Liebster Award: The Award Every Travel Blogger Must Know

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Liebster Award

Are you a travel blogger nominated for the Liebster Award?

We were too! And we are excited to share with you what the award is all about.

In a nutshell, Liebster Award is a great way for new travel bloggers to get more readers, fans, and followers.

If you want more people to notice your blog, you better start scrolling through this blog post.

What Is It?

Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. It lets bloggers pay it forward so newer bloggers can get noticed in the vast blogosphere.

The word ‘liebster’ means dearest, sweetheart, beloved person and darling in German.

How Does It Work?

This award works like a chain mail.

When you get nominated, you can accept the award and nominate other bloggers for it. To accept the award, you need to write a blog post to:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
  • Answer a list of questions from the blogger.
  • Nominate new bloggers for the award.

The award may sound meaningless to some bloggers because it does not come with a trophy or prize. If you fall under this camp, you can ignore the blogger who nominated you too. Just continue blogging as if you didn’t receive the nomination.

But before that, aren’t you curious why am I still publishing a blog post about a meaningless award?

First of all, I cannot disappoint the blogger who nominated me. You’ll find out who she is in a moment. She was one of the first few bloggers who reached out to me after I started kuaby. Following her travels makes me want to travel more often.

In a way, she is my inspiration to travel more. Thus, it is a no brainer for me to accept the award.

Furthermore, there are so many benefits that come with it! Why not?

Why Should You Join?

Like yourself, I contemplated on whether it is worth it to write this blog post. Then, I thought of reasons why I should do it, and these reasons convinced me.

I hope they can compel you too.

Break the Ice with Like-Minded Bloggers

To grow your travel blog, you need to connect and network with other travel bloggers.

Do you know more than 5 travel bloggers on a personal level? I don’t. If you are just starting out like me, the answer is most likely a “no” for you too.

Matthew Karsten is an adventure travel blogger with tens of thousands of followers. He listed networking as one of the secrets to becoming a professional travel blogger.

Having a strong relationship with other travel bloggers brings about collaboration and cross-promotion opportunities. Surrounding yourself with bloggers who are also growing their blog keeps you motivated too.

Participating in Liebster Award is a good starting point for networking. It gives you the opportunity to start conversations with other travel bloggers.

The questions you will be asking other bloggers in a Liebster Award blog post help you in getting to know them better. You can even use them as conversation starters in the future!

Sure, you can always try to strike up a conversation with top influencers in travel by cold emailing them. You have to keep in mind, though, that the likelihood of getting a reply or an extended conversation is slim.

Put a Real Person Behind Your Writings

As bloggers, it is not easy to get our personality across through our writings.

Every Liebster Award nomination comes with a list of questions to answer. These are usually personal questions. It makes you human rather than just blocks of text on a computer screen when you answer them in an honest manner. These answers will help readers to relate to you better and therefore, have more trust in you.

This strong connection that you are creating between you and your readers is important. It could be the only way you can distinguish yourself from all the travel bloggers out there.

Just ask yourself. Whose status update catches your attention the most on Facebook? It’s always people whom you share a strong or a deep connection with.

You really have nothing to lose, but everything to gain, especially if you are a new travel blogger.

Plus, you get to write about yourself, which always is the easiest blog post to write. Who doesn’t like writing about themselves, right?

Which Awesome Travel Blogger Nominated kuaby?

Sarah Zonio in Bali
Sarah Zonio in Bali

Sarah Zonio, also known as Xam Julliarde, is the blogger behind our nomination. She is a travel blogger with a strong flair for writing. She blogs at To ∞ and Beyond, so go check it out.

Other than travel, Sarah covers dating, fashion, and inspirational stuff on her blog. She also got featured on The Huffington Post not once, but twice! Follow her if getting featured on a reputable publication one day is a dream of yours.

Thanks Sarah!

Here are my answers for Sarah’s questions:

Where are you from?

I was born in Penang, Malaysia. After I graduated from high school, I traveled to Kuala Lumpur to further my studies. The capital of Malaysia is my home base ever since.

What is the one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?

United States of America (USA) – This is the country where the people who inspire me the most are from.

At work, I always look up to top notch digital marketers and entrepreneurs from the States.

During my free time, I love reading about personal growth, journalism, and psychology. Most of the creators and thinkers behind these content are from the United States as well. The analogies and cultural references in these content never fail to perk my curiosity. Over time, they make me want to visit the country even more.

