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 Priya from The World Through My Eyes!
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The World Through My Eyes
I’m Priya Iyer, a 30-something content writer, editor and blogger from Bangalore, India. Grew up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Can’t think of life without her family. Besotted with her family. Thinks of herself as creative. Passionate about writing and reading. Feels that writing, blogging and cooking are therapy. A travel enthusiast. Learning photography. Big-time foodie. Learning the nooks and crannies of the city she calls home now. Eternal romantic. An optimist. Music lover. A believer in ‘Live and let live’. Wants to live life to the fullest.
What is your earliest travel memory?
My earliest travel memory would have to be that of a looonnnggg train journey all the way from Ahmedabad to Madras, in my summer vacations. We used to stay in Ahmedabad then and travelling to my uncle’s place in Madras by Navjeevan Express would take over 36 hours. I would sit cross-legged, facing the window, and look out all the time, except when I wasn’t sleeping or reading. I guess those train journeys made me realise just how vast and diverse India is, and probably planted itchy feet in me.
Have you ever cried at the airport?
I haven’t. I’m a rather private sort of person, who keeps her feelings mostly to herself or makes them known only to her closest ones. I’m not the kind of person who would cry at a railway station or an airport, though I have cried for leaving beautiful places or for departing family in the comfort of my home, a whole lot of times.
What’s your travel style?
I would say my travel style is slow and exploratory. I like reading up about a place before I visit, but I am not a checklist sort of person. I might have a rough idea of the things I want to do at a destination, but I don’t have hard and fast rules about ticking them off. Once I reach a destination, I like checking out spots at my own place, soaking them in, taking pictures, making mental notes about them, interacting with people, trying out the food there, shopping, and just walking around. I don’t limit myself to touristy things – rather, I try to live as a local would, as much as I can.
What’s your favourite city?
Ahmedabad. It spells out ‘home’ to me, and I love it to bits. It will always hold a special place in my heart, wherever I live. And then, of course, it is a paradise for vegetarian food lovers, it is a good mix of the modern and the traditional, and is a great place to live in.
What is the weirdest thing you carry while traveling?
A blank notebook. I like recording impressions from my travel to different spots in the notebook, something that often strikes people as weird.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done on holiday?
Horse riding down steep valleys in Kashmir. Paragliding in Goa.
What do you collect when travelling?
Experiences. Stories. Recipes. Conversations. Life learnings. Photographs. New ingredients. Souvenirs.
If you could time travel, which era and area would you choose?
There are a whole lot of places I’d love to go to in that case! I’d probably choose to go back to India in the 1930s, when it was under the British Raj. I have always been fascinated by that period in our history. I’d LOVE to get a real feel of how it was like, living in those days.
Which is your favourite international meal?
I haven’t travelled much internationally, just the one trip to Thailand the husband and I went on for our honeymoon. I wasn’t a travel and food blogger then, and I dipped half-heartedly into Thai cuisine (something that I deeply rue now!). That said, we tried out some amazing pasta and pizza at a little joint in Pattaya – I forget the name of the place now.
What do you miss most about home when you travel?
My light- and noise-free bedroom – more often than not, I end up in a room full of light and noise in hotels, resulting in broken sleep. The comfort of getting into my own kitchen and being able to fix a meal whenever needed.
How does travel make you feel?
Travel opens me up from the inside. It broadens my horizons. It teaches me compassion and humility. It teaches me that my way of living is not the only way. It makes me feel joyous, for having had the chance to undertake a journey. It makes me feel sad, too, for I know I don’t travel as much as I would love to, for various reasons.
Where is the best party scene?
I’m not the ‘party’ kind of person, so I wouldn’t know.
Favourite travel related book?
A thousand days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi – sheer poetry. This would be closely followed by A Year In The World by Frances Mayes
Worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
‘Oh, that place can be done in half a day!’
What’s your ritual when you get to a new destination?
Reach my hotel room, freshen up, relax for a bit and then head out to see my immediate feelings. This helps me put me in travel mode – it makes me realise that we have actually reached a different place.
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