Revolving Compass is nominated for Liebster Award

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We are super duper excited to announce that Revolving Compass has been nominated for the Liebster Award 2016!!! Yeppieee!!!

Liebster Award Revolving Compass

Thank you Steven & Hayley

We would like to start with a big thanks to Steven & Hayley of Four Dirty Feet for nominating us for the Liebster Award. Thank you guys. We feel really honored to have received this nomination.

Let us introduce you a little with Steven & Hayley. They both hail from South Africa. There is a wonderful and lovely story of how this couple were destined to come together. Hear it out from them at their blog about page. Between them, they share lots of love for both teaching and travel. They are bringing beautiful stories from around the world to their readers with every passing day. We wish them all the very best in their journey.

Liebster Award

As we started travel blogging, we spotted Liebster Award through the nominees. Although we didn’t know much about it. So, when we got nominated ourselves, we thought to let others around know a little about this wonderful award. Liebster Award is an online award, by the bloggers, for the bloggers (Doesn’t that sound wonderful?). The word “Liebster” has German origins. It means dearest, endearing or kindest. The nomination for Liebster Award itself presents to the nominee a great way to connect to fellow newbies in the blogging industry, get exposure and get recognized.

Those of you who are nominated for Liebster Award, are supposed to do the following:

  • Thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in your post
  • Write about the Liebster Award itself, spreading the awareness
  • Answer their questions about your blog
  • Nominate 5-10 other people for the Liebster Award and inform them via social media
  • Create an interesting set of questions for the nominees

Our answers to Steven & Hayley’s questions:

Describe yourself in 3 words

Neha: Diligent, ambitious & conscientious

Abhishek: Ambitious, easy going & methodical

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Revolving Compass…aha. One fine day, we happened to get this idea of giving our old blogspot blog a rebirth. We wanted the new blog name to be concise, easy to remember, generic enough to let us expand our venture in multiple dimensions in the future, of course fancy & somehow related to the travel niche because that’s what our expertise rolled into. We sat with a pen and paper and started scrabbling the names we could think of. We also played with permutations of multiple words, suffixing and prefixing one with the other. But whatever one of us found interesting, was on some grounds rejected by the other. After a couple of hours, ‘revolving compass’ evolved and resonated with both of us simultaneously (and we jumped with joy!!!)

What do you want to accomplish with your blog?

Multiple things. In the first place, it remains as our prime memorabilia of all the wonderful travel that we did and are going to do. Next, we want to share across these travel stories with the world and inspire everyone by showing them how beautiful is the world around us. As a part of this journey, we hope to also increase awareness in people about budget travel & eco friendly travel. We want to show the world that it is still possible to travel and do it a lot, without leaving the day job or in spite of having a baby. Finally, slow and steady, we want this passion of ours to turn into a full time profession.

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What keeps you motivated and drives you to keep writing blog posts?

When readers leave beautiful comments telling us how our posts are inspiring them to plan their next travel, that is the best motivation that we get. Next comes the memories that are getting captured in the form of posts. Going through them gives us super energy to keep going further. Furthermore, being newbies in the travel world , we are taking one step at a time, connecting with fellow bloggers, collaborating, opening new doors for ourselves, improving our stats. Every small milestone, every small recognition proves to be a motivation for the next.

What is the weirdest thing you have eaten while traveling and where did you eat it?

To be honest, we are not very experimental with food. We are vegetarian non-alcoholic weirdos 🙂 That itself limits our food exposure a lot, isn’t it? So our experience, mostly, is being surrounded by weird dishes and not being able to decide if we can have any of those!! But yes, we once had a cute cheese potato steek in food street, Bangalore, which was not exactly weird but a one of a kind experience.

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What country or experience is at the top of your travel bucket list?

(ie. If you were offered a free trip anywhere right now where or what would you choose?)

Europe is high on our travel bucket list next. We have been reading a lot of blog posts around Europe and they have inspired us so much. We are eagerly planning out our trip. However, we have our full time jobs, so, we cannot go backpacking in Europe which seems to be the most favorite thing to do in travel world. Nevertheless, we are planning to do multiple trips over a few years to cover it all. It will be a new experience for us because we have so far only traveled to places where English is well spoken, you drink filter water and easily get vegetarian food. We are gearing ourselves for the cultural shift 🙂

What is the most rewarding thing you have ever done?

