Travel Blogger Interview : Taufan Gio
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Taufan Gio,

also calls himself Disgiovery , is beach person and lives in the land of Pakuan, the island of Java, and holds a green Indonesian passport.He enjoys nature, culture, and human interest. For him, quantity is no longer his concern, but quality is.For him, traveling is not about going places faraway, but it’s more about seeing things in different ways, how deep you’ve been touched & inspired.  Here is what he said in Travel Blogger Interview we did with him:

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Peucang Island, Ujung Kulon,Indonesia

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

Indonesia.

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

Depends on my mood and financial condition, but mostly I’m a flash packer. (somewhere between budget & luxury).

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

I used to fund my travel from my saving, but recently I’ve got some sponsors funding my trip (esp. for Kerala Blog Express in India, and recently with Tourism Terengganu Malaysia), so I think it’s cool  to be such a professional blogger/traveler (and it also means more responsible to bear).

 Varkalla boat race/Kerala

Varkalla boat race/Kerala

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

I started blogging in multiple platform back in 2006.  Since then I realized that I like to share my travel experience with others especially with my multiple contacts.  It’s nice to receive comments and feedback from them, how they waited for my next stories, and so on, and that’s when I knew that I’ve been hooked on travel.

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

I slipped and fell down to the water of Erawan waterfall, Thailand, while still holding 2 DSLR cameras in my hands.  It was not a bad experience actually, but it was just a bad luck.  One camera was luckily saved but the other went down.I’d rather travel in small group, but I do go solo sometimes.

Disgiovery - Erawan waterfall, Thailland

Disgiovery – Erawan waterfall, Thailland

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

There was this hotel chef in Munnar, Kerala, that asked me some questions in Tagalog (Filipino language).  I didn’t understand a single word he asked so I said ‘NO’.  This chef suddenly got a saddened and darkened face.  Fortunately my real Filipino friend, Edgar, made clear to him that I don’t speak Tagalog.  And Edgar told me that the chef had asked me proudly about the food he prepared, was it good or not, and he didn’t anticipate  a ‘NO’ answer from me.  Hahaha, talk about awkward moments

Fishermen of Kollam, Kerala

Fishermen of Kollam, Kerala

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

I’m not on a person who controls a diet, but this tip might be useful later, that cardamom ice cream is a perfect way to burn fat. This is was a tip by the top chef of Taj Malabar Hotel himself. The problem is , I can only find cardamom ice cream only in that hotel, hahaha.

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

I don’t recall any.  I simply forgive & forget !

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

My bucket list include Tibet, Bhutan, Iceland, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius. My favorite place would be anywhere that has white sandy beach and turquoise water (so far Menjangan island in Bali is my greatest underwater experience yet).

Menjangan Island, Bali

Menjangan Island, Bali

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

Life would be exhaustively boring. I would probably end up as a programmer geek (or whatever) that I used to be.

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

It’s about two friends of mine who have been traveling around Indonesia by bicycle (http://disgiovery.com/kpci/).  Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of 18,000 islands, so it’s rather challenging to go island hopping by bike.

Wayanad streets/Kerala

Wayanad streets/Kerala

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

There are many.  I’ve been writing more about personal travel experience rather than travel guide/information.

Do you have idol or an inspiration for travelling or writing?

Since my recent trip with Kerala Blog Express, now I’ve had like 27 more living inspirations from around the world.  To name a few, there are Caroline (http://shavethewhales.net/) and Emanuele (http://thesiracusas.com/).  They don’t have the fanciest expensive cameras (yet) but able to take such great photos that tell stories.

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

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

By my feet, if that counts. But I think I like to go by train, or some old classic cars (VW Beetle or HM Ambassador for instance).

Disgiovery - Cycling in Kei Island, Maluku

Disgiovery – Cycling in Kei Island, Maluku

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travelers?

Don’t worry too much about your photography equipment, especially for the cameras.  Just shoot with your heart & instinct (and experiences).  It’s all about man behind the gun.

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

Even when you travel solo, you don’t live alone in this world.

You can reach and see their travel stories below :

Website

http://disgiovery.com

Twitter handle

@disgiovery (official, mostly in English) and @duabadai (personal, mostly in Indonesian)

Facebook page

 Disgiovery

Google+ profile/page

+Disgiovery

Instagram

Giotaufan

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