As new bloggers, it’s nice to know that someone out there appreciates your content and recognizes all your hard work. We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for the Liebster Award.

A big thank you to Lost Around the World for nominating us! We are so inspired by your solo travels and we enjoy reading about your adventures.

So What Exactly is the Liebster Award?

Liebster AwardThe Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The first Liebster Award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Official Rules:

If you have been nominated for the Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  •  Create a post on your blog, displaying the Liebster Award logo.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 3000 followers. 
  • Come up with 10-11 questions for your nominees.
  • List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) 
  • 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.

Get to Know Us!

Our Answers to Lost Around the World‘s Questions

Do you prefer to travel with someone or travel alone?

We both used to prefer traveling alone but once we met each other, our solo travel days were over. Now we enjoy exploring together as a couple as it’s nice to have a companion. Traveling together full-time has its challenges but it certainly helps our relationship grow.

How and why did you start your blog?

We met working for a travel company and we both spent years in the industry. Our friends would always come to us for travel advice and destination recommendations. One day we said to ourselves, “hey, we are pretty good at this” and we decided to create New Routes. The funny thing is, we knew nothing about blogging or building websites so we had quite a lot to learn.

How much is your usual daily budget during your travels?

It really depends on where we are traveling. Currently, we are in Thailand and we are spending about $30 USD a day for two of us (accommodations included). That’s easy to do when your meals cost under $2! We are full-time travelers so we need to keep our budget low to sustain our lifestyle.

Would you like to one day be traveling the world by supporting yourself with your blog? If so, why?

Absolutely! That’s the dream. We don’t want to go back to our 9-5 desk jobs. We would love the freedom to travel the world and share our adventures with our readers. Our goal is eventually turn New Routes into a full-fledged business.

What was your worst travel moment?

Any trip is bound to have a few low points but one moment that seems forever etched in our minds is when Rachel got sick to her stomach in the Sahara Desert with no bathrooms in sight. We are all travelers here so no need to sugar coat it- it was traveler’s diarrhea We’re sure many of you have experienced it yourselves. When it strikes, it sure helps to have a working toilet around. We had no such luck!

How do you save money to travel?

We recently wrote a blog post on this topic. We wanted to go on a trip around the world so we made some simple lifestyle changes. We sold our car, ended our gym membership and got rid of cable TV. We then took the money we saved each month and put it into our travel fund.

We also started using an app called Qapital. We set our account up so each month both of us automatically drafted $50 into our travel fund. The best part is, we completely forgot about it until we were leaving for our trip. It was like we had found new travel money!

Do you usually stay in hostels or hotels?

We both used to be hostel goers before we met. When we began traveling together as a couple, the thought of sharing a dorm room with ten other strangers became less appealing. We now tend to stay in hotels or Airbnbs. On occasion, we will stay in a hostel but now we opt for private rooms.

Who is your favorite travel blogger?

There are so many great travel bloggers out there it’s hard to pick a favorite. We have been particularly inspired by Goats on the Road, and Nerd Nomads.

What was the first country you visited?

Rachel: Costa Rica

Taro: Japan

Where are you going next?

We are currently in Thailand and we will be heading over to Laos in two weeks. Follow our journey on Instagram.

Questions For Our Nominees:

Why did you decide to start your blog?

What is the craziest thing you have ever eaten abroad?

Tell us about a destination that you think is underrated and why people should go there:

How many hours a week do you spend working on your blog?

What are useful tools you use to grow your blog? Advice welcome 🙂

What is the most difficult thing about blogging?

Mountains or Ocean?

What is your least favorite part about traveling?

What is your favorite travel book/film?

What is your favorite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)

Would you rather hit five different cities in ten days or hang out in one?

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