Roshan Lewis began travelling at 6 months of age, now she retraces those journeys she took all that time ago. Please meet Roshan of Roshan’s Ramblings.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
I was born in Weymouth, Dorset, England and went to pre-school there, following which my family moved to Berry on the South East coast of NSW, Australia. Now that I have lived in Sydney longer than I have lived in Berry- I call Sydney home.
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I am a long term traveller starting at 6 months of age when my parents drove around Europe in a combi van. I have taken as many trips since then to retrace my steps of the trips I took with my parents and to go to new places that they didn’t take me to.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
With my day job.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
The first trip I remember taking is to India with my parents when I was 10 years old. I am glad that I went at such a young age as I had no real understanding of poverty so could just enjoy it for the interesting and vibrant country that it is.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
I thought Las Vegas would be boring and seedy, but it was amazing, fun and is constantly changing. I love all the themed casinos with replicas of places around the world that I have been to like the Eiffel Tower and Venice. I have already been back again once and I am sure I will go again.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
I’ve been pretty lucky, but my husband was once the victim of a gambling scam in Kuala Lumpur- he is much nicer and more trusting than me!
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Most recently we got totally lost trying to find our hotel near the airport in Madrid. The circle roads are so confusing that we had to pay extra tolls and drove past our hotel twice before we figured out how to get there by asking a local. It was not funny at the time as it was after a 6 hour drive from the south of Spain, but it has now become a funny travel story.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
Denarau, Fiji. It is just a commercial peninsula full of hotels, but I know they serve a purpose for a cheap easy holiday from Australia or a destination wedding so I have been three times!
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I have lots of favourite parks in my favourite cities- Parc Guell in Barcelona, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Luxemburg Gardens in Paris, Central Park in New York, Stanley Park in Vancouver and Greenwich Park in London. So I guess you could say that I love the oasis of green in the cities I love.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Yes, of course! Africa is top of the list as I would love to do a safari, along with Japan, Portugal and Cambodia to see Ankor Wat. I also want to go back to countries that I have been to see places that I missed like the Loire Valley in France, Cinque Terre in Italy and many places that I haven’t seen in the USA which seems to be such a large and varied country.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No- it is my obsession. I think about it, I write about it and I love doing it.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Writing about travelling or visiting Sea World.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Roshan’s Ramblings- http://roshansramblings.com
When did you begin your website?
I have travelled a lot and was unable to go on holiday for a year so I thought I would write about all my previous travels to take my mind on a journey instead.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
For fun because I love it and it comes naturally.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
At the moment my site is a travel retrospective- I’m still only up to 1997. People should read it as they can follow my journeys around many countries they may be thinking of visiting.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
My freelance writing skills are available for hire.
Tell me about the Life section on your blog?
People have often commented that I “tell it like it is” about life and I always wanted to be a columnist. So the life section of my blog covers my opinions on life as a contemporary woman and my other obsessions like animals, 90’s TV series and books.
What is your heritage?
My dad is English and having been born there myself I have that handy EU passport. My mum is Sri Lankan, which makes for some interesting cultural situations as she was the only one in her family not to marry another Sri Lankan.
What do you think about guest blogging?
I love to guest blog on other people’s blogs and am very open to having people guest blog for me under the broad topics of either life or travel. A few of my friends have done this and quite enjoyed it.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My India blogs were published as one article on the Story2Share website.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
The blog I wrote about Barcelona as it was fun to remember how much I felt like I fitted there.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Boat as I love the water and the great perspective you get of the lands you are travelling between.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Be street smart. I think sometimes travellers get in holiday mode and forget the basic safety rules that they apply back at home.
What has travel taught you?
My perspective on everything in my life is seen through the lens of travel and I am still learning more every day.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Asiana.
Favourite country? Spain.
Favourite city? Barcelona.
Favourite beach? Honeymoon Bay, Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia.
Favourite food? Thai.
Favourite language? French.
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://roshansramblings.com
Twitter handle? Roshan Lewis @RoshansRambling
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/roshansramblings
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/109277158997421825374/posts