Featured Blogger: Dale and Franca from Angloitalian

This week I’ve got Dale & Franca – a slow travel enthusiastic vegan couple who’ve been nomadic since the summer of 2012. They blog about their interests in local living through house sitting, and sharing their off-the-path travel tips every step of the way.

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

Angloitalian – Slow Vegan Travel Blog http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/angloitalianfollowus

Twitter https://twitter.com/ai_followus

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/ai_followus/

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

In all honesty, we love being an Anglo-Italian couple, but when we chose the name for our travel blog back in 2012 when we decided to go travelling we weren’t thinking of ‘branding’ and didn’t have a business intention, initially our blog was intended for friends and family.

If we could change our blog name now we probably would, but at the same time we’re incredibly attached to it and people recognize us as Angloitalian.

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

We want to be an inspiration to those who want to travel but think cannot. We want to show that travel doesn’t have to be expensive and can be done on a low budget too whilst still enjoying every moment of it and getting some real meaningful and authentic experiences.

We absolutely adore our slow travel style and we want to show how we do it and why we think is incredibly rewarding. Also being both vegans, we also want to share our vegan travel tips for each destinations we go to, to encourage other vegans to travel without worrying about their diet’s requirements.

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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It’s hard to pick only one favourite travel memory since we’ve collected so many since we’ve started travelling but if we have to choose, our month volunteering with dogs at Elephant Nature Park Dog Shelter (http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com/volunteering-at-elephant-nature-park-dog-shelter) probably wins.

Volunteering at ENP, not only made us help dogs in need but also helped us to change for good. It was an incredible emotional and rewarding experience that it cannot be compared with any other we had whilst travelling, infact if we had the chance we’d both probably go back and get our hands dirty again in a heartbeat.

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

We both absolute love Berlin in fact we manage to go back there at least once a year. We like everything about Berlin: its multiculturalism, history, diverse architecture and the amount of alternative and artistic things to do.

Franca’s least favourite city is probably Vientiane, she really tried to find something to like about it but sadly couldn’t. Her mind was probably too focused on returning to Thailand to start volunteering.

Dale’s least favourite city would have probably be Montpellier. Our visit there was nice because our Couchsurfing host was lovely, but the city itself was interesting, but limited.

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

Durian has to win here. Before getting to Malaysia we’ve never heard of the ‘king of the fruit’ and sadly didn’t even know of its existence. We both didn’t like it the first time we tried it and our tastebuds got influenced by its very strong and unpleasant smell, but after few attempts we fell in love with it and couldn’t stop eating it.

7. Who are your travel idols?

We both don’t really have idols, we don’t believe in idolization. Franca really admires and likes Nate from http://yomadic.com/, she loves his way of travelling and his discoveries too.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

We believe that there is no perfect way of travelling, everyone likes to do it based on their own interests and passions. We do love slow travel though and to explore a place at our own pace without having to follow any guidebook or set paths. If we have to give a tip to anyone it’d be to take it slow, taking time to enjoy a place and learn about it taking in as much as possible of its culture and customs.

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?

I really loved putting together our ’20 Free Things To Do In Barcelona’ post last year. It was great not only to revisit all the pictures and experiences we’ve had on our prior visits. Not only that, the suggestions in the comments after really encouraged us to re-visit the city in the future to try out all the tips we’ve yet to experience.

http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com/free-things-to-do-in-barcelona

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

It took us a long while to really understand the difference between travel blogging as a diary, and travel blogging as a business and marketing platform. The two differ dramatically.

Our advice would be to spend a long time thinking about which you’d rather nurture and spend your time on, because travel blogging as a business is a long-haul and time-exhaustive effort, although it does have several happy benefits such as meeting new people and learning all about how the blogging industry works.

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