Tell us about yourself.
I am Tamshuk from India and I am a travel writer/blogger. I have lived and worked in a high-paying corporate job in Singapore for six years before I quit in March 2016. I started my travel blog Tamz Explores in June 2015 after my first trip to Bali, Indonesia. Traveler, Blogger and Social Volunteer – the three things that describes me best. I fear heights so you will never see me bungee jumping or skydiving but you can find me hiking and climbing mountains somewhere in the world. When I am not trekking across the jungles, getting bitten by snakes or exploring the underwater world, I volunteer in community service programmes and as an English teacher.
Travel the world and help people – in trying to combine these two, I got myself introduced to cultural tourism by traveling somewhere long enough to understand the social dynamics of that place. I volunteer wherever I get an opportunity – whether it is at a turtle conservation center in Gili Meno or a community + environmental development project and English teaching at Masamba village in Indonesia. A nervous flyer, I am the same guy who would participate impromptu in an adventure marathon without any training just out of pure excitement.
What is the nature of your blog? Why did you choose this topic?
Tamz Explores is a Travel Blog. It was the obvious choice since I discovered my passion for travel and I felt that I could bring out a lot of different unknown stories because of the way I travel.
What motivated you to start blogging?
Sometime around March 2015, I started reading the posts on AdventurousKate and AshleyAbroad which are among the most popular travel blogs out there. It was that time when I started to realize my own interest in storytelling and also I was starting to feel my passion for traveling. That was the actual ignition point in the whole process of starting my travel blog. Eventually after my Bali trip in June 2015, I finally went live with Tamz Explores with a very basic model and theme.
How did you first get into traveling?
I first got into traveling in January 2015. It was four months since I went through a bad breakup and also I felt I needed to be just by myself for a few days. I took off to Thailand for a week.
What do you enjoy about traveling?
“I travel for the Stories”. This is motto and motivation for my travels. More than seeing places, I enjoy experiencing the places. Cultures, Cuisines, People, Monuments and Landscapes – all of them have several unknown untold stories behind them and those stories are what I travel for. Eventually being a part of those stories myself gives me so many memorable moments to cherish.
Where is your favorite place you have visited? Why?
Indonesia without a doubt!!
I can go on and on with probably a hundred reasons as to why that country is my favorite. The thing that attracts me to Indonesia most is the people. I cannot exactly explain why I love the people of Indonesia but there has to be something really endearing about them that makes me consider them as my own people. Some of my most wonderful friends are now from Indonesia. Apart from the people, it is the diverse and amazing landscape that makes Indonesia my favorite. Beaches, Mountains, Volcanoes, Jungles and Rivers – there is everything that I can ever ask for when it comes to natural attractions.
What is your biggest fear when traveling?
My biggest fear is getting sick while traveling. I know I have faced much worse situations (snakebites and debit card cloning) but I try my level best not to fall sick because that would mean I am either indoors all the time or I am bed-ridden. Not being able to go out anywhere when I am traveling completely ruins the mood for me. I couldn’t enjoy my 4 days stopover in Bangkok because I was down with severe flu. Another reason why I fear getting sick is that affects my work of the blog and any other writing assignments.
What do you hope to get out of your blog?
I would be lying if I said that I am not looking to monetize my blog. Yes, I am trying to get an income through my blog but that is not the sole and primary purpose of my blog. Through my blog I intend to bring out the travel experiences in a way people can relate to but at the same time they would get a sense of getting to know something different. For example, I managed to surprise many readers when I published a post about Hiking in Hong Kong, because normally people don’t associate outdoor activities with a financial hub like Hong Kong. I will continue to share the stories of people – interesting, amusing and sometimes heartbreaking – that I feel need to be told.
Who do you look up to in the blogging community?
There are many but these five amazing folks are the ones I constantly look up to.
Kate McCully from AdventurousKate.
Mathew Kepnes from NomadicMatt.
Ashley Fleckenstein from AshleyAbroad.
Nikki Godwin from WhereisNoodles.
Veronica Pototska from Siniciliya.
How do you prepare for travel?
To me, preparing for travel is not just about packing and travel documents. Yes, I too ensure that I pack the right things according to the destinations I plan to travel to and take care that my travel documents are in order. However, the mental aspect of travel preparations is also important to me. Being ready for any potential culture shock, having an idea of the kind of people I am going to be surrounded with, the level of comfort or uncomfort I am going to endure during my travel and being aware of any safety issues – these are some of the factors I try to get myself mentally prepared with before I travel. Also, I learn from all my travels to plan better for my next ones. For example, a tent, hammock and sleeping bag are the things I am getting before I go on my next travel because I have had situations before when these were needed but I did not have any of them.
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