As part of the next instalment in my international version of Guests’ Corner, I chatted to Rima Deghaili, software engineer and travel and food blogger of Tasty Errands.
Software engineer and travel and food blogger, Rima Deghaili is passionate about blogging, travel, food tasting and cooking… And in 2015, after weeks of careful thought, planning, travelling (during which time she enjoyed over twenty trips) and capturing hundreds of photos – she finally carefully mixed these elements together… The result? Her wonderful travel and food blog, Tasty Errands.
On her lovely blog, Rima highlights the different destinations she visits and enjoys, shares some of her favourite restaurants in her home country, Lebanon and showcases the wide range of different recipes she prepares and shares with her loved ones.
Rima combines her love of writing, travel, eating and cooking into Tasty Errands, hoping to inspire her readers and followers with ideas for their trips – and kitchen.
Follow her food and travel stories on her blog, as they will effortlessly tempt you into travelling and cooking more!
1) Who or what inspired you to go into travel blogging?
It all started with my interest in organising trips and writing recommendations for my friends, who were travelling to places I had been to. With time, more trips – and more beautiful places I liked to share about – were added to my repertoire, so I decided to start my blog “Tasty Errands” in December 2014.
I was off work for two weeks, so I did the needed research to understand how it works: getting a domain, posting, engaging with the audience… and I launched it in January 2015.
2) What kind of traveller are you: thrill seeker, culture vulture, adrenaline junkie, nature lover or some of everything?
I am avid fan of culture. Before going on a trip, I put together a plan to visit most of the museums, castles, architectural masterpieces of my destination. I like to walk during my visit, as I believe one can always discover some gems in any hidden street.
I also like nature; relaxing walks in parks or gardens, especially those in Ireland.
3) Which are your top three most memorable travel experiences and why? Please list each one with a brief explanation.
1. Singapore: This was my longest trip away from home (five weeks), and my first time in Southeast Asia. It introduced me to a different kind of culture, as most of my previous trips were to Europe. I was amazed by how organised this city-state is – and how fast it has achieved its economic growth.
2. Alhambra in Granada, Spain: Visiting the Andalusia was quite an original experience. Its highlight was the visit to Alhambra palace and fortress, and seeing how the Islamic culture had reached Europe long ago, in this most beautiful image. I was amazed by the architectural details of the palace, its engraved stones, refreshing fountains and flowery gardens.
3. Hiking the Vesuvius in Italy: That was something I would never think of doing alone. But my friend, who organised our trip to Italy, insisted on including it – and now I can’t be more thankful! We did it after visiting the vestiges of Pompeii, so it was a bit thrilling, but also rewarding, after reaching the top.
4) What was your most humbling or eye-opening travel experience in your home country and why?
I rarely tour in my home country, Lebanon. However, I am aware that, just like other Arab countries I have visited, it has some areas suffering from extreme poverty…
Unfortunately, not much is done by the government or the Lebanese to help these people, and efforts (if present) are concentrated on cities or big villages.
5) Worst (local) travel experience?
When going hiking or trekking in Lebanon, one can’t help but notice the pollution that some areas are suffering from… Especially the rivers where people throw the remains of their picnics.
Of course, this is not generalised to all areas but it remains a major concern for locals and travellers visiting Lebanon.
6) Your top three travel destinations across the globe – either that you have personally experienced or would love to visit?
1. Italy: Italy is still my favourite destination. It has everything I am interested in seeing during my trips: a very rich culture (especially in Rome), great nature – especially in Tuscany and on the Amalfi Coast – worldwide-acclaimed delicious food and friendly people… I fell in love with every place I visited there!
2. Andalusia, Spain: As mentioned previously, Andalusia was unique and special in the way it still holds the vestiges of the Moors in Spain. I encourage everyone travelling to Spain to spend few days in the Andalusia and to visit Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla. Malaga can be a good place to stay as a base, in order to visit the area.
3. Prague, Czech Republic: Prague is a charming, small city, which is dear to my heart because it was my first trip. I discovered there how amazing and enriching experience each trip can be. It is also a romantic city; my favorite place there is Charles Bridge.
7) Any useful travel sites/blogs that you can recommend for following?
I follow several blogs on Facebook and Instagram. The ones I find most interesting are:
8) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I would like to go to Greece. I think that it holds an amazing amount of historical places, beautiful nature in its islands, and delicious food – all boosted by the friendliness and cheerfulness of its people. It is next on my list!
9) Do you have any handy tips for planning a trip/day out in your city (and please state which city it is)?
Beirut is a nice city to visit; the people are friendly and helpful and food is amazing. However, I recommend foreign visitors always bargain for the taxi price before getting in the car. It would be good to ask a local or a friend about the expected price to pay, in order to avoid being scammed.
Also, if you are visiting Lebanon, I recommend spending a day in the city of Byblos, one of the world’s oldest, still-inhabited cities.
10) Best travel advice for locals and tourists?
Always plan! Use every single moment to discover the city you are visiting. Walk when it is possible; it will lead you to places you weren’t planning to see but ones that you will love.
To read about and see all of Rima’s travel stories and experiences, you can visit her awesome blog.
Thank you very much, Rima, for appearing in this guest travel segment.
Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.