Inception of revolving compass. It took us quiet sometime to figure out what was our common passion. Once we took to travel, it took us some more time to realize, we wanted to narrate out travel as well. Now, when we look at it, we feel like it is a baby growing day by day, step by step. In spite of the hectic lifestyle, working on revolving compass feels ever rewarding and gives us so much energy to drive even other chores of life. Now we understand why it is always said to follow your passion and rest of the pieces eventually start falling into place.

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What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Guess many don’t know how our travel stories started. We have dedicated a post to it. Read it out here. It seems like a bed of roses, but most of the time it isn’t. And so was the case with us too. Apart from this, the fact that we both hold on to our day jobs, have a baby and a family and still we travel and blog, does surprise many.

Is there anywhere in the world that you don’t want to visit?

No. We avoid places with war zones and political instability due to obvious security reasons. But our bucket list literally covers all the major places in the world. However, one lifetime is not enough to do it all and see it all. So, we are just trying to experience as much as possible. So far, we have mostly covered parts of the Indian subcontinent including : Ooty, Kodaikanal, Pondicherry, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Shimla & Manali, Goa, Kerala, Mysore, Lepakshi & Hampi. So, there is so very much more grounds to cover.

What are your top 3 travel gadgets that you can’t live without?

  1. Our camera – what would we do without it, and without the gorgeous pictures it clicks for us that we happily put on the posts and which in turn make our readers happy!!
  2. Our ipad – our lightweight partner that connects us to the outside world, fellow bloggers and readers, friends and family – on the go. Also keeps the baby busy with toddler apps .. thats a plus!! And clicks some snaps where camera is too much to carry
  3. Our Kindle – (This is more from Neha) What would we do without it! Whether you are at a beach or a lush green mountain top, a book in hand is an integral part of the slow and steady indulgence. And we carry 100s of books in our Kindle where ever we go.

What do you miss the most while traveling and being away from home?

The comfort of a predictable, settled life, surrounded by the loved ones. Some might call it boring. But we know , even the seasoned travelers get bitten by that home sickness at times. After long travel, even our little one starts demanding of her home 🙂 , friends and relatives.

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Our nominees for the Liebster Award 2016

Family Bites Travel

Alana and her family took to deal with the daily stress of life through their travel. They travel with their kids. They teach their kids to be socially responsible, environmentally protective and culturally aware through their travel. What a nobel way to teach your children the right things, isn’t it?

A waitress abroad

Meet Valentina, who works as a waitress all across the world and satisfies her travel lust while earning her bucks all at the same time. We really love her thought that as time passes, you would miss not doing things that mattered to you, rather than remembering things that you did.

Beyond our horizon

Shrutakirti Gupta’s blog, beyond our horizon, shares the travel stories and experiences like many other travelogues. However, for each destination, it features special details on the transit options. That makes it really very interesting and helpful for others who plan their logistics where ever they go.

All things Good

A dentist by profession and a traveler by passion, Suruchi Mittal shares her travel stories through her blog “All things good”. She wants to live for travel and she wants to travel the whole world.

Travel the whole wide world

Eva is a Phd student in Germany who was bitten by the bug of wanderlust in her first collage trip. Since then, she has been unstoppable. Her blog is the testimony of the never ending journey of travel that she has embarked upon.

11 Questions to our nominees

  1. What inspired you to start traveling?
  2. Which travel destination is the closest to your heart and why?
  3. What fuels the motivation behind your travel blog?
  4. Where do you envision your blog a couple of years down the line?
  5. How do you combat home sickness after days of travel?
  6. What is the most important thing you have learnt during your travel journey?
  7. What was your toughest travel experience so far?
  8. Do you have a bucket list that you are ticking off slowly?
  9. What was the most heart touching experience you had during your travel ?
  10. Given a chance to travel day in and day out, would you grab it?
  11. What would be your one liner for someone who wants to start travel blogging?
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87 Responses

  1. Cheese potato steak sounds good, I am such a food lover and will try just about anything which is not like my travel partner who does not like to try different kinds of food. Congrats on winning the Liebster Award, that is very exciting, we one this past winter and have been so grateful. keep up the good work! best of luck in 2017

  2. Congratulations on the nomination, it’s well-deserved. I’m a big fan of your blog & your writing so it was cool to read this interview & get to know a bit more about yourself & your experiences personally. Good luck!

