I am Delisa of Destination: Overlooked. Together with my husband, Marcin we started this blog about 5 months ago. We had both been working in the travel industry for a major corporation for years and finally decided the time was right to step away from the corporate life and use our love of travel in an entirely different way.
Destination: Overlooked is a travel blog focused on independent travel to lesser-known, smaller towns and villages and encouraging full cultural immersion.
Neither of us are city people, so we prefer quieter, lesser-known, small towns and villages. We chose the name Destination: Overlooked because we like to focus on places that are generally overlooked by travel publications and tourists alike. We hope to spread the word about lesser-known towns and villages that are just as great as the popular ones to help expand your options and avoid crowds.
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
In the past we mainly just focused on Europe, and while that is still a big focus for us, we are expanding to North America as we continue to explore and figure out the perfect place to call our home base.
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?
We are huge coffee snobs, so while we are mainly focused on travel, we also occasionally write about coffee, food, and healthy living.
What can our readers find on your website?
On www.destinationoverlooked.com you can find articles on small towns and villages, off-season travel to larger European cities, and advice on where to find the best coffee. We also mainly stay in Airbnb rentals, so expect to find a lot of tips about using Airbnb and tips for Airbnb hosts as well!
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
When planning for your next trip, consider what you want to get out of it. Are you more focused on local culture? History? Food? Do you want to have monuments all to yourself or are you okay sharing with millions of others? Time of year can make a HUGE difference when it comes to your perception of a destination. We have visited Rome several times and each time was vastly different due to the time of year we went, so do your research, decide what type of vibe you want on your trip, and choose your destination and dates wisely.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
The high would definitely be that we are doing what we love and sharing it with others. The low is that sometimes you focus a bit to much on the “work” aspect of the trip, taking the perfect photos, thinking about what would make a great post, etc. It makes it harder to enjoy the moment if you are thinking about how to write about it in the future.
What type of traveler are you?
At the moment we are nomads, bouncing around from place to place, but we are trying to figure out where we want to land as a home base.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
I am a chronic researcher so I’ve researched every place to death by now and just have in my mind where and when I’d like to go. Marcin is the one who ends up looking up airline tickets and figures out which places are feasible or not at the time. We tend to book most things directly from the provider, such as the airline’s website, the car rental company’s website, etc. Coming from the travel industry, we know that while third-party sites can save you a few bucks, if you have an issue or need to make a change, it can cause complications.
Do you have any favourite travel books you have read or use?
I am an avid reader, however to be honest I don’t really read travel books.
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
Montepulciano, Italy – It is the epitome of Tuscany, is small enough that we are comfortable with it, but just touristy enough that there are things open and stuff to do. We almost decided to get married there after visiting years ago!
Glen Ellen, California – This is actually where we DID get married. Located in Sonoma Valley, it is full of vineyards, ranches, and excellent restaurants. Unfortunately it was hit very, very hard by the wildfires last year, but it is recovering.
Hanalei, Hawaii – On the northern side of the island of Kauai, this is a tropical wonderland and we would love to live there if we won the lotto.
What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog.
The majority of our photos for the blog are taken with our Nikon D3400, and all Instagram photos are taken on an iPhone. I am a graphic designer so we use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Lightroom for graphics and photo processing on our MacBook Pro.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
When it comes to photography, practice makes perfect, but some of it has to do with luck and trial and error. Take as many photos as you can and some are bound to turn out great.
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
So far our most popular blog post is our post on Montmartre, Paris:
A close second is our post on the Scottish Highlands:
Another popular post is our post about staying healthy while travelling:
Do you have any tips or suggestions one how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t start earning right away, and don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It takes time to gain a large enough following to make an income from your blog, but if you keep at it and use multiple strategies, it will happen eventually.
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
Iceland – Isn’t this on everyone’s list?
Austria – I am a huge Mozart fan so I need to so ALL the Mozart stuff.
Patagonia – We love nature, and this is about as natural as it gets!
New Zealand – So much to explore!
Carlsbad Caverns – I am obsessed with bats, so I have to see it!
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
Anything wildlife related! We love seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, not in captivity or being exploited for tourists’ enjoyment. We would also love to see Mozart’s Requiem being performed in either Salzburg or Vienna.
Do you have a money saving travel tips?
Our number one tip is to travel in the off-season or shoulder-season. Less crowds usually equals more money left in your wallet!
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why.
We are definitely in the minority on this one, but we were not as charmed by Edinburgh as we thought we would be. I think it mainly stems from our dislike of big cities, but for some reason we didn’t have the same feeling about much larger cities like Paris or Rome, so it is very strange. We loved the rest of Scotland though!
What’s in your travel bag?
Hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes, camera, manual coffee grinder, coffee, tea
What travel apps do you use and why
We use Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet to get ideas of what to see/do in an area, and we use the Here – Places Worth Sharing app for sharing realtime travel photos. And Instagram of course.
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
– Patience (sort of)
– No matter how much you research, there will be something unexpected wherever you travel.
– Some people will have pre-formed misconceptions about your country/culture. Prove them wrong.
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?
Our train ride from Paris to Gdansk that was only supposed to be 14 hours took a turn for the worse when the train “broke down” in a random spot in Germany. We had to wait for another train to come get us, missed our next two connections, and ended up having to spend the night in the Kutno, Poland train station. If you don’t know where that is, look it up. Apparently it is so bad (and such a common occurrence?) to get stuck there that a Polish singer even made a song about it!
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?
If you are visiting the French Riviera, don’t miss Cassis – much more laid back than the bigger cities like Nice or Marseille, plus a whole bunch of awesome natural sights right next door!
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
We hope to have a wider audience and be able to inspire more people to travel to lesser-known destinations.
Please share one travel quote you love or one you have made up?
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson