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Hi, I’m Eleanna!
Welcome to Flying Fork Tales
I am an Athens native of multicultural descent. Thanks to my family’s background, I grew up dreaming of faraway lands, eating foods of various cuisines, and learning to speak six languages.
Part Greek and part East European, my family’s origins include Crete, Istanbul (Constantinople), Odessa, Varna, Bucharest, Paris and even Wellington, New Zealand. We’re like a miniature United Nations! 😅
My life of travel
It all started when, at a couple of months shy of 5 years old, I went with my mother on a flight from Athens to Crete. Seeing the world from above for the first time was an experience I will never forget.
As my parents loved to travel, we went on many trips, both around Greece and abroad (road trip from Greece to Austria during a European heatwave, anyone?)
At 18, I went on my first solo trip abroad. I also studied and lived abroad (a great excuse to experience another country) and travelled solo many times. Once, I even flew from Athens to Toronto to go to a science-fiction convention (I am a bit of a geek).
Boring cubicle job? Thanks, but no thanks.
Like most people, I was taught to make “sensible” life choices. I wanted to study journalism but ended up studying economics. I even got a postgraduate degree.
Needless to say, having a 9-to-5 job wasn’t my thing. So, I tried a couple of freelance jobs until 2012, when I started my first blog. Finally, I could do what I loved, e.g. writing, photography and working with computers, and call it a job. Yay!
About this blog
I created Flying Fork Tales during the 2020 pandemic (being stuck in lockdown means a lot of free time for new projects). Despite all the gloom and doom, or perhaps because of it, I created this blog to remind us how freeing travel can be and how much joy it can bring to our lives. According to science, just planning a trip can make people happy. Mark Twain once said:
“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
Learning how other people live, what they eat, and 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 and support the local community.
What will you find on this blog?
On Flying Fork Tales I share destination guides, traditional local foods to try, my favourite boutique hotels and more tips to help make your next trip easy and fun. The focus is on sustainable and ethical travel but without compromising comfort.
As a solo female traveller myself, I know travelling alone can seem intimidating. But it’s not that difficult really! I hope my experiences and tips inspire you to travel solo at least once in your life because it is one of the most empowering and rewarding experiences.
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