  3. Mast! Revolving Compass 🙂

  4. Wow! It’s nice to learn a little more about your personal lives and about you guys as a family. Congratulations on your award!

  5. Kathy - Walkabout Wanderer

    It is lovely to learn a little bit more about you. I too am a vegetarian and find it hard to try foods in different countries. Currently I am in South Korea where everything is cooked with fish, in fish or is fish pretending to be something else. I find India really easy though due to there being lots of vegetarian options.
    Congratulations on you nomination.

    • Thanks Kathy – more and more people around the world are slowly joining our breed. Soon, we will have nice vegetarian food everywhere. I am personally hoping so 🙂

  6. congratulations on your nomination! keep it up!

  7. You guys are really funny! The line, “vegetarian non alcoholic weirdos” tickled my funny bone. Even though you have dietary restrictions, I’m glad you make it work and enjoy your travels to the fullest.

  8. Congratulations on your nomination. It’s always nice to learn a little something about the people behind the blog.

  9. It was great to learn more about you two! So often with these blogs it’s hard to feel personal, but your personalities really come out in your writing. Congratulations!!

  10. Congratulations on your nomination. Great to learn a little bit more about you as well. I can certainly understand your little one missing home after a while.

  11. Congratulations for the nomination, your blog is fantastic so the recognition is well-deserved! When do you find out the results?

  12. Congratulations! This was a fun read, I love hearing about how other bloggers start their journey and what keeps them going. I think all the “behind-the-scenes” info is great to learn about, helps readers feel closer to the author.

  13. Congrats on being nominated for the Leibster Award. I have been nominated previously and found it to be a fun process to go thru the period of self-reflection necessary to answer the questions. Continued success with your blog.

  14. Congratulations on being nominated for the Liebster award. Good luck on winning. You gave some great answers that show your passion for travel and for writing.

  15. Congratulations on your award. I hope you get to visit Europe soon; there is an absolute ton to see here! I haven’t even begun to see everything I want to in Europe. Finding vegetarian food can be a bit of a challenge in most countries unless you do your research (you won’t have a problem in the UK though). I’m jealous of all your travels through India though – my husband and I are really keen to take our two to India in the future.

  16. Congrats and way to go! I am sure that there are many more laurels on the way and would like to wish you the best. Keep traveling and keep sharing your experiences with the world.

  17. Congratulations for the nomination on Leibster Awards! Hope I can also get nominated too. hehe! Anyway, it’s nice to read about your explanation on your blog name. We also share the same motivation in writing more and more for our own blogs. Keep up the good work!

  18. Many thanks Neha & Abhishek to have nominated us for the Liebster Award!! It was wonderful reading your story, motivations and wishlist. Having seen so little of India ourselves, we’re sure to use your blog to plan our eventual IN trips. We’ll make sure we pass the award forwards.

    As English speakers ourselves who have seen a fair bit of Europe, the only advice we can give you is to download Google Translate offline language packs for quick translations. As for food, nothing beats staying exclusively at flats via AirBnb & buying produce from a local store to cook at the flat. Takes away some travel time but gives you full control over what you eat. Hope this helps 🙂 Our blogpost on what else we’ve learnt from international travel is http://wp.me/p5T662-uU

    • Thanks a tone Anirudh. We are going to make a note of your tips on Europe travel. We were also thinking of getting an app for translations. I can see an offline one will have added advantage. Will surely use it. And we are also planning to carry /buy there some packaged food. And hoping we will have lots of fruits and curd to feast upon 🙂

  19. Hey, congratulations! I guess there is a lot of work (and passion!) behind that award

  20. Wow! Awesome! I’ve never actually heard of the award before. Love learning about your blog! Keep writing 😀

  21. Congratulations on your award! Indeed a great recognition!
    It is good to know a little more about you! Congratulations to other winners too.

  22. It was great to know you better Neha through this post. I agree it is a tedious task to travel with a full time job and a kid. Definitely needs a lot of patience and planning, Wish you all the best for your future travels and wish you make to Europe very soon 🙂

  23. Congratulations on getting your nomination! Yours are awesome! keep it up guys, i’m a fan! 🙂

  24. Liebster is one of the nice venues for bloggers to introduce themselves to their readers. I got mine in 2010, yeah that’s a long time haha…

    Anyway, it was interesting to hear some bits about you especially about the name of the blog. I think it’s catchy and presents the niche of your blog well. More and more families are traveling now and keeping a blog, but not many are still keeping their regular jobs so I can understand why people were surprised to hear about your story.

