We’ve Received the Liebster Award!

liebster2Well would you look at that, we’ve received the Libester Award — an award given to bloggers by bloggers for… blogging. Okay, it does require writing interesting things and the point is to connect with people all over the world who are chronicling their experiences and to spread the word about cool new blogs. We were given this award by Sean at Venturists, an awesome blogger and inspiring adventurer (like this).

Here’s how it works:

  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
  • Answer the eleven questions they ask you.
  • Nominate other bloggers who have inspired you.
  • Ask those bloggers eleven questions.
  • Let the bloggers know they’ve been nominated.

The questions Sean asked us…

1. How would you describe the way you travel? (Solo, vacation travel, full-time, etc)
So far, our travel has been kind of like full-time, in large patches, with a couple of vacation breaks mixed in. We set off on our inaugural adventure in December of 2011. We bounced back to the States a couple of times to visit family, then meandered through Central America. We coasted back to Denver in April of 2014. We plan to do a 6-month stint during the pesky winter months, starting October 1. We’ll be working remotely as we go.

2. Did you have any barriers to achieving your travel goals and if so, how did you overcome them?
Our biggest barrier was believing that traveling and working remotely was something “other people” did. You know those other people? Those people who are smarter, luckier, or just better at life than you are? I discovered that it takes some research and some willingness to make mistakes — but not a whole lot else — for us to convert from freelancers in Denver to freelancers in Guatemala. And since life as a freelancer is riddled with mistakes to begin with, it’s not that far of a leap.

3. Favorite destination and why?
There are many many kinds of favorites. For this question, I’ll choose Nicaragua. And this is why. You can fly into Managua and catch a chicken bus to any other destination in the country with relative ease. The busses are plentiful, inexpensive, easy to board, and — the most important part — they drive along gorgeously flat highways. It’s easy to get around to all of the sites by bus without breaking the bank or tossing your cookies. Costa Rica, on the other hand, is pretty much the opposite of that.

4. Tell us your best travel advice. Anything from packing tips, money saving, attitude . . .
Choose a small bag and pack it with your essentials. Then unpack it and take 1/2 back out. You really don’t need as much as you think you need. I’m always pairing down and rejiggering my bag. If I could carry the Marry Poppins Carpet bag or Hermione Granger’s magic purse, I would. As it is, I have to carry a non-magical 30 liter backpack and it gets heavy if I try to overstuff it. I’m currently in the process of customizing my wardrobe into a few key multi-use garments kind of like these beauties.

5. What’s your favorite “If I knew then what I know now” travel moment?
It’s okay. Really. People are really nice and almost always willing and able to help. The world is not a scary place.

6. Name something that you packed that you were sure you needed, and ended up ditching or never using.
Those super sexy “travel pants” that look like safari pants. I mean honestly, who wear those things when they’re not camping in Colorado? And with the pants went the money belt. I used secure pockets in my underpants and shirts after that. Mike ditched his boots, a pair of water shoes, and a rain jacket — but that was accidental.

7. What kind of device do you use to take photos and why? Would you use something different if you could?
I use a higher-end point & shoot camera and I love it. Sometimes I incorporate a waterproof camera. It would be nice if the cameras had an option for automatic backup of photos to my dropbox account over wifi, but overall no complaints.

8. What is your travel pet peeve?
Bottled water and single-use dining waste. It’s sooooo wasteful! We carry a water sterilizer to make tap water potable and we each carry a spoon and knife so we don’t have to use disposable silverware. But sometimes this single-use waste feels unavoidable.

9. What is the destination at the top of your wish list and why?
Right now, we’d really like to get our butts to a cabin in a forest. We’ve been in cities since January, and we need some time being surrounded by ferns and moss!

10. How do you fund your travels?
So far our travels have been funded by the fact that we’re working as we travel. The upside of this is we’re able to work from (almost) anywhere. The downside of this is that we’re working, not vacationing, while we travel. I also have a couple of side projects that add a little beer money to our coffers.

11. What’s on the top item on your bucket list?
Boy oh boy. My bucket list is kind of out of date. I think I’ll have to say: making my own super amazing custom travel wardrobe. Then secondarily, living in a tinyhouse for a week or so.


And now, we get to nominate our favorite inspiring bloggers

Gracey of Surprised By Grace (@GraceyHarrop)
a delightful celebration of travel, beauty, and fun

Jenny of NeverNorth (@NeverNorth)
the driving force behind a mighty community of traveling freelance creatives

Victor of Blissful Nomad (@VictorLai)
amazing traveler, amazing guy… blog to launch in 41 days!

Mike and Anne of Honey Trek (@HoneyTrek)
our traveling name twins and global honeymoon experts

Bryce of Bryce’s Grand Experiment and BlueJay (@BryceTKennedy)
not travel-related, but mind blowing and inspirational

Our questions for them

  1. What is your favorite currency so far?
  2. What’s your favorite super ninja packing tip?
  3. What thing that you carry is a total indulgence?
  4. What’s the first thing you buy (food, or otherwise) when arriving in a new destination?
  5. Do you have a home base? If so, where is it and what do you do with it while you’re gone?
  6. How often do you connect with your people back home?
  7. What and when was your first passport stamp?
  8. Have you ever been pulled aside by airport security for something really bizarre? (ex: the Guatemalans took all of our bar soap??)
  9. Have you ever traveled with a pet?
  10. Have you found a place that you’re considering relocating to permanently (or as “permanent” as you may ever be)?
  11. What’s your best travel-day tip?


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