I created the “Travellers’ Tales” section earlier this year to give my readers and other travellers an opportunity to talk about their travels. Today I would like to introduce you to Jyotsna Ramani , a travel blogger based in India. Visit her globe-trotting blog at “Wander With Jo”.
I would love to hear about your holidays too. Go to “Travellers’ Tales” , fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Jo. I am a passionate globetrotter and avid writer. Sometime back I decided to combine my two passions and now I am a travel blogger. I quit my job 7 years ago to start my freelance content writing biz as I wanted to escape the 9-to-5 grind to get more time to travel. It was the right decision and I have been travelling almost every month ever since.
2. What is your earliest travel memory?
Wandering in the jungles of India with my dad is one of my earliest fond travel memories. My dad is a wildlife tour operator so we used to visit popular parks in India like Corbett National Park and enjoy some excellent adventures in the bush.
3. Where was your last holiday?
I just got back from South Africa two weeks ago.
4. What was the best thing you did there?
Zululand Rhino Reserve was the highlight of my trip. I love animals and being close to nature so that was a perfect getaway. Being a private reserve, there weren’t many restrictions for game watching and no cut off times for safaris. So we could be in the bush all day if we wanted.
5. What was your best holiday ever? Why?
Africa is definitely topping my list so far. It used to be Kenya but now I am tilting towards South Africa – it’s hard to choose between these two. I think Africa has so much to offer for a wildlife lover like myself, so, my choice is based on that.
6. Who is your favourite travel companion/s?
Well I love travelling solo but I try to mix it up. I travel with parents, husband, friends and even relatives. Anyone who is ready to hop on a flight with me and prepared for an amazing adventure is usually welcome.
7. Name one item you must have when travelling.
My laptop. I need to stay connected for my work.
8. Your best travel advice?
Travel solo at least once in your life – It is an experience that will stay with you forever. Even if some misadventures come your way, that will only make you stronger and more independent.
9. The one place you want to visit before you die?
Rwanda - to walk with the gorillas.
10. Please include your blog/social media links.
11. Worst travel experience?
One of the bad experiences I had was when I was travelling solo to Laos and met with an accident while riding a bike. I was doing a three-day bike loop so I was 100 kms from the city. It so happened that I was trying to save a goat who was timidly crossing the street and hit the front brakes – my bike and I went flying off the road. I had to travel back to India in a wheelchair. However, it is just one of those misadventures that might happen – I would happily go back in a blink of an eye and never miss an opportunity to do a bike loop again. Probably - I will be more careful with the brakes though!
Thank you, Jyotsna , for sharing your exciting travels with us!
I would love to hear about your holidays too. Go to "Travellers’ Tales", fill in the quick questionnaire and email it to me with your blog links.
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