Liebster Award!

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Packing my Suitcase has been nominated to its first award! Vlad from the Eff it, I’m on Holiday has nominated me for the Liebster Award. For those who have no idea what it means, I will briefly explain to you.

Liebster means “dearest” or “beloved” in German. The award aims to highlight cool travel blogs who deserve more attention among others in the category. At the same time, it provides a way of connecting the nominated blog to other blogs within the same category.

In order to receive the award, the nominated blog has to follow some fun rules:

1.Thank the person who nominated you (and link back to their blog)

2.Answer 10 questions made by who nominated you

3.Nominate 10 other blogs you think deserved the award

4.Ask 10 questions of your own to the blog you have nominated

5.Give the great news to the blogs you have nominated

 

And you’re done!

So before anything: thank you Vlad for the nomination! I am very excited about it and very grateful to you for thinking of Packing my Suitcase. Here are the answers to Vlad’s questions to me, it was really fun to do it and I hope you all like it:

 

1.How did you decide to start your blog?

I always loved writing and used to write diaries for many years and also had a blog when I was a teenage. So this year, after so many close friends asking me about travel tips I thought: why don’t I start writing a blog again and unite my travel passion with writing? Everyone loved the idea, especially myself.

2.Think fast: your top three favorite destinations.

Maldives, Galapagos Islands and Paris… until now!

3.What country have you always dreamed of visiting and why?

Very hard question, I want to visit so many countries! But there are 2 countries I’m crazy about visiting (please tell me 2 is ok haha).

One of them you might find very odd: North Korea.

The reason is: during my Master on International Relations I wrote my thesis about North Korea, and after studying about it’s culture, history and political issues I developed a crazy curiosity to visit the country and see it with my own eyes.

The other is Fiji. I’m passionate about islands and after accomplishing my dream of visiting the Maldives, the Fiji Islands is the next one on my bucket list.

The reason: For me it seems like a very special place, maybe because is not the easiest to be reached from most of the countries in the world, and also not the cheapest.

4. If you’ve visited it, what was it like? If you haven’t, are you planning on going anytime soon?

I haven’t visited any of the two (North Korea and Fiji Islands), but I hope it happens soon. It actually depends more on saving money, because anytime would be a good time.

5.How would you describe your travel style?

I don’t think a have a specific travel style. I would say it is variable. Sometimes I go for a fancy trip staying in cool hotels; sometimes I go for an adventure, or for the culture. Some trips I like to plan a lot, others I do last minute. I just love traveling, not matter what style. It depends on the moment, with who I’m traveling, how much I can/want to spend.

6.What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while traveling?

Last year I was in Paris during summer with W. my husband and another couple. We were walking outside the Louvre, near the Pyramid where you see all that water that surrounds it. As it was really hot, people were just sitting there and putting their feet into the water. We did the same, but I had the stupid idea of standing up on the water, as I did it I slipped and fell into the water in front of everyone that was there! All I did was stand up as fast as I could and laugh, laugh and laugh!

7.Do you have any regrets when it comes to previous trips?

Yes. After I finished my exchange program in Winnipeg, Canada (where I lived for 1 year), my father went to Toronto to meet me so we could make a little trip together. As I was really sad about the end of my wonderful time in Canada, I wasn’t feeling like facing real life again, or better saying, ready for accepting that everything was going to change now that I was going back home. So I didn’t appreciate this time I spent alone with my dad as much as I should have. Today, I would do it totally different and cherish every moment we spent together in that trip.

8.What are the best and the worst things that have happened to you while flying?

The worst: I was flying to Miami with my family and as soon as I entered the plane I started sneezing non-stop, one of my allergic reactions. I sneezed the entire 5-hour flight and was totally numb with the anti-allergic I took. I think the flight was also long for those around me.

The best: eating the food of Qatar Airways!

 9. How do you prepare for a trip?

It pretty much depends on the trip. But what I always do is make a little research: what to do, where to eat, transportation, etc. Based on what I find, I decide which hotel to stay, for how long and how I’m going to get there. Then, one or two days before I leave I begin packing my suitcase. Yes, I know, women normally begins way before, but if I do it, my dog will start getting crazy with the suitcases around the house. So I do it last minute!

10. What’s the one thing you didn’t foresee when you first started your blog?

That because of it I would meet so many cool bloggers that also loves traveling like I do, and feel like I have been traveling with them too just by reading their stories.

And here are my questions for my nominees:

1.What is the best part about having a travel blog?

2.What was your most unforgettable trip?

3.What was the most remarkable thing that ever happened to you on a trip?

4.Which would be your dream trip?

5.Did you ever have a bad hotel experience?

6.In your opinion, what was the best post you ever wrote until now?

7.Which place you have been before that you would love to go back again?

8.How do you feel after you come back home from an amazing trip?

9.What are your criteria to choose your next post?

10.What is you favorite travel quote?

And now the nominees! The task was not easy, since I follow so many amazing blogs. I wish I could nominate more for the Liebster Award, but since 10 is the number here they are:

2 Tickets to wonderland by Gašper and Maruša

Life on my plate by Upasna

Turquoise Compass by Jessica

Not from Florence by Merel

Life to my fullest by Sha

Maldives Dreamer by Irene

World of Paris by Daniële

Surviving in Italy by M. Elizabeth

Rachel in Ireland  by Rachel

Vino Vita Viaggi by Diana

I hope you all have fun answering to my questions! I can’t wait to see them.

Thank you once again Vlad!

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