Gladiatair with Blogger Nelia Mae Benson

December 1, 2015
Gladiatair with Blogger Nelia Mae Benson

Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are you from? Where do you currently live?

My day gig is founder of a social enterprise based in Cambodia. Originally, I’m from the States (raised mostly in the Midwest, with a sprinkling of Northwest and the South), and I currently split my time 50/50 between Phnom Penh and Seattle.

What first inspired you to start your blog? Since then, which destinations have you covered?

In the past, I found frequent travel in direct conflict with maintaining my waistline. Maintaining my globetrotter sexy was challenging when each locale offers its own brand of sweet of savory.

After years of trial and tribulation, I discovered a formula that works for me. I started the Gladiatair blog to not only share that formula, but also to keep myself accountable. I also encourage fellow globetrotters to share what works for them when on the road (or in the air).

I haven’t yet covered a specific destination, but after the holidays plan to start with the Seattle and Phnom Penh offerings.

What is the main purpose of your blog? Is there a message that you’re trying to convey to your readers?

The purpose of my blog is to help traveler warriors maintain or even lose weight while traveling. My message is that the right diet not only allows one to indulge, but also encourages exploration!

What gets you into the writing mode?

Writing mode is often inspired by a real life globetrotting incident. Inspiration includes anything from managing business class amenities without gaining a single pound to easily deciding whether to indulge in Bee Cheng Hiang’s bakkwa while in Singapore.

What are some exciting partnerships, connections, or opportunities that have come out of your blog?

I’m quite new to the arena of blogging and I must admit, the chance to be showcased on Pink Pangea is an unexpected honor! Pink Pangea is a helluva resource for women travelers and I’ve always hoped one day to contribute!

Is your blog a business? If so, what are some of the ways that you monetize it?

Not yet. But soon. I’m currently working on an app that coincides with the Gladiatair philosophy and helps travel warriors put together an eating plan.

What advice would you give to other women who are interested in launching a travel blog?

It’s quite lonely in the beginning. Be prepared to knock on a lot of doors (both potential readers and partners) without much response. In the early days, all you’ll have is your message. Make certain you love your content and are inspired to create more of it no matter the lack of audience!

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