Marie Overseas wins a Liebster Award!

Marie Overseas has been nominated for a Liebster Award!

Many thanks to the lovely Eu Millán of the blog Where is Eu? for the nomination! I am honored and grateful that she nominated my blog – especially after only three months blogging (which included a month-long hiatus in the middle somewhere… oops!)

If you haven’t seen Eu’s blog, be sure to check it out. She shares her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. – all in a conversational and approachable manner. And her photos really give you a sense of place!


What exactly is the Liebster Award?

Marie Overseas wins a Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award is an Internet award given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is essentially a way for bloggers to connect with other members of the community and bring exposure to new and upcoming blogs.

Liebster in German means dearest, sweetest, kindest, beloved, pleasant, valued, endearing, and lots of nice things! The Liebster Award is a way for fellow bloggers to recognize us newbies for our efforts and accomplishments.

For more information, you can check out this post on the official rules of the Liebster Award for 2016.

Below are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  • Post the award on your blog so everybody knows how awesome you are.
  • Publicly thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Answer their questions about yourself. Feel free to add photos!
  • Nominate 5 – 10 people with less than 1000 followers, and inform them via social media.
  • Write your own set of questions for your nominees.
  • Feel good about yourself for winning an award and passing it on.



Who (blogger or not) inspired you to start blogging?

There is no “one person” who inspired me to start blogging. There were a few blogs that inspired me before I started my own blog, including Nomadic Matt and the Frugalwoods.

When I started blogging, one person who encouraged me to follow through on my plan was my boyfriend Rony. He also reviewed my first blog posts to ensure that they weren’t complete drivel that I should avoid putting on the web at all costs!

On our way to the Boston Harbor Lighthouse! | Marie Overseas blog
On our way to the Boston Harbor Lighthouse!


Name three things you cannot travel without.

My phone: I typically carry around my laptop, my DSLR camera, AND an underwater camera while traveling. But my phone is the most versatile technological tool I bring. On some of my shorter trips, I leave the heavy equipment at home and just bring my phone.

Water purifier: I have a Steripen UV water purifier* that I bring with me on trips abroad. It lets me drink tap water while traveling to other countries. It saves me money in the long term and minimizes plastic waste from buying single-use bottles.

Giacomo Pinguino: My penguin! Giacomo is not only a piece of home that I can carry around with me; he is also a conversation starter. People are often curious about the story behind the penguin I am photographing!

Giacomo Pinguino in Toledo, Spain | Marie Overseas blog
Me and Giacomo in Toledo, Spain!


Choose a place on every continent.

These are the places I most want to visit in each region of the world!

Africa: Egypt

Antarctica: Penguin Island (Need I say more?)

Asia: Japan

Europe: Ukraine

North America: Cuba

Oceania: New Zealand

South America: Peru

(P.S. I decided to consider regions instead of continents in the technical sense. Just in case you’re a stickler for geography!)


Backpack or carry-on luggage?

I am still working on getting my stuff down to carry-on size when I travel. For now, I usually travel with a checked suitcase and a carry-on backpack. (Don’t judge me, experienced travel ladies!) But for my upcoming trip to Australia, I plan to try to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase… Wish me luck!


Do you investigate some culturally related stuff before traveling? (like traditions, taboos, religious festivities, etc.)

Yes, I do! My favorite part of travel is learning about the other place’s history and culture.

Cobá, Mexico | Marie Overseas blog
Cobá, Mexico


And what about the language? Do you prepare or learn some sentences? (Why/why not?)

Funnily enough, I have mostly traveled to places where I already spoke some of the language (English, Spanish, or Italian). The only other place I have traveled is France. There, I was visiting a friend who willingly translated for me!

In the future, I plan to visit more countries where the language is unfamiliar to me. I hope to spend some time beforehand learning at least the basics. I think that some knowledge of the language is essential for getting around and ensuring your own safety. It also helps you connect more authentically with the people you meet.


What are your top three blogs you are reading?

Frugalwoods: The Frugalwoods were the people who inspired me to save money to reach my goals. They are a super adorable couple with a super adorable baby and a super adorable greyhound! They share their funny stories and frugality tips. And they’re legit: 32 and already retired, living on a homestead in Vermont!

A Dangerous Business: Come for Amanda’s references to your favorite fantasy series. Stay for her informative, well-written posts!

Free Candie: I appreciate Candice’s humor and lighthearted approach to travel blogging. And it was thanks to her that I discovered the Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, so I’m eternally grateful! (tl;dr it’s one of the most beautiful bookstores in all the land.)

I've always been a #booklover, so this bookstore in Venice really captured my imagination and my heart! ❤️ Libreria Acqua Alta is bursting at the seams with new and used books, housed creatively not only on shelves but in gondolas, boats, and bathtubs to protect them from frequent flooding. The bookstore also uses old, unwanted books creatively as furniture, like this book staircase that leads to a lovely view of the canals. But Libreria Acqua Alta not only houses books… It is also a home to a few cats that wander around the store as you browse! 😸 If you are a bibliophile, definitely add this beautiful shop to your bucket list of bookstores to visit! What is the most amazing bookshop you have visited? 😄

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Where do you see yourself living in ten years?

Boston! I lived in Boston for 6 years for college and work. It’s my favorite city in the world and the one that best fits my personality. The only bad thing about it is the long, cold winters!


Tell us something that people might not know about you.

I also practice calligraphy, and I love political science!

