Please introduce yourself in a few words to the readers.
I am a Freelance Travel Writer and Blogger based in the heart of Transylvania.
I heard that you are a passionate traveler and you have a page called cityoftheweek.net. Tell me more about it.
My travel blog was born 6 and-a-half years ago for the simple reason to offer me a platform where I can document my travels. As the years passed, my travel style changed. I began to discover not only cities, but also hiking trails, mountains and the natural world. The blog is continuously evolving and currently offers guides not only about cities, but about natural wonders as well. Currently the goal of CityoftheWeek is to share helpful information about numerous underrated destinations in Romania (and also Europe), so people can get to know lesser-known, often overlooked destinations.
With travel photography and blogging is another reasonable passion. In your case which one fits the best?
I think blogging and photography go hand in hand, and the former definitely cannot exist without the latter. If a person wants to share their travel experiences, then starting a blog is their best bet. It’s the perfect combination of a visual journey next to all the info you might need to visit a place.
What is your recommendation for a good Blog Post?
Have eye-catching photos and useful information. I love blog posts which have a personal tone, however, I think if you want to write a helpful travel-related post, it needs to have accurate information and should offer the reader personal tips and advice as well, based on the blogger’s own experience.
Best way to travel all around the world? Alone? With friends? By car, by plane? What are your recommendations?
Well, this depends on the person. Some love to travel with groups, whilst others prefer traveling alone. I have a stable travel (and life) partner with whom I share most of my journeys. However, we also travel with friends, family and a lot of times with complete strangers as well. I love road trips and traveling by car because a car can often get you where public transport can’t and you have the freedom of stopping/getting off route whenever and wherever you wish.
When and why did you start your Blog & Instagram page? What can we find there?
The blog was started nearly 7 years ago and contains destination guides, photo collections and personal stories from my travels. I joined Instagram 2 years ago if I remember correctly and I usually post photos of travel highlights there.
A place where you would go back to at any time?
There are too many to count. Currently Albania, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia are some of the places I’d go back to at any time. If you’re asking about Romanian destinations, then Maramureș, the Western Carpathians, the Danube Delta and Buzău come to mind.
Because we all know that you are from Transylvania I have to ask a few questions about it. First of all, please let me know what do you like the most about it and why?
I love the fascinating landscape of Transylvania, offering a balanced mixture of cute towns with old churches, historical castles and fortresses, along with dramatic mountains and green plateaus. As someone who loves hiking, I cannot ask for better scenery than what Transylvania has to offer. It literally has something for anyone who visits it.
Which one is your favorite city in Transylvania and what is the best thing you can do here?
This is a tough one, and I am torn between Sibiu and Brașov. I just adore the vibe of Sibiu, its beautiful, colorful houses and just generally walking around in the city. The Astra Museum in the periphery of the city is also a must-see if you’re in town. Brașov’s proximity to the mountains makes it very appealing to me and I loved admiring the city from Tâmpa Mountain.
Why do you think it’s important to let people all around the world know about Transylvania?
I think that people would miss out if they didn’t know about Transylvania. We have quite a tumultuous historical background, which means a beautiful combination of various cultures and people, resulting in an interesting mix of historical, cultural, culinary and architectural heritage. I also think that a lot of tourists and visitors could help boost our economy, which would in my highly optimistic mind mean better roads, less garbage near tourist attractions and better overall conditions for locals.
What do you like the most about the people and places from Transylvania?
I met the friendliest locals in remote villages, who are always extremely excited to talk about their cultural heritage and their historical landmarks. I love how their eyes light up when I ask about local traditions, sights to see or I ask them for tips about an attraction in their hometown.
Any recommendations for a foreign traveler who visits Transylvania?
My recommendation would be to look past the most popular sights like Sighisoara, Sibiu, and Brasov and don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path. Discover small villages, explore the mountains and get close to nature to get to know the true essence of Transylvania.