Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Travel

Jul 2015

I’m in such good company being chosen as a member  the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers group by my friend and colleague Donna Janke of Destinations, Detours, and Dreams. I met Donna on line in one of the FB groups I belong to and have loved getting to know her through her blog. Donna is an expert at bringing obscure places to life through narratives and photos. Like most Canadians I know, she enjoys escaping her hometown of Winnepeg’s  arctic winters (my husband says fellow Canadians have been known to call it Winterpeg).

Travel the world with women bloggers

Becoming a member of the Sisterhood involves answering a series of questions from Donna, and passing the award along to 10 additional women bloggers who focus on travel. Then the fun begins when I propose my own questions to them. It’s a great way to get to know other travel bloggers. Let the games begin…

Here are the questions that Donna has posed to me:
1. Why did you start blogging?

I started Green With Renvy when I was involved with real estate development. At the time, I was trying to learn about renovating homes in the most eco-friendly ways; it was a real education. As the real estate market softened and I was winding down the business, I wanted to share what I had learned by bringing together sources for designers as well as home owners who wanted to find environmentally friendly vendors. One thing led to another and two years ago I decided to narrow the focus of Green With Renvy to travel and lifestyle. Renovating your life in sustainable shades of green.

2.How did you select the name for your blog?

See Above.
3. How do you like to travel? Alone, in a group, fast-paced, laid-back, luxury, budget, structured, unplanned, . . .

Hard to pin down an answer on that one. It depends on where I am going and who I am traveling with. I’d say laid-back and budget have not been a real part of my travel vocabulary lately.

4. What has been your most unusual travel experience?

My visit to Dharavi in Mumbai. The area houses one of the largest slums in the world. To see the level of poverty combined with such large scale entrepreneurship was overwhelming. I am still trying to process the whole experience and put words to paper several years later.

5. What is the weirdest food you’ve eaten?

A cockroach! It was quite by accident in a fancy hotel in Manila. A little extra protein in my salad. I can tell you it wasn’t pretty.

6. What do you do to plan and prepare for a trip?

I do endless research before a trip. Bordering on obsessive. One of my best tools is to find local bloggers with a similar aesthetic. They often write about many of the local places I would like to visit. I also have started using Instagram for research. It’s fascinating the information you can find.

7. How has blogging changed your travel experience?

Blogging has given me many great opportunities I would otherwise never have had the chance to experience. Meeting local foodies and chefs is always a enjoyable, and often gives the chance to taste the best of local fare. On the other had, it puts a lot of additional pressure on my travels to make sure I’m getting all the information and photography I need. It’s difficult to just enjoy a moment in time w/o having a blog post floating around in the back of my head. I’m working on finding the balance.

8. Where will you go next?

I’ll be exploring New England for the rest of the summer and have a trip to Ireland planned for the fall. Hopefully a southern destination over the holidays and India in February.

9. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love sharing my travels with others and illustrating ways that you can incorporate eco-friendly ideas into your travel and lifestyle without banging people over the head.

10. What is the most important thing travel has taught you?

Travel has shown me the importance of being open-minded and open to new experiences. I don’t think there is another experience where you can learn more about yourself and others than stepping out of your comfort zone when you are away from home. I truly believe the world will be a better, more accepting place the more it’s citizens have the chance to experience other cultures.

Award for women bloggers

Now for my questions.

  • If you could sit next to anyone (dead or alive) on a one hour flight, who would it be and why?
  • What is one destination you would like to get to and why will you probably never get there?
  • Do you incorporate any eco-friendly travel practices into your trips that you could share with your readers? (recycling, carbon off-set, hiring or eating local, hotel practices etc.)
  • Tell us about your carry on-what is always in it?
  • What is unique about your travel blog?
  • Do you have a guilty pleasure when you travel?
  • What is your favorite travel book?
  • Favorite city and what do you like to eat there? Could you give us a photo?
  • What is the first thing you do when you arrive in a new destination?
  • Do you collect any particular item or souvenir when you travel?

The 10 bloggers I’d like to invite to join us in the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers in Travel are:

  1. Suzanne Fluhr at Boomeresque 
  2. Dubai based Natasha @ The Boho Chica
  3. Mindy @ 2FoodTrippers
  4. Kathryn @ Travel With Kat 
  5. Adventurous Patti @ Luggage and Lipstick 
  6. Melody Pittman @ Wherever I May Roam
  7. Donna Meyer @ NomadWomen
  8. Katja Presnal at Skimbaco Lifestyle
  9. Josie @ House Sitting Travel
  10. Jackie de Burca @ Catalonia-Valencia

Thanks for joining in fellow bloggers and enjoy!

I hope you’ll stop by some of these blogs and learn more about these wonderful women traveling the world, each in a unique way.

  1. Thank you so much for nominating me. I’m really rather chuffed!
    I rather like this kind of glimpse at the blogger behind the blog and enjoyed reading your answers.

  2. Thank you for nominating me, and it was great to know more about you!

  3. Thank you for nominating me—I think 😉 It’s looks like I’m in excellent company!

  4. I am delighted to be nominated Alison, thank you so much. I loved reading your answers, and very much look forward to checking out the other sisters’ blogs.

    I love the concept of the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, great idea. 🙂

  5. Congrats on such a great nomination! Fun to learn about everyone!

  6. Josie says:

    Hi Alison,
    This is a good way to get to connect a bit deeper than the day-to-day Twitter and FB posts. So I thank you.
    What I’d really love is to book a couple of large suites in a great city somewhere — say Chicago or Melbourne — and all 11 of us spend a weekend together. What a marvelous pajama party we would have!
    I love the enthusiasm of smart, accomplished women and I can definitely feel it with this group.
    Thanks for bringing us together Alison.
    Warm regards,

    • alison says:

      Now that’s an idea I can get behind Josie! I’m glad you will join the Sisterhood, and look forward to seeing your answers. You’re right, the support is awesome and I feel a group rendezvous is in our future one of these days!

  7. Donna Janke says:

    I enjoyed reading your answers. I can relate to always having a blog post floating in your head. And yes, we Canadians do frequently refer to Winnipeg as Winterpeg.