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Interview With Surya Raju from travelrope.com

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1.Tell us something about yourself.

I work for a Software Company in my full time role. I take keen interest in blogging and in particular travel blogging.I have my own website  “Travelrope”. I have always loved reaching out to people and you can find my travel stories along with others’ on my site. You can also find some inspiring stories on my blog’s “Inspire Me” Series. I love dancing and have been learning classical dance,Kathak for quite sometime now. I am an avid animal lover and I strongly endorse giving back no matter if it is in a small way or a big way. Getting started is what it takes.

2.How do you plan your trip?

My trips are always planned by me. I do a lot of research on the places that I want to visit. My trips are not so unplanned J I usually know beforehand what I would want to see.  But with each trip, the experiences and the people are what makes or breaks the trip for me.

3.Do you always travel pre-planned or let yourself be a free spirit?

I mostly do a pre-planned trip. But many times, we have decided to do something different after reaching the place. So, its not that we stick to a particular agenda all the time. Though I do research before taking off, I always ask the locals on what are the must dos. They are the best people to give the perspective about a place.

4.How often do you travel outstation and how long do you stay over there?

Every couple of months, I travel with my better half ! We have mostly done couple travel. We try to do short and long trips. Some are weekend getaways while some would be about a week or two. So far, we have managed to travel once every 2 months.

5.Have you ever gone into a place which turned out to be totally different from how you had imagined it to be?

Rome was one such place for me. I had a very different perspective of it before I reached there. But I did end up meeting some rude people there which completely spoilt the experience for me. I don’t think I would prefer visiting Rome again unless there is a strong reason to do so.

6.Other than travelling what do you prefer to do?

Other than traveling, there are many things which I like to invest my time into. I strongly believe in Community Service. I give much of my time to that. Blogging takes up a fair amount of time. My office work keeps me busy. Plus I’m into dancing. So, I’m usually juggling between these things.

7.Any remarkable experience that taught you something during your travel?

We had been to Sikkim and we went during the winter to experience snow. The temperature was fluctuating between 2 deg Celsius and 4 deg celsius. For two days, we had no heaters,phones,television or any nearby shops. It was just us and the nature. So, I realised that we can stay without all these things provided there is good company. Sikkim trip has been one of the best trips ever. I would rather call it an experience than a trip. I met the best set of people, had the most amazing experiences there and it was something surreal. I can probably go to Sikkim any number of times !

8.Who motivated you to get into blogging in the first place?

Blogging happened suddenly. It wasn’t planned at all. I took things as they came. I just wanted to pen down my experiences after a trip to beautiful Hampi. If I were to thank someone who has been with me through out, then it has to be Vimal, my better half ! He has always been so ever encouraging.

9.Have you travelled internationally? What are the places and how was the experience? Did it somehow differ from the experiences you have garnered in India?

Yeah I have travelled to a couple of countries like Thailand,Switzerland,Rome,Florence, Paris,Pisa,Greece, Dubai.Some of the places have been absolutely amazing. My favorite has been Paris,Switzerland and Greece. It is because of some of the most amazing people I met there. Be it within India or outside of it, I believe everybody connects to each place differently. I have had some beautiful memories in Andaman and Sikkim here in India. People can make it memorable for a person visiting a place.I would always be so thankful to all those who made it possible for me to carry back such wonderful stories.

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