Back again for another addition of Traveler Tuesday, my weekly travel blogger interview series. I love meeting other travelers along their paths and get an understanding of who they are, where they’ve been and where they’re going! Today we have Diana from d travels round an ex-PR professional who gave it all up to travel, freelance write and become an advocate for elephants.
Let’s meet Diana!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I guess I have always been a traveler. As a kid, my dad used to take advantage of our proximity to DC (I grew up in the metro area) so on weekends he would pop us on the Metro and take us for “adventures” around the city and surrounding areas. As we grew up, my family would go on longer trips around America, think Amtrak train rides up to Canada, along the West Coast, and more so it became something so normal and something we all did together and loved.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Learning and living by a different set of rules.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
That’s tough! It depends on where I am. In Western and Central Europe, my absolute favorite mode of transportation is the train. It is so enchanting to see the European countryside and small towns. In Eastern Europe, it is definitely by bus because the trains aren’t reliable and are often old and without air-con (a must during the summer when the trains delay on the tracks for hours at a time). In SE Asia, I prefer to see things via motorbike, even though I don’t drive one, it is amazing to be on the back and whir around.
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
I knock myself out! I always have high hopes for my plane travel in terms of things I want to get accomplished, like editing my book, or writing posts, but the reality is, as soon as I hunker down in my seat, I watch a movie, eat dinner and then take a Tylenol PM (for the long haul flights). When I wake up, I watch more movies, read and then eventually pass out again.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
I was in Alicante and had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with the famous Chef María José San Román. She created an amazing coursed meal and sat with my friend and I while we ate and told us about teaching President Obama how to make palella and her love for the Spain World Cup team (this was 2010, right after they had beaten Portugal. Her food was simply sensational, likely the best meal I have ever eaten.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Don’t blog for any reason other than because you want to. Be authentic. And, know that there are far more bloggers out there who don’t get the free or make money than those who do.
 Where to next?
I am headed to World Travel Market in London this November. Before that, I may take a little mini-vacation for my birthday to an island in the south of Thailand. We shall see.
Diana Edelman is a travel writer currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she works to promote responsible elephant tourism with Save Elephant Foundation. She is the pen behind d travels ’round, her Web site which combines her travel narrative as she explores the world solo, her experiences as an expat, plus information about responsible tourism, destination highlights, travel tips and reviews. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram and Pinterest.
How about you? Any questions for Diana?