Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Eleanna (pronounced eh-leh-ah-nah) and I welcome you to my travel & lifestyle blog, Miss Travelist. If you enjoy exploring the world independently, seek to experience the local culture and food beyond the tourist clichés, while caring about your impact to the environment, then you’re at the right place!
The travel bug and me
I was born and still live in Athens, Greece, but my ancestry is mixed, part Greek, part Eastern European and part Baltic (DNA test confirmed!)
In addition, the Greek side of my family belonged to the Greek Diaspora, and as a result they all used to live in different countries before settling in Greece.
As you might expect, I grew up in multilingual, multicultural home. Consequently, I became very open-minded about other cultures and think of myself more of a global citizen than the national of any single country.
The travel bug bit me when I was just 4 years old and went with my mum to my first airplane trip. It was so exciting to see the clouds and land from high above! Ever since, I was itching to explore the world on my own and at 18, I went on my first solo trip abroad. This is still my favourite way to travel.
Blogging and me
I always dreamed of becoming a journalist but social pressure was strong enough to divert me from that route (at least for a while!). I earnestly tried to conform at first and studied Business Administration (supposedly better job prospects). Needless to say I didn’t like the subject, but it did offer me the excuse to live in the UK for a couple of years as a postgraduate student later.
So upon returning, my MSc in hand, I tried to join the rat race but failed miserably (and felt miserable myself too). While I was still pondering my next step, I got involved with someone, got engaged, almost got married and then broke up.
This experience was a wake-up call. I realised that the only way to be happy is to be true to who you are, regardless what society says. Upon returning from yet another trip, this time to Istanbul, my grandfather’s hometown, I decided to write about my experience and the blogger in me was born.
What is Miss Travelist about?
Miss Travelist is the culmination of 7 years of blogging experimentation. It will appeal to the modern, curious traveler who prefers to travel independently, seeks to have a more authentic and immersive experience of the local culture. For me, food is a big part of the local culture, so tasting it and experiencing local customs is a big part of my travels.
The blog’s values are Multiculturalism, Women’s Empowerment, Sustainability and Responsible Travel.
Moreover, I’m especially fond of boutique hotels, because they combine comfort with a more personalised service than big chains and uniquely designed interiors, while being part of the local community.
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