The Liebster Award is an online blogging award designed to help readers around the world discover new blogs of all genres and niches. It’s also a way to recognize bloggers with the most potential to grow and become meaningful online influencers.
urban online legend, the Liebster Awards originated in Germany in 2011. (Thus the Germanic name.) Depending who you ask, the word liebster means anything from favorite to beloved. Google Translate says it means dearest, but Google Translate has been mocked by native speakers before. What’s important here is that no matter who you ask, liebster translates into all sorts of lovely, positive things and not something like loser. Whew!
At barely two months old, Everyday Wanderer is definitely still in diapers, but I’m so grateful to Cynthia from Mackintosh Travels for believing that it has the potential to grow up and be a dependable, contributing member of blogging society. Via Cynthia, a bilingual teacher and mother of two, the Mackintosh family of four has a wide range of North American and global travel experiences to share via their blog, from where to stay to what to see and eat, so check it out!
How the Liebster Award works
This is a quick run-down on how the Liebster Award works:
- I share 10 fun facts about me.
- If that doesn’t put you to sleep, then keep reading to see my answers to a short selection of this year’s Liebster Award questions. (Yes, the questions are updated each calendar year to keep things as fresh as your smoke detector batteries.)
- I get to nominate five up and coming blogs, and the Liebster Award will multiply like Heather Locklear in the Faberge Shampoo commercial. (If you weren’t alive in the 80s, you’ll need to click here to get that joke. There’s also a chance you’ll have to Google Heather Locklear.)
10 Facts About Me
- I believe that you don’t have to travel far or have a loaded bank account to benefit from travel. You can experience a lot by just getting out of your own
bubbleneighborhood and spending time in another part of town.
- Everyday Wanderer is not the blog of a beautiful, young Millennial who sold everything she owned to perpetually travel the world. Rather, this is the travel blog of a middle-aged, Midwestern, single mom of four. (Thus the joke about a commercial from the 80s above.)
- My dad’s job allowed me to grow up living in some pretty amazing places like Germany, Washington DC, the Netherlands, and California. Thank goodness I was born to a couple with an incurable case of wanderlust because those locations were also a springboard to many other destinations!
- I speak French well enough not to offend most Parisians.
- I’ll happily eat escargots, but not a pork chop.
- I have four kiddos, including a set of boy/girl twins. Like all parents, I think my kids are pretty cool.
- My kids have never been to Disneyland. Or Disney World. Or Universal Studios. Yes, this is on purpose. Please don’t report me to the child welfare authorities.
- I’ve learned that wine pairs well with life. This is especially true when there are three teenagers in your house. And two of them are girls…
- While some people may consider the American Midwest to be flyover country, I believe Kansas City is a lively, cosmopolitan city that is much sexier than those people think.
- Of all the places I’ve lived and traveled, nothing is quite as amazing as Montana in June. Except maybe the Netherlands when the sun comes out.
A short interview (with myself)
From the list of 2017 Liebster Award questions, I’ve decided to answer these three. Hey, my blog, my rules…
- What is one thing that you’d like to own that you don’t have yet? An RV! For years, I’ve dreamed of being able to travel where the wind blows me, escaping the oppressive summer heat and bone-chilling winters of Kansas City.
- What is the best memory that you have while traveling? On a long weekend trip to Paris when we lived in Europe the second time, my Dad and I ran around the city one night with a tripod and his camera. (This was in the 1980s, so everything was shot on film.) We took long-exposure shots of the elevator ascending the Eiffel Tower and of the traffic lights circling the Arc de Triomphe.
- What blog post are you most proud of, and why? I’m really proud of my comprehensive list of things every American should know before visiting Europe. A few years ago when my daughter and several of her friends were heading to Europe for the first time, they asked me for advice, and once I got started, 100+ things just spilled out. I encourage readers to identify something I’ve missed so I can add it as a bonus to the list!
My 2017 Liebster Award Nominees
While all of my Liebster Award nominees are travel bloggers, I’m excited to share a wide range of travel experiences, from younger more budget-conscious explorers to mid-life wanderers. One of my nominees is using her travel as a self-prescribed treatment plan for a serious illness. Please take a moment to visit these up and coming travel blogs, read a post or two, and give them some encouragement as they grow their blogs to the next level.
Brokelings – This is the blog of three best friends who are on a quest to see as much of the world as they can as college students with limited funds. They may be young, but the “Brokelings” already understand the opportunity to easily meet fellow travelers in hostels over luxury hotels and the experience of traveling a historic, old-world cobblestone street by foot instead of in a luxury taxi.
Gramcracker Crumbs – Joan Stommen is a retired teacher, world traveler, and grandmother with the coolest nickname ever — Gramcracker. She’s an outstanding story-teller who clearly loves her family, adventure, and living life to the fullest.
Myles to Travel – After raising her cousin’s three young children after her untimely death, Bisa Myles was diagnosed with breast cancer. As her physicians created a five-year survivorship plan full of blood work and medical tests, Bisa created her own treatment plan that included visiting 50 countries, collecting passport stamps, and trying new foods. To me, the highest compliment is being called a badass, and Bisa is a badass.
Roaming Miles for Smiles – Hector and Michelle are Baby Boomers who purchased a Class C Concord Motorhome and are easing into their full-time retirement plans via regular day trips, weekend getaways, and a few longer vacations in their new RV.
The Five to Nine Traveller – Based in Europe where she juggles a full-time job and fuels her wanderlust, the Five to Nine Traveller is a kindred spirit who recognizes that not all travels have to be to exotic, far-flung places.
To Someplace New – Through her blog, Mayuri shares her travels throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and India. One of my favorite posts of hers is her Danube River Cruise, mainly because I fell in love with Budapest when I visited in 2014 and her photos from the cruise are fantastic!
What’s next for the nominees
The up and coming new bloggers who have been nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award complete the following steps to accept this award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you (um, that would be yours truly) by writing a blog post that includes a link back to this piece or the EverydayWanderer.com website
- Incorporate one or more Liebster Award images into your blog
- Include ten fun facts about yourself in your post
- Answer as many of the questions below as you’d like, or answer different questions, if you like. (Your blog, your rules. There are no Liebster Award police trolling the Internet and writing up tickets!)
- Nominate three to five up and coming blogs that you believe deserve to receive the 2017 Liebster Award
- Notify your nominees so that they can complete these same steps
- Proudly chant “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” as you push the publish button on your blog post
Shutterbug Sage’s Questions for 2017 Liebster Award Winners
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What is one place you haven’t been that is on the top of your bucket list?
- What is the best memory that you have while traveling?
- Which historic site would you most like to visit and why?
- Who is your role model?
- What is your best travel tip?
- What blog post are you most proud of and why?
- What is one thing that you’d like to own that you don’t have yet?
- What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
- What’s a hidden talent you have?
- What’s an activity, craft, or sport that you want to learn how to do?
- Out of all the countries, you have visited, which one did you like the most?
- What or who inspires you to travel?
- Do you prefer to travel alone or with a companion? Why?
- What is the scariest thing you’ve ever experienced while traveling?
- What are the three, most beautiful beaches you’ve visited?
- How has traveling impacted your life?
- Does blogging replace or enhance journaling?
- Do you think education, as it is today, does justice to life and learning?
- When do you find time to blog?
- If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
- What is your favorite book or series?
- Have you ever visited a place just because you experienced it in a book/series/animation/painting/movie? What was the place, and how did it compare to your expectations for it?
- What is your favorite travel quote?