In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with traveling couple Mansoureh and Bruno of the travel blog Travel with Mansoureh. We chat with Mansoureh and Bruno about the powerful ways travel can open people’s minds, how Travel with Mansoureh came about, their favorite destinations around the world, and much more. Check out their best travel advice and find out where they’re headed next!
I, Mansoureh, can’t give you an exact date, because as long as I remember I always wanted to see the world. I used to travel with my parents when I was a child, then when I was 17, I started travelling alone or with friends and I have never stopped travelling.
I, Bruno, always wanted to experience living in another country, so I moved to the UK, I met Mansoureh and since then I started travelling and I began to love this new lifestyle.
We think by travelling we can learn some lessons that you won’t learn by reading books or watching movies. Seeing different cultures, people and landscape makes us realise how little we know about the world we live in. We believe if more people travel, peace and happiness would take over racism and discrimination.
Our travel blog started just like a normal blog to keep our diary, then step by step we found out we have some audience who love to know more about us and our trips. So, we started writing more and sharing more on our blog and our YouTube channel. When we saw our story inspired others to travel or our advice helped others to plan their trip, we committed to sharing more information and details on our platforms. Our blog and YouTube channel are more about adventure and unique places and experiences. Every blogger or better to say everyone on this planet has a unique story. We are no exception, that is why our blog is about our own unique stories.
Yes, we met in London and now we call London “our home”. London is a great city where you can find people from all over the world. You never feel alone. London is where you can try various cuisines, so when you are in London don’t stay only in touristy places, go to different parts, the north, the south, the west and the east. You see how the environment in these areas is different.
We work as a team. My master degree and journalism skills help me to write blog posts or scripts of a video and create content. Bruno is great with technical stuff. He coded our website and he takes care of all the technical issues. We have different skills which help us to keep going.
We use any opportunity to travel. Sometimes we can only go for a day trip or weekend break but sometimes we go for a two-week trip in a month. We never counted the days we are away. We enjoy spending time in nature and exploring hidden gems.
During our trips, we face many challenges and we push ourselves out of our comfort zone. We try to overcome our fears and we share these experiences with our audience. In general, we want to spread positive messages on our platforms and we want to show our audience that if we can, they can do the same.
It is really hard to pick a few favourite destinations because we love many places we have been to. But I would say we would like to go back again and again to Italy, Turkey and Thailand.
In Italy we would like to go to the north-west and hike in the Italian Alps, one of our favourite places is Gran Paradiso National Park near the France border. Temples of Humankind of Damanhur is another unique place in the north of Italy, where we also had the best Pizza. We also love going to ski in the Valle d’Aosta region.
We love Istanbul in Turkey and our favourite Turkish city is Istanbul. We like the fact that you can go to Istiklal Street at any time during the night and find all the shops and restaurants open. Having breakfast in Karaköy area and travelling by ferry from the Asian side to the European side are the must when you are in Istanbul.
Van is another small city we would like to go back to. The city is in the east of Turkey and it is next to the beautiful lake of Van.
Thailand is where we started our scuba diving journey. Going to the Phi Phi Island for scuba diving or snorkelling is a must when you are in Phuket. Chiang Mai with its 100 temples is one of our favourite places on the earth. Make sure when you are in Bangkok you book a hotel with a rooftop swimming pool where you have a chance to swim during the night.
I, Mansoureh, have visited 33 countries, Bruno has visited 29 countries. We visited some of the countries more than once.
Turkish, Italian and Iranian cuisines.
This is a very tough question. We don’t have one favourite. I can answer this question by saying that we love going to local restaurants and trying new dishes when we travel.
Wild which is based on a true story.
We would say Heathrow in London because it is easy to get to from our home and it is a place we go often to start our new adventure and trips.
Another tough question. We have met many friendly people during our trips and we found them all over the world. You might be surprised if I tell you that I found many helpful and friendly people in London.
Our family and our friends. We enjoy travelling with them.
We usually need to kill time on a plane or train. Sometimes, we watch movies, sometimes we listen to books and sometimes we play games together.
A very small village in the north-west of Pakistan not far from the Afghanistan border where there is no technology but kindness is unlimited.
Start travelling around your own home to get used to moving around. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, start it right now. Be wise and concerned but not paranoid.
Our phones, travel insurance, comfortable shoes and our cameras.
South pole in Antarctica
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine
South Asia and Australia.
We are Mansoureh and Bruno, an Iranian-Italian couple with a passion for travelling, adventures and exploring new cultures. Our background is journalism, media and IT.
Our mission is to encourage people to travel more often. We believe travelling opens up the mind and helps to spread peace and defeating racism, discrimination and war.
You can learn more about Mansoureh and Bruno by checking out the Travel with Mansoureh website. You can also connect with Mansoureh on her main Instagram, her food Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube!
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