Hi Elena! Do tell us a bit about yourself ?I am Elena and I am a travel addict ?. I consider myself citizen of the world. I was born in Bulgaria, grew up in Greece and live in the UK. 10 years in each country...it’s time to move since I'm nearing my 10th anniversary in the UK soon ? I became Muslim in 2009 and since then my life has changed for the better. I love inspiring people to travel and explore more places and have a better connection with our creator.
Why did you decide to start MuslimTravelGirl?
Tell us something interesting that happened since you started your MTGOMG I think the best thing that happened was the opportunity to visit the house of Allah twice for Umrah (I tried not to over-visit). One of this time was under $500 and I wrote a Book about it called "Umrah under $500".
If you could teleport to a place now, where would it be and why?Only one place??
What are 3 of your favourite destinations and why?My favourite destinations, I have so many to pick but I would say I love the Grand Canyon which is magnificent, definitely recommend for Muslims to visit. You are truly in awe by Allah's creation.
Which country are you most excited to visit in 2016?
What are some of the challenges you have faced while travelling and how did you overcome it?I see challenges as opportunities, we have all experienced the extra security checks especially if you wear hijab. I just smile and be polite they are doing their job. Halal food can be hard to find but with a positive attitude I am happy to eat vegetarian especially if the place is worth visiting. Though I believe that where there is a Muslim, and we are all over the world, there is always halal ?
What are your travel must-haves?
If you could give one piece of advice to people who want to travel – what would it be?Travel! It is not expensive, there are ways to save money, so many beautiful places to visit in the world and travelling is a life University on it's own. You can pick up so many life lessons just by travelling. Muslims are part of this world and travelling just breaks barriers and misconceptions that others put on us. It is dawah without words but by action.
What do you hope for the world in 2016?Appreciation. The earth is a gift from our Creator, we should love and protect the nature and the people. So appreciate what we have in this world. So much beauty. Have a hilarious/interesting/memorable travel story or any tips you would like to share with us? Drop us an email at [email protected]!