This women’s month, we showcase a local blogger, Asha Singh!
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 Asha from Life by Asha Singh!
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Life by Asha Singh
I’m Asha, a 21 year old lifestyle blogger. I enjoy random adventures and life on the road. I’m spontaneous, a wineholic, and love walks on the beach. Feminism and politics are absolutely my passions but most days I just like to netflix (And no, not chill)
What is your earliest travel memory?
I didn’t travel a lot when I was younger but my earlier memory was when I was around 9 and got on a plane for the first time from the old Durban airport on a trip to Joburg with my mom and baby brother. We explored the city together and it was so fun! I remember going to the Joburg zoo and throwing up because the monkeys smelt so bad!
Have you ever cried at the airport?
Something most people don’t know about me is that I get HECTIC airport anxiety. Like the days leading up to a flight I start to freak out and some occasions even cry. Once I get to the airport it gets even worse. I wrote a blogpost a few years ago about why I hate airports and love road trips and that still rings true – I much rather go on a road trip than fly somewhere. I got so excited earlier this month when my car reached 40,000km because I drove almost every single KM of that and it was always filled with awesome memories.
What is your travel style?
I wish I would find the balance between comfort and style but really I always choose one and compromise on the other. If I plan to take pictures for the gram I try to go all out with platform heels, miniskirts, crop tops and everything cute I own which means I end up being totally uncomfortable. But if I know I’m going to walk a lot I wear takkies and look like a hobo.
What is your favorite city?
Actually a city I just visited this month that’s been on my bucket list forever. Istanbul. TURKISH PEOPLE ARE THE KINDEST EVER. And honestly just made me feel more comfortable and “at home” than anywhere else I’ve been. Also, the east meets west feel of the city. And all the historical places. Not to mention the food is amazing!
What’s the weirdest thing you carry when traveling?
I don’t think there’s anything particularly weird I carry when traveling. I know I’m so boring.
What’s the most adventurous thing you have done on a holiday?
Hot air balloon in Cappadocia! An experience of a lifetime.
What do you collect when traveling?
Foreign currencies – I think it’s so cool to have different kinds of money! Even when other people travel I ask them to bring me money. I’m such a gold digger.
If you could time travel, which era and area you choose?
New York 1929 – right before the Wall Street Crash. (Can you tell Gatsby is my favorite movie!)
What your favorite international meal?
Baklava and Kunefe – the yummiest deserts I’ve had. I had them in the United Arab Emirates but I’m not sure what specific region they’re from
What do you miss about home when traveling?
I somehow always forget things at home when I’m away (Especially specific clothes and makeup) so I miss having all my clothes and makeup to choose from.
How does travel make you feel?
Life on the road feels RIGHT (if that makes sense). I love living out of a suitcase!
Where is the best party scene?
I’m yet to find out! But I really want to go to a music festival in another country – like Tomorrowland or Coachella!
Favourite travel-related book?
I don’t really read travel related books but I read a lot of political and current affairs books. My favourite would be Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
Worst piece travel advice you have received?
“I don’t think it’s safe there” I know people mean well but comments like this tend to be because people are misinformed. And besides, SA is actually one of the most dangerous countries to be in anyway! Most of the countries that are on my bucket list are in the Middle East and I’m actually so fascinated how people are so ignorant towards the region. Your chance of being bombed in Egypt is way less likely than your chance of being kidnapped, stabbed or even worse in South Africa.
What’s your ritual when you get to new destination?
Get a feel for the locals. Of course I travel to see new places but I feel like more than anything the people make the place.
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