Tuesday 8 November 2016

Travel Tag: Anna Othitis + GiveAway

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Buenas Dias!

One of my favorite days of the week has arrived, iiiiiiitS #TravelTuesday
Travel is a Billion Dollar industry almost teasing at Trillion Dollar status, Why?
Because EVERYONE loves to travel!

Today I have the honor of intro'ing you to an Amazing women who's heart is only outshined by her giving soul towards children.The very Future of mankind. We connected online when Anna wanted some promo work done & I've been a fan ever since. I cannot wait to read her travel books.
Stay tuned until the end of the post as there's an outstanding GIVEAWAY available for all participants!!

Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home). She left all of her life and never ending memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will one day continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond, with the funds from her children’s books.
Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children's book titled "My First Travel Book", inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science and is beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna's favorite saying is "Be Bold Be Brave".

She was inspired to write her children's books with a vision to link up the children of the world with magical flights to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man-made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe "The Mighty Victoria Falls" All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.

So come along and fly these magical flights with Captain Frankie and Anna!

Travel Tag

1.      Tell us about a recent holiday-

My recent holiday was on the island of Karpathos, Greece.
This is a small island where my husband’s parents came from and which we visit often as a family to keep the culture and the connections alive.  Karpathos is a Greek Island that is rich in culture and traditions. It is part of a cluster of islands called the Dodecanese in the southeast Aegean Sea. It has beauty and hospitality that is unmatched anywhere else. 
What makes Karpathos truly unique and beautiful are its beaches, people and culture it is a world in itself with its unique historical identity, retaining and celebrating their heritage.

2.      Best destination to travel to –

Karpathos, Greece because the island has magnificent beaches, secluded small bays and locals who still wear traditional costumes. Despite its wild beauty and its traditional character, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation.
The houses with yellow-and-blue shutters and doors create an attractive scenery, combined with narrow alleys, beaches that have sand and pebbles, with the deep blue Mediteranean sea which is so mezmorizing with its shallow waters, ideal for families. Refreshing breezes and winds blow during the months of July and August, making our summer holiday quite comfortable.
3.      Worst Travel experience?

To tell you the truth I have not yet had a bad experience in my travels

4.      How traveling has changed your life?

Travelling has changed my life in a positive way. Travel is empowering, brings new connections, changes your perspective and I realized we Are All the Same. Most people don’t have the opportunity to travel and this is especially true for young students. Think about how much of an impact traveling the world has had on you. The relationships you’ve formed, how your perspective on the world has changed, or the positive changes travel has led to back home. Travel has made me a better person and I am sure you can say the same. I have found a purpose in life, introducing me to new cultures and has broadened my horizons

5.      Where are you from? 

I am from a small town, Gweru in Zimbabwe a beautiful country in Africa. Where the surrounding areas was well-known for vibrant farming activities in beef cattle, crop farming, and commercial gardening of crops for the export market. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World” which is one of the features in my children’s Travel book series.

6.      Where have you been around the world?

I have travelled far and wide across the seas, North, South, East and West visiting many countries in Africa, Europe, Canada and America. As you can see from my children’s books I have visited many popular destinations in the world and amazing to see them on site.

7.      What is your favorite City? 

I do not have a favorite city, to me they are all unique in their own beautiful ways with their cultures, people, sites and much more. However, I do like Montreal, Canada where I travel to often to see my family, it is clean and reminds me of Europe. Canada on the whole is a lovely country with its wide variety of culture, friendly people and beauty of rolling mountains, my favorite being Niagara Falls, an authentic Niagara experience and smell the roses at the Niagara Botanical Gardens then get an adrenaline rush of adventures. Yet again, one other “Natural Wonder” featured in my children’s books and where I launched my very first children’s “Travel Book”.
8.   What are your dream destinations? 

My dream destinations for the future will be the Carabean islands and Cuba which I have always dreamt and wanted to visit since I lived in Zimbabwe and now close enough to visit. This I would love to do on a cruise from my new home New Jersey in the USA.

9.      Best item you have purchased overseas?

My best items I purchased overseas whilst living in Zimbabwe were all the children’s toys, watches, and more which we could not get back home due to sanctions and the lack of foreign currency.   

10. What time of the year do you like to travel? 
I and my family love to travel early or late summer when it is not too busy with tourism. This gives us a better opportunity to visit places without the huzzle and buzzle of tourism and the backup of traffic and flights.

11. How many times a year do you travel?
I travel as often as possible and at every opportunity that I can get visiting new places, seeing and experiences new cultures and visiting more of the beautiful places that the world has for us to see. 

12.   Show us your favorite travel pictures?

Wankie Game Park, Zimbabwe

13.      What are some new and exciting cuisines that you tried on your travels?  

Being Greek myself, Greek, African, French, Cocacian

14.      Have you ever lost something while traveling?

No nothing at all.

15.      What are your favorite travel activities?

Relaxing at the beaches and travelling by bus to popular destinations and site seeing

16.      What are your must-have travel accessories?

Comfortable shoes for sure as we do a lot of walking and site seeing and of course a good camera and I-phone.

