This is the Halal travel blog that all Muslim travellers have been waiting for

This is the Halal travel blog that all Muslim travellers have been waiting for
Have Halal, Will Travel is a travel publication catered specifically to the modern Muslim traveller.
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If you're a niche traveller in this time and age, chances are you don't have to worry about anything. If you're vegan, there's a community for that. If you're a couch surfer, you're covered. If you want to go on all-ladies trip, you don't have to fret.

And if you're a modern Muslim out to see the world, Have Halal Will Travel's got your back.

Have Halal, Will Travel (HHWT) is a travel publication catered specifically to the modern Muslim traveller.

"We wanted to help make it easier for Muslim travellers to plan their trips and enjoy authentic local experiences - think halal ramen or joining in local festivities in Korea. This is what HHWT is about," founder Melvin Goh says.

Have Halal Will Definitely Travel

Peruse the site and you'll find halal food guides, Muslim-friendly travel guides and suggested itineraries for places like Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and even the Maldives.

Even though, according to Melvin, HHWT posted their first article in February this year, the idea behind the publication first came about way back in 2013.

"We were in Seoul for an exchange programme. Unlike today, there weren't as many halal food options then, so we were on a seafood and vegetable-based diet.

"I remember our fortnightly trip to Itaewon to get our dose of meat from an Indian buffet restaurant," he recalled.

They tried browsing through halal directories and online sources to find more places to dine at, but most of them simply provided the name and address of the restaurant. There was no information on the type of food served, opening hours, directions, and whether the restaurant was even still in business.

Perhaps all of those factors - and the determination to try a halal samgyetang (Korean ginseng chicken soup) - was what led to the birth of HHWT.

Write What You Would Read

Though the core team is based in Singapore, HHWT has a global network of writers across cities like London, Seoul, Malaysia and Singapore.

Together, they prepare guides as well as interesting and timely articles that would help make travel easier for Muslims.

Like most editorial teams, a content strategy meeting is held every Friday morning to determine which stories should be covered in the following week, and also to review the performance of articles that have been published.

Melvin tells us, "We wanted to create a publication that we ourselves would love to read. An honest publication that properly captures the beauty of the destination, articles to help travellers find delicious halal local food overseas and posts to inspire wanderlust.

"Many people have asked me how we manage to get a ton of engagement on our Facebook page. The simple answer is this - write something you would personally want to read."

And there's also a noble intention to why they do what they do. Melvin believes that HHWT can be a force for peace - that as more Muslims and non-Muslims interact, irrational stereotypes, biases and misconceptions from both sides can be torn down.

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