it’s a wonderful world with sanna gurung
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BACKPACK
WITH A LOT OF COMPARTMENT YOU
CAN ALWAYS ORGANIZE IT WITH
THE HELP OF SMALL POUCHES AND
LABEL THEM ACCORDINGLY. THIS WAY
YOU CAN SAVE A LOT OF TIME AS YOU
WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU
HAVE KEPT THINGS.
How did you find out that you had such passion for travelling?
I honestly don’t know how I found out, but it was about 2 years ago. It started with me looking at some travelling posts of various Instagrammers I follow. They were always in some new and beautiful place, and that really made me want to get out.
How do you execute all of your travel plans?
The first thing I do is I do a lot of research online on the place I am about to visit. I go through the information so thoroughly that sometimes, even if I have never been to the place, it feels like I have already been there before. And after that, it is all action and I just go on with where the vacation takes me.
Of all the places that you have been to, which one is your favorite? What else is on your bucket list?
My favorite would definitely be Bali, Indonesia. I absolutely loved that place. For the future I would love to go to Morocco and Cape town. I would just like to visit Africa.
Sometimes curiosity takes us to places. And that’s when we realize that we want to visit those places. The need to travel and explore becomes longing we must feed. However, sometimes there’re factors that hold us back and disable us from taking the leap. Then again travelling has always been in our blood; that’s how our species has been able to distribute itself across the globe. Thus, making that leap is not just making a simple decision but checking something off the list of what we are supposed to do. One such individual is Sanna Gurung who packed her bags, took the leap, and returned with them being filled with memories. To get a glimpse of those memories you can drop by her Instagram profile @hii.sanna which is filled with the amazing time she has had while traveling. But before that, here is her on how she made that leap and how you can make it too.
What can you not ever travel without? Can you name a few travelling essentials?
I learned this the hard way, but when I was in Bali, I got really sunburnt and my skin is still suffering after I have been back. So, for me, it is sunscreen. I will never forget about that now. Apart from that, one essential thing would be a backpack that you can organize all your belongings in so it is easier for you to find. Also, if you don’t have a backpack with a lot of compartment you can always organize it with the help of small pouches and label them accordingly. This way you can save a lot of time as you will know exactly where you have kept things.
What are your travelling pet peeves?
One thing I hate is people asking for the window seat in the planes when I have booked it in advance and paid extra to get it. Also, people who don’t respect your space and privacy, and people who don’t pay for their own stuff. The latter two is applicable not just to travelling but life in general as well because I find it really annoying, and a lot of people also find that to be really intrusive. Seriously, people need to stop asking things for free and barging in on someone’s life when they don’t need to.
If you can disclose it, how do you take such aesthetically pleasing photos?
I have heard that a lot and I appreciate people who think that way. But, honesty I don’t put that much effort into taking my pictures and they never turn out the way I actually want them to look. The surrounding I am in makes the pictures so much better so that might be the case. And also, the post editing plays a big role.
How does social media play a role for bloggers since you have a huge fan following on Instagram?
Social media for bloggers is very important. It is so convenient and it is a great way to promote your travel videos and photos. It can be received by a huge mass, and can be done really quickly so the people who view it can get a real time experience. So, the more you use it in an ethical manner, the better of a social media platform it will become for you.
How do you feel about travelling? Tell us your personal take or experiences?
I love travelling. I love it is because every day is a new journey, a new experience. So you are always in a thrill of what might happen next, what you may find. I love the people, the culture, and the diversity I get to encounter. It broadens my horizons and educates me about a lot of places, which is a great way to learn new things. I receive first hand information from relevant people which is way more fun than reading it from a book or online. If I talk about what travelling means to me personally it will take forever because I feel very strongly about it. So, I am just going to leave it with the answer: I LOVE it.
Any memory that is going to stick with you for the rest of your life while travelling? Can you specify one good and one bad memory?
There are so many great memories, so picking one would be so hard. But let me say that finding the volcano in Bali in the middle of the night, and the sunrise that followed the morning after. It was unbelievable and I don’t think I will ever forget how amazing that felt. And I can’t call it a bad memory, it was more of a language barrier thing, but when I was in China, I came across people there who don’t even understand a little bit of English. So, when I didn’t have a translator around, it was very difficult to convey what I was saying. I was really hungry and it took a lot of time to place my order and I didn’t even get what I was trying to eat. So, yeah sometimes that happens.
What does your typical day look like when you’re out travelling?
Honestly, everyday is never the same. It is always new because you are going to places you have never visited before. But to sum it up, this is what it would typically be like: I wake up whenever my eyes open, I don’t follow a specific time to wake up unless I have to. I stay at hostels mostly and that is a great experience. After I freshen up and have my breakfast, the majority of the day is spent by talking to common people and asking them questions about their culture or just their everyday life. And everyone is really friendly and they invite you to places and you can just hangout with them. Obviously, I do visit all the landmarks that the place has or is famous for, that’s always there. And when the day is about to end, I go to a bar and have a few glasses of beer or wine, and if I have had a long tiring day, I go to sleep.
I LOVE IT IS BECAUSE EVERY
DAY IS A NEW JOURNEY, A
NEW EXPERIENCE. SO YOU
ARE ALWAYS IN A THRILL OF
WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT,
WHAT YOU MAY FIND. I LOVE
THE PEOPLE, THE CULTURE,
AND THE DIVERSITY I GET TO
ENCOUNTER. IT BROADENS
MY HORIZONS AND EDUCATES
ME ABOUT A LOT OF PLACES,
WHICH IS A GREAT WAY TO
LEARN NEW THINGS.
Any tips for aspiring travelers or travel bloggers?
My first tip is: Don’t be scared, because most of the people I have talked with about travelling tell me that it might be scary travelling alone. Like I said, when you do a lot of research you know about things and areas that you shouldn’t be in at nights, or dangerous places that you should be careful in. It was scary for me too for the first few times. Although, I was mentally and physically prepared for everything, I was intimidated at first because I was meeting strangers and was feeling like an outcast. But, after a few days, we were all very close. I am still in touch with all the friends that I had made during my vacations while backpacking. So, if it is your passion, it will all turn out well. But, like I said: do your research, be safe and cautious, and just have fun when you are having fun.
WORDS : SHREYA SANGROULA | PHOTOS PROVIDED BY: SANNA GURUNG