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It’s time for the next post in our interview series with The Most Interesting Travelers In The World! Today’s interview is with Raksha Prasad, whose wonderful blog can be found at www.solopassport.com. Raksha writes:
I an Indian girl living in Australia. I mostly travel solo. I love meeting new people and exploring different cultures. I also believe that food is a very important part of travel and so I love tasting delicious food and trying new cuisines while traveling. I share all my travel journeys and pictures on my blog www.solopassport.com. I started this blog with a simple thought of writing my stories and sharing it with fellow travelers.
What inspired your love of travel – how did you get started?
My love for travel was very slow and gradual.
I first traveled in the year 2006 to a place that was closer to home with friends. I did love exploring new places and road trips. After this travel, I started traveling more frequently and discovering more places. The more I traveled, the more I understood I was born for travel.
By the time I realized that I was bitten by the travel bug and I was a travel addict, it was too late to turn back.
Today, I have traveled to 27 countries and I still have the same craving to explore and see this beautiful world.
Tell us about your favorite style of traveling…luxury or budget? Packing heavy or light? On the go or laid back?
I am not the person to sit back at luxurious resorts and enjoy the cocktails by the pool – even though the site tempts me :D. Having said that I do travel luxury sometimes, but not very frequently.
I love anything outdoors and I live by adventures. I generally plan few adventurous or outdoor activities such as scuba diving or hiking during my travels.
What’s your favorite travel story: the weirdest, or funniest, or most exciting, or most beautiful trip you’ve ever been on?
I have plenty of them, most of them are my misadventures during my travels. From flooding a serviced apartment on my first overseas solo travel to a scary encounter with an elephant, I have experienced it all.
But my most recent and favorite story is my hike to the Everest base camp. It was a distant dream that came true a few weeks ago. I met such inspiring people along my way – people who had hiked the Mt Everest Summit. It was an awesome travel in every aspect and an epitome of all the adventurous things I have done so far. I have scuba-dived, sky-dived, bunjee jumped and cage dived, but this hike was beyond any experience I have had.
What advice do you have specifically for female travelers?
Coming from a protected environment, I know how daunting it can be as a female solo traveler. But be open minded and accept the experiences the way they come. Travel is learning and it teaches how to adapt new environments and situations.
What would you say to encourage someone who wants to travel but is afraid to because of cost, time, etc.?
I believe in the saying “Where there is a will, there is a way” and one will always find a way to make it happen. And when planned very well, traveling is not that expensive.
I have a full time job and I am an avid traveler. I travel almost all weekends and public holidays. I plan well in advance. I also read and research about the place, so unnecessary expenses can be avoided.
What are your top 3 tips for newbie or wanna-be travelers?