Guest Interview With Digital Travel Guru

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Please introduce our readers a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started my blog last year www.digitaltravelguru.com, due to my love for travelling and photography. Prior to that, I was thinking about starting one for a very long time. As I have travelled to many countries, and I love photography, writing and travelling so I decided to document my trips via a blog. Many friends and work colleagues also encouraged me to start as I have always helped them plan trips and places to visit.
My blog site aims to cover the full 360 travel experience from, luxury travel, backpacking, videos, photos, featuring other travel bloggers, culture, historical sites, sightseeing, shopping, food and reviews as well as much much more. If you’re a travel blogger and want to be featured then, please contact me on [email protected]) I also have two facebook groups (noted at the bottom you can join if you’re a blogger).

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What’s on your bucket list?

Oh my gosh I have so many places I want to see and travel to, here are some of my top ones. I love tropical beach places mixed with culture and history. My favourite is exploring temples and ancient ruins.  

  • Bora Bora 
  • Costa Rica  
  • Belieze  
  • Zanzibar  
  • Madasgar  
  • Panama 
  • South Africa  
  • Mauritus 

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Where do you plan to visit this year? 

I’m so excited about my travel plans for 2017, I plan to visit the Philippines, Bali (again) as there is so much there I need to do, that I could not finish on my last trip, India (been too many times to count, but it’s such a huge country I have tons left to see and explore, I also have some projects in India going on) and of course Thailand as I have the Thailand bug and cannot stop going there lol. Later in the year I also plan to travel to Dubai again, Morocco, and a few other countries in Asia. I might eve pop over to the Nicobar and Andaman islands, check my blog to keep updated. \

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What’s your favourite City?

I have a few favourite cities, but mine has to be Bangkok, I visit Bangkok a few times a year, I just love it, there is always something new to see and do there, from the numerous markets, to night life, to bars, cultural attractions and of course shopping. I love the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, but 1 thing I don’t not like crazy traffic, if your going use the sky train. 

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Best Islands you have visited? 

Again I love so many tropical paradise islands, some are: 

  • Koh Samui 
  • Koh Chang 
  • Koh Tao 
  • Seychelles 
  • Sri Lanka
  • Maldives 
  • Bali 

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Top dishes/food you have tried on your travels? 

Masala Dosa: India 

India Masala dosa is fermented crepe with a stuffing of mashed potato and served with coconut chutney and sambar. It’s absolutely delicious. My mum makes the best Masala Dosa’s and side dishes being from South India, I absolutely love it. I tasted some amazing dosas in Chennai too. 

digital travel guruNasi ayam and Nasi campur: Bali 

Can be found at many warungs, which are (small eateries) and restaurants located throughout the island. The dish is mainly white rice served with many different elements of Balinese delights, from a bit of babi buling or betutu as the main meats, together with mixed vegetables and a dab of the iconic spicy hot sambal matah – sometimes served with a bowl of soup. 

Babi guling: Bali  

is an all-time favourite, consisting of spit-roast pig stuffed with rich traditional spices and vegetable mixes such as cassava leaves, slowly ‘rolled’ over (hence its name, guling means ‘to roll’) a coal fire. The crisp brown skins are prized, while the meat is a tender and juicy treat.

Tom yam: Thailand 

This herb-forward broth is often referred to in English-language menus as ‘sour Thai soup’. The shrimp version – tom yam kung – is the most lauded, and justifiably so: the combination of fatty prawns and a tart/spicy soup result in an unusual but the most delicious and distinctly Thai amalgam.

Som tam: Thailand

Although its origins lie in Thailand’s rural northeast, this dish of strips of crunchy unripe papaya bruised in a mortar and pestle with tomato, long beans, chilli, lime and fish sauce, has found a foothold in virtually every corner of the country. Couple the dish with a basket of sticky rice for a light yet piquant Thai meal.

digital travel guruFish curry (bonito): Seychelles

Another hot and spicy mix! Any fish that won’t fall apart when cooked can be used for this one, buthere I love. It is a fiery mix of curry powder, curry leaves and turmeric. It’s so delicious, I made it myself when I visited Seychelles, after visiting the local fisherman when they brought the fresh catch of the day in, wonderful experience buying local produce and cooking. 

Ackee and saltfish: Jamaica

It is a traditional Jamaican dish. I ate this a lot when I travelled to Jamaica, you can buy this widely in London from many of the Caribbean restaurants and takeaways. Ackee is a fruit that was imported to the Caribbean from Ghana before 1725. The dish is made with salt cod, ackee, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, tomatoes and spices. You can eat it with rice or dumplings, and it tastes just divine. 

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What are some so your top restaurants around the globe you have eaten in? 

Such a hard question to narrow down, as there are so many amazing places that I have had food in from street food stalls to restaurants, and from markets, and also cooked by locals friends in different countries however here are some of my favourite places. 

  1. London 

https://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/singapore-garden   

  1. India 

https://www.zomato.com/chennai/bay-view-vivanta-by-taj-fisherman-s-cove-kovalam

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  1. Thailand 

http://www.jimthompson.com/restaurants_bars/Thompson-Restaurant.asp

  1. Bali 

http://www.cafelotusubud.com

  1. Dubai

https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/restaurant-at-burj-al-arab/al-muntaha/

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Best destinations for shopping?

I absolutely love India, Thailand and Bali for shopping these places are my absolute paradise places and are a shoppers dream.

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Worst travel experience? 

Having a snake in my suitcase inn Thailand, lol. I’m laughing now but it was not funny. Tip: in tropical places if your gonna leave doors open do not leave your suitcase on the floor with the lid unzipped. 

Also rushing to book a flight within Thailand, and booking it to the wrong place with a similar name, which added 5 hours extra to my trip, but it was fun lol.

digital travel guruTop travel and planning tips.

I have to warn you I am not a light traveller, no matter what I do I always have tons of luggage haha. It’s something I struggle with, from cameras, to lenses, batteries, phones, laptops, gopro’s, selfie sticks, tablets and all the wires and my hair electrical items lol It already weighs 7kg arghhh.

digital travel guruSome of my tips would be: 

My favourite one is find an airline that offers good baggage weight I love Emirates Airlines. 

Pack your carry on luggage with the mindset if you suitcase gets lost you will have all your essentials to see you going for a few days and anything of value / importance. 

Research, research and research, I love planning my trips and researching them, from local sights, to shopping, to accommodation, and tours I like to research the destination or places i am visiting I do this via trip advisor, Facebook groups, blogs and even Instagram. None the less, it is equally as important to explore locally when you get there. 

Familiarise yourself with local customs’ rules and warnings before you go. What might be acceptable in one country might to be in another. 

Book flights in advance, and try multiple search engines, vary the days and times and stop overs and you could save yourself some money. 

When travelling, try and see and experience life with the locals, goofy the beaten track, explore, try new food, try learning local words and, ask locals for tips about the places that you might have heard of. 

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