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Who is Miss Travelist?

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Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Eleanna (pronounced eh-leh-ah-nah) and welcome you to my travel & lifestyle blog, Miss Travelist. If you enjoy exploring the world independently and sustainably, and seek to experience the local culture and food when you travel but with a bit of comfort, you’re in the right place!

In Istanbul, my maternal grandfather’s homeland

The travel bug and me

I was born and currently live in Athens, Greece, but I am of mixed Greek and Russian ancestry. In addition, the Greek side of my family belonged to the Greek Diaspora and they used to live in other countries before returning to Greece.

JANUARY 2020 UPDATE: I recently took a DNA ethnic heritage test, which on one hand confirmed my mixed ethnicity, but on the other it showed that my non-Greek ancestry is more than I thought! Turns out that almost 40% of my DNA is Eastern European and Baltic, and a smaller percentage (non-Greek) Balkan. So from this year onwards, I plan to travel more in Eastern Europe in order to explore my ancestry further. You are invited to follow me in my journey of self-discovery!

As a result, I grew up in a household where a total of five different languages were heard and I had a very “multi-cultural” upbringing. As any other “third-culture kid” would tell you, the travel bug is in our blood and I dreamed of adventures in foreign lands since I was a child.

When I was a kid, my parents and I used to go on road trips for days, weeks even. Needless to say, as soon as I finished school, at 18, I went on my first solo trip abroad and loved it so much, that it is still my favourite way to travel.

In Colmar, Alsace, France

How I started blogging

I always dreamed of becoming a journalist but social pressure meant that in the end I studied Business Administration (supposedly had better job prospects). I hated the subject, but it gave me the opportunity to live for a couple of years as a postgraduate student in the UK (both England and Scotland). Always the travel bug in there somewhere!

So upon returning, my MSc in hand, I find it difficult to join the rat race. While I was still pondering my next step, I got involved with someone, got engaged, almost got married and then broke up badly. To help me get over the break up, I travelled abroad once more. I returned so excited about my trip and life in general, that I had to share my experience. So my first blog was born in 2013 and that was also when my blogging career started.

Me in Stockholm

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Eleanor Roosevelt

What is Miss Travelist about?

I created Miss Travelist for the modern traveler who prefers to travel independently, often solo, and seeks to have a more authentic experience, while respecting the local culture and environment.

Moreover, I’m especially fond of boutique hotels, which combine quality and comfort, with a more intimate atmosphere, local feel, a more personalised service and uniquely designed interiors.

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