My first chain letter…I mean blog award, the Liebster Award!!

I am honoured to have been nominated for my first blog award, the Liebster Award. I’ve only been blogging for less than two months, so this is quite unexpected.

I was nominated by the lovely family over at Adventure Dawgs.

Adventure Dawgs is a family-run travel blog that that has many great posts about travelling around the United States by RV and even motorcycle. The blog is written by a wife and husband and their teenage daughter, who writes her own travel posts. The Adventure Dawgs have a wonderful travel philosophy about “seizing any and every opportunity for adventure, no matter how big or small,” and I think we could all live by this. Head on over to their site and give it a read!

The Liebster Award

The Liebster award is award is an internet award given to new bloggers from other bloggers. Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, valued, endearing, beloved, kind, and welcome. The definition really fits because it is the best way to support the blogging community.

I think this is an incredible award. It is so amazing and gratifying to get an award from others in your field and nice to be recognized for all your hard work from others out there doing the same thing!

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger nominating you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the questions sent to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate at least 5 other bloggers and give them your own set of questions
  4. List the rules and put the award in your post and/or on your blog

Q and A with Stewie Overseas

Q: What are your feelings on traveling with family and/or friends, is it positive, negative, or both?

I’m more of a solo traveller. But now that I am on the other side of the world from my family, it is nice to go on mini adventures with them when I go back or when they come here. There might be a bit of bickering along the way, but overall it’s a positive experience and nice to see them again after however many months or years.

I love to travel with my husband, but because of his work it can be difficult to plan something together outside of Japan.

Q: What’s your favorite “off the beaten path” travel experience?


I’m not sure if this counts as “off the beaten path,” but I really enjoyed Easter Island in Chile. The statues and the whole history of the island were fascinating, and the expensive plane ticket and hours to get there were well worth it. I think Myanmar is becoming part of the “beaten path” and not as exotic as it used to be, but I really enjoyed it.

Living in Japan, I have a lot of time to experience little things that tourists might skip if they are just passing through, like a road trip to Noto Hanto or Shirakawago.

Q: What does family mean to you?

Of course, family means my parents and my sister. Also my extended family and my husband’s family. I am married now, so now my husband is also my family. We don’t plan on having children, but I don’t think children is what makes a family. We’ve talked about this before too. Even if it is just me and him for the rest of our lives, the two of us will be a family.

Q: Do you plan out your travel or just wing it?

I plan a lot. Like tickets, flights, trains, hotels, tours, adventures. I don’t want to waste time figuring things out when I’m in a new place when I could already know what I’m doing and be on my way. This doesn’t mean that my plans are set in stone, but I like to basically know what I’m doing.

I’ve tried to wing it a few times, and sometimes it works out alright. But mostly I just spend too much time being indecisive, and then I get stressed out because I feel like I’m wasting time.

Q: Why did you start blogging, how long ago, and what are the positives and negatives you’ve found so far from blogging?

I started blogging at the beginning of 2017. I had just finished writing my Master’s thesis. Suddenly I had a lot of free time. I had also been reminiscing about my past travels and adventures and cool things I’ve done around the world, and the idea of blogging about it had nagging me. My friend from high school had also just started her own blog, and that gave me the extra push of motivation to start my own.

I can’t think of anything negative about blogging. It’s fun to write about my experiences, and I’m so surprised by how incredibly supportive the blogging community is.

Q: What is your favorite travel destination and why?

This is always a hard question to answer, so I’ll list a few. The Grand Canyon in the United States is probably the most amazing thing I have ever seen. It literally took my breath away. I’ve already mentioned Easter Island because of the history and statues. I was in Myanmar for a few days last years, but I really want to go back. Something about it felt kind and welcoming, and the food so delicious.

I also have to include Japan because I’ve been living here for the last five years, and I (mostly) love it. Climbing Mt. Fuji was insanely memorable.


Q: What is your favorite quote, author, or blogger?

I’ve seen a lot of travel quotes on different blogs, and they are all great but a bit overdone. There are two I like that I haven’t seen anyone else post yet:

“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd, 1928.

“I’m not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” -Mary Anne Radmacher.

Thank you for the great questions, Cheryl, Tom, and Rhiannon. You really made me think about travel and family.

Get to know Cheryl, Tom, and Rhiannon over at Adventure Dawgs and congratulate them on their award!

And my nominees for the Liebster Award are:

This Happy Messy Life

Quick Whit Travel

A Faraway Home

Jimmy Eat World

The Wayfaring Voyager

Beyond the Little Red Dot

Seoul Wanderlust Stories

This Darling Adventure

Jotting Thoughts


Your mission if you choose to accept

My Questions and for the Nominees

  1. What do you love about the city/town you are living in right now?
  2. How many countries have you been to?
  3. What is your favourite place you have travelled to and why?
  4. What’s your favourite memory from travelling?
  5. Describe is the best thing you have eaten while travelling?
  6. What lessons have you learned while travelling?
  7. What was the scariest thing that has happened to you while travelling?
  8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  9. What was your motivation for starting a blog?
  10. Where do you see your blog a year from now?
  11. What do you want your readers to take away from your blog?

Congratulations to the nominees, and if you’ve made it this far there’s only one thing left to do, accept your Leibster Award! Keep up the great work!

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Jennifer has lived in Japan for a total of seven years. She has travelled, taught English, studied Japanese, completed a Master's Degree, and travelled some more. She currently calls Nagoya her home, where she lives with her Japanese husband.


      • My husband and I are moving to Saitama for his job! I’ll most likely go back into English teaching as my Japanese skills are non-existent. And, I just read your about page I’ve been to Mongolia, too! I lived there for two years. 🙂

  1. Lovely read and congratulations. It is a happy feeling to get an award two months into blogging. I get the bit about your husband and you being a family. Mine and I feel the same but people around just don’t let us be. Anyway, that is a carp for another occasion. The quote about the moon shining on the other side of the world is beautiful. Cheers.

    • Thank you. A childfree couple is still a wonderful and legitimate family. I forgot to add that I want animals in the future, when we are in the right house 🙂

      • Us too 🙂 Big dogs. I want to add an owl to the family but the husband is creeped out by the thought of unblinking eyes so I might have to relent.

  2. Congratulation, Stewie! Can’t wait to read about your adventure in the Eastern Island. It is really “off the beaten track” 😉

  3. Congratulations and thank you for the nomination! You have a wonderful blog and a great journey so far. I’m pretty surprised to be nominated as I only recently created my travel blog site. Still very new, I still need to get used to the features, because I don’t know how to follow your blog as I can’t see a follow button haha. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope to spread the award and pay it forward soon. 🙂

      • Found it! Thanks and the same goes for you. Hope to pick up more tips and places to visit in the future posts. 🙂

  4. Great post! Loved you description of us, you’re too kind! You answered the same to the planning or wing it queustion as we would have. Have a wonderful weekend!

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