About Sandal Road


Columnist in Residence

My name is Christina Hegele, and together with my partner Bodo I started Sandal Road to share my travel experiences with a wider audience. When travelling I often found myself thinking that other travellers could benefit from my experience and all the information one collects about places, so I decided to put a few articles together, and voila, Sandal Road was born! Contact me.


Guest Columnist

My name is Christina Muschol, and I joined Sandal Road in August 2014 as I was about to embark onto a long journey through the Caribbean. Starting off on Martinique, I happen to be a type traveller: under-30, western (German), female, backpacker, travelling alone, and requiring the odd job to finance the journey. I intend to write about my experience, and maybe throw in my 2 cents worth of advice! Contact me.



Sandal Road is based on WordPress, and its design is based on the awesome work of oh-so-many contributors to the wordpress-o-sphere. But the real work of designing, developing and maintaining the blog, as well as optimizing it for search results, harnessing social media, and number-crunching the analytics is done by my partner Bodo. Contact me.



About Sandal Road

Sandal Road aims to share information on what to see and do, stories and adventures, places to stay, from camping to hostels to hotels, short-term, long-term or budget travel, backpacking, working holidays, travel advice and practical tips and tricks. Sandal Road explores great destinations. I hope you’ll find my posts useful when looking for inspiration or researching your next trip.

Since its inception in January 2011, Sandal Road has celebrated a few milestones already:


Awards, Nominations

Winner: in May 2012, Christina was awarded best blogger in a worldwide competition run by Virgin Atlantic to celebrate the inaugural flight on their new route London-Vancouver. Entries were made by posts on Vancouver as a travel destination. Find out more here.



Winner: in March / April 2011, Sandal Road participated in the Blog4NZ campaign, promoting tourism to New Zealand after the Christchurch earthquakes. The Blog4NZ campaign proved a social media success and quickly gained exposure through other media outlets. As a way to say thank you and to support these efforts, Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and many tourism operators throughout the country got involved and offered prize packages for the winners, judging by quantity and quality of content produced and the international reach of the entries through social media. I am proud to say that Sandal Road was one of the three winners, winning the North Island prize.



Finalist for a Travel Bloggy Award in the category “Best Designed Travel Blog” at TravelBloggersUnite.

Finalist for a Travel Bloggy Award in the category “Best Niche Travel Blog” at TravelBloggersUnite.





Features, Social Media

Lonely Planet mentioned these articles:
Three reasons to visit Verzasca Valley, SwitzerlandSpotlight on Canterbury: Lake TekapoAn island Paradise in Switzerland: Isole BrissagoThings to do in Wellington.


The article on Curious New Zealand: 16 kiwi peculiarities was mentioned on National Geographic Traveler.


The article on Stargazing at Mount John, Lake Tekapo was mentioned on USA Today.




Sandal Road continues to receive social media mentions from Tourism New ZealandTourism British Columbia and the Canadian Tourism Commission.






Sandal Road is currently the top recipient of +K about New Zealand on Klout.



Sandal Road’s Christina has been among the panelists at a key social media workshop organized by Mindshare UK for one of their most prestigious clients in the FMCG arena.




Features as Top Blog

Sandal Road has recently been listed as one of the Top 80 Female Travel Bloggers of 2014, as well as among the 100 Most Influential Travel Blogs. Sandal Road is also listed as one of the best travel blogs at Konector. Sandal Road is featured as a Top Blog for New Zealand at Go!Overseas.






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  4 comments for “About Sandal Road

  1. 11 April, 2011 at 21:12

    To show how proud we are of all the work that the team behind Blog 4 NZ has done to remind the world that while Christchurch has had a pretty terrible time, the rest of NZ, including a large number of operators in Christchurch itself, are certainly open of business; we would like to invite the winners to spend a day or two on the Kapiti Coast – on us! Given that we are strategically located just north of Wellington on the North Island, and out of our windows we can look out and see the delightful South Island, we would like to offer a couple of nights on the Kapiti Coast to both the North and South Island winners. We will post this information on their individual blogs too – all they need to you is contact me and we will see what we can fit with their itineraries. All the best and thanks for all the wonderful and kind words!!
    Kia kaha

    Chris Barber
    CEO – Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua Tourism

    Check out some of the awesome photos of our region that have been submitted during a recent Kapiti Island photo competition: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=92047172780&aid=286115

  2. sarah
    18 May, 2011 at 20:16

    I love your blog! I’m going to share it with my friends…NOW!

  3. 26 July, 2011 at 17:30

    Just stumbled across your blog. It’s brilliant!

  4. 12 September, 2011 at 05:26

    Hi, Christina. I’m glad I found your blog; I’ll be reading your articles to help plan my visit to New Zealand next year. It’s also easy to see why your blog has those accolades! 🙂

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