    • Thanks Marge. We are also reading the other nominee blogs because it helps us know them personally. It’s a jolly experience

  25. nomadicfoot

    oh that’s a great idea to promote bloggers. Congrats for your nomination and i wish somebody nominate me also..

    • Thank you so much. Lookout for posts of nominations. Many a times the bloggers would put up a notification for those interested in receiving the nominations

  26. Congratulations!! I love hearing about how fellow travel bloggers came up with their blog names. Hope you guys make it to Europe soon!

  27. Ah, the good old Liebster!

    Great to see it’s still floating around!

    I always find it fascinating to see what questions get asked, and of course the variety of responses 🙂

  28. Congratulations on being nominated for Liebster Award. All the very best for your future adventures and wish you lots of success.
    The post clearly shows how much travelling means to you guys. Being a vegetarian myself I can understand the skittishness of trying new things :).

  29. Congrats guys! Great to see deserving bloggers getting some good publicity with this nomination! Revolving Compass is a great name by the way! Camera, iPad and kindle are our 2 must-have items too.

  30. natalietanner

    Congratulations on your award! I just love the Liebster award because it is such a great way to get to know new bloggers. They questions are always interesting and are usually things that wouldn’t come out any other way. I enjoyed – especially how you came up with your name.

  31. Congrats on the nomination! I always enjoyed reading the Q&A part of these nominations, helps me get to know my fellow bloggers and their blogs 🙂

    I imagine it’ll be an interesting experience for you when the time comes to travel Europe! While English is spoken in most major towns, it may be a bit trickier in the smaller towns/villages but I’m sure you’ll handle it just fine – will be looking forward to reading about what your first impressions are of Europe.

  32. Congratulations and well deserved. I hope you win the prize!

  33. Congrats. I love hearing how you started your blog and what motivates you to keeping going. It must be hard to have dietary restrictions when traveling, because that’s all I do when I’m on the road Haha. Oh and I drink…a lot.

    • Thanks Amanda..so far we didn’t have any major challenge with the dietary restrictions since we have mostly visited places where we get veg food in abundance..lets see what future holds 🙂

  34. I can assure you, the vegetarian food movement (as well as Vegan) is big and booming in Europe. The good thing is: Europe is a well covered topic and information is widely available. And so is English too.

  35. It’s so interesting to hear how other people started their sites and how they evolved through an interview such as the Liebster Award allows. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Congratulations guys and all the best for all the future travels. Love to see your posts and travel insights. I love the name of your blog and the back story to it, but Revolving Compass is really a wonderful name as it justifies a traveller the best way possible. The potato steek I had seen in some TV program and had been wanting to try it some day, looks yummy and photographs wells too. Hope you get to travel to Europe soon, it’s probably my favourite continent simply because there is so much different to see and experience in a relatively small place.

    • Thank you so much Raghav. If you ever happen to be in Bangalore, do PM us. we will tell you the directions to where you can find plenty of those potato sticks. Glad you liked the name revolving compass 🙂

  37. Great post and congrats! Love all of your answers to the questions! It’s awesome getting to know the people behind the blog

  38. Fair Dinkum Traveller

    Firstly congratulations on being nominated. Enormous honour for you. I loved your answers to the questions, it reminds me of my passion when I am travelling this great planet.

  39. Hey! Congratulation, man! You’re being nominated for this awesome award!! And all your answers for the questions tell me about yourself. Now I know one story of another traveler. 🙂

  40. Congratulations! This is an honour and needs to be celebrated. Peer recognition is a big thing!

    • Exactly Punita. It feels a great pleasure to achieve this award. And as a part of it, even we got connected with awesome fellow bloggers.

  41. Congrats on the Liebster Award! I remember I first got this award, it seemed like a long time ago!!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • Thanks Abby .. 🙂 I guess I had not even entered the world of travel blogging when you got it

  42. Hey guys, that’s exciting news that you are being nominated for Liebster Award. It’s a huge achievement. Our best wishes to you. This post tells me more about who you are and what you are passionate about?

  43. wellcaffeinatedtraveller

    Congratulations on being nominated for this award. What a cool way to learn more about your blog and other bloggers!

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