Travel Blogger Q&A Series – These are the amazing people that travel the world and share their stories on their blogs. Through this series, I aim to share a better understanding of travel bloggers apart from their blogs – a little more on the personal side of travel! Join me in this interview with Aswathi from Couple Travel Tales!
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Couple Travel Tales
We are Achu (Aswathi) and Unni, An Indian Couple settled in Singapore, two history buffs who loves Coffee and enjoy travelling as a couple. I started blogging by writing on musings on life and later converted it into a Couple Travel Blog since I realized I absolutely loved our our travels and wanted to inspire others to travel as well. We truly cherish our culture travels with a perfect blend of adventure and fun. In our blogs we share the details of our amazing trips and the awe inspiring culture & history that we come across.
What is your earliest travel memory?
I was 9 yrs old, when I travelled along with my family to Goa, India. My earliest travel memory is that of a beach trip. The scene that I vividly remember is me holding a baby starfish in my palm smiling and posing for a photograph taken by my dad.
Have you ever cried at the airport?
Absolutely not! I love travelling by Air.
What’s your travel style?
We love to plan our travels focusing on culture and history by adding in a blend of adventure and fun activities. This has truly inspired us to travel to learn more and the whole experience of such a trip has been amazingly rewarding till date.
What’s your favourite city?
To be frank we feel every city has its own unique beauty. We have just started travelling together, and we loved every place we have visited and I am sure it’ll be the same in future as well, Coz it’s all the beautiful memories that we have of a particular place that decides how much we end up liking the city.
In case you need a more specific answer-My Personal favourite however is Goa, India. We currently live in Singapore and we totally enjoy staying here, Bali, Indonesia for water sports and a perfect beach holiday and Angkor, Cambodia for its rich history. Now you get what I meant right?
What is the weirdest thing you carry while traveling?
A pocket watch that my husband gave me. I rarely use it, but it’s a constant feature in my purse.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done on holiday?
Before my marriage I had travelled in most parts of India with my family. Me and my dad went snorkelling and Jet skiing in the Andaman Islands and Zip Lining in Shimla, India but after marriage, it would be sea walking and white water rafting especially the 4m vertical fall that we did with our raft. These are really special memories because it was my first adventure that we did as a couple after marriage.
What do you collect when travelling?
That’s a good question.. on our first trip we went wild purchasing handicrafts.. then we decided to have a single token form each of our trips.. and of course a magnet token symbolizing our trip.
If you could time travel, which era and area would you choose?
Now that would be a dream come true. Since each time we visit a historical place, it would be such an amazing thing to be transported back in time to experience the culture first hand and of course come back to the present!
Which is your favourite international meal?
Indian food if available is always the first choice. Turkish or Mediterranean cuisine if we had to choose.. anything with chicken, we can try our hand..
What do you miss most about home when you travel?
I am someone who believes “Home is where our heart is” and if you see it that way I do travel with Unni all the time so I don’t really miss much. However, Mom, Dad and Sis have been great travel buddies as well. I absolutely love trips where we all travel together and these are memories that I treasure. Hence if there is something that I miss it has to be them.
How does travel make you feel?
Each time we travel we revel in each moment that will be memories, in each adventure that we will cherish. I must say travelling as a couple is beautiful. We love it.
Where is the best party scene?
It has to be Goa, India.
Favourite travel related book?
We recently went to Cambodia and we loved books on Cambodia especially the ones on it’s temple history. Our Personal favourites are:
1) Ancient Angkor- by Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques.
2) Focussing on the Angkor Temples- The Guidebook,2017 edition- by Michel Petrotchenko.
3)The Civilization of Angkor- by Charles Higham.
No favourite one as yet.. we refer to books as recommended by fellow travellers and once in a while stumble on to them in airports but lonely planet guides and rough guides are our favourites.
Worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
Thankfully that’s never happened. We usually check a lot of blogs of other travel bloggers before we plan a trip and that’s definitely helped us.
What’s your ritual when you get to a new destination?
When we reach we usually like to take a day to plan our itinerary, confirm the days, and generally test the waters and on short trips we like to jump into the fray since other wise we will miss all the fun. We usually divide into the leisurely phase and adventurous phases.. my husband likes the leisurely phase and I prefer the adventure phase.. so we plan a trip with both elements.