How To Travel And Blog For Self Discovery (and Treats)

How To Travel And Blog For Self Discovery (and Treats)

How To Travel And Blog
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.

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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.

Travel and Treats Blog

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.

Mangoes and desserts

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.

Pyramids

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.

Streets of Cairo

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.

Pyramid of Giza

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).

Travel and Treatz

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.

Mango Desserts

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.

elephant

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

Your feedback and comments are always welcome, so feel free to drop me a note in the comments section below, or visit me over at Wealthy Affiliate.

Thanks for reading, Cheers, Karen

24 Responses so far.

  1. Sue says:

    Once there is a Will, there is a Way 😊

  2. Louie says:

    Wow! I commend her for her courage to follow her heart in quite an unconventional way – travelling the world to discover desserts and experience different cultures. I do agree that it is a novel and exciting way of life. But like some of her followers, I would virtually live it through her – hence, I saved her site 🙂 Thanks for sharing this case study on Savita.

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Louie, Yes Savita’s story is quite inspiring for anyone thinking about their next adventure in life. I admire her for having the guts to move out of her comfort zone and it’s awesome to see she’s starting to reap the rewards for doing so. Thanks very dropping by and for leaving a comment, Cheers, Karen

  3. Vince says:

    Great post Karen. I follow Travel and Treats and love Savitas great posts.
    I really wish I discovered blogging for cash much earlier in my life. I would love to travel and blog. With a family this is becoming increasingly difficult.

    Inspiring story.

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Vince, Thanks for dropping by and reading my case study article about Savita’s journey. Her travel blog is certainly an inspiration for anyone wanting to travel and write. Don’t let your dreams slip away, there’s nothing to stop writing about your adventures with a free blog. Best wishes, Karen

  4. Kyle says:

    This is really inspiring. I have to admit i’ve always wanted to travel like this, but life always intervenes. I have to gather my courage and make my own inspiring tale like this one.

  5. Brandon says:

    This is such a great idea! I want to travel in the future and need to consume as much information as possible so everything can go swiftly and exactly as planned. I learned a lot just from reading this case study, and it’s good to see other people doing what I want to do in the future. I’ll be heading over to the Travel and Treatz website now to see what else I can find 😀 Thanks!

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Brandon, thanks for your feedback. I see that you have a website about tents and camping – perhaps there’s a travel blog to be started in that niche? I know that camping is a big thing here in New Zealand and we have so many beautiful places for people to explore. Your next adventure perhaps? All the best, Karen

  6. Hey Karen,
    This is a great interview! I really love her passion and determination to succeed in this competitive travel blogger niche.
    But I definitely agree with her that we shouldn’t let the fear of failure hold us back from whatever you want to do. I believe that’s also how she managed to achieve her goals.

    I’ve just checked out her blog and it looks amazing. I learnt a lot from this interview. Thank you Karen 🙂

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Jerry, thanks for dropping by and checking out this case study. Savita’s story will resonate with many people (myself included), especially those stuck in a 9-5 job who are wondering if there’s more to life than the daily grind. I know when my husband and I embarked on our career change it was the most scary yet exhilarating thing we’d done in a long time – and there’s been absolutely no regrets! Best wishes, Karen

  7. Thomas G says:

    Thanks for this. I have checked out her site and IG and find her story inspiring. I blog myself and am hoping to one day be able to be on the road far more than I am now. Thanks for helping to motivate us!

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Thomas, thanks for your comment, I’m glad you found this article of interest. I hope you are able to fulfill your goal to be out on the road more in the future, Best wishes on your online blogging journey. Cheers, Karen

  8. Hi KD,

    I absolutely love Savita’s story and her driver; she hopped into travel blogging for personal growth, for leaving her comfort zone. Ditto on that. She is not blogging just to make money and snap selfies in Infinity Pools. None wrong with either driver but digging deeper helps you find purer, more compelling intents which make for a smashing blog and more immense long term success.

    Ryan

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Ryan, thanks for dropping by and for your amazing feedback, I’m sure Savita will appreciate it too. Blogging means so many different things to different people – but like you, I think the personal growth aspect is very important. All the best, Cheers, Karen

  9. Phomrong says:

    Wola! You’ve given an inspirational article depicting the life of kavita. I’m always excited to learn and hear about travel.
    Indeed, travel enables anyone to dive into witnessing different cultures and food habits around the world.
    The best part is not only experiencing new things but putting these experiences as your own brand is an added value.
    You ve chosen one of the best niches.

    I wish you all the success in your online journey.

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi there, thanks so much for your lovely feedback, I’m sure Savita will appreciate it. Her story is very inspiring for anyone whose been stuck in a 9-5 desk job, her journey proves that there is a whole big world outside the confines of the office. Makes me want to indulge in my own travel bug! Best wishes, Karen

  10. Owain says:

    As a blogger myself I can agree with the first challenge. Blogging is all about giving your own opinion and being yourself. And people get to know you through your writing.

    But how much do you share? You don’t want to share to much otherwise people will just tune out with what you are saying and move off your site.

    So it’s a fine line. Something which you need to find a balance. And also something I too need to work on.

    As you get more experience then your writing will evolve. I have learned this through writing many posts. And because of this I have gone back to earlier posts and re-written them. That’s something I feel that you should do.

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Owain, interesting comments – thank you. I agree with you about your statement about reading past posts and rewriting where necessary. I have a few posts just like that on this site that I need to go back and re-tweak! Best wishes, Karen

  11. CT Brown says:

    Well that was fun! I can’t be a solo traveller cause I’m married. We have an RV but wife doesn’t like going away from grandkids for long. Having said that, I’m jealous. It sure sounds fun, but a lot of challenges too, just like anything else.

    • KD Forsman says:

      LOL, thanks so much for your feedback – yes Savita’s story is an interesting one indeed. I look forward to reading more of her adventures as she travels the world. Cheers, Karen

  12. Cristy says:

    Wow! Words just can’t describe what a wonderful story this….So real and inviting. I have traveled some in the U.S and Alaska, went on some cruises-but she is really living the travel life. Very inspiring.

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