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THETRAVELBLOG.at (est. 2017) …is Austria’s travel blog for discerning travelers. This is the destination for experienced travelers who enjoy going slow and immersing themselves into a place. Travelers who know that visiting a destination can touch and change them deeply and that they can also give back to the communities and places when traveling responsibly.

You enjoy laid-back luxury or what they call barefoot luxury these days – and so do we! 🙂 This is a place to find inspiration and tips for your next trip – be it a safari or a road trip.

About us

Ladyvenom & Lionheaded - Founders of thetravelblog.at

The founders of THETRAVELBLOG.at are Marion & Raffael Payr, who became a couple long before blogs or Instagram existed 😉 Marion’s background in journalism & media management and Raffael’s background in fashion & design didn’t intersect until they both signed up on Instagram in 2011.

Five years later – in 2016 – they both quit their jobs to become full-time travelers (at least that’s what they thought they would become) 😉 In reality Marion is now a travel photographer and the editor behind THETRAVELBLOG.at, while Raffael has focused on videography. They still live in Vienna – for around 50% of the year, the rest of the time they travel the world together to work for various clients – from hotels to destinations and many more.

Marion Payr, Founder of thetravelblog.at

Marion Payr, formerly known as @ladyvenom on Instagram, is a travel photographer based in Austria. At the centre of Marions work stands a dedication to the art of traveling, which holds the power to unite us globally and act as a driving force for cultural understanding and conservation. She believes in the power of imagery to convey these values to future generations.

Marion dedicates much of her career to female empowerment, believing an equal representation of voices & images supports a vision of a united world in the spirit of togetherness.

  • Her favourite place: Africa
  • Her camera: Nikon Z 6II
  • Her current bucket list: Uganda, Egypt, Argentina

After not being able to travel to Africa in 2020 she returned to Kenya first thing in 2021 and talked to local conservation managers and tourism officials about the issues they are facing due to COVID-19. She’s one of the co-founders of “Prints for Wildlife” – a print fundraiser, that raised over 1,75 million dollars for conservation in 2020 and 2021. One of her main drivers is to showcase more female wildlife photographers and increase inclusivity and diversity in the industry!

Raffael Payr, Co-Founder of thetravelblog.atRaffael, better known as @lionheaded, began filming for his editorial fashion blog thelionheaded.com which he launched back in 2014. He quickly found a passion, self-taught himself how to edit and cut videos and now works as a freelance videographer for clients all over the world. He produces videos for hotels, destinations and many more – and also contributes his travel videos for this blog.

  • His favourite place: Japan
  • His camera: Sony Alpha 7SIII
  • His current bucket list: He follows Marion 😉

Get in touch

You can contact us via office (at) thetravelblog.at!