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Surya Raju,

is an engineer by profession with so many other interests that defines her An avid animal lover, a classical dancer and someone who loves to travel. She absolutely loves meeting new people, exploring new places and understanding different cultures. Travelling helps her to do all these things.  Here is what she said in Travel Blogger Interview ,we did with her:

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Which country do you come from/call home keeping in mind you are #travel blogger ?

I  come from India, a land of rich culture, heritage, history. I’m a total desi at heart.

Are you a backpacker/long-term traveler/business traveler/luxury blogger?

I’m more of a backpacker kind. Earlier I was more of a big luggage carrying kind [haha]. The more I travelled I realized that comfort is the utmost thing to keep in mind more than anything else.  I would definitely love to do a long-term travel as well sometime. But currently owing to my job commitments, I’m unable to do so.

How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?

All my travels are funded by my savings. But there are many options to go budget friendly. For instance, Youth hostels and Airbnb. Both are amazing options.

How do you think travelling and writing came to you? Do you remember the moment you realized you were hooked on travel?

I had been traveling since I was a kid but not to the extent that I’m doing now. It’s after I met my companion Vimal that I realized how much more I loved it. So a big credit goes to him as well for all the encouragement. I realized that I could put my experiences in words after I did my Hampi trip [Its in Karnataka,India]. I was in so much awe of this place. I wanted to tell people what I saw, how much joy it gave me and how travel can be pure pleasure. It all started with a humble blog on tumblr and I used to post it on Facebook and Twitter. It was later that I decided that I want to carry it forward. That’s when I created a website.

Hampi, Karnataka, India

Hampi, Karnataka, India

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling. Do you travel solo or group ?

Thankfully and fortunately, none I must say.

Do you have any funny travel stories? Share an instance with us.

I am too fussy when it comes to food. I can mainly enjoy Indian food. Anything non-Indian would take a while for me to get used to. So when I was in Thailand, I couldn’t have much of Thai food. On one of the days for lunch, I actually ate one big pineapple! The entire thing all by myself.

During your travel, you definitely must have received tips…  What is the best travel tip you’ve ever received?

Try to know more about the place that you are visiting while you’re there. This can happen only when you interact with the locals.  The experience also gets better. I am so happy to share that wherever we have been, I have met some amazing people.

Paris

An evening at Paris !

Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?

None so far.  Every place has given a unique experience to me.

Being travel blogger, you must have had a bucket list! Where is your favourite place in the world? Share with us both.

The list is huge! Out of the lot, I definitely want to see entire India, Africa [for my insane amount of love for animals and to witness the great migration], Antarctica [for the sheer experience of it], Svalbard in Norway [Aurora borealis], New Zealand [its beautiful landscapes], Japan[for the people], Machu Picchu[history associated] and Australia [for a whole lot of good things].

New Zealand  Credit : Stewart Baird

New Zealand
Credit : Stewart Baird

Can you imagine life without travel? If not travel, what you would have done.

Ah! Now,no way. Perhaps few years back. I  may have been ok with that idea. I think that is the reason why I’m an engineer now .If not, then I would have considered doing something in the field on dance.

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

It was about North Sikkim [Lachen,Lachung,Yumthang]. I so loved the place and that came across in my writing too. People really liked it a lot and Sikkim has been one of the best trips of my life.

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Chopta Valley, Sikkim

What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?

I really enjoyed writing about Santorini for my blog, about Sikkim for Huffington Post India and about Chalukyan Architecture for Photokatha.

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Fira, Santorini

Hampi, Jain Temple, Karnataka , Tourism, Travel blogger of India, Badami, Aihole, Vishnu Temple, Narashima,, Nataraja Temple, pattadakal

Pattadakal Temples.

Do you have an inspiration for travelling or writing?

All the travel bloggers out there make me want to get up and explore a new place. Some of them are just so amazing. A big credit goes to Vimal for having supported me.  My writing is more of how I would converse with my friend. My main intention is whoever is reading my article should understand it at one go.

What is your favorite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)

I would say by walk. A place can be absorbed truly that way is what I feel. I also love planes. Feels as if I’ve been given wings.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Start travelling for yourself. Not because others are travelling. You do not have to leave your existing job to be known as a travel junkie. Weigh your options. Start writing for yourself. Don’t ever think whether you would have readers for whatever you have written. With time, you will get better.

What has travel taught you? What is your travel Motto?

Travel has taught me to be more accommodating. Has made me realize that there are such good strangers out there.  I get to understand so many different cultures, so much history. It has also taught me that there are so many small little things that gives us immense joy!

My motto is to travel to those places that you connect with. Never go by what others are doing. 

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Colosseum,Rome.

 You can reach and see her travel stories below :

Website 

http://travelrope.com/

Twitter handle

@travel_rope           

Facebook page

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Google+ profile/page

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Instagram

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