I got the honor of interviewing Sabina Trojanova of Girl vs. Globe – a fellow travel blogger whose travels and experiences are very inspiring! Read on to get a glimpse of Sabina.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
I clearly remember sitting in my tiny dorm room in Moscow, huddled up in two blankets, brainstorming ideas. I must have come up with at least a hundred of them, but I was not in love with any of them. When I thought up the name “Girl vs Globe”, I immediately knew that was it. I think a lot of twentysomethings – but also other travellers – like me often feel that it’s just us against the world and the name matches that slightly angsty outlook.
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
“Girl vs Globe” is a travel blog, but I also write about food, fashion and my mishaps from the road. I have a bit of a penchant for getting into trouble and that’s definitely reflected in my stories.
My goal is to entertain people and to open their eyes to the incredible world we live in. I usually concentrate on the positive aspects, but as a politics student I think it’s only a matter of time before I start talking about the serious issues we face as a society as well. Ultimately, I would like to turn the blog into a place many travellers come to have a laugh, but also to broaden their horizons.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
I’ve recently published an article about my first ever roadtrip, which I really enjoyed writing about. The trip was actually bit of a disaster – we kept getting lost, walking through torrential rain and slipping. But it turned out to be one of my favourite travel memories to date, because we just took everything in stride. Did I mention we all wore Barbie T-Shirts and floral crowns, rode pink tractors and ate cake with our hands? Yeah, it’s definitely a story worth reading!
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
Let’s start with the bad, so we can get it done and over with. I lived in Moscow for close to a year and the Russian capital and I were not a good match. I spent a lot of my time curled up in my uncomfortable military-issue bed, depressed and permanently tired. I still think Moscow is a beautiful city, but I doubt I’d ever want to live there again.
As for my most favourite, I’m going to have to say Beijing. It may have been the juxtaposition with cold unfriendly Moscow, but I absolutely fell in love with Beijing during my month-long stay. It was my first time in China and I was mesmerised by how different the local culture is from anything I’d ever seen before. I definitely want to return to Asia as soon as possible!
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
When I was in Beijing, I tried snake for the first time. There’s an area called Wangfujing, where you can get all kinds of strange meats on a stick – think skewered scorpions and even deep-fried tarantulas! Just thinking about it makes me shudder. As for the snake, it wasn’t too bad – I probably wouldn’t order it again, but I’m glad I tried it!
7. Who are your travel idols?
8. What’s your best travel tip?
There’s a quote in “The Beach” by Alex Garland – one of my favourite novels of all time – that really stuck with me. “If I’d learnt one thing from travelling,” he writes, “it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.” So that’s my advice – stop thinking and start doing, because it’s always easier than you make yourself believe.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
I wrote an article about my stay at the Berber Cultural Center in Morocco, where I learned about the Amazigh people’s culture, language and way of life. It was an incredible experience and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who is visiting the country. The centre is located in a little village near Imintanoute and you really get to immerse yourself in a completely unique culture. I’m particularly proud of the post, because I also produced a short documentary to go with it and when I sent it to the owner, he said it made him tear up. That’s the best compliment ever!
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
People love reading travel blogs because of their writers’ personalities. If you wanted cold hard facts, you’d buy a guidebook – travel blogs are charming because you fall in love with their owners and start to genuinely care about their adventures. So read other blogs and talk to other bloggers, but don’t try to imitate anyone’s voice – if you’re not being completely genuine people will notice. Don’t forget to invest in a professional design – every other person has a blog these days and if yours isn’t neat and user-friendly, they won’t come back. But most importantly have fun because that’s what travel blogging is all about!