I’m Helene, creator of the HC Lifestyle Blog, where I talk about all sorts of experiences, mainly related to food, health/fitness, and of course, travel. I try to live life to the fullest every day, and I like doing things my own way. I would like to inspire others to do the same by sharing my experiences, and hopefully my positive attitude and energy, with them.
Man Travels World: Are you working full-time as a freelancer? Does your website provide you with a monthly income?
HC Lifestyle Blog: No, I have a full-time day job. I would love to work as a blogger full-time, but it’s realistically not going to be possible for a while. And that’s cool! Slow and steady progress!
What inspired you to begin a blog?
I’ve always enjoyed chronicling my experiences traveling, with food, etc. somewhere. I figured, why not gather them all in one place, and share them with the world? Plus, I love photography, and running a blog is a great way to learn and progress.
You write about travel, food and a healthy lifestyle. What tips do you offer readers for maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling?
If I stay in a hotel, I usually use the hotel gym to do my regular workouts. Going for morning runs is also a great way to explore the new place! Additionally, I walk around a lot when I travel somewhere, and some places are great for biking. There are a ton of ways to stay active : )
Tell us a go to meal/recipe you enjoy frequently.
When I’m too lazy to cook, I’ll throw together some tomato and mozzarella, and drizzle it with olive oil, oregano, and green pesto. If I want something more filling, I’ll combine it with a salad (spinach, tomato, mozzarella, hard-boiled egg, and smoked salmon or tuna, with a pesto-dressing). You can also add avocado in there. Delicious and healthy!
From your experience, what dish/cuisine would you travel a thousand miles to eat?
My absolute favourite cuisine is Thai. A proper pad thai, pineapple fried rice, curry, or tom yam, and for dessert mango and sticky rice. I would absolutely travel all the way to Thailand just to get the authentic dishes! My other favourites are Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese Dim Sum!
Any advice for new writers/bloggers that want to make this lifestyle legit?
Hustle every day! And build relationships with other bloggers, influencers, brands, anyone who you can help or who can help you.
Your website is fantastic. How do you maintain it and what costs are associated with it?
Thank you! I have a set process where I do routine maintenance before I do anything else. I also have a list of ideas for improvement that I add to whenever I come across a cool feature somewhere. The cost is quite high, but it doesn’t have to be. Personal choice, I guess. I spend a lot on convenient web apps (design, social media scheduling) and plugins.
Top 5 travel bucket list experiences? Climb Kilimanjaro, scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, etc…?
Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is definitely up there! Visiting Australia, in general, is an item. I would love to go on a proper African Safari, visit Disneyland, see Hobbiton (and the rest of the LoTR film sets), and see the New 7 Wonders of the World (already been to the Great Wall and the Colosseum, so I have 5 left plus the Great Pyramid of Giza!).
Top 5 favorite books?
The Harry Potter series (out of nostalgia), the Bartimaeus series, the Kingkiller Chronicles, the Mistborn series, the Millenium series.
Top 5 favorite films?
Ah, don’t do this to me!! I’ll try to vary them by category, otherwise, it’ll be endless…
Disney: The Lion King, Marvel: Captain America – Civil War, Drama: Intouchable (the French one), Classic: Shawshank Redemption, Comedy: Ocean’s Eleven.
How many countries have you visited/lived?
Visited, around 25, lived 5.
Next destinations in 2017/2018?
Santorini in a week, then Rotterdam, then Luxembourg (home). This summer I went to Shanghai, Barcelona, Stockholm, Valencia.