An Indian passport holder decides to get away from his normal routine life An Indian passport holder decides to get away from his normal routine life Interviews SHARE Ricky , June 7, 2014 / 1 1. Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently? Hello my name is Karthik. I was born and raised in Hyderabad, a metropolis in the South of India. In 2012, after I completed my MBA I decided to travel as I had no idea what was going to happen in my life and I was never interested in finding a day job at an office. I started to write my experiences on my blog Romancing The Planet (http://www.romancingtheplanet.com) and people started liking it. Currently I am back home after a one month long trip to Thailand where I had incredible experiences and met amazing people from around the world. 2. Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad? My first trip abroad was to Thailand as was my recent trip. But then I was young and do not remember much. It lasted just for six days and ended up spending much more than I have planned for. That motivated me to plan in a more careful way from the next time onward. 3. What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other? In the last 20 months I have travelled to 10 different countries and multiple number of times to some countries. When you add all the above, I am the result of that kind of travel. The longest stretch that I travelled continuously was exactly 100 days when I travelled to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. There have been cases where I stayed in a country for just a day. 4. How do you fund yourself when travelling? I fund myself through my blog. I have affiliate links on the blog from where I get share of my funds. But most of the funding comes from my sponsors who partnered with my blog and I create and publish content for them. There is Adsense that’s also set up on the website. 5. Your favourite place you have been to? And why? Personally, I love every place where I have been to. I have never regretted being in a particular place. But, if I have to choose one I would say Bhutan. It’s one of the most serene places on earth and I got a feeling of being in heaven when you travel there. Then comes Nepal because of its festivities and culture. For food I love Malaysia and Singapore. 6. Your least favourite place you have been to? And why? None, but if I had to choose one I say Kathmandu. The reason being it’s the most chaotic place I have ever been to. But that’s what you should be expecting from South Asia. 7. What advice would you give to other people looking to travel? I have seen many people who are longing to travel, but something stops them from travelling. First, reason being safety. When you actually travel for a while you will find out that the world is a much safer place than your home. My advice to them is just go. The world is an amazing place and you will be shocked how many different kinds of people exist in this small world. 8. What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see? I still have many things that I have to achieve. I have been travelling for about 20 months now in bits and pieces, but I still feel that I have not even completed 1% of my bucket list. The one thing I am most desperate about is travelling to East Asia. I travel to meet new people and that’s the reason I would love to travel in Asia (60% of the world’s population lives in Asia) first and then move to the other continents. 9. When did you start your blog? Why should people read it? I started my blog in 2012. It has gradually been growing since then but I had expected a faster rate of growth. That aside, people should read my blog to live in my boots if they are not able to travel. I also provide some travel tips that can make your travel easier, cheaper and better. 10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? I have no idea of what’s gonna happen tomorrow and five years is a long time. But I have short goals that I want to accomplish. My ultimate dream is to have a house on one of the many beaches of South East Asia and live a life without troubles of the world. But that does not mean, I want to stop travelling. Travelling has given me a new way of life and would never give it up. An Indian passport holder decides to get away from his normal routine life, ends up traveling to meet new people and learn about their lives. The writer behind the scenes of Romancing The Planet (www.romancingtheplanet.com) and The Travelling Indian (www.thetravelingindian.com) – Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala is a serious case of wanderlust who prefers to spend his money on traveling rather than buying things. Get in touch with him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/romancingtheplanet) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/romancingplanet).