We first became acquainted with the lovely Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, a.k.a. The Healthy Voyager, at the Go Green Expo this past spring. This delightful dame counts world traveler, vegan chef, holistic nutritionist, and executive producer among her many titles. She’s also got a great website, radio show, web series, and blog! She was kind enough to take a few minutes from her busy schedule to tell us about all the neat stuff that she does.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for The Healthy Voyager?
A: I’ve been vegan for over 12 years now and early on. It wasn’t easy here in L.A., let alone when traveling. I began to keep a journal of places I went and created a travel show around it. I figured I wasn’t the only one who struggled, as there were so many other diets that people followed– such as gluten free, diabetic, kosher, etc. So I decided to start the blog and web series in 2006, and the rest is history!
Q: What is The Healthy Voyager all about?
A: It’s about healthy and green living. All aspects, from eco gardening and health news to special diet recipes and traveling with dietary restrictions. You’ll find all sorts of great tips and tricks on how to love a happier, healthier and greener life!
Q: How has it changed and expanded over the years?
A: In 2006 it was just a weekly blog and then I added the web travel show. In 2009 I created a new website that housed the blog and videos as well as shopping. In early 2010, the site was re-vamped to have multiple articles, recipes, videos and resources, so it officially became a lifestyle brand and not just travel. We’ve also added a radio show, cooking show, fitness show, weekly product recommendations, a green show and a celebrity interview show! And the 1st cookbook is due out in 2011!
Q: What’s the most fun part of doing what you do?
A: Helping people. I love that my passion for food, health, travel and eco living helps others do the same in an entertaining as well as affordable way.
Q: What’s the most challenging part?
A: Financing! In the beginning, I still had my own business, but after the economic slump of ’08, it became tough to keep afloat. It’s a labor of love that is slowly becoming my full time job. 😉
Q: What has surprised you along the way?
A: How big the vegan movement has become. It was very “niche” for a while, but now I see it everywhere. There are a ton of blogs, sites, books and celebrities now as opposed to when I got started. It’s great fun to see it hitting the mainstream.
Q: What lies ahead for The Healthy Voyager?
A: My first cookbook is due out in the fall of 2011, The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen. The show has also been optioned by a production company, so it’s a continuous job in getting the brand off the computer screen and onto the TV screen. 😉
Q: How can folks connect with you?
A: Log on to www.healthyvoyager.com and go to the “contact” section. I answer all of my emails and love to help wherever and whenever I can! I am also on Twitter (@HealthyVoyager) as well as on Facebook (The Healthy Voyager fan page).
Q: Anything that you would like to add?
A: I’ve got new and exciting content every week, so be sure to build a profile under our social networking portion of the site as well as subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Subscribers get a first look at new articles, recipes and videos, as well as first dibs on contests and special offers!
Thanks oodles to Carolyn for the interview, and be sure to check out her site and look for her upcoming book! As she says, “Life is a voyage. Live it well!”