To those who travel

While I always enjoyed travel and writing, it wasn’t until now that I took it up seriously. In June, I quit my job and set out to chase what I really loved; travel.
Over the years of travelling across India, I realised that we are all really the same as humans. We fear the same things; we feel the same emotions but more often than not express it in different ways.
Expression is a part of culture and I love exploring this facet of people. Every country has something valuable to offer and I really want to have a chance to experience it all.

yolo
As clichéd as it may sound, you live only once. As someone who is in his 20s I believe I do have a license to be chase my dreams without too many responsibilities. Not reckless, but simply adventurous.
The Big Blog Exchange is my ticket to adventure. As an Indian, I want to work towards changing the perception that people have about India and works towards the perceptions Indians have towards the countries of the world.
Help me represent India at the Big Blog Exchange 2014 and let me take you on a journey through my blogs! Click on this link to vote for me here.

 

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

My first ever travel award of sorts! Well not really 😉 I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Heather Cole from the Conversant Traveller. Thank you so much for this honour Heather, it has really encouraged me to keep striving with my blog!

Liebster Award

So, the Liebster Award is essentially a game in the newbie travel blogger network where up and coming travel bloggers linked up, there by spreading the travel blogger network.

Game Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who has nominated you. Duh!
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate other travel bloggers (ideally those with under 600 followers, likes, whatever you want to call them)
  • Ask them questions

Here are the answers to Heather’s questions:

1) What one item do you never travel without?

I doubt I can travel without my travel diary. When I travel, I have a habit of slipping into a meditative state, wherein I have divine revelations. Kidding. I tend to introspection a lot while I travel. I like noting my thoughts so I can relive that travel moment.

2) What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Caviar in Russia. You surely have to develop a taste for it.

3) If you had to choose a country to live in, which would it be, and why?

I think I’d love to live Sweden. It’s got beautiful people, lots of food, culture and proximity to major European cities.

4) What’s the most frightening/embarrassing experience you’ve ever had?

When I was hopelessly drunk while travelling from Kazan to Moscow.

5) Beach, Mountain or Jungle?

Mountains. I think I’d retire in the Himalayas someday.

6) Who or what inspires you to travel?

Pictures of Leh, Ladhak, the fragrance of Earth during rains, Wikimapia, Austin Stevens, Roald Dahl’s books ‘Boy’ & ‘Going Solo’ are some of the things that inspire me to travel.

7) Favourite souvenir?

The Matriushka dolls (Housing Dolls) I got from my trip to Russia.

8) If you could have dinner with anyone you like (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?

I would dine with Heather, for having recommended me for the Liebster Award and get to know her better!

9) Where’s the first place you ever travelled?

When I was one, my parents decided to treat the entire family to a grand party at a hill station near my city called Mahabaleshwar. That’s the first place I travelled to ; the funny thing is I haven’t gone back since then.

10) What one piece of advice would you give to fellow travellers?

Bars make for a great start of a travel story too!

Here are my 5 travel bloggers for the Liebster Award (You can do 10)

 Allison from A Foodie in Europe

Tamara from The Jet Setting Brunette

Yvonne Ivanescu from Under The Yew Tree 

Mark & Kristy Bennets from Kathmandu & Beyond

Rebekah from The Happy Passport

And here are my questions to them:

1) What’s your dream destination and why?

2) In which year did you do the maximum number of countries. List them.

3) If you had to eat the local cuisine, which country would you pick and why?

4) Have you ever thought of skipping your flight to stay back? If yes, when, where & why?

5) One city in which you could spend your retirement years as a Travel blogger?

6) Who or what inspires you to travel?

7) Favourite souvenir?

8) If you had to choose between food or sights, what would you pick?

9) Where’s the first place you ever travelled?

10) Have you been to India? If yes, what did you like/dislike about it. If no, what holds you back?

Have fun! Cheers!!!