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Liebster Award: Ruben shares his travel Whys and Hows

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Today, we are happy to let you know that we’ve been nominated two times by some of the most amazing people in the travel blogging community. If you want to know more about what Liebster Awards is, here’s a really great article explaining what it is, and how you can potentially join. 🙂

Gamintraveler was nominated by two great bloggers who we are personally following and reading:

Ludek, a guy writing his travel experiences in Coddiwompling. Ludek teaches you how to backpack long term and in a great, low budget. His recommendations are golden.

Stephanie, a girl who writes her travel adventures in Big World, Small Pockets. I recommend you to read her adventures. Stephanie started traveling very young and she is a full time traveler now. You can learn how to see the world, while spending less money.

We are happy to just be mentioned my these amazing bloggers. We feel that there’s this just one big family of travelers around the world, and we just don’t know each other too well. So you would need someone to introduce you to the community. So here were are now. To Ludek and Stephanie, we appreciate the nominations BIG TIME. We are happy to serve a great community, and be a part of the travelers working hard to pick the lifestyle you want to have. Now, we’ll list down our nominations.

Liebster Awards, explained short, starts with one travel blogger nominating 11 travel bloggers they really like, posting about them in a post like this one on their own blog, and giving them a set of 11 questions to answer. Questions are for you to learn more about those nominated travel  bloggers, and how they travel and blog their way into this amazing life. Those 11 bloggers wills answer the questions on their own blog posts, nominate their own sets of 11 bloggers, and have questions for those bloggers, too. Now that we’re in the chain, here are our answers to questions given us.

Read on to find some real tactical travel guides or just to learn more about who we are. x


The following questions are a mix of Ludek and Stephanie’s questions. Since Ruben is the seasoned traveler, he’ll be taking the spotlight today to answer the big boy travel questions : 

1. What kind of traveler are you?

I would say that I’m a backpacker. I like traveling in a low budget and meeting local people. I’m not the one who loves going to hostels. I prefer sleeping with locals or just sleeping in my tent. I love hitchhiking and traveling to off beat places. But I also visit touristic places too. Meeting new people is one of the biggest reasons I travel a lot, and staying with the locals allow me to have a peek into their real everyday life. So I stay with locals (Couchsurfing, or really knocking on their doors randomly for some occasions, to stay with them.) as much as I can.

2. What kind of luggage do you use for traveling and what three things are always in your bag?

I travel light, carrying an 8-kilo backpack. I always bring my tent and my sleeping bag with me, a few clothes and a flashlight.

3. How do you prepare for your trip?

I usually like to prepare and do a long trip. First thing that I do, is to research about visa and vaccinations to make sure everything is ok. Next thing, I check the map and try to check options for traveling overland – if it’s possible and meets my time and goals for that travel, I take that route. I usually read information about the countries I will visit through travel blogs. Once I’m traveling I ask locals, where to go and I usually follow their advise. I have a detailed process guide on how to plan a long trip yourself. Check it out so you can plan yours seamlessly.

Cycling around Myanmar.

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4. Where do you look for flight tickets?

I usually look for flight tickets through Skyscanner. Once that I see a good deal there, I go to the flight company’s website to double check that I’m really getting the cheapest fare. I like buying tickets two months in advance too, cheaper and helps me plan things better.

5. What is the favorite country you visited, how long have you spent there?

Colombia. I spent two months there. I was traveling hitchhiking and riding public transportation. For sleeping, sometimes I was staying in hostels and also doing Couchsurfing or sleeping in my tent. Visiting touristic places and off beat places too, beaches, cities, mountains. I loved the country and the people in Colombia.

Hitchhiking Thailand.

Hitchhiking Thailand.

6. When did you first realize you wanted to travel?

Since I was young. Just by looking at the world map, and realizing your country is a tiny space in the big world. I was so excited to reach many places around the world. I love looking at maps and I can stay looking at them for hours and days. Sometimes thinking in new places and sometimes remembering my own experiences.

