Our first blogging award(s) – The Liebster!

Ok, ok, we’ve been a bit slack – whoops! We have been nominated for the Liebster Award twice and haven’t done anything about it! So to make up for it, we’re going to answer both sets of questions in one go.


The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers in order to share the love and discover new blogs. We’re honoured to have been nominated twice!

Wording Well has written a great post on the rules of the Liebster Award (check the post out so I don’t have to paste the rules in this already massive post!).

Boating in the Bay of Islands

Boating in the Bay of Islands

Ok, here we go with the answers!

Here are 11 random facts about us:

We got engaged in Koh Tao, Thailand, on Christmas Day 2013.

Petra did a Master of Science degree in Physical Geography.

Shaun owns a construction company.

We love Asian food.

We love helping people plan their travels (if you would like any advice, please ask!)

We’re getting married in Bali, Indonesia in 2016.

Shaun likes discovering new craft beer varieties.

Our favourite city that we have visited is New York City.

Shaun likes skiing and snowboarding, but Petra only likes skiing.

We both love cats.

Petra is terrified of spiders.

Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb

Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb

First, we were nominated for the Liebster Award by Hong Kong Fong – here are the answers to her questions:

1.  When you reflect on your life, what are your top 3 memories – and why?

Trekking in rural Myanmar – a truly humbling experience where we got to experience life as the Burmese do for a few days.

Petra: graduating with my Masters degree – it was a ton of work and was a great achievement.

Shaun: building our campervan Bessie and travelling around New Zealand in her.

2.  Can you recall a ‘negative’ experience in your life that turned out to be a really positive one?

Petra: Shaun talked me into spending my hard-earned part time wage earned while studying on his campervan dream, but I fell in love with Bessie and we had many amazing trips in her!

Shaun: I regretted moving overseas to start off with, but later my feelings changed and I think it is one of the best things we have done. Read all about that here.


3.  What quality in your closest friend do you most admire?

Loyalty and honesty.

4.  What one skill or quality do you wish you possessed that you currently do not?

Petra: More assertiveness.

Shaun: Being better at graphic design.

5.  What photograph, work of art, or cultural landmark/site has touched you – and how?

We saw this the other day. It speaks for itself. We also wrote a post about saying no to riding elephants here.

Elephant Nature Park

6.  Which interaction with a stranger (perhaps while traveling) has touched you most deeply – and why?

While in Myanmar a few years back we spent a day with a local guide. The Burmese people underwent a long period of government oppression and were punished for the smallest things, such as being negative about the government. We talked with the guide and were surprised with how open he was about the regime – he could have been imprisoned not more than 10 years beforehand for saying some of the things he said to us. It was a very eye-opening day!

7.  What is the main thing you have learned while blogging – about yourself?

We’ve learned that we love being creative! It’s so awesome having the blog as a reason to improve our writing, photography, and design.

8.  What is your greatest regret in life?

No regrets! There’s no point living with regrets. Although we kinda wish we’d never sold our campervan Bessie…

9.  What is your greatest indulgence?

Anything sweet – candy, ice-cream, chocolate… And spending money on travel!

Voodoo Doughnuts

Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland OR

10.  What do you hope your legacy will be?

We hope to be remembered as interesting people that had some great adventures and stepped outside our comfort zones.


Thanks, Hong Kong Fong! The second nomination came from Voyageurs Sans Frontières. Here are our answers to their questions:

1. What’s your traveler motto?

Embrace the experience – you may never get to return to that place!

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

2. What’s your best travel memory?

Getting engaged on Koh Tao, Thailand, on Christmas Day in 2013.

3. The worst?

Both of us getting food poisoning at the same time in transit from Yangon, Myanmar > Bangkok > Koh Tao (including four modes of transport – plane, train, bus, and ferry). AND it was Christmas Eve! (We got engaged the next day so everything was better).

4. What do you miss the most while traveling?

Being able to drink tap water (while travelling in developing countries) and New Zealand coffee. And of course friends and family (but that goes without saying!)

5. If you could relive the adventures of one explorer (real or fiction) which one would it be and why?

Sir Edmund Hillary – he’s a New Zealand hero and his face graces our $5 bill. He was the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest and he drove a tractor to the South Pole. Bloody legend!

Aoraki/ Mt Cook scenic flight

Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier

6. What made you become a travel blogger?

We started our blog to keep friends and family in the loop while we were travelling around Southeast Asia a few years ago. It’s bloomed into a creative outlet and a passion, and we love it!

7. If you could do it again, would you? What would you do differently?

Yes! It’s hard to say what we would do differently because we now know a lot more about blogging/the interwebs than we did when we started. But we probably would join Travel Blog Success a lot sooner than we did!

8. What’s the most important lesson you learned while traveling?

To relax and be flexible – there’s no point getting stressed out if there’s nothing to be done at that exact moment! Just go with the flow…

9. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

We’re a couple, and we like going around the globe… hence ‘The Global Couple’!

Gran Cenote Tulum

Gran Cenote Tulum

10. Tell us 5 things that are on your bucket list

Oh, only five? We have many more than that here. But here’s the top 5: learn to speak Spanish, live in Southeast Asia, do a skydive, do the Mongol Rally, eat street food in every country we visit.

11. Tell us a time where nothing truly went as planned.

We arrived in Dubai from London to find that our accommodation booking had been lost, and it was the busiest week of the year. We finally found a grotty hotel where we lasted a night, and the only other option was a place about triple our budget! Safe to say, Dubai isn’t one of our favourite places…

Finally, we’ve got to nominate five other blogs, and here are our nominations!

Happy Travelers

Passport Packed

Paula Through The Looking Glass

Little Things Travel

One Girl One World

And here are the questions for them to answer, if they choose to accept the Liebster Award!

  1. What is one thing you have learned from another culture while travelling that you now apply to your own life?

  2. What is your ultimate bucket list destination (if you had unlimited money) and why?

  3. If you had to live in one country for the rest of your life, where would that be and why?

  4. What is your favourite cuisine?

  5. Why do you travel?

  6. How do you decide on the destination for your trips?

  7. What is your favourite social media?

  8. What is your go-to home cooked meal?

  9. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?

  10. If you could have dinner with a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Isla Mujeres fishies

Isla Mujeres fishies

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