Nina Ahmedow is a 40-year-old cosmopolitan vegan traveler who grew up in Germany and now lives in Amsterdam. So far, she has been to more than 25 countries on three continents.
Contrary to many travel bloggers, she hasn’t been traveling the world since her childhood. In fact, the first time she got on a plane, she was in her early 20s. But she has always been curious about the world due to her family’s background. Not only did her father immigrate to Germany as a political refugee from Bulgaria. Nina’s family also belongs to the marginalized community of Bulgarian Turks who trace their ancestry all the way back to Central Asia!
Nina uses her platform to illustrate how diverse travel is. While Western male bloggers dominate the travel niche, most of them are not sensitive to issues like appropriation, exotification, and other problems in travel writing. Where many travel bloggers shy away from voicing their opinions on more serious matters, Nina offers an authentic view into the mind of a female traveler of Muslim heritage.
As the author of the travel blog “Lemons and Luggage,” Nina wants to encourage women from marginalized communities to travel the world. A vehement supporter of female solo travel, she has written the e-book “10 Travel Safety Tips for Women.”
A summary of Nina’s post on the reasons to visit Tirana was shared by the city’s tourism portal and by the mayor of Tirana as well as various Albanian embassies around the world. Furthermore, she has written for Look at our World, rethink.travel, sister-hood, Passion Passport, and Dismantle and has been interviewed by Vegtravelbuddies, KOYA, and World Vegan Travel.
Nina has been vegan since 2016 and always seeks out vegan restaurants and businesses to provide fellow vegan travelers with an honest review of each place. She believes that we can all travel the world without harming other cultures, our planet, or the animals who share this planet with us!