One of the things that I always wanted to do is to travel the whole world and write about the places and people. Well, I cannot afford it and I could travel only 2 countries until now. I hope that after few years, I can really travel many places. So, I always try to read anything related to travel. I am a member of Absolute Write Forum and to my amazement, I discovered that there is a member there who has traveled extensively in the last few years. Sara has gone to many places and you will find that in her blog: http://sayssara.wordpress.com/ she has shared some of her experiences. I became very eager to interview her to know about the world more. Here, are the interview questions for the readers:
Razib Ahmed: You have traveled extensively in the last one decade. What are the major problems that you faced while traveling?
Sara: When you do a lot of travelling you become aware of what the potential problems might be and how to avoid them. In countries with a high rate of poverty, crime can be a problem and tourists are often seen as easy targets because they have money. You need to be aware of your surroundings, and avoid flashing cash or expensive cameras around, or travelling alone in unlit areas, and so forth. We tend to research a place before going there, to be aware of any problems. We have so far managed to avoid any major problems.
Razib Ahmed: What are the countries that you like to visit as soon as possible and why?
Sara: I would like to visit as many countries as possible while I am still financially and physically able to do so, as there will come a day when I won’t be able to. I don’t really have a time scale other than that. I’ve never been to
Razib Ahmed: While traveling, I am sure that you have witnessed real poverty in some parts of Asia, Africa and
Sara: It makes me more appreciative of how fortunate I am myself, and how privileged we are in
Razib Ahmed: Have you become fan of any handicraft product of any particular place? If so, please let us know something about it.
Sara: When we were in
Razib Ahmed: I noticed from your blog that you have published some short stories and written two novels. Have you written any book about your travels? Do you have any plan to open a blog about traveling?
Sara: At the moment, I’m just planning to transpose notes from my journals onto the blog’s pages, rather than set up a separate dedicated travel blog. I’ve toyed with the idea of travel writing, but my strength seems to lie in fiction rather than non-fiction.
Razib Ahmed: There are some countries you have visited more than once. For example you visited
Sara: I think in the past much of the world has aspired to be more like
Razib Ahmed: Why did you open a blog? What is your future plan with your blog?
Sara: I have been told by several people that if you’re a writer you need a website and a blog. Until I get a publishing contract, or at the very least an agent, I don’t think there’s much point in having a website because I have nothing to promote. But I started the blog as a way of practising, really – a first step in building a web presence for myself. I blog about writing, commuting, travelling and books because these things are all significant parts of my life. I never really anticipated I’d have much of a following; I set up the blog for myself. I find that if I’m not doing much work on the novel, at least if I’ve posted a blog entry I can feel I’ve written something. Hopefully the day will come when I’ve had a book published and people that read it and like it can follow the blog to learn more about the next book’s journey.
Razib Ahmed: What is your most favorite place to visit and why?
Sara: I loved the south island of
Razib Ahmed: You have visited
Sara: They are both countries straddling two cultures.