7. Do you think travelling can make a difference? Why?

I think traveling makes me a better person. And when you travel in a low budget and try to meet local people, many people help you on the way. They help you in many different ways during your trip. Sometimes driving you, teaching you about their country or advising you for your trip. So, when I have the chance to help people, I love doing the same too.

8. Which city in the world would you most like to visit and why?

Buenos Aires. I spent almost a month there when I was traveling in South America. I have many friends in Buenos Aires and I would like yo visit them again. There are many plans to do in the city, especially at the weekends. Sightseeing isn’t my favorite. But really, meeting people is my top most favorite thing to do.

9. What made you start blogging?

My girlfriend made me start blogging and share my stories online. She has been a long fan of blogging in general and convinces the closest people to her to blog, and have a space online, share what they learn. Someone out there probably needs your information, to hear the stories you have. There is so much fulfillment behind knowing that you have helped someone, even if they are miles away. Rachel is obsessed in making those kinds of connections, just being friends with anyone in the world. Gradually, we mixed our interests and experiences (she works on the social media and digital marketing scene, so we added that to my years of on-the-road experience) to create a blog that benefits more people in the travel community, and those who are aiming to start to blog and travel. Now, we are writing together and we spend a great time building the website and content for people who want to travel the world in a low budget.

Rachel’s note: It has also been my dream to have a blogger boyfriend! Crossing that from my bucket list right now. :p

10. What’s your number 1 tip to new travel bloggers?

If you like traveling and sharing your experiences, I recommend to you stop and write for a while. Build a website with great content, and try to become a full time traveler with your blog.

Trekking Annapurna, Nepal.

Trekking Annapurna, Nepal.

11. What’s the best place you’ve stayed while abroad?

Nepal when I was doing a trekking in the Annapurna. I spent a couple of weeks trekking around the mountains. The views were amazing and I met great people too.

There you go my amigos and amigas! Now you learned a little bit

These are my 11 nominated Travel Bloggers

1.Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys

2. Dannie form Like Riding a Bicycle.

3. Janet from Journalist on the Run.

4. Alice from Tea Cake Travels.

5. Will from The Broke Backpacker.

6. Sonja from Migrating Miss.

7. Mirjam from Cycling Duth Girl.

8. Dave from Dave’s Travel Pages.

9. Nikita from Life in Transience.

10. Drew from The Hungry Partier.

11. Kenton from Kenton de Jong.

When you’ve posted your answers, TAG me (on Facebook or Twitter). I would love to read them.


Some Liebster Award GOLDEN rules:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

– Answer the 11 questions they asked you.

-Nominate 11 other bloggers and inform them of the nomination.

– Create a new list of 11 questions for your nominees.


1. What type of traveler would you say are you?

2. Tell us 1 unique thing you bring with you in your backpack.

3. What’s your favorite country so far?

4. Why did you start traveling?

5. Is there any country in your bucket list that you haven’t visited yet?

6. Is it easy to find love while traveling?

7. What are your goals for your blog this year?

8. How many hours do you usually work in your blog?

9. What’s the one important tip you can share for us new bloggers (and to all the amazing travel bloggers reading this)?

10. Who’s your favorite travel blogger?

11. What trip are you planning?

Thanks for the opportunity Coddiwompling and Big World Small Pockets. Truly honored. x


Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

Ruben Arribas

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Thanks Peggy :)


Sunday 14th of February 2016

Great blog Reuben :)..I love traveling as well but am probably not as adventurous as you :)..Usually I find nice people if I need help but I am afraid to ask them to join me for coffee let alone couch surfing! Nobody has asked me to join either..may be they are afraid too :)

Ruben Arribas

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Thanks, don't feel shy to ask. There are more websites. Couchsurfing is the biggest one but there are more communities. So you will never feel alone while traveling :)

Ruben Arribas

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Thanks :)

Kash Pals

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Congratulations on being nominated for Liebster Award. May you achieve many more milestones in future. :)

Ruben Arribas

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Thanks Kash, I hope so :)


Saturday 13th of February 2016

This is really nice. Hope to be there one day.

Ruben Arribas

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Thanks! You will :)