Aline Vetterli from NOMAD DIVAS
- What is your blog about? What message you want to give to your reader?
Nomad Divas is a blog about my passion for surfing, traveling, writing and style.
It is about me and all the girls out there, who share the same passion.
It is about my lifestyle, my thoughts, my moments and my journeys. It's all about the nomadic, crazy and happy life I live.
I want to inspire other girls out there to feel mentally strong and confident in who they are. I’d like to create a platform for all those fearless kick ass chicas, or the girls who want to become one.
I want to ride the wave of life with all of them, to share the feeling of satisfaction and joy.
I hope to be able to assist my readers to open up their mind, to believe in themselves and get an inspiration for an exciting life they can choose. To be happy and kiss life hello.
- Tell us about yourself: Where are you from? Where do you currently live?
I am from Zurich, Switzerland. I started to travel on my own, when I was 20 years old. On my first trip I went to Venezuela, where I started to kitesurf. This was my first step into a new life.
After a couple months I came back to Zurich and decided that I want to see more of this wonderful world. I sold most of my things, gave up my apartment and moved to Fuerteventura (Canary Island, Spain), to become a kite instructor. At this moment my nomadic Lifestyle began. I felt like I was reborn. After one year I left the Canary Island and went to the Dominican Republic. I fell in love with the island and stayed for a very long time. I started to surf, which became an even bigger passion of mine. I used to travel from there to many different surf spots around the world. I shuttled from DR to Zurich for over 8 years. Two years ago, I came back to Zurich to work and stayed till now. I do love to have my home base here now. It is so easy to travel from Zurich, everything is so close. It feels good to be back to my roots, and still living my surfer lifestyle.
- Tell us about some of your hobbies and passions.
My hobbies and my passions are surfing, kitesurfing, traveling, music and writing.
I also love to hang out with my friends and share special moments together.
To laugh, being silly, catch up and philosophize. I travel often to see my friends around the world.
- Tell us how did you get started and involved in this project?
When I was living in the Dominican Republic, many people always watched my Facebook account and made comments. My friends in Zurich were really interested in my life. It was so different compared to theirs. Not many people could understand how I can ‘just do it’.
My island-surfer-life was definitely not like the life here in a European city.
After a while I thought why don’t I just start to share my adventures with everybody. So I began to write about my lifestyle and let the world participate in my moments and thoughts.
- What do you like the most about it?
I am thrilled by all the feedbacks I get. I never dreamt that so many people will be reading my posts. I love the way they say thank you, how they thank me for motivating them and when they tell me about their experiences, ask for my advice about their life or just give me a compliment. It is so much work in this blog, but it is really so rewarding. When I read these mails, I know why I do this and it is absolutely worth it. I love what I am doing. I enjoy that I can decide and do everything exactly the way I want it. I am my own boss and can do it at my own pace.Some days I have so much on my mind, I can’t stop to write everything down. Other times I can’t write a single word but that doesn’t matter. I can take every day as it comes and go with the flow of my life.
It is really important for me to keep it authentic. I always want to stay true to myself. And with this blog I can exactly do that.
- What was your biggest challenge?
I think it was the social media. There was so much I did not have a clue about. I didn’t even had an Instagram account before I started my blog. I didn’t know that blogging is all about social media. This was all new for me.
I spent endless hours studying all about blogging and social media. But after a couple of months I started to understand it.
- Please tell us more about your experience as a blogger
My experience as a blogger is, that there are many people who don’t take this job seriously. They don’t see all the work it requires. They think blogging is just about uploading a couple of pics, that’s it. They don’t have a clue how much time it needs to do it properly. But I don’t really care. I am not here to lecture anyone: I do this for me and for the people who appreciate my work.
What is more important are the many exciting experiences. Like I mentioned before, I love the mails and respect I get from my followers. So many beautiful and kind words, which make me forget the negative comments. I also get invitations and presents which I find touching.
At the beginning some people did not take my plan of becoming a blogger seriously, and made fun of it. Well I am sure they didn’t really understand what I was planning on doing…. And now, they are my followers. Well I think that’s karma, isn’t it?
- Who and what inspired you?
Whew, there are so many inspiring people out there!
Soul surfer Bethany Hamilton, Keala Kennelly, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Michele Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Misty Copeland, Rumi and many more!
I respect people, who do what they love and go for it, no matter what. People who work hard for their dream and believe in themselves. People who fight for those weaker and who stand up and speak out loud what they think.
I get my inspirations from those people.
Other than that I get most of my inspirations during my surf sessions, when I go out for a run or when I listen to music.
- How do you see the magazine culture now?
I think it is growing fast. Thanks to social media, it is possible today to spread the word to a bigger audience without borders or boundaries. I like the fact that you don’t need money to grow, you just need to work hard . And to be real and passionate about it. There are so many awesome magazines and writers out there which I love to read.
- How do you see the surf community?
Surfing is something really special. We all share the same passion and lifestyle. It doesn’t matter where on this world I traveled, I find surfers are mostly the same. We have different cultures and speak other languages, but we all understand each other somehow.
It is so easy to meet new people on a surf spot. And we all support and help each other, without even being aware of it. This is something really special and beautiful.
I also like that the female surf community is growing fast. So many girls started to surf and get involved with it. It’s not just a men’s sport anymore. There are so many ‘chargerettes’ out there. Loads of surf businesses are headed by women now. Amazing new brands and styles are coming out.. I absolutely love this and I am really thankful to be part of this community.
- What would you like to be doing in 10 years from now?
I would love to be a full time blogger. To be independent so as to be able to surf, travel and write as much as I can. And I would find it exciting to reach out and inspire even more people .
- Where can we find your blog?
Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest : nomad divas