Siddharta Joshi, the blogger behind The Wanderer works in Industrial Design and is an avid street photographer. He blogs about his home country which is India and also other countries that he visits. What I love the most about his blog is that it gives you a different perspective about the places that he’s been to. It makes you feel as if you’re part of the community of those places.
Get to know more about Sid and follow his adventures at The Wanderer.
But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Sid.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“I have been traveling quite a bit as a kid as my dad moved towns every two years as part of his work profile. However, I discovered my true passion for travel when I was twenty-one, wanted to take a mini-vacation and none of my friends were interested to join in. I did my first solo trip and since then have been traveling at every available opportunity.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“I have never really has had a horrible experience so far. Maybe I have been lucky, though I do trips with caution even if they are impromptu.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“There have been many amazing experiences and its quite tough to pick just one. As my memories are fresh, I can perhaps talk about my trek at Mount Mulanje in Malawi. I trekked with just my guide and the trip was truly remarkable both in terms of the efforts to climb as well as the wonderful feeling of solitude I experienced at the summit.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“This is an easy one, I think travel has certainly convinced me that despite our visible differences, people are essentially very similar – kind, trustworthy and helpful, whether you are in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa or America.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I think it’s the sense of discovery and exploration that keeps me going. Also the fact that I interact quite a bit with the locals when I travel allows me to collect stories and experiences, which are so different and personal, that the trip becomes a completely unique experience.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“Well, if I had an opportunity to travel with someone I would pick Genghis Khan. He not just lived through adventurous times, he was even responsible for defining his era. Plus he was a great traveler as well who moved through continents on his horse through most of life, something I too would love to do.”
Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?
“I do not have a good answer for this. The best I can offer here is that I love mountains, anywhere in the world. It’s within mountains that I get the complete sense of belongingness.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Try solo traveling. And travel very light.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“Once I was traveling with a bunch of guy friends and we were traveling overnight in a sleeper bus. Just before boarding we ended up way too much beer and within an hour or so needed to use the loo. The bus, of course, had no toilet so in desperation we emptied water bottles and peed into these mineral water bottles, laughing our own stupidity all the while, even as the bus shook and took sharp turns. As everyone is bus slept, we managed to throw out these yellow bottles out of the windows.”
“When sober we were extremely embarrassed, but it became a story we still recall and laugh about.”
How do you fund your travels?
“I earn through a day job, which I also love (designing), and use a part of it for funding my travels. I also travel for work and try to extend those trips to stay back and explore the places as well.”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“I do not really do much for this. I make sure I trust the people I depend on, and I try and keep my family back home informed about my approximate whereabouts.”
What do you think about yourself?
“I am a designer, traveller, and a travel blogger who loves people more than everything else. I derive my passion from interacting with the people for whom I design the products as well as from the people I meet with during my travels. I am extremely passionate about inspiring the world around me to travel more, as I truly believes that only travelling can break barriers and make us more tolerant and accepting of our differences. I hope sometime in my lifetime, there would be a world without visas and boundaries.”
“The Wanderer is a travel and living blog from India. It’s a space where I share stories of my travels from across the world, along with travel and photography tips. My hope is that by sharing these stories I will be able to inspire more people to travel and explore the world even more.” – Siddharta Joshi of The Wanderer
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Sid.