelling around the world. Gosh, I would love to have a life like that!

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  • Which kind of travel do you prefer: driving, flying, going by train or going by bus?

Daphne: I prefer driving the most. In Indonesia I currently drive a motorbike. The traffic is very chaotic, but driving a motorbike allows you to stop everywhere where you would like to (e.g. for a picture or to eat and drink something), while the public transportation just depart from point A and stops at point B. Next to the motorbike, I drive my own car. I am still dreaming of doing a round trip through Europe with my car and explore all the amazing countries. Driving is sometimes tiring, but it provides you with a lot of freedom.

Tamara: That is a hard one! But I think I will go for going by train. Just because it is relaxing in my opinion. You can just sit down, look outside and see the beautiful places you meet during your trip by train.

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  • What’s your must-have travel item?

Daphne: This is definitely my mobile phone with my portable charger (power bank). With my phone I can make pictures and videos, use the navigation (GPS), communicate with friends and family, keep up to date with the news and social media and especially write my articles for Girlswanderlust.

Tamara: A good book! When I go on a trip, I always take a book with me. I read it during the travel towards my destination, sometimes in the evening in my hotel room to relax or at the beach (when I go to a warm destination of course).

  • If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Daphne: Again a hard question. At the moment I would say Nasi Campur. This is an Indonesian meal and is a combination of white rice, fish, meat, vegetables and vegetarian snacks. Therefore, it is still possible to eat different things every day.

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Tamara: I absolutely love sushi! Since I have been to Japan, I cannot get enough. So I think I will go for sushi, though I think every day would be a little bit too much. 

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  • Summer or winter?

Daphne: This will be the summer for sure, because I love the sunshine, but hate rain and cold temperatures.

Tamara: Can I go for spring? That is my favorite season of the year. Everything comes alive again in that season. People come outside, weather is getting better, flowers are growing, you hear the birds and trees are getting leaves again.


11 random facts about us:

Daphne: 

  1. Red is my favourite colour.
  2. I was a field hockey goalkeeper for eight years.
  3. I am addicted to movies and series.
  4. The first country I visited outside Europe was South-Africa.
  5. I like to drink Baileys sometimes.
  6. The Victoria Falls are part of my Bucket list.
  7. I love photographing the nature.
  8. I don’t like cold showers.
  9. I am a blondine.
  10. I prefer to eat fish rather than meat.

Tamara:

  1. I study Tourism Management
  2. I have danced for 11 years
  3. I love the nature and that is why I love to take a walk through the forest (it makes me relaxed)
  4. I do have pets: a parrot and a rabbit
  5. My birth month is August
  6. I live in the east of the Netherlands
  7. I love reading English books (especially the books of John Green)
  8. My favorite series are Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars
  9. I work as a waitress in a restaurant
  10. I absolutely have a thing for scented candles
  11. I love Christmas; being cozy with my family and boyfriend

So, here are the 8 bloggers that we nominate for the Liebster Award:


And here are your 11 questions:

  1. What was your last travel destination?
  2. What is definitely your number one bucket list item?
  3. Which movie did you watched already too many times?
  4. Do you prefer luxury travel or basic travel?
  5. What is your favourite month of the year and why?
  6. What is your worst travel experience?
  7. If you have to choose between bungee jumping or freediving, what would it be?
  8. Do you collect a specific kind of souvenir of each country?
  9. What is the best travel book you have read so far?
  10. If you travel solo, what is according to you the best way to meet people or find a travel buddy?
  11. What is the most delicious meal you ever ate during travel?

Have fun!

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