It will be a dream come true for me to visit the country one day with Shook Ting.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you while traveling?

So far, I have been pretty lucky when I travel with Shook Ting. Locals tend to be helpful when we asked them for directions. We even had a Korean waiter who used image search on Google to show us the photo every dish in the menu that we pointed at.

Slow travel is our primary traveling style. It could also be the reason why we rarely encounter unwelcoming surprises. We read a lot about a destination, background, culture, and history before our trips.

We also don’t cram a lot of destinations into a tight schedule so there is no need to rush.

What is your greatest achievement so far and why?

Guy with a Backpack at Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan, South Korea.
Wayne at Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan, South Korea.

It has to be traveling through Busan and Seoul in South Korea without relying on a guide. We didn’t take a taxi throughout the entire trip too!

I’m pretty sure this will not count as a great achievement for seasoned travelers. But for us, it is huge because we don’t speak Korean and it was just our second trip together as a couple.

What has been your scariest travel experience?

I had my scariest travel experience when I was about 14.

I was returning from a trip to Langkawi with my family. Langkawi is an island off the northeastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. To get home, we needed to take a ferry back to Kuala Kedah, which was where we parked our cars.

Before boarding the ferry, we noticed dark skies on the horizon. A storm was brewing on the other side of the sea.

As soon as we boarded the ferry, it was obvious that the ferry operators oversold the tickets. There were no empty seats for us. Passengers with valid tickets just like ours boarded before us and took the seats.

Left with no choice, one of the ferry operators’ staff ushered us to the cockpit. The cockpit does not provide extra seats other than the one for the pilot. We had to stand or sit on the floor.

5 minutes into the ride, clouds turned dark, and the ferry started jolting as its bow cut through huge waves. It felt like the waves were trying to tear the ship apart.

My parents, siblings and myself were trying to hold onto whatever we could get our hands on. The last thing we wanted was to slide across the floor and hit something.

To cut the long story short, we did arrive at the jetty in one piece, but not without feeling dizzy and nauseous. Things weren’t so good for my younger brother, though. He vomited into the sea right after he landed his feet on solid ground.

It was a scary experience, but it is always fun to share the story with others.

What travel destination most exceeded your expectations?

Busan, South Korea.

We knew Busan is not going to be as hectic as Seoul, but we didn’t expect it to be serene and calm. Its popular attractions like Gamcheon Cultural Village, Dalmaji-gil Road, and Haeundae Beach were not crowded at all.

The relaxing vibes of the city were hinting us to slow down and enjoy it has to offer. Looking back, a lot of the moments we cherished in Busan came as a surprise. Some were because we were paying attention, and some were because of sheer serendipity.

We had a lot of fun in Gamcheon Cultural Village, also known as the Santorini of Korea. Taking the minibus to the village through a narrow and winding road was an exciting experience on its own too.

The same is for Dalmaji-gil Road. Most guidebooks recommend the attraction for its cherry blossoms. We decided to hike up the road anyway even though it wasn’t the spring season back then. The hike paid off as we came across breathtaking views of the ocean and interesting trails.

Also, there were many caterpillars and spiders hanging off trees along the walkway. The strong wind caused some of them to lose their grip and fall right in front of us. Shook Ting and I were so scared of them that we kept our umbrella open. Things would have been chaotic if any of them landed on us.

A caterpillar spotted along Dalmaji-gil Road in Busan, South Korea.
A caterpillar spotted along Dalmaji-gil Road in Busan, South Korea.

What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten abroad?

The strangest food we’ve tried was at Jagalchi Market in Busan, South Korea. We splurged on a Sashimi Boat.

Both of us are big fans of raw fish slices or sashimi. There was a catch with the dish at the restaurant though. It came with clams, prawns and other unknown shellfishes with their shells removed. And guess what? They were all fresh and RAW!

The raw shellfishes were somewhat hard for us to even land a bite on them. We requested the waitress to cook them with the kimchi stew that she was boiling beside us. The shellfishes turned out to be quite chewy and delicious. They were a good combination with the kimchi stew.

The waitress was reluctant to boil them at first so I guess she is going to disagree with this statement.

Why do you travel?

Before I did any traveling, I only wanted to see the world.

