Travel Blogger Thursday: Natasha of The Boho Chica

I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Natasha of The Boho Chica this week for Travel Blogger Thursday. As you can tell from the picture above, Natasha is quite adventurous! She loves to experience beautiful natural environments (specifically, great hiking spots), as well as learn about new cultures and cuisines. She calls Dubai home, but travels all over the world.

What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?

I travel to experience different cultures, introduce my palette to new tastes and just have my mind blown by everything the world has to offer. Traveling has helped me to push my own boundaries and become a stronger, wiser and happier person. What I love most about travelling is that it really teaches you to appreciate everything; nature, culture, people, history, art and just about everything else. You also feel a sense of humility when you realize how small a place you occupy in the world.

Where is your favourite destination and why?

Of everywhere I’ve been so far, New Zealand is my favourite country because it is incredibly beautiful. The landscape makes you feel like you’re in a picture or a painting. The food is absolutely delicious, the people are very friendly and there are plenty of adventure activities to push your boundaries.

When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?

I first started to travel in 2012 and my first trip was a solo one to the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh for a volunteer internship with the Grameen Bank. The country does not really have a tourism infrastructure and was culturally very different from anywhere I’d lived before. But I loved learning about the culture, exploring the villages where the bank works and meeting the borrowers who welcomed the interns into their homes. I met some wonderful people on that trip who continue to be good friends today.

Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?

I started my blog as a means to share what I love about traveling. Even today, a lot of people think of travel as a holiday or vacation. When I started reading the work of other bloggers, I was very inspired and lived vicariously through their stories. When I finally started to travel, I realized that travel is so much more than staying in fancy hotels, eating in fancy restaurants and photographing tourist sites. There’s nothing wrong with all of that, but there’s so much more to discover about a country, its culture and people. Through my blog, I want to take my readers on my travels and hopefully encourage them to live their own stories, regardless of whether they can travel for a few days or a few months. It’s possible to have meaningful experiences even if you don’t want to sell all your belongings and set off on a RTW.
 I really love it when I get emails or messages from my readers saying that my words capture exactly how they feel. There’s no better feeling for a writer and it makes my day.

What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?

Lots of travel notes! I’m also fond of scarves which are locally made and have one from every country I’ve visited.

Where do you plan on visiting next?

I’m looking forward to visiting Istanbul at the end of this year. I’m specially excited about trying the food.

 

Thank you so much for the great interview and sharing all about your travel inspirations, Natasha! You can read her blog at The Boho Chica, or follow along on social media:

On Thursdays, we feature a fellow travel blogger and highlight their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.

 

2 Responses

  1. Dale
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    Natasha wrote a great post this week about where the value is in travelling and how just tallying up how many countries people have travelled to over the years shouldn’t be the sole focus of how people explore new countries. What’s the point of racing through a country in a week just so you can boast an extra stamp in your passport and another notch on your total?

    I really recommend that if you’ve read and enjoyed this interview, that you make sure to sign up to updates from her blog and follow her on Twitter, etc 🙂
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