Hi! My name is Geri Vladeva and I am the founder and writer of When Woman Travels. I created the blog in 2013 to help women travel more and provoke them to question and learn from their experiences. I grew up in Communist Bulgaria, later lived as an expat in rural Ethiopia and I am now learning the savoir-faire of being an Australian. My passion for travel and women’s point of view is the reason for this blog.
I first left my homeland Bulgaria in 2003 to live as an expat in Ethiopia. This was followed by Romania and Ukraine, where I lived respectively for four months and two years. Since then, I have visited many countries. Now, after meeting my husband in the Red Centre, I live in Australia.
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to travel and know more about the world and the people in it. It is just who I am.
Why I Started When Woman Travels blog
When I lived as an expat in Ethiopia, I came back home to Bulgaria every three months. My girlfriends, who didn’t have the chance to travel much abroad, always wanted to know about the places I have visited. But after a while, you start forgetting details, anecdotes and practical bits of advice you might have. I thought more people can use my knowledge if I put it all together and they can access it whenever they need.
Back then, many people from my part of the world still had a fear of travelling alone. I wanted women to feel more confident in their ability to travel on their own. My first ‘blog’ was a collection of emails to friends and family. The Internet connection was still an elusive luxury, sometimes taking hours to upload just one photo. Nevertheless, they gave me the start of travel writing and I know that the recipients devoured them. So different and colourful was the world I was describing from everything they knew.
What This Female Travel Blog is About
My aim is to create meaningful, thought-provoking writing that will do more than just list the best places for solo travel or tell you how to pack your bag. I’m going to write about other women’s journeys, coffee, afternoon tea, architecture, magical gardens, odd places or anything else that seems interesting – the way I see it. My passion for coffee culture started in Ethiopia, and love for design and architecture always has been the way I see the world.
Still curious? Read these:
Read the travel guide that resulted from my time travelling Norway solo, lived as an expat in Ethiopia, met my husband in Central Australia or learn about my homeland Bulgaria. I do also write an Opinion column, and love sharing other women’s stories.
Let’s continue the conversation via email. Register here and I will send you new travel articles, travel photos, questions, suggestions and more ONLY when I have something meaningful to say.
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