Once I started traveling, I fell in love with it. I love how it opens my eyes. I love how it gives me a fresh perspective on things. And I love how it educates me about different cultures and histories around the world.

Realizing how big this world is through traveling helped me to think beyond my tiny comfort zone too. I stopped complaining about small issues and holding grudges against people. Instead, I now aim for bigger goals in life. I have wilder dreams, and I am always grateful for what I have.

Travel made me a better person, and that’s why I travel. – Click to Tweet!

What made you start blogging?

I have been blogging for almost 10 years now. It was only during this year that I dipped my toes into travel blogging.

In a way, travel blogging is where all my passions come together. I like to write, work on online projects, and I also have a career in online marketing. When travel comes into my life as the final piece of the puzzle, starting this blog is inevitable.

What is your favorite travel story?

US Nuclear Weapon Test at Bikini Atoll
US Nuclear Weapon Test at Bikini Atoll

My favorite story has to be Paradise With an Asterisk written by S. C. Gwynne. It is not a story about a trip or a traveler. It is about Bikini Atoll, a small ring of islands halfway between Australia and Hawaii.

It is a place with white sandy beaches, clear sea waters, friendly locals, and rich marine life. In other words, it is a paradise. In the author’s own words:

If there is a lovelier beach anywhere in the world, I have not been on it.

Yet, Bikini Atoll carries the title “Paradise with an Asterisk”. The islands and the people staying there had to endure a series of unfortunate events since 1946. The article goes deep into islands’ dismal past and the impact of the events on the people living there.

Congrats! You Are Nominated for Liebster Award!

How to Take Part and Reward New Bloggers?

If you see a link to your blog in the list above, it means that I would like to nominate you for the Liebster Award.

Here’s how you can accept the nomination in just 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Write About Liebster Award on Your Blog

You should have a good understanding of what Liebster Award is all about by now.

To take part, you need to write a blog post about the award. In the blog post, answer the questions I have for you below.

Make sure to include a link to this post before hitting publish. Doing so gives me a notification about your participation. When I get the notification, I am going to share your Liebster Award blog post on my social media accounts.

Step 2: Nominate Other New Travel Bloggers

Just like what I did, you should nominate 5 to 11 new travel bloggers for the award within the blog post.

You can only nominate new travel bloggers. The criteria for ‘new’ is a little vague. For me, I look for bloggers whose blog is less than one years old or those who have less than 1,000 Facebook Page fans. These bloggers should also have a string of blog posts that are interesting to me.

Not following any new travel bloggers and have no idea who to nominate? You can start following some travel bloggers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These platforms will then recommend similar travel blogs for you to follow.

For me, I use active, travel-related Facebook Groups to find bloggers to nominate. Here are two of them that I recommend joining:

Step 3: Notify Your Nominees

Once the blog post is live, make sure to reach out to your nominees and tell them about it.

Point them to your blog post so they can find out what Liebster Award is all about and what they should do next.

Highlight the key benefits of participating as well. Make it exciting so they are willing to spend time on writing their Liebster Award blog post.

Questions to Answer

If you are one of the travel bloggers nominated above, this is the list of questions that I would like you to answer:

  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do for a living? In other words, what pays for your travels?
  • Which city or destination in the world do you want to see most? Why?
  • What was the most epic experience you had while traveling?
  • What is the one useful travel tip you always share with new travelers?
  • Why do you travel?
  • Why made you decide to start a travel blog?
  • Where do you see your travel blog at in 5 years time?
  • How has your travel style changed as compared to when you just started traveling?
  • What is the one thing that always makes you cringe when you are traveling abroad?
  • What do you struggle with as a travel blogger?

Looking Forward to Knowing You Better

Again, there are many benefits to taking part in Liebster Award.

Growing a blog on your own can be tough. You can get the growth you want faster by nurturing relationships with like-minded travel bloggers today.

Create a new blog post for Liebster Award now by answering the questions above.

P.S.: If you have done a Liebster Award blog post in the past, share it with me in the comment section below. I would love to know more about you through your answers.

P.P.S.: Looking to get nominated for Liebster Award? You can leave a comment below so I can give you a nomination.

Photo courtesy of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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Wayne Liew
Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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  1. Congratulations! It is so lovely to be recognised by fellow bloggers and to give recognition too. I too, love slow travel. However we are back on the road again in January which I’m ready for. Enjoy the buzz!