Digital Travel Guru interviewed the fabulous Wanderers Hub for our latest featured blogger interview.
Hello, Wanderers Hub, please couldyou introduce yourselves to our readers.
We are based in New Delhi, India and have been exploring the world since we got married in 2015. Our blog is a reflection of ourselves and things we love the most – travel, photography and playing models to each other. Harsh is a computer engineer by profession, and I am a post graduate in journalism.
Wanderers Hub is only a couple of months old but the feedback has been fabulous. So we are planning on adding more of fashion and travel posts in the coming months.
What tips of advice could you give our readers that may want to start a travel blog?
If you want to do it, do it. Never doubt yourself. You get only one chance to live, why waste it overthinking.Always go slow when traveling and try to explore as much as possible. Try getting a hang of a particular country – learn about the culture, interact with local people, and make sure you gorge on all local delicacies. Probably start writing about the place where you live before exploring other countries.
Have you got any places on your bucket list? If so where?
We’ve many. In fact we can’t wait to cross some destinations off our bucket list. We’re going on a road trip to Varanasi in a week. Then we’ll fly to Switzerland and Paris later in August. I just hope we can visit Fiji and South Africa super soon!
What are some of the best things about travel?
Traveling is an eye-opener. I mean its so fascinating to get the glimpse of lives of people outside your hometown. A refreshing new take to life – it’s the best feeling in the world. Basically when we travel, things work fine. Everything looks so much better!
Have you experienced any downsides to travel?
Ahh, many. Dealing with aggressive vendors in Bangkok, spraining our ankles while trekking Kheerganga, encountering conservative ideologies in some Asian temples, slipping and tripping all through the Tiger’s Nest Bhutan trek due to sudden climate change are some of the downsides which I can think of at the moment.
While its fun donning a local costume and hankering around in a new city, but there are hell lot of annoyances which one needs to overlook as well. I believe, life itself is a risk! And the pros of traveling definitely outweigh the so called ‘cons’ which are enough to keeping you going.
Is there any advice you can give people who want to start traveling for the first time?
Expect the unexpected and be prepared for the worst. I remember the first trip we took together, we were left in a Spanish city aimless and helpless when our chauffeur didn’t turn up at the airport to pick us up. We couldn’t understand the language and were nonetheless agitated to no ends. But we cooled down soon and took the decision of taking another taxi to reach our hotel and decide everything later on. Things went well thereafter.
The crux is things are bound to go wrong – you might end up losing your money, your driver may not turn up or you might miss out on the most important show on the itinerary – every adventure is going to teach you something. It’ll make you a better traveler.
Whats your favourite city or cities and why? What are the top attractions to see in each?
I like places with dramatic sceneries and colourful cultures. And without a doubt, I’d say Paro in Bhutan happens to be one of my most favourite cities. Harsh loves Bali!
Any recommendations for best beaches you have visited? where were they?, and what did you like about them?
Beaches in Bali were particularly spectacular. The tropical island is a hidden beach paradise and every beach is unique in itself. Green Bowl Beach with its abandoned utopia makes for a surreal site.
What’s your favourite travel apps?
We use XE for currency exchange info and Google Maps for treading out our paths in local and foreign locations.
What are 3 things your travels have taught you?
1. Exhaustion and restlessness are real. We both cannot sit in hotels for long (provided its too hot outside) and prefer exploring all nooks and crannies of any place we are not acquainted with till the point we are completely drained out. So exhaustion follows. It is important to plan your itinerary really well else things can get messy!
2. Traveling definitely leaves you speechless. Every new country you visit, you realise something different about how it looks and how it makes you feel. Every journey you take becomes an inseparable part of your life and you can narrate it word by word within seconds!
3. Giving back to the society is extremely important. Meet local people with open hearts and smiles on your face and see the kind of impacts you’ll draw. Try to help people, gel around with little kids and take something along to present to them as a memoir. You’ll never forget what you did for them, and they will always remember you! 🙂
Can you recommend any great places you have visited for our readers that has delicious food? I’ll have to say Delhi here. The street food here is yumm. You cannot get it in any other place of the world, I bet.
Have you had any scary travel experiences? If so what happened?
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new,”. We made mistakes while traveling too and one of our mistakes landed us in deep trouble. We forgot to carry our rain gear and wear proper shoes for Tigers Nest trek in Bhutan. That landed us in major trouble. You can read our story too. 🙂
Have you got any tips for our readers to save money whilst travelling?
We strongly believe you do not need a lot of money to travel. You can still lead a life of luxury while simultaneously traveling the world. We do this by:
Travelling during off season
Booking flights in advance (usually 3 months beforehand)
Comparing hotels on different booking sites
Your top off the beaten track places to visit & why?
Kheerganga in Himachal is one of the most amazing treks you can go for. It can give you the much needed adrenaline rush!
What are your travel plans this year? Any thing exciting?
We are extremely excited about Varanasi as it is the most ancient civilisation.
How do you plan your trips? (do you for example use any websites or particular places to research)?
Most of the travel destinations are decided on a whim. There is not particular method we follow for our bookings. We just try to maintain a perfect dose of mountains, beaches, and cultural attractions.
Best websites to book flights / hotels or other ?
We use Yatra for flight bookings and Agoda for hotel bookings.
What 5 things do you always pack?
1. Comfortable clothes
2. Sunscreen (now that we have learned it the hard way)
4. Chargers and wires
5. A pair of flip-flops
Share a travel quote you love one of your own.
Leave no corner, travel the world!
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Digital Travel Guru – would like to say a huge Thank You to Wanderers Hub for taking the time to do fantastic interview with us. Best of luck on all your travels.