I’ve just been honored with the Liebster Award! This is my first award, so I’m super excited!! Thank you, Maura for nominating me! Maura is the voice behind the Camera & a Canvas, a blog focused on adventures in national parks throughout the world. Check it out!
What is the Liebster Award?
You probably have seen many bloggers who were nominated for the famous Liebster Award, but you have no idea what that is. Well, know that you’re not alone. The Liebster Award is a way to recognize smaller blogs which have a creative way of showing its content. It’s given from bloggers to bloggers. By the way, Liebster is the German word for sweetest, kindest, dearest.
Maps ‘N Bags in a nutshell
Since I went on my first solo trip, I created a passion for taking pictures and journaling my adventures around the globe. I’m also very very curious, so whenever I would plan a trip to a new city, I’d read a lot about this place to understand the culture where I’m walking into. This helped me big time to have a great experience in those cities. At the same time, many friends would ask me for tips on what to visit, things to do, etc. So, I thought, “I can help them all at once with my travel journal, but how can I share this information with them?”. Thankfully, the internet brings us together and it gives me the possibility to help others who want to travel the world as well.
So, having a travel blog was just a natural course of my adventure around the globe and today I can’t imagine myself without it.
10 random facts about me:
- I speak 3 languages (Portuguese, English, and Dutch), and I want to learn French and German;
- My favorite fruit is mango;
- I’m half Brazilian, a quarter Dutch, a quarter Italian;
- Lara Croft was my biggest idol (I’m a gamer) and I wanted to study archeology because of her;
- I’m not religious, but the first place I visit in a new city is always a church;
- Owning world maps is a long-time compulsion (there are many maps throughout my apartment);
- I’m (almost) always cold;
- I collect coins from the places where I have been (or from friends);
- I’m literally Dory from Finding Nemo: a very positive person, but with horrible memory;
- I love watching ice skating and curling even though I can’t do or play neither of them.
Response to Questions from my Nominator:
1. What made you inspired to travel? Where does your love for travel stem from?
I had just broken up an exhausting relationship when it all started. I was a little bit confused with the course my life would take. Didn’t know what to do. Then one day, I was listening to the radio when it played a John Mayer’s song and I almost cried listening to the chorus, “’cause when you’re done with this world, you know the next is up to you”. That was the push I needed!
The next thing I did was to look for cheap tickets to somewhere, it didn’t matter where! So, with my heart and soul, I went on my first backpack trip in Buenos Aires and I was then bitten by a travel bug. Seriously, I can’t stop traveling anymore.
2. Have you ever traveled solo? If so what was your first experience and were you nervous? If not, do you want to try it one day?
Yes, I did. Actually, I traveled solo to Buenos Aires, this trip I mentioned above. If I was nervous? Pfff…completely! I didn’t know what to expect and I knew I had no shoulder to cry on in case something would go wrong. But luckily nothing serious happened and I loved the tango capital!
3. What was a place you traveled to that really touched your heart?
Hm, that’s a difficult one. I’ve been to many places that touched my heart in different ways, but on the top of my list is the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Berlin. This moving place has pretty heavy stories to tell the world and I recommend everyone to visit it once.
4. Do you collect anything while traveling?
I do! I always buy a small building or monument that represents the country where I am in. This is one of my favorite things to collect because it reminds me of nice memories of when I was in the country. Also, I bring home a few coins from the local currency to keep it in my inventory.
5. Do you try to learn a bit of the local language wherever you travel to?
Yes, I love to learn languages, so this is an excuse to study another one. Although in most cases I only learn the most basic sentences and words. After all, my memory isn’t so good that I can keep so much information.
6. What’s been the craziest food you’ve tried on a trip?
Tripe’s soup in Bucharest. I don’t even want to think about it because it makes me nauseous. I had a few spoons of it, but the smell wasn’t so appetizing, so I felt horrible the rest of the day.
7. Is there one place you’ve been to that you’ve gone to again, and would go again and again to see? Or do you prefer to always go to new places?
There are many places that I’d love to go again because when I started traveling I didn’t know how to properly plan a trip, so I didn’t see and eat many things that I regret. I’d love to go back to Rio de Janeiro, Dublin, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo!
8. Does any country or place outside of your native home, feel like home to you?
Oh, yes! Amsterdam is my city and it will always be. I have lived in Amsterdam for one year and if I could I’d just move back there again. The city is so charming! I adore having a drink along the canals when the sun is shining. Amsterdam has such a special vibe, especially in those days.
9. What has been your greatest difficulty or frustration with travel blogging thus far?
My biggest challenge is to find time to write my posts while I’m trying to work on my social media, plan my next travels, and keep my 9-5 job. Phew! Thus, you can say my biggest challenge is finding time to do it all.
10. What tip would you share with other travel bloggers starting out that you’ve learned?
Organize your ideas, posts, and to do’s. Getting your things organized is the key to have a blog and also, to clarify your thoughts. It helps you to give priority to the tasks that need to be done and when. I use a few apps that help me big time like Evernote and Trello.
11. What is the place highest on your list you want to travel to if money was no object-and what is the place lowest on your list that you don’t really care if you ever see or not?
Samoa in Oceania. If this island wasn’t so far away from everything, and the ticket wasn’t so expensive, I’d LOVE to visit it and swim in its natural pools, but first I need to overcome my fear of swimming.
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My nominees for the Liebster Award are:
Amy from Family Globetrotters – high valuable travel tips & inspiration for the whole family;
Caitlin from Furiosities – great advice about traveling around Central America;
Lenise from Lenise Calleja Photography – tips on many destinations plus stunning photos;
Pamela from Travel Like a Chief – the best in luxury lifestyle & travel blog
Sarah from Our 21st Century Odyssey – a travel blog sharing the journey of an adventurous couple.
My questions for the nominees are:
- If the world would end tomorrow, where would you travel to today?
- Would you rather win the lottery or have the perfect job?
- To which countries would you give the following colors and why? (yellow, blue, red, green)
- What would you change in the world?
- If you could bring a fictional character to life, which one would that be and why?
- What are you most proud of?
- Who would you change places with for a day?
- When I hear “caipirinha”, I think about Rio de Janeiro. When I hear “beer”, I think about Berlin. Where do you think about when you hear “coffee” and why?
- What is the craziest situation you have ever experienced in another culture?
- If you were an animal, which one would you rather be and why?
- What is your favorite book and why?
Congrats, girls! Enjoy! Looking forward to reading your answers.