About

WELCOME TO MY LIFESTYLE BLOG inspired by my love for colour, crafts, fashion, art & design with a huge dose of rainbow thrown in (and not just thanks to my ever-evolving hair shades!) As it’s my little space of the internet it’s also where I post my personal rants, thoughts and musings.

I started Craft and Travel to showcase traditional and contemporary crafts from around the world, hence the name. It’s since evolved but when I go travelling I still have my radar switched on for handicrafts: it’s the aspect that most draws me to a destination. Most of what I see, spot and want to share also involves colour so that’s why my blog is so colour focussed and I mean some serious rainbow-vibes, at times you may need shades.

I live in London, UK, so you’ll also find a lot of London-centric content because when I’m not abroad I love discovering my city.

I hope that over time my blog will become a place of inspiration helping you to make your own day-to-day life and globe-trotting plans as colourful as they can be.

If you have any questions or comments or to request my media pack please get in touch.

Momtaz Begum-Hossain
Email: Editor@craftandtravel.com

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About Me: Momtaz Begum-Hossain
I currently work as a Freelance Writer, Editor and Content Creator and was previously Editor of the UK’s oldest crafts magazine Popular Crafts. I have written for a number of leading publications including The Guardian, the i paper, Mollie Makes, Project Calm, Actual Size, Asiana and BBC Magazines. I’ve had two craft books published and a travelogue, and have over eight years professional experience writing travel, specialising in the luxury, honeymoon market and this year was awarded ‘Fashion Journalist of the Year’ at the British Bangladesh Fashion & Lifestyle Awards.

On the crafts front I’ve designed projects for books and magazines, taken crafts onto live TV and radio, worked as a consultant and all round crafts expert. Last year I worked with Akzo Nobel (the international company for Dulux Paints) where I assisted in creating a global image bank of photos and videos – yep, it’s been a varied and exciting career and I’m always on the look out for my next adventures in colour!

You can find out more about me on my website:
www.momtazbh.co.uk

COUNTRIES I’VE VISITED SO FAR:

Algeria
Bali (Indonesia)
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brunei
Bulgaria
China
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Cuba
Denmark
El Salvador
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Hawaii
Holland
Honduras
Hong Kong
India
Israel
Ireland
Italy
Jordan
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malaysian Borneo
Maldives
Morocco
Monaco
Mexico
Nepal
Nicaragua
Palestine
Romania
San Marino
Sardinia
Saudi Arabia
Slovenia
Scotland
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Tunisia
Turkey
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
USA

MY BUCKETLIST DESTINATIONS…where I really, really want to go! 

  • Central Asian/Silk Route (for the crafts and architecture)
  • Peru (to learn about their incredible handmade crafts, see their epic landscapes and experience the culture)
  • Taiwan (I’ve heard about a rainbow village I really want to go to!)
  • Vietnam (again very interested in the crafts and fashion and I love Vietnamese food)

Here’s some of my fave Adventures in Colour so far….

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Golden Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

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Carpet Village, Bodrum, Turkey

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Chichicastanengo Craft Market, Guatemala

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico