I totally geek out on history, love historical fiction, documentary series and visiting locations steeped in history. I’m always curious about the history of things. Turns out, I’m not alone! Karen of World Wide Writer is a history buff as well. In Karen’s case, the more obscure the better. Not only is she a reviews editor for the Historical Novel Society (how cool is that?!) but she has also written a book about one of my favorite travelers, Marco Polo called Shadow of the Dome.
Let’s meet Karen!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
always dreamt of travelling when I was young, and I turned it into reality as soon as I left school. My first trip was a holiday job in Scotland (about as far as I could go without actually leaving the country), then I went to visit a friend who lived in Gibraltar. When I had a full time job I had to pack travel into vacation time but now I travel as often as possible!
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I’m an independent traveller – I prefer to organise my own travel and activities. And I try to avoid major tourist sights. It’s much more fun to discover local curiosities or places that aren’t so well known.
 What do you love most about traveling?
Everything! Food, history, architecture, countryside… But mostly it’s just about discovering new things.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
All the hassle of actually getting to a place. I loathe waiting around at airports and flying is a bit boring unless you’ve got a good view from the window. I much prefer to travel overland if possible.
 Why should people travel?
Exploring different cultures exposes you to different viewpoints and ways of doing things. If you travel with an open mind you’ll come home with loads of new ideas.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
Dervla Murphy (the amazing Irish travel writer)
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
Camera, iPhone, Kindle.
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city?
Do you have a restaurant recommendation? London. There’s an enormous variety, from pubs to street food to top class restaurants, and you can find just about any cuisine you want.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
I haven’t been anywhere in Central America, so probably Costa Rica.
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
See what other people are doing. Read other travel blogs and join blogger Facebook groups – network and learn as much as possible.
Karen’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Mode of Transportation: Train
City or Country: Italy
Travel Gear: Cagoule (for wet weather)
Travel snack: Any street food that I can find
Book: Shadow of the Dome (this is a shameless plug for my own novel!)
Movie: Gone with the Wind (MWA: I love GWTW too!)
Song: Me and Bobby McGee
How about you? What would you like to know about Karen?
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