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About Eleanna & this blog

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Hey there!

Hi, I’m Eleanna. Welcome to Flying Fork Tales!

At age 18 I went on my first solo trip abroad and loved every bit (even taking the wrong subway line and ending up in the wrong direction – more than once!)

With ten years of blogging experience, I created Flying Fork Tales to help independent travellers have authentic, immersive and sustainable travel experiences, by sharing honest destination guides, the best things to see & do and traditional foods to eat, solo travel tips, unique places to stay and more.

My story

I come from a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual family. Even though I was born and live in Athens, Greece, my family has roots in Istanbul (Constantinople), Odessa, Varna, and Bucharest. As a result, I grew up hearing stories about faraway lands and cultures, often in different languages. My family’s favourite festive dish was (correction, still is) grandma’s Romanian Salată de boeuf, while my other grandma’s Russian tea parties were simply legendary (complete with cakes, sandwiches, jams, and much more).

In Istanbul, my maternal grandfather’s birthplace, in front of the Blue Mosque

I got bitten by the travel bug when, at a couple of months shy of 5 years old, I went with my mother from Athens to Crete on a plane. Seeing the world from high above was just amazing! Some years later, I went on my first solo trip abroad and this is still my favourite type of travel.

Career-wise, at first I tried to do what was supposedly the responsible thing to do and I studied Business and Economics (instead of journalism, my first choice). Needless to say, a desk job wasn’t my thing. So, after a few not-so-happy work years, I was lucky enough to find blogging in 2012. I never looked back!

Copenhagen in winter can be too cold for a proper smile in the photo!

The blog’s mission

I first thought of creating Flying Fork Tales during the 2020 pandemic (being stuck in lockdown indoors means there’s a lot of free time for new projects). In spite of all the gloom and doom, or perhaps because of it, I created this blog to remind us all how freeing travel can be and how much joy it can bring to our lives. Just planning a trip can make us happy!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain

Even more, travel can really do good in the world. In the words of Mark Twain, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Learning how other people live, what they eat, as well as their joys and fears, can be a powerful reminder that what unites us is more than what divides us. So it’s all the more important to respect local customs and traditions when visiting a foreign country and give back to the local community.

As a solo female traveller myself, I know all this can sound a bit intimidating. But it’s really not that difficult! For instance, I don’t do backpacking and I wouldn’t stay in a stranger’s house just to have a “local experience”. Not all experiences are good! So for me staying safe and comfortable when I travel is paramount.

What will you find in this blog?

The blog’s mission is to help solo female travellers experience a new destination in an authentic way without compromising safety and comfort, by sharing with you my honest experiences from the places I visit. You’ll find destination guides, hidden gems, traditional foods to try (even recipes to recreate at home!), solo and sustainable travel tips, unique places to stay (I love independent boutique hotels and family-run B&Bs), and more things to make your next trip a happy and rewarding experience.

Happy travels!

xx,
Eleanna

PS: Let’s keep in touch! You can follow me on Instagram where I’m most active. Also, I’m on Facebook and Twitter or you could join my mailing list to get blog updates straight to your inbox. For collab opportunities or just to get in touch, drop me a line here

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