While rolling out of bed this morning a certain Twitter notification caught our sleepy attention -- we've been nominated for the Liebster Award! We'd read a few posts from past nominees and have always wondered when we'd be on a list ourselves... well, today is the day, sugarbuns.
We'd like to give a huge thanks to Annemarie of Travel on the Brain for adding us to her list of nominees. Not only is it awesome to know that cool bloggers like Annemarie are reading our posts, but the Liebster Award (basically a chainmail style popularity contest) gives us an opportunity to shine the spotlight on bloggers we think deserve some of the glory as well.
1 / Do you prefer to travel with a map or just get lost and see what happens?
Tomy: I'm always on my phone when we're outside and like to have everything under control.
Marina: I'm very much a planner. I like to be secure about where we're going, where we're staying... but traveling with Tomy has forced me to be more flexible when it comes to making reservations for our living space.
2 / What is your unusual advice for first time travelers outside of their own country?
Tomy: Do what you can to not look like a tourist! Wearing a fanny pack and sticking to the railings won't get you any kind of authentic experience. By learning a few phrases in the local language and dressing like you would on any normal day, you make yourself far more approachable!
Marina: I'm not sure how unusual this is, but whenever I travel to someplace new I try to leave as much as my suitcase empty. You never know what kinds of cool styles or products or foods you'll fall in love with while abroad and will want to take with you.
3 / Name a stylish travel accessory that you always take with you?
Marina: Well, I never go anywhere without a comfortable but sexy pair of shoes. Also, I am a huge fan of jumpsuits and rompers for travel. Instead of packing a bunch of boring nondescript "basic" tops and bottoms to mix and match, I stuff my bag with one pieces that I can wear anywhere! ;)
Tomy: As you may have noticed by now we have some cool projects involving photos here at MadeinMoments. All the magic happens with my trusty Sony Alpha 7 camera. That and I also have a cool pair of kicks from Footshop.
4 / Which is your favorite country to visit and why?
Marina: There's something helplessly true about the saying "There's no place like home." And although I don't necessarily have a home country (due to moving back and forth as a child), I've come to realize that I feel most myself when exploring Europe. There's just something about the romantic architecture, the glamour of Europe's culture, and bold history of each country's culinary masterpieces.
Tomy: So far I've enjoyed the SE Asia region the most. Thailand and Indonesia are great adventure countries.
5 / Where is your next destination and what are you most looking forward to?
Marina: Our sights are set for the United States, starting in California, where I spent most of my years as a student. Although I already know the San Francisco Bay Area very well, I'm looking forward to travel with our dog Ruby, exploring parks and more. I'm also excited to see NYC and its infamous neighborhoods this coming summer. #cronuts
Tomy: I'm looking forward to trying all kinds of awesome foods while in the States. Stuff we don't have so much of back where I'm from like authentic Mexican food and saucy Southern steaks.
6 / How do you survive long airplane rides best?
Marina: I'm one of those weirdos who actually starts to miss the airport and plane rides after more than five months in one place. My secret to a great flight is a good book, pre-paid kosher meal, tinted lip balm, and leggings with a loose top (in case I get bloated from the change in pressure).
Tomy: Podcasts are my thing. Podcasts and audiobooks are cool because you don't need to bother anyone with a light, you won't get eyestrain or that groggy feeling from reading, and it's super easy to finish a whole book during the time you're sitting there.
7 / Where was the place that you had the worst experience in?
Marina: I personally had a very difficult time adjusting to the culture shock in Bangkok, Thailand. So much, in fact, that I wrote an entire blog post about it.
Tomy: Nothing. I must be lucky ;)
8 / Would you prefer an Antarctic expedition over climbing the Kilimanjaro and why?
Marina: I'm not much of an athlete, so the Antarctic is more in my safe zone. I'd go hang out with the local animals and build cool igloos and all that. Yeah!
Tomy: Kilimanjaro, but Marina would have to stay home.
9 / What is the first thing you do when you get home after being on the road for a long time?
Marina: It's hard to say since we don't actually live anywhere permanently at this time. Something I like to do when coming back to my "homes" is taking a stroll down memory lane. In Bratislava that means taking a walk through the old town and meeting my dad for lunch at IKEA. In California it means eating all my favorite high cholesterol goodies such as In N' Out and Panda Express.
Tomy: Eat. I love myself a big ol' plate of ribs and beer from Mestiansky Pivovar back in Bratislava, and some yummy traditional Slovak food when going back East.
10 / What is the first thing you do when you arrive at a completely new destination?
Marina: Hmmm... besides the obligatory shower and unpacking Tomy and I are always eager to check out the food. #foreverhungry
Tomy: Because I work every day, things like SIM cards and internet are at the top of the list for me. I make sure to secure those at the airport if possible.
Drum roll please! Meet our 5 Liebster Award Nominees:
- James & Gabby of The Globe Wanderers for their action photos and quirky post ideas.
- Eric & Evanne of Poplar Travels for making us wish we could afford cool hotels like them.
- Dale & Franca of AngloItalian for being too cool for school on social media.
- Giselle & Cody of Mindful Wanderlust for their love of animals.
- Diana & Ian of North to South for their gorgeous photos and sweet tutorials.
Questions for the nominees!
- What motivates you to travel?
- What's your favorite form of transportation and why?
- How do you deal with homesickness while on the road?
- How do you finance your travels? Feel free to ramble, this is the good stuff.
- Do you have a daily/weekly/monthly budget and how do you keep up with it?
- Have you ever experienced culture shock? Let's hear the juicy details.
- If you had to choose just one country to live in for the next five years, where would you go?
- Do you cook while traveling? What do you eat?
- How do you deal with being together 24 hours a day? Do you ever get annoyed?
- What are your plans after travel? Or is there an "after travel"?