Lulu Escapes meets: Ophélie Moris (aka La Bengale)
Ophélie is a French freelance writer and travel blogger currently based in Lyon. I have been following her escapes since she started her travel blog and I’m impressed by how she has managed to build such an engaging community. Ophélie has been to some amazing destinations, such as Oman and the Seychelles, and she has some other incredible places on her bucket list. Keep reading to find out more!
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What inspires you the most to travel? How do you choose the future destinations you want to visit?
I read a lot of magazines (fashion, travel). I also love watching movies about travel and series, TV Shows. I also find my inspiration on social media but generally I know where I want to go depending on my mood. For example, I'm a big fan of the Middle East and I want to travel there. Also, I love nature and botanical gardens when I am traveling.
Which country recently blew your mind away?
It was Oman last spring. I loved that country and it's one of my favourites together with Jordan and Cambodia. Countries with stories are my favourites. Oman is one of them - the architecture and the culture are amazing.
You are currently living in Lyon in France - can you please share with us some of your favorite local spots?
You have to walk on the docks and see the colorful buildings of the city. Don't forget to visit the Bellecour square and Fourviere church. Eat a cookie at Coney Cookies, a bowl at Mowgli and don't miss the Botanical Garden of the Tete d'Or Park.
What's the most incredible hotel you ever stayed at?
It was the Four Seasons in Seychelles, my favourite so far. The villa had a big pool and open bathroom. You have a view on the ocean and the staff is really nice.
Please share a few fun facts about yourself that probably most people don't know about you.
I'm a lactose intolerant but I love cheese so much. My favorite movie is Titanic. I have a big file of wedding dresses on my computer since I'm young but I don't want to get married. I'm the best at breaking glasses.
Are you travel blogging full time? Most people always want to know how travel bloggers make their income - could you share with us the ways you earn a living from your travel blog?
No, I'm not. I am a freelance writer. I earn some money with my pictures but honestly not a lot, it depends on the month and the contracts I have with fashion brands.
What are the 3 main tips you'd give someone wanting to grow their account on Instagram?
Check the article about it on my blog.
Be yourself and be passionate about what you are doing.
Travel and discover the world, take pictures.
Do you think that most travel bloggers and influencers portray an idealistic way of travelling that is far from reality? How do you try to keep it real?
Yes, a lot. It's cool to show the real story via Instagram stories with "behind the scenes" videos. Sometimes it's too idealistic. A perfect travel is not perfect all the time.
Has your way of travelling changed since you started travel blogging?
No, I travel the way I was travelling before. I love my travel backpack but I also love luxury hotels. That's funny.
If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be?
Saudi Arabia, Israel, Peru and Argentina.
What are your future plans/goals for the next couple of years?
Keep traveling, enjoying life and being myself.