Meet our lovely Spanish winner – Sara, from Mindful Travel by Sara, who will be swapping with Andy from Backpacking Diplomacy (USA). Here’s a little bit about Sara, in her own words.
Firstly, for those who haven’t read your blog before – can you explain to us a little about what your blog is about?
I have always dreamed of traveling to new places, learning different cultures, and meet amazing people who thinks different than me.
Photos are the reflection of what you experience when you travel the world, either to the nearest city or the most exotic country…but clearly, the memories of these experiences, sights, smells, gazes are what really stay with you forever. So I decided to start this blog, to share my traveler dreams. Write about my experiences around the world, tips and photos that could help other people to travel.
Why did you first decide to set it up?
In 2009 I thought about it but I didn’t have the courage to do it. In 2012, I was thinking about changing my life a bit and wanted to do something really rewarding. I love travel so I decided to start my blog.
How long have you been blogging for?
I just began a few months ago! It’s an incredible trip, love writing and share with others. Blogger community is amazing!
How are you preparing you for your trip?
I can’t stop thinking about how I’m going to write about my trip and how to share everything from tours, landscapes, culture, local people, food… I would love to spread all of it and show people how traveling can change the world.
What are you most looking forward to?
I would like to have one of the best experiences of my life. Absorb everything that America has to offer me and learn the best of local people and their culture.
As you probably know, the Big Blog Exchange is all about ‘changing the world, using the power of blogs’. How do you think you and your exchange can help change the world?
I think bloggers have the luck to share their amazing experiences to the rest of the world and show all its wonders and weaknesses. Blogs have the ability of connect people and I have the belief that all together could change the way people see the World and start thinking about it on the best positive way. Believe in it, because we can do it together.
How do you plan to record your trip? Are you going to be blogging through video, pictures, written words or all three?
I love photos, taking them and watching them. I think photos are the reflection of all around us, so I would like to share my trip mainly through pictures and written words. I’m a video blogging beginner but I will try to do some video with music too. I’m thinking about it all the time!
Are you excited at the prospect of swapping blogs?
I’m so happy and respectful at the same time. Write on another blog that is not yours is a challenge!
Is this your first time travelling or have you travelled before?
I’ve been traveling since I was a little girl. My parents inspired me the culture and the desire to travel and see the world, and now I can’t stop!
Have you heard about Hostelling International before, or is this your first experience with us (have you said HI to the world yet)? Are you excited?
Of course! Hostelling International is very well-known! When I was 18 I went to Italy by Interrail and choose Hostelling International for my accommodation. It was a great experience!
Are your readers excited about your trip? Have you been blogging in the run up to the exchange?
People who follow me is amazing, thanks to them I’m here now and without them I wouldn’t be writing this interview. So I so grateful to them. I think my readers would love to know more about the exchange and I’m writing about it this week, because this exchange is going to become once in a lifetime experience!
What tips can you give for your exchange partner? What can he/she explore in your city/country?
I think he will enjoy Spain so much! It’s an unforgettable country, full of contrasts, different cultures and history, really kind and outgoing people, amazing landscapes, beaches and tasty food.
I would just recommend him to enjoy the most of the experience that I’m sure he will!
Where should he/she go? Or what should they do?
Like I said before, Spain is full of contrasts. If you visit the north, you will find the best landscapes and colourful little villages, great beaches but humid weather, so is full of flora and fauna. Then you have the south, with its amazing cities like Seville, Cordoba or Granada, also long beaches with dunes and surfers in Cadiz. I think a must visit is Madrid and its surroundings, like Toledo and Segovia. Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Valencia, Galicia… Spain has so much to offer and of course, so much to eat!
What do you find most rewarding about being a blogger?
I can’t say just one thing, because there are lots of rewarding feelings about being a blogger. Personally, writing about my travel experiences let me the ability to remember my emotions on every tip I made, remember images, photos, people, culture… and try to have the chance of transmitting other people the desire and excitement of travel the World.
Also is so rewarding to know that other people actually like what you read and make comments on your blog and Social Media, and you help them to plan their trips or remember their travels.
Finally, I can’t forget blogger community. People who help me every day and share all kind of comments and concerns. It’s simply amazing.
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