The last prompt of the @handletteredabcs 2016 challenge: Name! My name is Marie, and I live in Boston! I got started in handlettering kind of on a whim when I took a couple of classes with @letteringbyliz to up my pen pal game, and I started getting really into it when I decided to do the #handletteredabcs challenge last month! A little about me: I am a 2014 college graduate working as a social science researcher. I am excited to be moving to Mexico in April! Outside of work, I enjoy photography and traveling, and I love to read and write! I am also taking classes in journalism and website design on the side. I love to see the work of all you calligraphers on Instagram; you provide endless inspiration and motivation for me to find time for more creative pursuits! #handletteredABCs_2016 #abcs_name #marievabcs #handlettering #lettering #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #ilovecalligraphy #tombow #tombowusa #tombowdualbrushpens #markers #name #marie

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Share your favorite travel quote and why you like it.

The quote I have been obsessing over recently is not exactly a travel quote, but I think it applies to any part of life about which you are passionate:

“On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail,

Reason the card, but passion is the gale.”

-Alexander Pope

(By the way, “card” means compass!)

Puerto Vallarta | Marie Overseas Blog
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


I would like to nominate the following for a Liebster Award:

  1. Adventure Dragon

Adventure Dragon is an amazing and kind of nerdy travel blog (which in my opinion is the best kind!) The blog starts with an amazing backstory of Jillian Michelle, the creator of the site, and her friend Dragon:

“Our story begins in the hospital…where a girl without intestines dreams up befriends a kitten dragon with self-confidence issues (because she drew him with too short of legs). Bonded together by mutual dreams of seeing the world but living in bodies too small and weak to reach their true potential, the two form an unlikely pair and vow to help each other achieve what doctors fear the girl cannot. Together they (and a team of dragonriders) aspire to explore every continent and encourage all whom they encounter to never stop believing in their dreams.”

I love the site’s message and mission. In addition to the fun stories on the blog, five percent of any funds generated from the site will be donated to research on intestinal diseases.

Plus, I kind of think that Giacomo Pinguino and Dragon would make good friends 🙂


  1. Flying Food Ninja

Flying Food Ninja is a food and travel blog. In her own words, Sally likes to “eat food, hunt for the next best foodie dish, shop for food, cook food and talk about food (basically in that order).”

Her pictures will literally make your mouth water. (I swear, I go to restaurants and the food never looks that good in real life!) Her food reviews are light-hearted and fun, inspiring you to travel the world just to experience its many culinary wonders.

Plus, that little ninja in her logo is so darn cute!


  1. The Lux Aviatrix

Jaye is a lot of cool things – a flight attendant, a published romance novelist, and a blogger! So as you can imagine, her site is really fun. As you might guess from a flight attendant, she goes all over the world. She has blog posts from Paris, Tokyo, Hawaii, Mexico, and more… Her posts give me serious wanderlust!

Plus, she shares useful tips on how to survive flights, reviews of books that you can add your in-flight reading list, and flight-friendly recipes.


  1. She Went Wear

She Went Wear is a travel and fashion blog. Angela shares stories of her travels to places all over the world – Los Angeles, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, and more – as well as travel tips and interviews with other travelers and fashionistas.

Umm, and might I mention, she always looks great doing it. (Especially coming from someone who barely likes getting dressed in the morning… I’m amazed!)


  1. Sugar & Stamps

Shem of Sugar & Stamps is a full-time nurse and part-time blogger with a thirst for travel. I love the design and color scheme of her website, so I’ve got a bit of blog envy going on. And her beautiful travel photos will make you want to hop on a plane right now to head to California or Amsterdam!

Plus, if you are as much of a coffee lover as me, you’ll enjoy her reviews of coffee joints in the places she travels. Delicious!


  1. Two Day Travels

Cynthia is a freelancer, so as you can imagine she’s pretty darn busy. So she came up with the idea of taking two-day vacations for less than $200! This lets her travel without taking too much time away from work and without spending too much of her savings. She not only shares pictures and fun details from her trips, but she also shares the breakdown of her budget so that other travelers can learn from her!

I love her idea of taking short, relatively inexpensive vacations, and I think her blog is an inspiration for working people. Not everyone has the time or money to just take off 6 months and backpack around Europe!


Be sure to check out these amazing ladies’ sites!


Here are my questions for my nominees:

  1. Two truths and a lie. (Let us know the answer at the end!)
  2. If you could share with other women one piece of advice, what would it be?
  3. Who is the most interesting character you have met during your travels?
  4. Is there any place you never plan to visit? Why? (This could be for ethical reasons, cultural differences, mere disinterest, etc.)
  5. Do you collect things on your travels (e.g., magnets, flags of the world, books)? What is your favorite piece from your collection?
  6. If you could travel to one fictional place, what would it be?
  7. What is the funniest or strangest situation you have found yourself in while traveling?
  8. What is one question that you get asked while traveling that drives you nuts? (Or an assumption or stereotype that you encounter!)
  9. An evil wizard places a spell on you. (He’s clearly jealous of how awesome your blog is.) You are able to return as many times as you want to every country you have already visited. But you can only ever travel to one new country among those you have not yet visited. What country would you choose, and why?
  10. In the words of Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Thanks again to Eu for the nomination, and congrats to Angela, Cynthia, Jaye, Jillian, Sally, and Shem! When you have posted your answers, please share them with me. I would love to read them!


Oh no! The Liebster Awards are coming! | Marie Overseas Wins a Liebster Award
Oh no! The Liebster Awards are coming!


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  1. I think it’s absolutely ok to travel with a suitcase/ checked backpack/ whatever you want to travel with! Sure, it’s convenient to travel super light, but sometimes it’s also unrealistic. I’m currently travelling with around 15 books (which I need for university..I’m studying by distance-learning while travelling) and you don’t see me fitting all of them PLUS my stuff into a tiny carry on haha. Congrats on the Liebster award 🙂

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