I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section to give other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Shaurya Jain, a travel blogger and marketing consultant based in Kerala, India.
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
Read about Shaurya’s travels here,
1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I am Shaurya Jain, a marketing consultant for Asian Tours and Holidays and I write some personal travel blogs as well. I love marketing more than I love travel, to be honest. However, travel is also a passion of mine therefore I help travel bloggers and companies deliver awesome content to their readers.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
My earliest travel memory is of going to Kullu Manali, a popular hill station of Northern India. I remember my father skiing while my mom, my brother and I sat and watched. I guess it was the last time he skied.
Since then I have visited the place a couple of times but never witnessed snowfall again.
3. Where was your last holiday?
My last trip was to Gantok, Sikkim which lies in the North-Eastern part of India. The North East of India is so clean unlike the rest of India that it seems as though it is a different country altogether. Lovely Place!
4. What was the best thing you did there?
Shopping!! The mall road at Gantok is very beautiful and has lot of great shops and restaurants. I bought a t-shirt and pair of jeans for myself ignoring the fact that my fashion sense is bad but after I came back home, my friends made me realize that it has not improved!
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
My best holiday ever was when I went to Japan as a teenager with my friends. The Japanese government sponsored the whole trip. It was meant to be an educational trip but we had other plans in mind.
We played pranks on students from other countries, made some great friends, did a homestay at a native’s house and all sorts fun stuff.
Unfortunately, Our sensei ( teacher in Japanese ) fell sick and could not enjoy the trip much. However, she had been to Japan many times before so it was not a big deal for her!!
6. What is your favourite travel destination?
It has to be Japan.
It is the perfect mix of culture, tradition and modernity. It is very similar to India in this way but has much better order and justice.
Secondly it is a hub of gadgets and gizmos and which guy does not love them!
And lastly, it is hosting the 2020 summer Olympics. Need I say more!
7. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
I prefer to travel alone.
8. Name one item you must have when travelling.
Hand sanitizer. With the kind of places I often find myself at, a hand sanitizer is a must. For many Indian villages, running tap water is still a dream. So if you need to wash your hand before you grab something to eat, a hand sanitizer is your only option.
9. Your best travel advice?
What do you say when a fellow traveler or local asks you “what do you do for a living”
I don’t know about you but my answer is “ I am a police Officer” when I am traveling in my own country and “I am a diplomat” when I am traveling abroad.
Let me tell you why. There are a lot of scammers out there and you can’t recognise one in just one or two meetings. We tend to overestimate our ability to spot a person with bad intentions and underestimate our tendency to fall in their trap.
So to keep these people at bay I say I am a Police Officer as everyone fears them.
I can’t use the same excuse when I am traveling abroad so I tell people that I am a Diplomat. It is the duty of a country to take care of the diplomats so if they face any problem, the government rushes to rescue them and look into the matter. Therefore, no one messes with them. (Lol)
10. The one place you want to visit before you die?
I would love to visit Las Vegas. I want to know what the fuss is all about. But, I won’t be going alone this time. I will have my friends with me and I hope we have some wild experiences.
11. How can people connect with you?
Thank you, Shaurya , for sharing your fascinating travels with us!
I would love to hear about your travels too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales”, fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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