Today I’m introducing a new feature to Carly Blogs: The Travel Blogger Series
Travel blogs have been instrumental in helping organize and plan our trip. There is so much information available from travel blogs – whether it’s advice on booking the best hotel in a location or tips on how to avoid getting scammed; we have learned so much just from reading about other’s experiences.
I wanted to start this travel blog series as a way to learn more about bloggers and introduce my readers to some great resources.
Today’s featured travel blogger is Sucheta from Go Eat Give. Sucheta is an award-winning food and travel writer who founded Go Eat Give, an organization that offers immersive food and travel experiences.
Go Eat Give Indian Cooking Class
Go Eat Give offers a few programs to connect the world of food, travel, and education. They host monthly Destination Dinners in Atlanta where guests can experience a new cultural dining experience at a local restaurant, they offer cooking classes where participants can learn to cook a new international cuisine, and Go Eat Give provides customized vacation itineraries to help travelers immerse themselves into the country they’re visiting.
So without further adieu, I’ll let Sucheta take it away:
How do you stay healthy when you travel?
I start each morning with yoga in my room. It helps me stay physically & mentally fit. You don’t need to carry any special equipment, look for a gym and it only takes a few minutes. Typically, my breakfast includes a big plate of fruits & tea or coffee. I also take vitamin C, zinc, echinacea & dried figs for added nutrition.
Any tips for learning more about a culture and meeting locals when you don’t speak the language?
Definitely, do your homework before you arrive at your destination. Learn a few words for greetings & know about cultural nuances so you don’t come across as an arrogant tourist. The language of smile is universal & it helps me get out of most situations when I don’t speak the language.
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
My favorite thing about traveling is learning. I like to experientially learn everything about the culture – history, people, costumes, food, etc. If you stay home & read about another country, its great; but actually living through the pages is another thing. It stays with you forever.
What’s your travel pet peeve?
I can’t stand it when people arrive at a destination with a checklist of things to see packed in a short amount of time. They take the tourist bus tours to take drive-by photos of every single monument or neighborhood, without having to understand the story behind them. When someone tell me they went for a 10 day, 7 country tour of Europe & saw everything, it makes me feel sorry for them.
What’s the most surreal place you’ve ever visited?
Greenland. It feels like you have stepped away from the planet. There are hardly any people & so much natural beauty all around you.
What are some of your “must pack” items? Why?
When you are traveling so frequently, you are across time zones & in different beds each night, so your sleep patterns tend to get messed up. I recreate my home comforts in the hotel room by carrying my own Tempurpedic pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, & lavender oil for fragrance.
What are your favorite travel apps?
WhatsApp to stay connected; Evernote to keep my itineraries, journals, notes, contacts, etc.
If I visit your country, what’s one meal I can’t miss?
If you come to my hometown of Punjab, India, you have to try sarson ka saag (mustard & spinach greens) & makki ki roti (corn flatbread) with lots of home churned white butter. It is delicious, healthy & legendary. This dish is not commonly found at Indian restaurants anywhere, so you would need to visit a home or typical Dhaba (street restaurant) to try it. I guarantee you will never forget it!
Can you share your favorite hidden treasure (place, food, event) that you found while traveling? I understand if you can’t!
There maybe too many to choose! One of them is the Puri Gangga Resort in the village of Sebatu in Bali. It is a charming sustainable hotel in a quiet village overlooking a Hindu temple. There is nothing touristy around. While most people flock to the all-inclusive beach resorts of Bali & come back with less than optimal view of the island, I feel that here I can find farm to table cuisine, fresh air, friendly service & optimal relaxation.
What’s your favorite thing about travel blogging?
I love travel blogging because I can share my experiences in my own words with anyone. Through my blog, Go Eat Give, I have inspired readers to dig deeper into the culture when they travel, volunteer in the community & get out of their comfort zones. I love to hear from my readers about how they were able to have a positive experience in another country after they implemented recommendations from my blogs and articles.
If you can answer, favorite place to visit?
It is a tough question as I have traveling to some amazing places around the world, but Italy remains one of my favorite destinations. I like to explore the little towns across the country, where the food is great & the scenery always amazing.
Where is the next place you’re traveling to?
In April, I am headed to sleep under the Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland.
Thanks so much Sucheta for participating in this series! I have promptly downloaded Evernote based on your advice. 🙂
Are you a travel blogger? Or a blogger who likes to travel? Send me a message if you’d like to participate in this series!