17.      What is your favorite accent in the world?

I love to listen to the African and French accent

18.      If you could live anywhere where would you live? 

In Karpathos, Greece, it is quiet and serene and love the clean and fresh air and authentic traditional food.
19.      Why do you enjoy traveling?

I love to see new places, cultures, people visit popular sites and destinations and to learn more and more about this beautiful world we live in and on and appreciate its natural beauty, the wild animals, the beautiful people, the cultures, the history, the architectures and so much more.

20.      Do you have a travel buddy?

My husband and Captain Frankie, we love to travel discovering adventures and learning so much of this big wide world that we love on. There is so much to see, to learn, to appreciate.
Meet Captain Frankie
21.      What are some of the interesting places you've visited and the different cultures?

Greece, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Canada, Mauritius, France, Kenya.

22.    Have you ever had any bad travel experiences?

Apart from flight delays here and there nothing too major.  

23.    Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?  
Nothing is impossible you can travel without too much of an expense, in this day and age flights are reasonable and competitive. You can experience so much out there, see the world and meet so many people, your kids will never forget their travel experiences. My children loved it and still to date talk about their experiences, they have learnt so much and appreciate what they have, especially when visiting countries with the less fortunate people. 

Quick Fire {choose one} 

Road Trip around your country or Plane ride to exotic location? 

Hotel or Hostel 

Summer or Winter 

Window or Aisle seat 

Book or Movie on the Plane

Follow Anna's Amazing Wanderlustrous Travel-tastic Adventures:

Check out the brilliant Article, Highlighting Anna as an author & her travel books.

She was featured on NorthJersey.com, which is a part of the USA Today Network on SEPTEMBER 23, 2013.


Watch the EPIC African accented Book trailer here

Buy her Magnificent books here:
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"Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
The Minpins by Roald Dahl

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  1. This is amazing!!!!! Love this interview. Very inspiring and definitely makes me want to travel

  2. One of my greatest dream is to travel with my husband and my daughter. Africa is one of the place I want to visit. Though I can't afford to travel right now, I appreciate post like yours which educate and widen my knowledge about traveling.

  3. Put the wrong twitter link in here is correct. https://twitter.com/momknowsbest15/status/796046099714867204 Those are some stunning photos.

  4. What an amazing interview. She inspire me so much.

  5. Traveling is so exciting but expensive. This is such a great interview.

  6. victoria heckstall8 November 2016 at 22:43

    This is an inspirational post and travelling is the best med for stress! I do love travelling but i never experience travelling countries but i do love to do it soon! this interview was so great

  7. How cool! I hope to go to Greece someday.

  8. Take me with you! I love this ;) Greece is on my list (and on my son's he's obsessed)

  9. What a cool interview with another amazing author! 'Relaxing at the beaches and travelling by bus to popular destinations and sights’ it is my fav travel activities too ;-) I wish I could travel more!

  10. It's awesome that you incorporate travel into your children's books. Kids should have a hunger to travel, it will serve them well when they are older. :) My favorite place to travel is Europe.

  11. Great interview! She inspires me to travel more. I loved reading about her travel adventures.

  12. I love the idea of a children's travel book series. It reminds of the television shows I used to watch as a little girl. Television was actually educational when I was growing up. :)

  13. Amazing interview. Thanks for sharing this one to all of us. Insightful indeed!

  14. Travelling is such a fantastic thing. I wish I could travel some more...great interview

  15. Sounds fun - I love travelling! Wouldn't it be amazing to live in Greece?

  16. To travel is one of my greatest dream for my family. I want to explore the world with my loved ones, what's more enjoyable is sharing that moment seeing and learning new things with the people you love the most.

    Mhaan | www.mommyrockininstyle.com

  17. I love Nice in France! :)

  18. Your pictures are beautiful! I can only dream of traveling the way you do! Wow!

  19. I would love to visit Cuba too! I am hoping that I can visit it soon.

  20. Congrats on your page views, your photos are awesome. I miss traveling!

  21. Very interesting interview! I would love to travel and experience all of these places.

  22. I love Australia here plus England so much history to discover for sure thanks

  23. I love to travel to Sante Fee New Mexico.

  24. I totally entered this giveaway. Would be so amazing to win! Thank you for hosting!

  25. This is a fun giveaway! I always want to travel around the world!

  26. I love to travel to the Canary Islands
    Twitter @paul77mccarthy

  27. thank you all you can all read these travel books to your children at bedtime they will love the travels with Captain Frankie taking them to lovely places and learning at the same time. Bonding with children while reading to them reading. They have great imagination and will not forget their reading travels around the world. Worth the reads and at 0.99c these are a bargain and make a great gift and stocking filler. Thank you all.

  28. Even just travelling to one country, would be amazing one day. Inspired !!!!!

  29. My favorite place would have to be Kauai, Hawaii. The views I have seen there top anywhere in the US to me!

  30. Great interview. Travel broadens the mind.

  31. Favorite travel place the UK.

  32. I have yet to find my favorite place to travel as I have had few experiences. Hawaii or an island in the Caribbean is on my bucket list.

  33. We love to visit the TN mountains. Which is why today has been such a heartbreak with the wild fires going on. Praying for the families that lost loved one & everything they owned. The world is a little less beautiful =(

  34. Your pictures are breathtaking, Anna! I am adding the TN mountains to my bucket list!

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