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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 Or from My Path in the World!
I’m Or, an Israeli blogger with a big love for Spain and Europe in general (though every country is on my bucket list). I’m always in search of hidden gems, whether it’s an underrated destination or an offbeat thing to do in a popular destination, and I love to share my finding on my blog – My Path in the World.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR? WHY’D YOU DECIDE TO START A TRAVEL BLOG?
I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years. After a long time of feeling completely lost and not knowing what to do with my life, I decided to take my biggest passion and invest in it. The blog allows me to do what I love and help others at the same time.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW TRAVEL BLOGGERS/ASPIRING TRAVEL BLOGGERS?
Set measurable goals, break them down to actionable steps, and only do things that will take you closer to your goals. Blogging includes so many aspects and it’s easy to get confused, try to juggle too many things, and waste your time on something that doesn’t matter at all. For example, if you want to make money with affiliates, master that instead of spending hours on growing your Instagram.
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE YOU STARTED TRAVELING?
I spent quite a lot of money on my first few trips as an adult and I wasn’t as good in trip planning as I am today, so I wish I knew I could spend less and still enjoy every second.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TO TRAVEL?
Apart from the fact that it gives me a sense of freedom, I love getting to know other cultures and seeing new places that I don’t get to see on a daily basis. It’s just the greatest joy in life and it’s amazing to see how much beauty exists on Earth.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST AND WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
My best experience has to be the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. Ever since I had heard of it a few years back, I knew I had to attend it at least once in my life. It’s such an amazing festival that welcomes spring, and I loved every second of it – the costumes, the food, the music, the sculpture displays (that are a big part of it), and the overall atmosphere are just unbelievable.
My worst experience is probably visiting Machu Picchu. Everything from the journey itself to the weather to the tour guide was pretty much awful. Even though I was in such an incredible place, I couldn’t enjoy myself and appreciate it, and I just couldn’t wait to get back to my hostel in Cusco.
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR TRAVELING WITH OTHER PEOPLE? WHY?
I like both. I love having shared travel memories with my loved ones and at the same time, I love having the freedom of deciding exactly what my day will look like. I also think it depends on the destination and who you’re traveling with.
Some places I wouldn’t want to visit on my own because I might feel lonely (e.g., summer destinations like Greek islands when everyone’s with their family or partner), yet European cities are perfect for solo travel and I love that can visit as many places as I want and spend as much time as I want at each stop.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO? WHY?
Madrid is my all-time favorite place. It feels like a second home to me, I love everything about it from the views to the food to the people, and I always seem to make new discoveries and find some amazing hidden gems. It’s one of those places you need to explore on foot freely to understand how magical it is.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST TRAVEL TIP?
Look for alternative walking tours (free or paid). I always like to explore a city on my own, but for 2-3 hours, I’m willing to follow a local guide that will show me a different side of it.
I’ve learned so much by taking these kinds of tours (e.g., a street art tour in Warsaw, a Jewish history tour in Budapest, and a literary tour in Madrid), and I think every traveler should give them a try.
IS THERE ONE SPECIFIC THING YOU LIKE TO DO, SEE, OR BUY IN EVERY PLACE THAT YOU VISIT?
To me, there’s nothing like having my morning coffee and a small breakfast at a local cafe. The combination of the tranquility in the morning, the taste of coffee in another country, and watching people start their day is one of my favorite things to experience when traveling.
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?
In Malta, I had Pastizzi, a traditional Maltese savory pastry. Mine was filled with ricotta cheese and it tasted like paradise. The pastry was so crispy and flaky, and there was so much of that delicious filling. I will never forget it.
Plane or train? Train
Hotel or hostel? Hotel
City or nature? Both
Popular site or off the beaten path? Off the beaten path
Suitcase or backpack? Carry-on
Fast travel or slow travel? Slow travel (if possible)
Professional camera or iPhone photography? Professional camera
Warm or cold weather? Warm weather
All photos used throughout this post are taken by Or from My Path in the World.