Featured Blogger: Hanne from Places People Stories

Let’s say hello to Hanne from Places People Stories!

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

Website: http://www.placespeoplestories.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Real-Places-People-Stories
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HellvikHanne

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

What I find the most interesting about travelling is to meet the local people and get to know them by hearing their stories. This might be because I am a sociologist!? Besides this, I love seeing new places (obviously – for a wander-luster). That is why the name of my website ended up with: Place People Stories

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

I try to have a different focus on my travel-blog than the common – 10 must sees in Bangkok or What to do in Madrid. This because there are already so many bloggers writing in this format, and I think a new blog needs originality for survive in a highly competitive blog-society. I therefore focus more on topics that can be discussed related to travel. Topics that makes you think more critically about travel. Things that are not so obvious, but still very important. The goal I have with the blog is that my readers will be more aware of cultural and sustainable aspects of travel.

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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As I already mentioned what I love the most about travel is the people I meet on the way. So my favorite memories are of course related to the people I have met. In Nigeria, I visited a small town for doing some interviews with the NGO I was working for. Then a flock of school children saw me and they all started running towards me. It was probably the first time they have ever seen a white person. They were all very happy, and curious. They all laughed and smiled when I took a picture of them running against me.

This is a special memory, because it was the first time this happened to me. Now some years after, the same have happened several times other places in the world.

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

This is not an easy one! I tend to like most of the places I visit. However, La Paz in Bolivia is really spectacular. The city is built in the height, with over 1000 meters in difference from the bottom to top. You will find the city to be very chaotic, and traditional. I also favor New York.
The city that disappointed me the most, I think would be Paris. It is just not as romantic and fabulous as everyone says.

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

The strangest thing I have ever eaten must be dog in Nigeria. I am not proud of it, though! The sad thing was that there were several dogs walking around us when we ate, not knowing they would be next on the menu. It was pretty horrible!

7. Who are your travel idols?

Everyone that have given up everything they have at home for travel full-time are my idols.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Relay on the locals, not on travel books. Interact with the local people, and ask for advices and tips on where to go and what to see in the country you visit. Ask questions about their culture. In my opinion and experience no one knows their country and culture better than the people living and growing up in it.

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

The post that describes why I do not read Lonely Planet when I travel.
http://www.placespeoplestories.com/2014/09/02/9-reasons-i-dont-read-lonely-planet/

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

Be patient. It takes time to get up your audience numbers and earn money. You will be blogging for minimum six months before you will start earning any money. At least most bloggers do! Also I think that it is important to not be motivated by the money, but to write because you love to share your travel stories.
Furthermore, I would advise to try to be different from other travel bloggers. Stand out! Also to be open, and not be afraid to show your feelings I think is important. This is how people can related to you and build a personal relationship.

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