A warm welcome to Savita Ragoonanan, Blogger at Travel and Treatz. Savita is on a one woman mission to sample desserts, mangoes, scenery, people and culture from every corner of the globe possible.
The decision to travel was a great opportunity for Savita to learn something new, put her MBA, discover another version of herself and to make a difference in communities that are under served. Savita says it’s early days, her writing is not creating a big revenue stream yet, but it’s coming. However, her drivers are less about ‘how to travel and blog for money,’ rather about finding a way to evolve her own storytelling style and create a way to connect with her family friends and readers via her personal journey around the world.
I hope you enjoy this case study about a remarkable woman and her thirst for exploration and self discovery. Enjoy.
Q. Tell us a bit about you and your website travelandtreatz.com
In 2017, I became the cliche, “Quit your job and travel the world.”
When I left my corporate career in Telecoms, it wasn’t just about aimlessly traveling the world alone; It was about changing my bearings and using that wanderlust for personal growth. I decided to step out my comfort zone and force myself to learn new things on the fly for example learning the language of the country I’m in and trusting people you’ve known for 5 mins.
At some point, we’ve all felt stagnant in some aspect of life and the only way forward is to make a change. This doesn’t necessarily mean travel, it can be taking a dance class alone, opening your own business or running a marathon. The reality is that we are in fact human and we don’t always have the courage to do it.
I’m still finding my bearings but Travel and Treatz put simply, is my way of inspiring others to go after the things they want through sharing my experiences of travel and dessert from around the world.
Q. How did you first get into this niche?
My travel plan evolved from taking a break from corporate life for “about 3 months” to “for as long as I like it and for as long as it makes financial sense.”
The more I researched, the more I realized that I needed more time.
It was not meant to be an extended vacation full of sight seeing, it was meant to experience new cultures, desserts (I am a dessertaholic) and all that different countries have to offer (both good and bad). I started looking at volunteer projects and ways to support my travels while actually traveling. After discussions with friends, everyone wanted to be updated on my travels, some said, “I can’t do that, I’ll live through you.”
My online presence started to evolve from there and blogging seemed like the logical step.
Q. What has been your biggest success in this niche?
So far, I would have to say being recognized for my writing. It’s great to read some of the positive comments on my blog posts.
Also, people seem genuinely excited my details of my trips. I’ve recently started as a freelance writer for a travel website. I must say it is very reassuring to know that I’m doing something well.
Q. What has been the most challenging part of your journey so far?
There are 2 things that equally present a challenge to me.
The first challenge is finding a balance for sharing the personal details in my stories. I’ve never been an open book, so it can sometimes be a struggle, do my readers need to know about what happened after a man in the streets of Cairo convinced to me to follow him? …probably; or do my readers need to know which movie made me cry?… for now I’ll go with probably not.
The second challenge would be articulation of my stories as I have a tendency to be a bit abrupt. For example, I was on a sailboat for 3 hours vs I went sailing for 3 hours, threw up 3 times, next time I’ll take one of those drugs because I have no sea legs.
Q. What are the essential tools of your trade and explain why.
- My camera ~ I recently upgraded from a point and shoot to a Sony alpha a6300. Without a decent camera the only great image I would have to share would be in my head. A picture is worth 1000 words…other than amazing, I can’t find the right words to describe a jaw dropping sight like The Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Other Bloggers ~ You can learn a lot from other bloggers. Follow a few of the good ones depending on your niche and you can learn best practice and mistakes. I read other blogs just to provoke my own thoughts, I sometimes come up with ideas on what I could be doing better or new things within my niche.
Q. What do you think are emerging trends in your niche/field in 2018?
Video blogs and the number of ‘Vloggers’ will continue to grow, I see so many of 30 seconds to 1 min blurbs on my Facebook feed.
I also think the number of solo travelers will continue to increase (I just became one).
Q. What is the one piece of advice can you give someone thinking about becoming a travel blogger?
Whatever the reason you started out, don’t let fear of failure hold you back.
As long as you enjoy it, give it your undivided attention and be patient; you’re going to learn something along the way. I personally think that knowledge/learning is better measure of success than money.
Q. What’s something we wouldn’t learn about you from your website?
Firstly, I’m a fussy eater when it comes to food, especially meat. The only meat I will eat is chicken breast.
Secondly, I traveled from Trinidad to Toronto specifically for an Enrique concert….He’s my favorite singer . The night before the concert, he called in sick and canceled his Canada leg of his tour. I was needless to say VERY disappointed.
Oh, and finally, I’m a terrible Latin dancer, but I love it. My favorite types of music reggaeton, dancehall, soca, Latin and flamenco.
Q. You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
I’m assuming this is a live elephant here…. I’d find him a nature reserve to live in, he’d still be mine but he’d have a better place to live than my backyard.
Interested to learn more?
I hope you enjoyed this post about Savita and how she took the plunge into world travel and blogging. Perhaps it’s inspired you to start that overdue journal or travel blog yourself?
To learn more about Savita and her adventures, please visit TravelAndTreatz.com
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Thanks for reading, Cheers, Karen