Sabina Trojanova, Blogger, Girl vs Globe

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About me…

My name is Sabina and I have been gracing this planet with my presence for twenty one fabulous years. During that time, I have had the pleasure of living in four countries – the UK, Russia, Austria and the Czech Republic – visiting more than two dozen… and I’m nowhere near done. I’m currently in my last year of university, studying political science in London. I’m about to graduate and I have no clue where I should go next or what exactly I should do there. What I do have is a big pink suitcase packed full of clothes, big dreams and a burning desire to step outside my comfort zone while exploring the world!

Wanderlust is… 

To me, wanderlust is the inability to sit still and let life happen to me. It’s a drive to get out of my comfort zone, explore new places and challenge my ways of thinking. It’s immensely liberating, but also all-consuming and impractical because it makes long-term planning pretty much impossible.

Girl vs Globe is…

Girl vs Globe is a place where travel, fashion, food and female empowerment meet to create a safe space for women who want to take charge of their lives and make the most of them. Girl vs Globe is about inspiring women to get out of their comfort zone and start experiencing the world on their own terms.

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First memories abroad…

I first visited a foreign country – the Spanish island of Mallorca to be more precise – when I was one year old and unsurprisingly I can’t remember any of it. My earliest travel memory (and probably my earliest memory in general) is from my second international trip – a holiday in Gran Canaria with my parents, when I was just two. The scent of coconut, deliciously foreign to my senses, charmed me unlike anything I’d ever smelled before. To this day the sweet smell is a wanderlust trigger unlike any other!

The most unusual place I have been to…

During my stay with the Berbers in Morocco – people whose lifestyle could not be more dissimilar to my own – I was struck by a sudden realisation that, despite our many differences, I had more in common with them than I thought possible. I might buy my bread from a bakery in all of two minutes, while the local women spend a large portion of their day preparing the dough and baking it, but we all have similar dreams, fear and ideas. Even the most foreign, unusual places surprise me with just how ordinary – for lack of a better word – they feel. Humans and cities both come in a variety of shapes, shades and sizes, but we are connected on more levels than someone without an interest in other cultures might imagine.

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The most beautiful place I have been to…
I think every place is beautiful in its own right – for me, travel is about uncovering the beauty that might not be visible at first sight. But because I gave a really evasive answer to your previous question, I’ll go with just one… Iceland! Its natural beauty is absolutely stunning and just what a city dweller like me needs to properly relax.

The most fascinating person I have met on my travels…

Everyone I meet on my travels – even that annoying guy who snores all night in a 10-bed hostel dorm – becomes a part of my journey and enriches it with their presence. I know, I know, I’m really not good at picking favourites! But in picking a single fascinating person, I would be neglecting hundreds of others who were just as special. Many of the amazing people I have met on my travels are now a permanent fixture in my life though, which is something I could not be more grateful for.

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The country that has the best food…

I absolutely love Greek food! It’s so well balanced and has just enough greasy fried goodness to keep me satisfied, counterbalanced with hefty doses of raw vegetables to keep me healthy. Even their wines are incredible – the Vinsanto from Santorini is possibly the most delicious thing I have ever drunk in my life. As for street food, at £1-2 gyros is the best thing you can do for your budget and your belly – although possibly not your figure.

My favourite person to travel with is…

I love travelling with my friends – the crazier the better. I need hefty doses of spontaneity and adventure on my travels and my friends can really deliver! On a recent trip, I ended up climbing a very steep mountain – Kirkjufell in western Iceland – at dusk with no equipment, just to watch the sunset from the top. It was one of the most surreal, beautiful views I have ever seen in my life. I would definitely not recommend the climb to anyone reading this, because I’d probably have a lawsuit on my hands – but for me it was one of those crazy moments I live and travel for. Having said that, I whisked my mum away on a surprise trip to Barcelona earlier this year and loved bonding with her one on one in a lovely setting like that, letting her see first hand what my work as a travel blogger entails!

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One of my craziest experiences whilst travelling…

I once hitchhiked from England to France dressed as a nun, raising money for charity! One of the friends I was travelling with was dressed as a pimp, in a bright purple suit, while the other one sported a gigantic Mexican sombrero. We must have looked absolutely bonkers! During our short trip, we watched the sunrise next to the Eiffel tower, napped at a roundabout while surrounded by wild boar, got driven around in a brand new Jaguar and thought we were going to die on several occasions. I’ve written up the full story on my blog – you can read it here.

My favourite hotel is…

I absolutely loved my stay at the One Aldwych in central London. Their pool with underwater music is incredibly calming, their reception decked out in fresh orchids unimaginably luxurious and their Axis restaurant serves absolutely delectable food. I could clearly see the Shard and other iconic buildings from my sixth floor room – and many of the capital’s most famous sights are just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Oh, and have I mentioned they also have a private screening room with comfortable leather seats and champagne service?

Backpacking vs flash-packing…

I have stayed at my fair share of hostels and definitely will continue to do so, because I love meeting fellow travellers and learning about their adventures. But the more I travel, the more I am learning to appreciate the luxury of having my own space. When I’m on the road, I am not just travelling – I am also working on my website every day. That is why I have to be slightly more selective, bring more equipment, seek out good WiFi and beautiful places (which includes hotels) my readers will love reading about.

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My idea of a perfect getaway is…

I am not the type of person who can laze around on the beach for days on end, but I definitely think it’s a good way to recharge your batteries. Any place that allows me to get my vitamin D fix, but also provides ample opportunity to push myself to the limit and explore is a winner in my book. Although I have never been to that part of the world, I think places like Costa Rica or Mexico might fit that formula perfectly!

Unusual souvenirs…

As a child, I used to collect paper serviettes of all things! My collection had over 200 pieces, including a gigantic table cloth I got from a small tavern in Greece. But nowadays I collect nothing – unnecessary material possessions are a perpetual traveller’s enemy. It’s a cliche, but I’d rather collect passport stamps than actual tangible souvenirs. Having said that, I love buying cute clothes and accessories abroad – much better than a high street blouse which a thousand other people are wearing on any given day.

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My favourite travel book is…

The book that first made me want to travel – not just go to a new country, but to travel long term, to travel as a lifestyle – was Alex Garland’s “The Beach”. How many people have already given you that answer already? I realise it’s a bit of a cliche, but I like to chalk that up to just how wonderful the novel is. One of my favourite quotes about travel also comes from the book. “If I’d learnt one thing from travelling,” it says, “it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”

The destination that is the top of my bucket list at the moment is…

Last month I finally ticked off a destination which had been in my top ten for ages – Iceland. It was just as amazing as I thought it would be, if not better! My top three now consists of Thailand, South Africa and New Zealand, but there is also a top 206. Let’s see how I get on – I have provisional plans to visit Thailand this fall, but nothing is set in stone yet. You’ll need to follow my journey to find out where I’m going next, because at this stage I don’t even know the answer to that question…



4 responses to “Sabina Trojanova, Blogger, Girl vs Globe”

  1. Sabina says:

    Love the photos you picked Olga! 😀 Adore the way the interview looks put together, shared on FB just now x

  2. This has reminded me that I still need to read The Beach! Great interview x

  3. Madison says:

    Such a great blog! You are so awesome!

    Madison
    http://www.treschic.us

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