We have a reputation with friends and relatives of organising what we do when we visit a country around where we want to eat! Holiday pics usually comprise of 80% foodie photos and about 20% of the place we have visited.
So what we have found to be the unexpected benefits of blogging are:
– Being able to meet people who are as passionate about food and travel as ourselves.When we first started we thought we were the only geeky foodies and it’s so lovely to discover a whole community of like minded people.
– Receiving wonderful comments from people about our stories post-explorations, when we just thought it was us and family reading our blog (initially!).
– Getting to explore new and interesting places around the world and having our own diary of it, sometimes we use the blog to relive past holidays, especially in cold grey January!
– Experiencing lots of international cuisines and cultures.
– Getting to sample how locals live by staying with families or in family run ventures.
– Being able to break the normal London rules of not talking to strangers, our friends are horrified that we go and hang out with “randoms”, but at blogger events it’s brilliant meeting people who we wouldn’t normally. Plus they know not to dig into the food until EVERYONE has taken photos (although we have now trained our friends and family well)!
– Receiving unexpected, but very welcome, presents of books on travel and food writing and getting invited to cool events. In the NHS where we both work there are very few perks so it’s nice to be wined and dined occasionally!
We stayed in a Riverside Cottage Paddy Field Side at Green Palace during our Southern India tour:
We stayed in Ancient House Hotel, a family run venture in Hoi An, during our Vietnam tour: