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Lady Venom takes us on a jour­ney to the Faroe Islands

Marion Payr aka Lady Venom, Austrian travel blogger / photographer, took neubau eyewear frames with her to explore the Faroe Islands.

With a full packed iti­nera­ry ahead of her, she cap­tu­red the sheer beau­ty and vast land­s­capes of the remo­te Islands. Explo­ring the end­less water­falls and cliffs pre­sent the­re: read what Lady Venom docu­men­ted on her travels…

Whe­re do you take us in your pic­tures for FRAME OF MIND?
I’m taking you on a jour­ney to the Faroe Islands — a group of 18 islands mid­way bet­ween Nor­way and Ice­land. They offi­cial­ly are a part of Den­mark, but kept their auto­no­my. So alt­hough it feels a litt­le like Euro­pe, it’s not part of the EU and the islan­ders take their pri­de in being inde­pen­dent from the main­land. Even when it comes to food — alt­hough that means that they most­ly eat fish, sheep and rhubarb, the only thing that real­ly grows there.

What fasci­na­ted you the most about the Faroe Islands?
The match ball might be divi­ded bet­ween the vast land­s­capes without a sin­gle tree and the kilo­me­ter-long tun­nels with just a sin­gle lane (but traf­fic on both direc­tions). And we could also throw in the heli­co­p­ter flights, that are as cheap as train tickets — becau­se there’s no other way to reach cer­tain islands.

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How and why did you begin your tra­vel blog?
Most­ly becau­se from all the tra­vels I’m going on I’ve only shared a frag­ment on Insta­gram. From 1.000 pho­tos I take I pro­bab­ly only share 1 or 2 on Insta­gram. It beca­me evi­dent that I pro­du­ced most­ly for my exter­nal hard dri­ves and I wan­ted to chan­ge that and share more of the sto­ries and infos from my travels.

How does run­ning a blog help/​inspire you when you tra­vel?
Run­ning a blog chan­ges the way you tra­vel. I do more rese­arch than befo­re, I read more about the histo­ry and cul­tu­re of the pla­ces I visit. When you tra­vel and focus on Insta­gram you beco­me obses­sed with the” pho­to and the visu­al appeal of a desti­na­ti­on. But when you run a blog you can dive deeper — which makes tra­ve­ling more worth the while.

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It seems like you are always tra­vel­ling – what does your home­town, Vien­na mean to you?
Vien­na is my vaca­ti­on. Here I don’t have to run from one end to the other to dis­co­ver as much as pos­si­ble. I know I miss a lot of what’s hap­pe­ning in my home­town, but I need that time at home to sort my memo­ries and relax. I do belie­ve that Vien­na is the per­fect city to come home to — it always feels like not much has chan­ged and that gives a cer­tain relia­bi­li­ty that keeps me sane.

Whe­re is your favo­ri­te place to visit, or the place you have been most inspi­red by on your tra­vels?
I get this ques­ti­on a lot and I always fail to ans­wer it. Every trip inspi­res me in a cer­tain way — so every desti­na­ti­on has an impact on me. If I had to choo­se a place for a vaca­ti­on it would pro­bab­ly be some­whe­re with litt­le to see or do — just so that I could resist the urge to explo­re. Some­thing like the Mal­di­ves for examp­le (alt­hough I have never been). I would pro­bab­ly be bored like cra­zy and that could be a good (and also inspi­ring) thing… and I could final­ly read a book, lis­ten to music and just be in the moment.

But — that being said — if I had only one more trip to do for a while it would be Argen­ti­na. My grand­par­ents moved to Aus­tria from Argen­ti­na. The first (and last) time I visi­ted was in 2002 — 15 years ago. So it’s about time to re-con­nect with my fami­ly the­re again and see more of this incredi­ble country.

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What unexpected/​underrated place can you recom­mend the most for peop­le to visit?
If you’re into natu­re — the Faroe Islands are ama­zing! Think Ice­land just without the heaps of tou­rists. Remo­te, vast land­s­capes of sheer beau­ty. End­less hiking oppor­tu­nities, cra­zy cliffs and waterfalls.

If you’re into histo­ry and cul­tu­re — I just retur­ned from Jor­dan and lear­ned so much about this regi­on that I want to return soon. The Midd­le East is such a com­plex area with so much cul­tu­ral diver­si­ty — there’s a lot to learn the­re and a huge chan­ce to dive into Arab socie­ty with some of the friend­liest hosts ima­gin­ab­le. And to top it off the sheer beau­ty of the coun­try is a nice add-on.

Do you come up with a firm plan or iti­nera­ry when you tra­vel or do you wait to let things unfold?
I wish I had time to let things unfold, but usual­ly I tra­vel with a very packed iti­nera­ry. In the end I don’t tra­vel for leisu­re but for work — we have to cover a lot of topics and pro­du­ce enough con­tent in a limi­ted amount of time. On the Faroe Islands we had to adapt the plans to the wea­ther occa­sio­nal­ly — but the­re wasn’t a day to just let things hap­pen. That’s one thing I’d love to chan­ge in the future, but that requi­res more time in each destination.

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Are the­re any home com­forts that you miss while on your adven­tures?
If there’s enough space in my lug­ga­ge I occa­sio­nal­ly bring my pil­low :) Some­ti­mes the small things can make a dif­fe­rence. Other than that I’m very adap­ta­ble to new surroundings.

What 3 things would you take with you to a desert island if you had to visit one?
Just my pil­low! Well, and if it’s for work my came­ra + pho­ne could come handy.

What is your dream desti­na­ti­on to visit that you haven’t been yet?
Myan­mar!

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