How and when did you take up travel writing?
Travel has always been a part of my life but the writing bit came in much later – born out of an innate need to travel when stuck in a cubicle at work. Given my penchant for travel, a lot of my colleagues and friends used to come to me for travel advice. It was just one of those days at work when inspiration hit me on putting down my experience as a blog – just so that they could use the travel advice. It also helped me escape into the world of travel virtually – in some ways a respite from the crazy corporate routine. That’s how my blog came about and the rest is history.
Can you share 3 of your pieces that have a special place in your heart and tell us why?
Ok, this is a tough one. Nonetheless, since 3 is what I need to share:
This is actually how I felt when I visited Udaipur. Writing out the fantasy was a different way of expressing what I felt there. It was nice to be able to escape into it through words and I suppose the appreciation I got for it made it even more special.
This was my first international bloggers trip and my daughter loves this post of mine. She says it makes her feel as if she were seeing the Komodo dragons herself and also because she says it makes her laugh. For me, it is equivalent to her being with me during the trip.
I am just fresh back from this trip and in a lot of ways, this was one epic road trip spanning 12 days. The fun, the laughter, the adventure and more importantly the place had me captivated. I did not have enough of the place or the trip during the time and my current series is one way of prolonging this experience and reducing the void.
What does ‘freedom to travel’ mean to you?
Where time is of no constraint to do what I want to – be it just absorb a place, click pictures, explore it inside out, try an adventure or even just stare mindlessly at flowing water. For me, travel is not about the number of places I see, it is about how well I can see it. Freedom to travel for me is the quality time I get to experience at a place.
3 things that you love and hate about what you do?
What I love
I love everything about what I do – my travel, my writing, my photography assignments and the freedom to explore.
What I don’t like
- Sometimes, when I am at a place, I really wish my family was with me. I know there are some moments that I would have loved to share with my hubby or daughter
- I could do with a little less sun tan. 😉
- I hate packing! I always feel I have run out of clothes to carry.