Friday Feature: Health Travel Junkie

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a short interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

I’m Daniel, the blog name is Health Travel Junkie. Health (and Wellness) is the main theme of the blog.

Travel is the other cornerstone of Health Travel Junkie. The blog explores health and wellness in different cities around the world. “Junkie” denotes some kind of addiction. Normally the word is used in a negative context, but in this case it refers to having positive “addictions”, such as fitness, and a healthy diet and lifestyle.

How would you describe your blogging style?

My blogging style is informal, honest and relatable. I write from my own experiences, however I do often substantiate through scientific references or other sources. I don’t want to promote content that I don’t believe in myself, nor anything that I know to be false.

What’s one goal you’re working towards right now?

I’m working towards increasing the traffic for my blog. I only started getting SEO traffic this year. I didn’t put much effort into learning SEO until after facebook banned me from ads. At that point I became serious about SEO and then started getting free traffic.

What daily health to-do is easiest for you to complete? Which is the one you struggle with every single day?

The easiest is eating clean. Because I know exactly which foods I should avoid, and I stick to my conviction.

Hardest is finding time for a work-out every day. Especially while traveling, since you don’t always have the time or energy for the daily workout. Thus, working out 3 times a week is more realistic while traveling, while if I’m home, I’d do 5 times a week.

What is something you’ve learned recently that you found interesting?

Most interesting was learning about the plant medicines of Peru. Although the traditional first world countries may be more advanced in allopathic medicine, when it comes to herbalism, the real masters are in the jungles of South America.

What are some of your favorite blogging tools?

Like everyone else, I use WordPress, along with all the basic free plugins like Mailchimp, Sumo (for social media sharing), Yoast which helped me get my SEO going, Akismet (which gets rid of comment spam). Plus, I often use a footnotes plugin for referencing academic studies.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Promoting this kind of health and wellness is pretty much counter-culture in the place I’m coming from (in the small town suburbs of Cape Town).

Where normal is:

– Unhealthy, processed, meat-heavy diets;

– Heavy Drinking – Smoking`Pot (which was legalized last month);

– Constantly medicating with pharmaceuticals, but not making enough effort for a cleaner diet and lifestyle.

– Gradually becoming overweight as you age.

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