What an honor it is to be nominated to the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers by one of my favorite bloggers Alison of Green With Renvy who writes about living in sustainable shades of green, and who I had the pleasure of meeting a few months ago at TBEX Europe 2015 in Costa Brava. It’s always encouraging to receive these community driven awards as a form of recognition by fellow bloggers, so thank you Alison, you’ve made my day!
This means that I get to answer 10 questions posed by Alison and pass the award on to 10 other travel bloggers that I think are awesome, asking them 10 questions so that we can get to know them better.
So, let the fun begin…
If you could sit next to anyone (dead or alive) on a one hour flight, who would it be and why?
David Rocco from the show David Rocco’s Dolce Vita (I watch too much T.V.). We’d talk food, travel, travel through food, and Italy and I imagine it would be an hour that would be over before I’d know it!
What is one destination you would like to get to and why will you probably never get there?
Antarctica, because I’m just so fascinated by the idea of having my mind blown in a landscape as amazing. I don’t like to believe that I’ll never get there because I’m optimistic about my dreams, regardless of how crazy they may seem. But it’s difficult because of how expensive it is to go there.
Do you incorporate any eco-friendly travel practices into your trips that you could share with your readers? (recycling, carbon off-set, hiring or eating local, hotel practices etc.)
I try to stay in eco-friendly accommodations and support sustainable businesses that benefit the local community on my travels. I’m also particular about eco-friendly practices such as turning off lights and electrical appliances when I leave, recycling, and minimizing food wastage. I also walk as much as possible, and take public transportation such as buses and trains over longer distances.
Tell us about your carry on-what is always in it?
Things that are always in my carry-on: lip gloss, mints, deodorant, facial wipes, moisturizer, scarf, pair of shades, earphones, a notebook and pen, a good travel book, and a power bank.
What is unique about your travel blog?
Through storytelling, The Boho Chica focuses on unique cultural experiences and offbeat destinations and hopes to inspire others to seek out the kind of travel that helps you really connect to a place, people and culture. I believe that you can gain enough of an understanding to truly appreciate other cultures even when you’re not a permanent nomad or full-time traveler.
The popular idea that in order to truly experience the best the world has to offer, you need to quit things like a home base, starting a family or a full-time job is what makes travel seem like a daunting prospect or an impossible dream to so many people. This isn’t true and it’s all really subjective to the kind of person you are. If you like the idea of a home there’s no need to give it up. For some people (like me) roots are as important as wings and so my blog will never tell you that working at a 9 to 5 is akin to wasting your life. Whatever makes you happy is exactly what you should do and it’s okay if different things make you happy at different phases of your life.
Do you have a guilty pleasure when you travel?
I’d have to say food. I love trying out local and regional dishes and don’t hold back when I travel which means that I’ve usually piled up a few pounds after every long trip. At home, I’m very conscious about what I eat and try to stick to healthy and clean eating as much as I can, to balance that out.
What is your favorite travel book?
Seven Years in Tibet. I read this book during my first trip to Nepal in 2013 and I’d never watched the movie or heard of the book until then. I really enjoyed reading about Heinrich Harrer’s account of his journey to Tibet and his life there as a close confidante of the Dalai Lama. I think my heart belongs in Asia. I’m especially attracted to this part of the world and I’d like to learn more about Buddhist culture. Tibet is very high on my travel wish list and I hope to make it there soon.
Favorite city and what do you like to eat there? Could you give us a photo?
My favorite city is Istanbul. It has a really unique vibe, a perfect blend of historical and hipster, as I like to think of it. There’s the old city of Sultanahmet that has incredible heritage all around with iconic structures such as the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern (which gave me goose bumps). And then there’s Beyoglu where you have graffiti on the walls, Turkish rock clubs and the touristy Istiklal Street. You can travel between Asia and Europe on a Bosphorus cruise, which is a lovely experience with great views of the city.
My favorite meal there was this dish of chicken kebabs and bulgur pilaf with a cool mint and yogurt dip called hydari.
What is the first thing you do when you arrive in a new destination?
Take a long walk. That’s the first thing I do as soon as I’ve rested a couple of minutes or hours after arriving, depending on how long and tiring the journey was. Then I step out of my accommodation and spend the next few hours walking around the neighborhood and the area, looking at the architecture and daily scenes to get a sense of how it feels to be in the place. I might sit down at a café, park or square to people watch and then be on my way again.
Do you collect any particular item or souvenir when you travel?
I have a weakness for local handcrafted jewelry, usually necklaces or bracelets woven with beautiful patterns and different colors.
Now it’s time for me to nominate 10 other bloggers and here are my favorites:
- Maria of Travelling Buzz (a total sweetheart)
- Yulia of Miss Tourist
- Denise of Follow my Footprints
- Paige of All Over The Map
- Emily of Emily Luxton Travels
- Jane of Scarlet Jones Travels
- Andrea of No Money Will Travel
- Gloria of The Blog Abroad
- Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
- Revati of Different Doors
Here are my questions for them:
- What are 3 items of clothing that you absolutely cannot do without on every trip?
- What part of blogging do you enjoy most? Is it writing, photography, video or simply engaging with your community of readers?
- Do you sometimes feel that blogging takes away from the travel experience with the constant need to take photos or stay connected? How do you strike a balance?
- Where in the world could we find your favorite food? Do you know how to cook a dish from that cuisine?
- What is your favorite travel movie?
- Where to next and what are you most looking forward to there?
- Have you ever felt intimated or uncomfortable in any situation as a woman on your travels? How did you deal with it?
- Is there any one place that you absolutely don’t want to visit? Why?
- If you’d have to pick three cities/towns in the world you’d most want to live in, what would they be?
- How do you keep fit while traveling constantly or frequently?
Congratulations again and I look forward to reading your answers.
I hope the rest of you will join me and follow along so we can get to know these amazing women who I find inspiring both as travelers and bloggers.