WELCOME TO CRAFT and TRAVEL – a blog that celebrates the creative side of destinations
Hi! I’m Momtaz and I’m passionate about experience-based, cultural and sustainable travel. I write about crafts, fashion, art and design inspired by my own travels and if you fancying coming on a craft themed vacation with me join me on a Craft and Travel Tour – the next one takes place September 2021 in Eswatini, Southern Africa. Find out more.
Why I started my blog CraftandTravel.com
I started Craft and Travel to showcase traditional and contemporary crafts from around the world, it replaces my previous craft & lifestyle blog that I wrote for 10 years called Cos I Like Making Stuff – that was before I caught the travel bug. Now I’m hooked on visiting new places in search of crafts. When I go travelling I always have my radar switched on for handicrafts: it’s the aspect that most draws me to a destination as well as local fashion, good design and art.
As travellers, by exploring and learning about traditional and regional handicrafts we can better connect with local people, develop a better understanding of their culture which in turn leads to a more sustainable form of tourism, one where we support local people, shop locally, get guided by locals and in return have a much more authentic travel experience and that’s an important part of the group tours that I run.
Just call me a Rainbow Hunter
Most of what I see, spot and want to share also involves colour so that’s why my blog is so colour focussed, there are some serious rainbow-vibes and not just down to my ever-evolving hair shades.
I live in London, UK, so you’ll also find a lot of London content because when I’m not abroad I love discovering my city. Plus, in my section called Insights you’ll find lifestyle content including personal opinion pieces that may have nothing to do with crafts or travel but as this is my little space of the internet I like to share other things too!
Get in touch
I hope that over time my blog will become a place of inspiration helping you to make your globe-trotting plans as colourful as they can be, in fact, maybe you’ll join me on one? It will also be a place where you can find out more about traditional and contemporary crafts from around the world.
If you have any questions or comments or to request my media pack please get in touch.
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 10 years professional experience travel writing, specialising in the luxury, honeymoon market and in 2019 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. I’ve also 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:
COUNTRIES I’VE VISITED SO FAR:
United Arab Emirates
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)
- Pakistan (desperate to see the colourful truck art)
- 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)
A flavour of my Adventures in Colour, you’ll find more on my Instagram
Golden Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Carpet Village, Bodrum, Turkey
Chichicastanengo Craft Market, Guatemala
Isla Mujeres, Mexico