Featured Blogger: Ana Viajera!

Esta semana estamos hablando con Ana Viajera! This week we’re speaking with Ana Viajera!

Hola, Ana!

1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

Website: www.anaviajera.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ana-Viajera-Photography-Ana-Lykes/703051263123766
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wwwanaviajera

2. How did you come up with your website name?

Ana is my first name and Viajera is “traveler” in Spanish. I used the subheading “tracing my literary footprints”, because the travel aspect does not only pertain to the world that I have seen and experienced but also to the world that I have imagined. You see I’m also a published fictionist and a widely published feature writer. And this site chronicles my journey as a writer.

3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

The truth is, I don’t consider Ana Viajera as a blog really, but more of a website or an online portfolio. Unlike most bloggers, I don’t post material on a regular basis written for the site alone. 90% of my posts are my articles published by different publications. I have been a writer for over a decade now, covering almost any topic under the sun from fashion to food, technology to travel, personal growth to photography. I have over a thousand published articles (mostly from publications in the Philippines, the United States, and Canada distributed in major cities like London, Australia, L.A. etc), and before I started Ana Viajera, I didn’t really have a proper compilation of my works. Ana Viajera is a place where I can collect some of my favorites published articles and a venue to share my works to an even bigger audience.

The only “blog” entries that I have are under My Desk, which chronicles my seasonal life milestones. If you will scroll down near the end of My Desk (http://anaviajeralogue.blogspot.com/p/my-desk.html), you will see how the banner changes through the season. On the desk are personal effects that represent the major events that happened during the season. Every now and then I will also include reviews on favorite travel tools (camera, purse, etc..) or a book that I am currently reading.

4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

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This picture was taken in Roi Namur in the Marshall islands with my husband. It does feel like it was taken ages ago, because this was way before we had our son, and when you do have children it feels like time goes by so fast. I live right in the middle of the United States where it is currently cold and bleak. My husband and I are sun worshippers, having lived in the islands for a while, and every now and then the beach calls out for our return.

5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

I think every city has something different to offer and it just doesn’t seem right to name a favorite and least favorite (explained better in my answer to question #8)

6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

Flowers! At the Bohol Bee Farm in the Philippines, they serve a salad with pretty edible flowers. Also, a delicacy in the Philippines is the balot or the boiled duck embryo in a shell. It may seem strange to others, but I enjoy drinking the soup.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Travel rock star, Anthony Bourdain of course, and because I’ve been reading him lately, travel writer Peter Mayle.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

I have several! I’ve been editor in chief of AsianTraveler magazine and have contributed for several travel magazines, so I have written a lot of articles on travel tips. Below are a few of my favorites. But if I have to share one, it’s to travel with an open heart, because every single place on this earth has something beautiful to offer whether it’s a view, an experience, or a life lesson.

On traveling with a toddler: http://anaviajeralogue.blogspot.com/2014/11/tips-and-tricks-on-traveling-with.html
How to beat jet lag: http://anaviajeralogue.blogspot.com/2014/03/still-on-different-time-zone-heres-how.html
Morals from miles traveled: http://theutopianlife.com/2014/12/10/morals-miles-traveled/

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.

My love story in the Caribbean. It’s a short travelogue that can be summed up in one of my tweets: “Travel is a love story; Love is a travel story.”

http://anaviajeralogue.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-love-story.html

10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

Just because you haven’t crossed seas or continents yet doesn’t mean you can’t be a travel blogger or a traveler for that matter. Go out and explore even if it is just in your backyard then write about it. And always write first for yourself.

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