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Welcome to today’s installment in my new travel blogger interview series! The goal of this weekly series is to help spread the blogging love and introduce you to some other awesome travel bloggers! Any travel blogger, whether new or experienced, can sign up to be featured in this new series. Today I’m happy to share that I’m featuring Alina from World of Lina!
My name is Alina and I’m a 22-year old vegan travel blogger and content creator from Austria. On my blog “World of Lina” I mainly share helpful destination guides from around the world, vegan travel tips, and food guides. Moreover, I also write about my travel experiences as a vegan and rather unknown destinations that are worth visiting.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR? WHY’D YOU DECIDE TO START A TRAVEL BLOG?
I started my blog in January 2019, so almost 1.5 years.
Travel has always been my greatest passion and in May 2018, I started sharing all my travel photos on my Instagram account. Ever since then, people kept telling me I should start a blog where I can write down all my experiences too. I wasn’t so sure about that but decided to give it a try eventually.
Now I’m more than happy I did it because working on my blog is one of the activities I enjoy doing the most. I guess sometimes it’s good to listen to other people because without their encouragement I wouldn’t be where I am right now!?
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW TRAVEL BLOGGERS/ASPIRING TRAVEL BLOGGERS?
Be patient and don’t compare yourself to others. Running a travel blog is hard work and you will feel like there’s something new to learn every single day. It can take quite some time until you will see some results but it’s worth it. Most of the successful bloggers have been blogging for a few years so don’t stress yourself!
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE YOU STARTED TRAVELING?
How addictive it is haha 😀
But honestly, every time I return from a trip, I feel like booking the next plane ticket right away. It’s almost the same as getting a tattoo. Right after you got the first one, you want to have more and more! At least in my case.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO TRAVEL?
One of the main reasons I love to travel is to discover the diversity of our planet. From big cities, to dry deserts, lonely beaches, and giant mountains – Earth has so much to offer and I want to see everything with my own eyes.
Moreover, I find it interesting to experience other cultures and get to know people from all around the world. For me, it’s one of the most fascinating things to find out the way people live in different countries.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST AND WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
I had a lot of amazing travel experiences and I’m very grateful for each of them. The most remarkable and memorable one was probably my stay at a desert camp in Morocco. Sleeping under the stars of the Sahara was a truly unforgettable experience and I even had tears of joy in my eyes as I was really overwhelmed with emotions!
I guess I can call myself lucky because I can’t really think of a bad travel experience right now. Besides some delayed flights and an emergency landing – nothing serious and we could continue our journey after 5 hours – I never had any major incidents. (knock on wood)
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR TRAVELING WITH OTHER PEOPLE? WHY?
To be honest, I like both. I did a lot of solo trips and enjoyed having the freedom of deciding where to go and what to do. However, I also love traveling with my friends or my sister because then I have someone to share all the amazing moments with.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO? WHY?
I swear, every time people ask me this question, I find it really difficult to give them an answer. Simply because all the places I’ve been to were special in their own way. For example, I loved India because it was colorful, vibrant, and kind of overwhelming – in a good way.
Whereas other countries like Montenegro and Morocco surprised me with their stunning landscape. Then there are cities like London that make me want to go back again and again. Yeah, I think I can’t tell you only one of my favorite places.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TRAVEL TIP?
It’s good to plan ahead but sometimes it’s great to not have a concrete itinerary and just go with the flow. Sometimes these are the most adventurous and unforgettable trips!
IS THERE ONE SPECIFIC THING YOU LIKE TO DO, SEE, OR BUY IN EVERY PLACE THAT YOU VISIT?
For me, it’s important to learn more about the history of a place, thus I love visiting museums. Plus, one of the first things I try to do is to find a good viewpoint to see the place from above.
Three years ago, I started collecting postcards so every time I travel somewhere, I buy one for my wardrobe at home.
IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR FOOD THAT YOU’VE TRIED WHILE TRAVELING THAT YOU LOVED? WHAT FOOD WAS IT AND WHY DO YOU LOVE IT SO MUCH?
When I was in India, I tried the dish Aloo Gobi for the first time and instantly fell in love! It’s a well-seasoned and tasty plant-based dish made of potatoes and cauliflower cooked with tomatoes, onions, and spices.
I always try to eat mostly local food but as a vegan, this can be really hard sometimes. Therefore, it makes me incredibly happy if I find local dishes that are 100% plant-based and yummy!
Plane or train? Plane
Hotel or hostel? Hotel
City or nature? Nature
Popular site or off the beaten path? Off the beaten path
Suitcase or backpack? Suitcase
Fast travel or slow travel? Slow travel
Professional camera or phone photography? Professional Camera
Warm or cold weather? Warm
All photos used throughout this post are taken by Alina from World of Lina.