Foodie by profession, traveller by choice

, Q&A

Enthusiastic and vibrant, Shaikha Hessa Khalifa Al Khalifa is a food blogger, founder of Kuisines magazine and a treasure of first-hand experiences. She talks about how her food blogging has given her various travel tales from all around the world.

What is your favourite destination?

For me, London really captures so many essences of so many cultures, particularly when it comes to food. It is a multicultural melting pot not only brimming with people and cultures, but consisting of global tastes and cuisines too.

What is on your bucket list?

I’d love to travel to Marrakesh first. After that, I’d love to take in Montenegro, it’s famous for its amazing views as well as its unique cuisine!
How do you ensure your travel experience is a pleasant one?
By always planning, being organised and double-checking the essentials. It never hurts to be careful.

What are your travel essentials?

Technology is my biggest travel asset. We have so many useful tools on our smartphones these days. My top choices are Google Maps, TripAdvisor and Uber.

What quote do you live by?

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”.

Are you into an adventure? If so, what is your most memorable adventure?

Adventuring is in my blood. My favourite adventure abroad has to be my trip to Naples in southern Italy. I saw plenty of Europe during that trip, Italy’s cities have a special place in my heart but so does London!

What are the best things about Bahrain, according to you?

The balance between tradition, culture and a truly urban experience makes Bahrain a unique destination. The dining scene has proved itself, and Bahrain is now a destination for food enthusiasts from around the Gulf.

How do you deal with bad travel experiences?

My philosophy on negative travel experiences is fairly like my philosophy on negative experiences in general – everything works out as it should in the end. Therefore, I work through negativity by staying optimistic about the future while looking carefully at the solutions available to me.

Have you faced any challenges during your travel?

The only major challenge I have faced occasionally is the presence of a language barrier.

What advice would you give people regarding travelling?

It’s tempting to just dive in or to go along with something spontaneous, but you should always strive to have a backup plan in mind.

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