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London blogger Dylan Lowe shares his insights into travel blogging and his inspiration behind starting a travel blog.
Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.
A. My name is Dylan Lowe and I've been living in London for the past four years, having arrived here to attend university at Imperial College.
Q. What inspired you to be a blogger?
A. I began life as a travel journalist at Imperial College's student newspaper, Felix, as travel editor. I wanted to keep writing during the dormant periods that were semester breaks, so I decided to start blogging as a means to keep a digital diary. Little did I know what greater purposes "dear diary" could lead me to.
Q. What do you blog about?
A. Travel. More specifically meaningful travel - how to make the most out of travelling through storytelling - and budget travel.
Q. How long have you been blogging?
A. Two and a half years.
Q. How would you describe your blogging style?
A. I prefer an anecdotal writing style. I really believe in the power of storytelling - especially after a stint travelling in the South Pacific, where telling stories are akin to everyday interactions - and I do have a few stories to tell. On The Travelling Editor, aspects of travel are covered in an in-depth manner, whilst still light-hearted, sometimes humorous, with a strong emphasis on my revelations as a result of my own experiences on the road.
Q. What inspired you to start a blog?
A. I maintained my first blog, an inglorious Blogspot affair, for about half a year before moving on to set up The Travelling Editor. As I began running my own blog I observed the more well-established travel bloggers and sought inspiration from them - how they travel, how they write, how they lay out the site and make a living out of it. Travel blogging has been a growing movement, an industry of digital revolutionaries and travel extraordinaires; knowing I'm part of it keeps me going.
Q. Who are your favourite London bloggers?
A. Laura Porter runs About.com's London section. She's a one-woman encyclopaedia about the capital city and constantly updates her readers - me included - on the latest and hippest happenings. In the real life she's a delight to hang out with - outings with her are never short of surprises and new discoveries on my part.
The Londonist is an unfaltering source of absolutely everything about London. The newsletter alone keeps my London knowledge in check, especially when I'm away.
As a foodie, I need my healthy dosages of restaurant reviews to plot my culinary expeditions. I get a lot of those from London Eater, which has a well-balanced, multi-cuisine approach to not just writing about food, but also the selection of restaurants under scrutiny.
Q. What does London mean to you?
A. London's role in my life is fairly multi-dimensional. While predominantly a rest stop and source of stability in between my regular jaunts around the world, it's still the one place I spend the most time in - it's where some of my most cemented friendships reside, where some of my most familiar scenes adjourn. Curiously it's also a convergence point, since the city attracts many people I've met on my travels - there's no shortage of reunions to be had here.
Q. How would you describe London in three words?
A. Mind the gap.
Get more of Dylan's thoughts on travel on Twitter @TravelingEditor and see his blog at www.thetravellingeditor.com
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