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Traveler Tuesday – Karen of World Wide Writer

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Traveler Tuesday

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!

Traveler Tuesday - Karen of World Wide Writer_Karen Warren at Lincoln Castle, UK

[1] 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!

[2] 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.

[3] What do you love most about traveling?
Everything! Food, history, architecture, countryside… But mostly it’s just about discovering new things.

Traveler Tuesday - Karen of World Wide Writer_The Hundertwasser Toilets, New Zealand - I always enjoy oddities!

[4] 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.

[5] 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.

[6] What famous person would you like to travel with?
Dervla Murphy (the amazing Irish travel writer)

Traveler Tuesday - Karen of World Wide Writer_Waiting for a train in Italy

[7] Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
Camera, iPhone, Kindle.

[8] 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.

Traveler Tuesday - Karen of World Wide Writer_Levant Lounge - Middle Eastern food in London

[9] What’s one location on your bucket list?
I haven’t been anywhere in Central America, so probably Costa Rica.

[10] 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.

Traveler Tuesday - Karen of World Wide Writer

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

Thanks Karen!

You can keep up with Karen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her travel adventures!

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